September 20, 2017
September 13, 2017
The Gilbert Road Extension will include one of only two roundabouts on a light-rail project in the country.
Sundt has a wealth of experience working on light-rail projects for Valley Metro in the Greater Phoenix area. Still, there’s a first time for everything.
Our joint-venture team completed the award-winning Northwest Extension last year. In 2008, the team finished more than half of the original 20-mile starter section of the Valley Metro Light Rail transit system, plus the system’s maintenance and operations facility.
But our work on the Gilbert Road Extension in Mesa, Arizona has a new wrinkle. Part of the scope is constructing a roundabout to create better traffic flow and eliminate the need for expensive traffic signals. The roundabout will be the first of its kind at a four-way intersection in a light-rail system and only the second overall in the United States.
The roundabout will be located at the busy intersection of Main and Horne streets and will allow cars, bikes and pedestrians to move freely. When a train is present, east- and westbound traffic will remain free-flowing without a traffic signal.
“A typical roundabout provides cost savings when eliminating the traffic signals required at conventional intersections. The cost of signals can range between $500,000 and $750,000,” said Preconstruction Manager Jeff Hamilton. “A roundabout on a light-rail project has more complexities associated with controlling a portion of what would typically be a free flowing intersection in all directions.”
Because the train will take priority in the east- and westbound directions of Main Street, north- and southbound traffic on Horne has to be controlled with a signalized gate.
“This was a challenge in the design phase,” Jeff said. “The preconstruction team worked with traffic engineers to produce a final design that accounted for the space needed to build a functional roundabout with the appropriate radii that would stack enough vehicles in the cue for north- and southbound and still provide free-flowing movements east- and westbound when a train was present.”
The $113 million Gilbert Road Extension includes 1.9 miles of track, two stations, one park and ride transit center. Guideway and track construction should begin this winter and substantial completion is scheduled for the end of 2018, targeting a May 2019 opening.
August 7, 2017
The new portion of Kellogg Drive has two northbound lanes, two southbound lanes, a center median and two full-length bike lanes.
Sundt recently completed the relocation of about 2,600 linear feet of Kellogg Drive, a major campus road, as part of a student housing replacement project at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
“We could not be more pleased with the progress and results we are achieving with our design team and the University in this Collaborative Design-Build project,” Sundt Vice President and Regional Director Robert Stokes said.
The new portion of Kellogg Drive took three months to complete and is open to commuters. It has two northbound lanes, two southbound lanes, a center median and two full-length bike lanes.
“A major challenge of this early work was to mitigate the impact on the constant flow of traffic in and out of the campus,” Robert said. “We had to maintain two lanes of traffic during construction, which was difficult because major portions of the new road were in the same location as the existing one.”
We used a drone to take aerial photos of the site to help the process.
“The ability to overlay current site photos with the proposed improvement plans enhanced our subcontractor coordination and allowed the University to communicate project impacts to the entire campus,” Robert said.
The completion of the realigned road allows construction to begin on the new $140 million, 305,000-square-foot student housing complex, which consists of two mid-rise towers with 980 beds and a dining hall that can accommodate 680 people. The new facilities will replace the campus’ aging residential halls, providing students with modern living spaces that offer the latest technology, green features, and designed indoor and outdoor program spaces.
We are teaming with HMC Architects, EYRC Architects, Spurlock Landscape Architects, Brailsford & Dunlavey, P2S, Saiful Bouquet, Psomas, A.O. Reed and Rosendin Electric on the project.
July 26, 2017
Sundt Intern Ana Padilla (second from left) and her winning teammates at the American Society of Civil Engineers Student Competition in Fort Lauderdale.
Sundt Intern Ana Padilla was part of the winning team at the American Society of Civil Engineers Student Competition in Fort Lauderdale last week.
Ana, a University of Arizona student, and her team were given the task of completing a cost estimate, construction schedule and bid proposal for a challenge project, and present it to the owner and panel of judges. Throughout the competition, addendums would surface when the team least expected it in order to simulate a bid-day experience.
“I was very lucky to have worked with such a great team of students across the nation that were knowledgeable about the construction industry, which we learned through our internships,” said Ana, who works with our Transportation Group on our Ina Road/I-10 project. “It was an incredible experience and one that I would recommend for all students.”
Ana’s role in the competition was to help estimate quantities and prices for the team’s project, as well as write portions of its written proposal. Her seven-member team included students from Florida Atlantic University, Lehigh University, Rowan University, Syracuse University, University of Iowa and University of Kansas.
“Throughout my internship with Sundt, I was able to learn how to do quantity take-off and write formal documents that would be turned in to the owner,” Ana said. “The experience greatly helped us in competition.”
The five days at the conference were packed with workshops, activities and events in which attendees gained professional development experience. The only time teams had to work on the challenge was after workshops and activities ended. Out of more than 100 applicants, only 35 students were chosen to attend. The conference was paid for, including airfare, hotel, registration, meals and more.
“I am so grateful to ASCE Construction institute for this great experience, as well as the University of Arizona and Sundt Construction who gave me the tools and knowledge needed to succeed,” Ana said.
July 12, 2017
Sundt has brought home another Associated General Contractors of America Construction Safety Excellence honor by finishing second in the Highway Division among contractors with more than a million work hours.
Last year, we won the Highway Division on our way to earning our second AGC Grand Award denoting the safest construction company in the nation. We are the only general contractor on record to win the award twice (2006 and 2016).
Safety is the first priority on all our jobsites. Our Safety By Choice program also emphasizes the “why” of safety. In addition to providing thorough training to our craft employees, we focus on the many reasons why they want and need to stay safe: their families, friends, health, livelihood and ability to enjoy their favorite activities.
“Nobody comes to work thinking they’re going to be injured, let alone planning to get injured,” said Building Group Manager Paul Sprecco, who submitted the AGC award materials. “But when accidents and injuries happen, we find that choices were made that put people or property in danger. Choices about processes, tools, systems or just trying to get it done faster. Safety By Choice is all about rewarding positive safety choices and recognizing unsafe choices, stopping the activity and adjusting the plan to eliminate the hazard.”
Sundt’s GO 10 project involves improvements to Interstate 10 in El Paso.
A U.S. Census Study last year showed Texas is the fastest-growing state in the country, adding an average of 1,183 residents each day. The need to keep up with infrastructure demand has the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) managing and providing more than $7 billion a year in transportation projects.
Sundt is performing one of those projects, GO 10 on the west side of El Paso. It extends 5.75 miles of Interstate 10 and includes construction of collector-distributor lanes through the corridor, improvement of I-10’s direct connection with Paisano Drive/Border West Expressway, addition of lanes to the interstate in both directions and reconfiguration of ramps and overpasses at three exits.
The project team is working at the most complex portions of the job on the project’s critical path. This work is key to meeting the goal of completing the project in December 2018, six months ahead of schedule.
“Each of these critical locations represents all of our trades simultaneously erecting bridge interchanges, installing retaining walls, connecting underground utilities and performing roadway grading operations,” Project Director Jason Esparza said.
The project team plans on resuming concrete paving by the end of July in an effort to finish nearly 40,000 square yards of the new collector-distributor lanes. Work is also being installed by subcontractors, including electrical infrastructure, asphalt pavement and steel girders.
The team set the stage for success by performing value engineering during the construction phase on the concrete paving. Substituting 9-inch pavement and eliminating 12-inch pavement on the widening of the I-10 main lanes created significant savings for TxDOT and us. The team also helped prioritize right-of-way acquisitions to open more work earlier for our crews.
“This approach allowed us to work in areas ahead of schedule,” Jason said.