DPR is leveraging its self-perform capabilities to help deliver the 38,000-sq.-ft., two-story Plant Growth Environments Facility on the U.C. Riverside campus–the first new greenhouse facility built on the U.C. Riverside campus in nearly 40 years.
Underway by the design-build team of DPR and Perkins+Will along with design-build subcontractor Stuppy Greenhouse, the $22 million project is slated for completion in late November 2020. The facility replaces an older greenhouse and will offer high-tech, climate-controlled greenhouse space where researchers from different disciplines can work together.
Designed to put science on display, the cutting-edge research facility features concrete walls on the first floor with glass-encased greenhouses elevated above. Individual growth chambers on the first floor will house plants, pathogens and insects in separate, controlled environments. Each greenhouse module on the top floor will incorporate wireless technology to adjust for its own temperature, humidity and lighting, allowing an array of plants to grow there. The facility also includes laboratory and work spaces. DPR concrete crews are self-performing approximately 15% of the project volume, while self-perform drywall crews are also playing a key role helping push the schedule forward.
The project is targeting LEED Silver certification.