September 3, 2014
April 30, 2014
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.
November 27, 2013
Site plan showing the new housing facility that will be constructed by Sundt Layton at the R.J. Donovan Correctional Complex in Otay Mesa, Calif.
Sundt and joint venture partner Layton Construction were recently selected by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as the design-build contractor for a new correctional housing facility near San Diego.
Teaming with Arrington Watkins Architects, Sundt Layton will design and construct the new 317,000-square-foot housing facility at the R.J. Donovan Correctional Complex in Otay Mesa, Calif. The $169 million detentions facility construction project will include three Level II 264-bed housing units for a total of 792 inmates. In addition to these housing units, the project will include programming, health care, visitation and other support components.
The new housing facility is funded by the passage of Senate Bill 1022. Sundt Layton will begin construction on the project in 2015.
November 18, 2013
Crews are erecting steel on the new Career and Technology Education (CATE) building at Brackenridge High School.
Sundt and joint venture partner Guido Construction have made significant progress on the team’s $65 million, Construction Manager at Risk project to update and expand three high schools in San Antonio, Texas. Most of the work at Brackenridge, Burbank and Lanier High Schools has been performed while the schools were open and classes were in session.
Steel erection is underway on the new CATE (Career and Technology Education) building at Brackenridge High School and crews have also begun work on the new chiller plant, which consists of two new chillers, associated pumps and a new boiler. The steel erection and chiller plant operations are scheduled to complete in early January, with the entire project at Brackenridge complete next August – in time for the start of the fall 2014 semester.
Phase one improvements at Burbank and Lanier are already complete, with Phase Two scheduled to begin in January. The scope of work at Burbank will consist of construction of a new gymnasium, agricultural barns, ROTC facility, softball field and renovation of an existing gym. At Lanier, Guido/Sundt will construct a new field house, gym and CATE building.
The K-12 construction project is Sundt’s first for the San Antonio Independent School District.
November 13, 2013
Artist’s rendering of the Hausman Road Design-Build Project
Early next month, Sundt will break ground on the Hausman Road Improvement Project – the City of San Antonio’s first design-build roadway construction project. Hausman Road is a two-lane roadway that connects two major highways: Loop 1604 and Interstate 10. Sundt will widen the 3.4-mile stretch between the highways to four lanes, plus a center turn lane, and construct five new bridges. Also included in the contract are managing the extensive utility relocations, earthwork, construction of retaining walls, storm sewer, archeological and historic survey, environmental analysis and permitting, geotechnical work, right-of-way services and acquisitions, and public outreach.
The project team will break ground and begin moving utilities during the first week of December. The new and improved roadway is scheduled to be open in late 2015.
Artist’s rendering of the new Kings County Courthouse
Sundt has broken ground on the new Kings County Courthouse in Hanford, Calif., the company’s fifth capital project for California’s judicial branch. The four-story, 144,460-square-foot facility will include 12 courtrooms, a jury assembly room, and an underground tunnel connecting to the nearby county jail for transportation of in-custody detainees. The courthouse construction project will consolidate court services currently provided at several overcrowded and obsolete facilities that do not meet current security standards.
In addition to accommodating criminal, civil, juvenile and family law cases, the new courthouse design incorporates the addition of several helpful features, including a self-help center and family court mediation rooms. Security also will be vastly improved with the incorporation of separate hallways and secure facilities for the public, court staff and in-custody detainees.
“As this new courthouse will process several different types of cases, we’ve worked closely with the California Administrative Office of the Courts and architect DLR Group to carefully design a courthouse that is secure, and offers separation between court officials, inmates, visitors, victims and other members of the public conducting business,” said Sundt Senior Vice President Cody Pearson, who oversees Sundt’s California projects. “Privacy and security were top priorities to us as we planned the construction of this multi-use courthouse.”
The $86 million Construction Manager at Risk project will also feature an energy-efficient “thermal mass” HVAC system that will make ice at night, when energy rates are lowest. The ice will then be used to cool the building during the day.