April 17, 2013
April 15, 2013
Sundt’s industrial construction project will improve efficiency and reduce water consumption at this microchip manufacturing facility.
Sundt is performing an industrial construction project for an expanding microchip manufacturer that will result in the more efficient production of microchips. The design-build, turnkey project involves construction of a new brine reduction facility to improve water efficiency. A brine flow of 2.1 million gallons per day (MGD) will be reduced into a concentrated brine stream of 60 gallons per minute (0.09 MGD) by recovering high quality water that will be reused at the manufacturing plant to reduce its overall city water consumption.
The project includes (but is not limited to) the design and construction of: solids contact clarifiers, filter media basins, ion exchange vessels, reverse osmosis trains, a sludge holding tank, sludge dewatering belt filter presses, a mechanical evaporator, chemical feed systems, electrical work and instrumentation.
Construction began in August 2012 and the project is scheduled for completion this December.
April 5, 2013
Ilustration of the interior of the Red Rock Correctional Center
Sundt has been selected by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to expand its Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz., to accommodate up to 1,000 additional prisoners. The facility currently houses 1,600 inmates. Last year, CCA was granted permission from the State of Arizona to provide 500 additional beds, expandable to 1,000, for medium-security prisoners starting in January 2014.
“CCA had an existing facility that required significant modification and expansion – in a very short timeframe – in order to meet the State of Arizona’s need,” said Wayne Einbinder, Sundt vice president. “Sundt’s extensive experience in the criminal justice-criminal detention construction market is a perfect match for this type of challenge.”
With Sundt leading the design-build effort, plans call for construction of a 4,500-square-foot addition to the admissions and administration building; a new 32,200-square-foot dining room and occupation training space, a remodeled full-service kitchen and a 16,782-square-foot maintenance and warehouse storage building, among other upgrades.
Additionally, housing units will be modified to receive more natural light and power upgrades, and exterior inmate recreation and exercise areas will receive equipment and lighting improvements. The project is expected to be complete by December 2013. The project team includes DLR Group architects and Atherton Engineering Inc., both of Phoenix.
April 3, 2013
Artist’s rendering of the San Mateo County Jail
In the early phases of the San Mateo County Jail construction project in California, Sundt and the owner came up with a great idea to maximize value. Instead of awarding contracts to the lowest-bidding subcontractors, why not use the design-build method to select those with the best qualifications, most innovative design ideas, and solid financials?
Design-build and other alternate project delivery methods, like Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), are typically used when procuring a general contractor. Regardless of the primary delivery method, subcontractors are hired according to price and price alone: the lowest bidder gets the job. That was the approach Sundt originally planned to use with the $125 million jail construction project for San Mateo County – a CMAR project – until it occurred to them that there might be a better option that simply hadn’t been tried before.
“After looking into the details of the state’s procurement rules, we realized there was no reason why we couldn’t use design-build with the major subs, and the county attorney agreed,” said Sundt Project Director Steve Blaylock. “We have been able to scrutinize the subs much more closely than we would have been able to otherwise, and get the best of the best. By using design-build, we’ve been able to get down to the people we know, either by experience or by reputation, and they’ve proved to us that they understand what they are doing in their responses to the questions in the Request for Proposals. We asked them for information and ideas about long-term maintenance and lifecycle costs, and to provide alternative cost-saving ideas. You just can’t do that when you’re doing hard bid.”
Steve says he believes this is the first time design-build has been used in this way in California, and he believes other counties are closely watching to see how the project progresses.
“It’s definitely something we plan to do more of once the success has been fully demonstrated,” he said. It’s advantageous because the county gets the luxury of having a CMAR contractor, but also the benefits of design-build with the major subs. Essentially, they are getting to have their cake and eat it, too.”
November 2, 2011
The concrete topping slab will eventually be ground and dyed to provide the final finished flooring.
In the wee hours of yesterday morning, as most of the students at San Diego State University were still asleep, Sundt’s Concrete Division poured the second level radiant concrete topping slab for the university’s new Aztec Student Union. The sustainable building – on track to be California’s first LEED Platinum-certified student union – will feature a radiant flooring system for energy-efficient heating and cooling.
Sundt’s own crews are performing the project’s $7.2 million concrete package, which amounts to approximately 14,500 cubic yards of concrete. The $72 million, Construction Manager at Risk project is scheduled to be complete this fall.
Sundt’s own crews are performing the project’s $7.2 million concrete construction package.
The original 43-year-old student center was demolished to make way for its replacement. The new, three-story student union will accommodate 30,000 students across 205,582 square feet of space, making it twice the size of the one that stood before it. It will serve as the university’s hub for meeting, socializing and studying. Additionally, the union will feature dining options, retail space, 14 meeting rooms and a fitness center.
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