DPR Construction

Gordon Yu

DPR Construction

1450 Veterans Blvd
Redwood City, CA 94063
650.474.1450 Office
650.474.1451 Fax
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Certification #: 3294

DPR Construction is a unique, technical builder with a passion for results. Ranked in the top 50 general contractors in the country since 1997 (just seven years after its founding), DPR is a forward-thinking general building contractor and construction manager specializing in technically challenging and sustainable projects for the advanced technology, healthcare, life sciences, commercial and higher education markets.

Whether it is a multi-million-dollar technical facility or a conference room renovation, the DPR team executes every project with relentless accountability. They listen to customer goals, develop strategies based on their business needs and track their performance. They do everything they can to earn their customers’ trust and build great lasting relationships.

The DPR story begins in July of 1990. Armed with $750,000 of pooled resources, three construction industry veterans, Doug Woods, Peter Nosler and Ron Davidowski (the D, the P and the R), co-founded DPR and set out to do something different in an industry traditionally resistant to change. Today, the company has grown to a multi-billion-dollar company with over 4,000 employees and 21 offices across the country.

DPR exists to build great things: great teams, great relationships, great value. DPR’s mission is to be one of the most admired companies by the year 2030. Their purpose and core values clearly define who they are and what they stand for as a company and underlie the passion that drives them to be better and different.

DPR Core Values:

INTEGRITY: We conduct all business with the highest standards of honesty and fairness; we can be trusted.

ENJOYMENT: We believe work should be fun and intrinsically satisfying; if we are not enjoying ourselves, we are doing something wrong.

UNIQUENESS: We must be different from and more progressive than all other construction companies; we stand for something.

EVER FORWARD: We believe in continual self-initiated change, improvement, learning and the advancement of standards for their own sake.

NEBB Certification at DPR

Gordon Yu is a National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) certified Building Systems Commissioning Professional with over 32 years of diverse experience in construction, including projects in life sciences, healthcare, advanced technology and education. In 2016, he joined the NEBB Title 24 Committee, which he will serve on for the next two years, focusing on developing training and certification for NEBB firms in accordance with California’s Title 24. The law requires technicians to be trained with a state-approved certifying program to perform inspections and certifications of MEP systems for new construction projects.

After getting his degree in electrical engineering in Taiwan, Gordon relocated to the U.S. and opened ACCU Balance, a test and balance company. He became NEBB TAB-certified in 1990, and then attained his BSC and Sound & Vibration Certification before joining DPR Construction in 2006 as a MEP coordinator. Since then, Gordon has played key roles in data center commissioning across the country, including a confidential 150-megawatt data center, was one of the largest in the world. Gordon’s wide range of expertise also includes gas turbine cogeneration, as well as constructing hospitals, corporate campuses and life science facilities.

Receiving certification from the NEBB organization builds upon a strong internal commissioning program established by DPR nearly 20 years ago. This focus on commissioning has helped DPR create a process that can be adapted to specific projects. For each project, DPR provides start-up and commissioning services and tailors the commissioning plan and documents to meet the design requirements as specified, even going as far as providing training videos for the owner’s operating personnel, if requested. As such, certification is an extension of DPR’s own commissioning program, and, as described by NEBB, is meant to serve as tangible proof of competent firms and supervisors qualified in the proper methods and procedures for building systems commissioning.

DPR’s expertise in the advanced technology, life sciences and healthcare markets, which all rely on sophisticated technology and frequently require more exact climate-controlled conditions, also made the case for DPR’s certification even stronger.

One of the few builders to recognize the need to further enhance the quality control of overall construction by staffing MEP and commissioning coordinators in the field, DPR’s NEBB certification provides its start-up and commissioning services with more credibility and better performance, as they move ever forward and continue to build great things for decades to come.

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