DPR Construction Phoenix Regional Office

DPR Construction SmithGroup
DPR Construction SmithGroup
DPR Construction SmithGroup

Combining the efforts of two firms with commitments to green building can produce remarkable results, as is the case with DPR Construction's Phoenix Regional Office. Faced with a lease renewal, DPR opted to relocate its Phoenix operations and set a high-bar for themselves: to create a zero-energy workplace in the desert.


DPR Construction


Phoenix, AZ


Workplace, Architecture, Interiors, Landscape Architecture, Lighting Design, Programming, Sustainable Design, Workplace Strategy


16,500 SF, 1530 M2

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Award of Merit - Energy 
Award of Merit -- Commercial Office
Under 25,000 sf, PRIDE Awards

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GREEN GOOD DESIGN Award - Green Architecture, 2013 -- Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Awards

DPR selected a non-descript building centrally located in a re-emerging district, notable only for having once been an adult-themed boutique. SmithGroup and DPR incorporated a wide range of green building solutions, including a passive cooling system—comprised of a solar chimney, four evaporative-cooling shower towers, eight Big Ass Fans® and 87 operable windows—reducing AC requirements. Solatubes® infuse the workspace with daylight and reduce lighting loads by 70%, while a "Vampire” shut-off switch cuts off 90% of plug loads at night. Online monitoring systems allow staff to track and view energy and water use in real-time.

DPR Construction SmithGroup

In the end, the transformation yielded a high performance, employee-focused office environment—a living laboratory of green design—and Arizona's first commercial net-zero-energy office building.

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