Project Profiles: Offices

DPR Construction, Phoenix

Retrofit Team

Architect/engineer: SmithGroupJJR, Phoenix
Daylighting Systems distributor: Norcon Industries, Guadalupe, Ariz.

DPR Construction, Phoenix, features daylighting from Solatube. PHOTO: Solatube

DPR Construction, Phoenix, features daylighting from Solatube. PHOTO: Solatube


Eighty-two Daylighting Systems were installed in the renovated 16,533-square-foot building, formerly an abandoned retail boutique at the corner of 44th Street and Van Buren in Phoenix.

“The use of the Daylighting Systems was an integral part of our sustainability and lighting energy-savings plans for the renovated space,” says Dave Elrod, regional manager of DPR Construction, Phoenix. “The products are a cost-efficient solution to provide lighting since they nearly eliminate the need for artificial daytime lighting.”

Daylighting Systems manufacturer: Solatube International Inc.

The Retrofit

DPR Construction is a national technical builder specializing in highly complex and sustainable projects. In less than 10 months, the design-build team researched, designed, permitted, and built a highly efficient and modern workplace with numerous innovative sustainability features.

In addition to natural daylighting, the office features an 87-foot zinc-clad solar chimney, which releases hot air from the building while drawing cooler air in; shower towers that act as evaporative coolers to regulate building temperatures; 87 operable windows designed to open and close automatically (based on indoor/ outdoor temperatures); and two “vampire” shutoff switches to keep electrical devices (radios, cell-phone chargers, microwaves) from using plug energy when no one is in the office.

The circa-1972 building has been officially certified as a Net-Zero Energy Building by the Seattle- based International Living Future Institute through its Living Building Challenge program. It has also received LEED-NC Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.

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