DPR Construction


DPR Construction Mid-Atlantic Headquarters

Reston, Virginia

20,000 SF | 1,820 SM

Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture

Sustainable Programs
LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) (LEED-CI)-Platinum, Net-Zero (Net-Zero)

“SmithGroupJJR was a true partner throughout the process. Having now constructed three of DPR’s Net-Zero Energy offices across the country, they understand DPR’s company culture and workplace needs. The ability to build on lessons learned and to challenge each other helped us achieve a transformative space that respects the individual, and can change the marketplace.”

—Christopher Gorthy, Strategic Pre-construction Services Leader


With a stated mission of “We Exist to Build Great Things,” DPR Construction wanted its Mid-Atlantic regional office renovation to be a living laboratory of sustainability. The firm’s goal was to create a net-zero-energy workplace in the 20,000-square-foot space it occupied within a leased building near Washington, DC.

SmithGroupJJR responded with a flexible, open-office environment filled with features and materials that bolster the DPR mission and company culture. It utilizes LED lighting operated by a receptacle control system, along with 24 Solatubes that augment the natural daylight from perimeter windows. Photovoltaic panels on the roof will generate 128 kilowatts of renewable energy to power the office, including a custom dedicated outdoor air system and a six-pipe heat recovery chiller that acts as a heat pump. A large conference room with operable glass partition opens up to the main gathering space featuring a custom-designed, concrete-topped wine bar. In the pantry, a garage door opens to a patio; a large stoplight, linked to outdoor humidity monitoring equipment, indicates when conditions allow for opening the door without negatively impacting energy efficiency. The renovation is targeting LEED Platinum, Net-Zero Energy and WELL Building certifications.  

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