Sundt is pulling double duty on the Golden West College campus in Huntington Beach, California, where our crews are constructing both a student services center and math and science building. The student center is under way and the math and science facility is in preconstruction.
Our success with the district started with completion of the Orange Coast College Interdisciplinary Complex in Costa Mesa last year. The 78,000-square-foot math, business and computing complex includes 35 administrative offices, a 200-station computer lab, 11 computer teaching labs, nine lecture classrooms for business and computing courses, 15 math lecture classrooms, two meeting rooms and workroom, lounge and study areas.
Our performance on that facility put us in position to build the two Golden West projects, which are located within walking distance of one another.
Once completed, the 50,000-square-foot student activities facility will consolidate multiple departments into a central location on campus. Students will no longer have to hop from building to building to register, get financial aid and buy parking passes.
One lesson we’ve learned is the value of providing up-to-date communication with students, faculty, businesses and the public. Construction sites are always evolving and can serve as a source of frustration for those who have their daily routines interrupted.
The team worked with the Coast Community College District to develop a mobile app that includes information on both projects, including timelines and construction updates. The app went live not long after construction on the student activities center started. The project is in the “dead center of campus,” Sundt Regional Vice President John Messick said, making it hard for students to avoid in their daily routines. The community college has an enrollment of more than 15,000.
“We have decades of experience working on occupied campuses and know what it takes to safely and successfully complete a project like this,” John said.
The 118,000-square-foot math and science building recently completed demolition of existing structures and relocation of utility lines. Permit approval is expected to occur around Thanksgiving with construction starting next March.