July 17, 2013
May 29, 2013
A new rooftop air conditioning unit being installed on top of Matador Arena, the school’s original gymnasium built in the mid-1970s
As soon as school let out in May, Sundt began an ultra-fast-track, 12-week project to renovate Shadow Mountain High School for the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix. The $3.5 million project, located in the heart of the school campus, involves renovating the athletic facilities, upgrading the exteriors to several buildings and making the campus more ADA-compliant. The renovation project has an expected completion date of Aug. 8, just in time for start of the 2013-2014 school year.
“We understand the need to work quickly and efficiently on these types of education construction projects to conform to the school’s academic calendar,” said Brian Higgins, Sundt superintendent. “Though 12 weeks is short for most construction projects, Sundt is more than willing and able to navigate the timeline, while providing the students the best facilities for the coming school year.”
Sundt serves as the Construction Manager at Risk, while ADM Group is the architect for the project.
May 16, 2013
An aerial view of the reconstructed Cordes Junction Traffic Interchange
Sundt and joint venture partner Vastco, Inc., have nearly completed reconstructing the Cordes Junction traffic interchange, located about 65 miles north of downtown Phoenix at Interstate 17 (I-17) and State Route 69. Traffic has been placed into its ultimate configuration to prepare for the final lift of rubberized asphaltic concrete pavement. Crews are currently scheduled to pave the project during the month of June followed by final striping and signage. The project is expected to be complete in July.
The Construction Manager at Risk project included the construction of seven new bridges, including a post-tensioned, cast-in-place concrete structure that was built over live traffic on I-17. The Heavy Civil team also built two separate interchanges – one for through traffic and one for local – and realigned, widened and paved several streets. The 50-year-old interchange is used by approximately 40,000 vehicles per day.
May 10, 2013
The Terminal 2 Landside Expansion Project at San Diego International Airport won the CMAA San Diego Chapter’s Project of the Year award.
Sundt is pleased to announce that the San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Landside Expansion Project received the Project of the Year Award from the San Diego Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). The award is the top prize annually for outstanding achievement in the practice of Construction Management. Sundt performed the $230 million, design-build airport construction project with joint venture partner Kiewit Construction.
The project was part of the airport’s four-year, $1 billion Green Build project. Kiewit-Sundt’s work included extensive additions and modifications to all of the roadways, bridges, transit and parking facilities in front of Terminal 2. Specific project improvements included the construction of: a 1,200-foot-long dual-level roadway that separates arriving and departing traffic, two exterior ticket lobbies (Smart Curbs), new expanded transit center, two pedestrian sky bridges, new USO and Parking Management office building, six bridge overpasses, new roadways, and reconstructed parking lots.
May 2, 2013
An aerial view of the existing Red Rock Correctional Center. Sundt will upgrade, remodel and expand the facilty with a 4,500-square foot expansion of the Admissions and Administrations Building; the addition of a 32,200-square foot Dining Facility with the renovation of the adjacent full service kitchen; and the addition of a 16,782-square-foot Warehouse and Storage building. The housing units will be modified to add sky lighting, cell power, and day rooms divided into smaller segregated units.
The need to expand inmate capacity at county jails is greater than ever, yet there are many obstacles to making this happen quickly and efficiently. Fortunately, there are financing options and alternate project delivery methods that can overcome these hurdles.
Private detention is one of the solutions. It works because it affords a number of economic solutions to meet a variety of demanding needs. Privatization combined with alternative procurement accelerates and simplifies jail construction projects even further. Sundt’s current design-build jail construction project for the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) at the Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz., is a case in point.
The project will provide the State of Arizona with 500 additional beds, expandable to 1,000, within 15 months of the notice of award. The facility requires significant modification and expansion in order to meet the state’s need, and the work has to be done while the facility remains occupied.
Sundt has led the team in creating a project schedule that meets the required deadlines and durations through the development of phased design packages. The design-build delivery method has also enabled Sundt to maximize value for CCA. Excess contingencies can be eliminated through innovation (facilitated by early contractor involvement, highly qualified subs and an emphasis on solutions rather than problems). Upon design completion of the first bid package, the overage was reduced from seven percent to four percent. At the completion of the second bid package, the overage was reduced to less than one percent, and the final bid package returned the project to the original budget.
The project is also on track to be completed in time – in just 15 months.
Sundt has been awarded a contract to build a new interdisciplinary research center for the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona (UA). The state-of-the-art Engineering Innovation Building will be Sundt’s 58th university construction project completed for the UA. Construction will begin in the early spring of 2014. When complete, the building will provide a foundation for the College of Engineering’s expanding research programs, with emphasis in the School of Sustainable Engineered Systems and Biomedical Engineering
The project will be designed by SmithGroupJJR to house high-tech research laboratories focused on the following key areas: advanced manufacturing; energy storage; bioengineering; materials processing; metals recovery and recycling; and computer modeling and simulation. It will also include the Dean’s executive office, a student center for engineering clubs and senior design projects, and space for research collaboration with biosciences and UA’s business college and industry partners.
“Laboratory construction projects continue to be an area Sundt thrives in, especially knowing the importance of the work that will be performed within these new buildings,” said Sundt Laboratory Group Leader Ryan Abbott. “We are impressed with the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering’s missions for this building, which include having a role in creating affordable sustainability solutions, advancing new interdisciplinary research initiatives to meet the nation’s future competitive and market-based needs and other significant societal contributions.”
Sundt serves as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), while SmithGroupJJR will provide all architectural, engineering, interior design and site design for the project. Currently, Sundt is working on renovating the Old Main building on the UA’s campus.