March 5, 2015
December 29, 2014
This innovative water treatment construction project won AZRE’s RED Award in the industrial construction category last week.
How often do you think about the technology that powers your smartphone or tablet? Probably rarely, if ever. That’s why we’re especially pleased to announce that the often-invisible microchip – and those that make them – got some well-deserved recognition last week at the annual AZRE magazine RED Awards banquet in Phoenix. The RED (Real Estate Development) Awards recognize the best commercial real estate projects each year throughout Arizona.
The winning project in the industrial category was a global semiconductor manufacturer that has a large fabrication facility in Chandler. Sundt upgraded the facility last year with design-build partner Carollo Engineers. The $75 million industrial construction project involved completely reconstructing the facility’s water treatment plant and outfitting it with new treatment processes to treat and reuse the waste stream that is generated as part of the manufacturing process. The innovative solution (based on a combination of pretreatment, desalination and thermal concentration technologies) enables approximately 97 percent of the water that comes into the plant to be reused or reinjected rather than going to waste.
Making the most of our water resources is important everywhere, but especially in dry climates like Arizona’s. Hats off to our project partners for this well-deserved RED Award!
October 22, 2014
University representatives and members of the project team turned ceremonial shovels of dirt to mark the project’s official beginning.
A new student housing construction project underway at California State University Channel Islands (CI) in Camarillo will accommodate 600 freshmen when it is complete in July 2016. The $57 million design-build project, dubbed Santa Rosa Village, includes construction of two new residential buildings. Once completed, the 120,000-square-foot housing community will include a newly remodeled 20,000-square-foot dining facility and adjacent infrastructure upgrades. It is Sundt’s second project on the CI campus.
“Our innovative approach to our first project with the university’s Sierra Hall facility is a major reason we remained competitive in the selection process,” said Robert Stokes, Sundt regional director. “We demonstrated that Sundt had the vision and expertise to turn a major remodel into a complete tear-down and rebuild without going over budget.”
October 6, 2014
Artist’s rendering of Santa Rosa Village.
Sundt is pleased to be performing another project for California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, California. Santa Rosa Village is a 600-bed student housing construction project that involves remodeling and expanding a portion of the existing facility’s dining commons, as well as infrastructure improvements. The $57 million design-build project began last May and is scheduled to be complete in July of 2016.
September 3, 2014
Artist’s rendering of the R.J. Donovan Correctional Complex in Otay Mesa, California.
You don’t often hear about the challenges of open communication. But consider this: if every member of a project team is able to communicate and collaborate with everyone else, how does all of that idea-sharing stay organized? How does the team keep up with project adjustments and contract requirements?
These are common challenges with the design-build approach, where the lines of communication point every which way, rather than flowing in one direction from the owner to the architect to the contractor. It’s especially true of large, complex projects. Can communication be flexible, dynamic and well organized? Sundt’s experience with the R.J. Donovan Correctional Complex project in Otay Mesa, California, indicates “yes.” In fact, R.J. Donovan is a communication success story. Read more in our recent newsletter.
Preliminary rendering of the reconstructed Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe
Arizona State University football fans have something extra to cheer about: they won’t have to stop rooting for the Sun Devils while Sundt and joint venture partner Hunt Construction Group perform a $256 million transformation of the school’s football stadium. That’s because the project has been carefully planned to avoid interrupting the fan experience.
The Construction Manager at Risk project involves the complete reconstruction of the lower stadium bowl and the addition of many new amenities and improvements that reflect the university’s emphasis on sustainability, technology and innovation.
“All of the work will be threaded between football seasons, with construction performed in the stadium during the off seasons while the team is practicing,” says Ryan Abbott, Sundt Business Development Manager. “In order to avoid disrupting the football season, we have to control and deliver all of the massive components that will become the seating bowls, structural beds, towers, etc., on a very rigid schedule. We can do it because we’re builders. As far as the football team is concerned, it’s like Disneyland. We’re practically invisible.”
The university construction project is poised to redefine stadiums in the Pac 12 with more and higher quality amenities such as a new concourse, better seating, more restrooms with enhanced quality, a new student athlete facility, premium seating such as founder and club-level suites, better training facilities, improved concessions, a premiere video board and sound system, extensive accessibility improvements, an air-conditioned club, in-stadium technology for fan enjoyment and education, and an expanded student section on the stadium’s south end that will include about 8,000 seats.
Construction of the student section will begin in January (minutes after the Cactus Bowl concludes) and will be complete before the 2015-2016 football season next August. Next January the construction team will simultaneously go to work on the east and west sidelines of the lower bowl. Demolition work has already begun to clear space for the new student section.