July 6, 2016
March 7, 2016
Sundt crews poured 14,000 cubic yards of concrete on the San Diego State University South Campus Plaza project.
Sundt’s ability to self-perform concrete construction is providing client value in San Diego. Our crews have successfully completed two large concrete jobs in the area, most recently the San Diego State University South Campus Plaza.
“We can control safety, quality and schedule a lot better when we self-perform,” said Project Manager Mike Canter. “It provides an overall better team approach.”
In this case, that approach started with the San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center. The team placed 97,500 cubic yards of concrete on the 24-acre site in just 12 months, the equivalent of pouring about an acre a week. The center, the largest concrete building in the city, opened in January.
That project segued into South Campus Plaza, where concrete work began in February 2015 and lasted 14 months. While the concrete portion is complete, the rest of the project is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.
South Plaza is a $143-million student housing and retail project. We are serving as design-build contractor for the project, which includes two residential buildings above ground-floor retail and an adjacent parking structure. The residence halls will house 608 beds in double-occupancy student rooms, 32 single-occupancy student rooms, three staff apartments and three visiting scholar studios. Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council, the project spans nearly 350,000 square feet.
Crews poured 14,000 cubic yards on the project, which included a six-story parking garage with a 20,000-square-foot footprint on a constrained site.
March 2, 2016
Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa in Chandler won the retail category.
Last Thursday was a RED-letter night for Sundt. That’s when two of our projects won Real Estate and Development Awards, Arizona’s most comprehensive real estate honors.
The Pima County Public Service Center in Tucson and Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa in Chandler were honored during the RED Awards ceremony at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix. The awards are presented by AZRE Magazine.
Pima County Public Service Center, which won in the public category, is a 290,000-square-foot criminal justice facility in Downtown Tucson. Original plans were for the City of Tucson to use 55 percent of the facility with Pima County using the remaining space. Eventually, Pima County occupied the entire facility, putting 14 courtrooms and the offices of the assessor, constables, recorder and treasurer in the building. We also built the adjoining parking lot that accommodates more than 700 vehicles.
Ocotillo Village, which took the retail category, is an 82,000-square-foot facility that features two pools and a children’s splash pad, seven tennis courts, a full-service spa, salon and med spa, café and outdoor patio, kid’s club and nursery, kid’s gym, men’s, women’s and family locker rooms, an indoor basketball court and running track, two racquetball and two squash courts, cardio, weight and functional training rooms, hot yoga studio and traditional yoga studio, and Pilates, indoor cycling and group fitness studios.
The state’s biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects and transactions for the previous year are honored each year. RED Awards are given to developers, general contractors, architects and brokers/teams. All award winners and honorable mentions are featured in a special awards section of AZRE Magazine.
Pima County Public Service Center in Tucson won the public category.
February 19, 2016
Thousands of Portland residents turned up Feb. 27 for the grand opening of the new Sellwood Bridge.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Bring your bikes, too.
The new and greatly improved $227 million Sellwood Bridge is open in Portland, Oregon. The Slayden/Sundt Joint Venture team celebrated with the community at a grand opening for pedestrians this past weekend. Motorists were allowed to start using the bridge Tuesday.
The public had been using a detour bridge during the construction period, resulting in no more than 20 days of closures over four years. The JV’s contract with Multnomah County called for 30 days at most.
When the bridge opened in 1925, it was a welcome upgrade from a ferry service that shuttled passengers across the river. But the narrow two-lane bridge had fallen into disrepair and scored only a two out of 100 on a federal bridge sufficiency rating scale.
It was one of the more complex heavy civil jobs the company has undertaken with issues to be expected from an outdated bridge used by 30,000 vehicles every day in an earthquake-prone area all while sticking to a budget funded by taxpayers.
“The complexity, the bridge translation, procurement method and size of the project puts Sundt in the league of premier bridge builders in the country,” said Sundt Business Development Manager Cade Rowley.
While the public is traveling on the main bridge, more work has to be completed. The rest of the year’s schedule includes removing the temporary bridge structure used for the detour, getting rid of work bridges and associated piling in the river, constructing a pedestrian bridge and trolley line on the west side, as well as finishing Phase 2 of a condo project on the east side. That work involves reconstructing small garages, storage buildings and a parking lot under the new bridge.
Even the wrap-up work has its share of unique challenges. The team will cut the old bridge into four 400-foot-long pieces and float them to Schnitzer Steel 10 miles downriver. Pilings must be removed during the in-water work window of July 10 to Oct. 15 so salmon swimming through the Willamette River won’t be disturbed.
To get a sense of the project scope, please take about four minutes to watch a time-lapse video recently posted by Multnomah County.
The Transcendental Brass Band was among entertainers at the opening.
February 10, 2016
Sundt’s commitment to the future of the construction industry was on display last week at the Associated Schools of Construction Student Competition in Sparks, Nevada.
The ASC is the professional association for the development and advancement of construction education, where sharing ideas and knowledge inspires, guides and promotes excellence in curricula, teaching, research and service.
Our company was represented at the competition by 19 employee-owners as well as students from more than three dozen colleges and universities.The conference is a good venue for finding the best interns who eventually could become important contributors as employee-owners.
We sponsored the Concrete Solutions category of the competition. Sponsors put real-life issues before teams of college students who are tasked with developing the best approaches to solving those problems. A team from the University of Florida won the concrete category.
“The event is a vital recruiting tool for companies that are looking to retain the best talent in the industry. By sponsoring the concrete problem, we display our brand front and center for all the students and industry to see,” said Talent Acquisition Specialist Michael Morales.
Sundt’s employee-owner team was well-represented at the conference.
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow could stop the Sundt team from completing the US Highway 84 and bridge reconstruction project ahead of time.
Despite weather issues on the site near Abilene, including rain totals that once measured eight inches in 48 hours, we reached substantial completion on the heavy civil project in late December, 33 working days ahead of schedule.
Work included demolition and reconstruction of a 530-foot bridge over Union Pacific Railroad tracks, reconstruction of US 84 and new lighting and roadway barrier improvements. The US 84 project included around half a mile of roadway that was fully reconstructed and installation of 40,000 cubic yards of embankment used to bring the grade up to match the finish slab elevation of the new bridge, which was built by Sundt’s Concrete Division.
“This project was successful due to hard-working and talented Sundt superintendents and craft employees who helped construct the new bridge and roadways,” said Project Manager Cade Reddig. “Having their experience and outstanding team communication set us up for exceptional coordinated efforts with the owner to get the work done safely and ahead of schedule.”
As a result, the team received 100 percent of the Texas Department of Transportation’s No Excuse Incentive built into the contract for early substantial completion and the community had a new bridge and roadway finished more than a month ahead of expectations.