June 12, 2013
April 29, 2013
Habitat for Humanity Tucson’s new administrative offices – once an old warehouse building – are an attractive addition to the neighborhood.
A recent Sundt project turned an unused warehouse in central Tucson into new administrative offices for Habitat for Humanity Tucson. Over the course of several months, the 15,950-square-foot building was completely gutted, renovated and turned into modern office space for approximately 15 employees.
“This was an important community project because the building was becoming an eyesore, with overgrown plants, faded paint, broken asphalt, etc., but it became an attractive feature of the neighborhood,” said Sundt Project Superintendent Josh Geis. “Sundt performed the project at a reduced rate – enough to cover our own equipment and materials costs – as did most of the subcontractors.”
The project’s design, created by DKP Architecture & Consulting, preserved several of the building’s more industrial features, such as exposed ductwork and concrete floors, which Sundt ground and polished. New amenities included a state-of-the-art heating, ventilation and air conditioning system as well as additional windows to let in more natural light. The building’s landscaping makes use of native and desert-adapted species and rain-water harvesting technology to cut down on potable water use.
Habitat for Humanity is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing.
August 31, 2012
The new USO building and outdoor barbecue area at San Diego International Airport
As part of its $230 million project to expand Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport, Sundt has completed a new, 15,000-square-foot building with space for the USO and the airport’s parking management office. (The project is a joint venture with Kiewit Construction.) The USO will occupy the building’s first floor while the parking management office is housed on the upper level.
Currently, the USO is located in an area of Terminal 2, which it will vacate when it moves into its dedicated building in June. The parking management office was located in a building that has since been demolished.
Sundt proposed an interesting idea during the airport construction project’s design phase: once the old parking management building was gone, why not turn the space into something useful? The team ended up creating an outdoor barbecue patio complete with flags and other amenities to be used by the USO.
“It’s a nice gathering area for members of the military and their families, but it would have been just an empty space,” said Sundt Senior Project Manager Mike Hill.
The fast-track project was completed in just 16 months.
The Dial Corporation’s Corporate Headquarters and Research & Development Laboratories, located in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Arizona is turning into the Silicon Valley of the Southwest as more and more high-tech companies find that the state offers the ingredients they need to be successful. Relatively low real estate costs, access to skilled high-tech workers, and local government support are just a few of the reasons companies like Intel, Dial, and others are choosing to build manufacturing and research facilities here. The presence of general contractors that specialize in this type of construction is another.
“When working to maximize value in the laboratory environment, flexibility, energy efficiency, and resilience must all be considered in addition to a project’s cost, quality and schedule,” said Ryan Abbott, Sundt project director for research facilities.
Sundt, headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., is recognized as one of the area’s foremost experts in research facilities construction. The company has been involved in the design and construction of research facilities for decades, going back to a number of clean rooms built for private defense clients and large public universities. We bring tremendous expertise to this challenging and constantly evolving area. The fact that we’re builders, not just construction managers, makes us especially good at research facility, laboratory, and clean room construction because we know how to approach dynamic problems and bring elegant solutions to the table. This is especially true when we’re brought into a project early through the use of alternative project delivery methods such as Design-Build and Construction Manager at Risk.
Below are some recent examples of Sundt’s research facilities expertise:
- The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) at Arizona State University (ASU), a 297,000-square-foot, eight-story building intended to encourage and enhance the university’s opportunities for collaborative, trans-disciplinary research, education and outreach. The $112 million project also serves as a tool for recruiting top scientists and engineers to ASU.
- Dial Research & Development Facility and Corporate Headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., a four-story 220,000-square-foot research and development space with 130,000 square feet of corporate administration and training functions, which sits on top of a three-story, 400,000-square-foot underground parking structure. The building features wet laboratories for product development, FDA and EPA sanctioned pilot plants to simulate product manufacturing processes, think-tank spaces, conference and training facilities, a full-service cafeteria and food service facility, fitness center, green roof gardens and sustainable design throughout.