November 8, 2017
October 12, 2017
Sundt’s joint-venture work on the University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in Phoenix trimmed two years off the normal schedule.
Sundt’s work on the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in Downtown Phoenix was one of the stars of the show at the recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Arizona State Conference.
The joint venture with DPR Construction built a 245,000-square-foot high-rise facility where collaborative work in neurosciences, healthcare outcomes, cancer and medicine is expected to lead to groundbreaking discoveries with a direct impact on public health.
The team presented during the lessons learned segment of the conference, detailing how it worked with a fast-track schedule to construct the building in just 30 months. The efforts shaved two years off the schedule for the University of Arizona.
“You told a story that was moving and meaningful to conference attendees,” AIA Board Member and 2018 President Robert Miller said.
Time constraints on design resulted in only six months from the start of programming to shovels in the ground. Construction needed to start well before the design was finished, which meant no room for waste in the design and construction process.
Collaboration between the University and the design and construction teams was essential to maximize work hours. By pricing design concepts on an ongoing basis with an integrated team rather than waiting for a complete set of documents to identify overages all but eliminated re-design. Similarly, a rapid parametric model-based estimating effort allowed the design firm to adjust its model and see the costs of those changes in real time.
To keep pace, design decisions and assumptions were made early on and with limited information, requiring trust among all partners to work through and accept associated risk. Key trade partners were brought on early to help mitigate risks and reduce over-design and re-work.
The facility earned an Engineering News-Record Southwest Best Project Award. It’s part of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a city initiative bringing bioresearch and education to downtown. At build-out, the campus is anticipated to generate an annual economic impact of $2.1 billion.
October 11, 2017
Being a recent college grad can be an overwhelming experience, but having a degree like construction management can lead to a direct career path that offers financial stability and room for growth. Sundt Project Engineer Dominic Nelson and Field Engineer Daniel Kovach chimed in with their thoughts on the value of their construction management degrees.
Project Engineer Dominic Nelson (right) with fellow Sundt employee-owners at the Kellogg Drive replacement, which is part of a student housing replacement project at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Construction management degrees allow individuals the opportunity to explore multiple aspects of the building process.
“I have always been fascinated with architecture and design, but knew that I wanted to be more hands on in the process of building, so I decided to try out construction management. I enjoy the business and engineering sides that a degree in construction management allows you to experience without locking you into a certain avenue of design or business,” said Dominic.
“After researching the industry and the many different routes I could take, I decided I wanted to learn more about the construction side rather than the business side,” Daniel noted.
What was their take on how the construction management degree prepared them for their roles at Sundt?
“Classes that helped me included Small Business Management, Leadership Cohort, and my Senior Capstone Project. Each of these classes, while different, taught core values behind being an effective leader, communicator, and business developer/entrepreneur,” Dominic stated on his personal experience.
“I took all kinds of classes to help prepare me for this role with Sundt and I really credit that to the Construction Program at CSU. I took estimating classes, schedule classes, CAD design classes, MEP classes, and many others,” added Daniel.
Are you a construction management student? Sundt recruits aspiring young professionals through its College Connection Center. If you are interested in working at Sundt contact Mike Morales or follow us on our Sundt College Connections LinkedIn page.
September 27, 2017
Sundt Construction will construct a new science building for Sacramento State students and faculty.
Faculty, students and community members gathered at California State University, Sacramento to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Science Complex last month. The Design-Build project is a 96,000-square-foot, five-story facility that will centralize the College of Natural Sciences’ Biology and Chemistry departments.
The building’s design is intended to invite collaboration and interaction through clustered laboratory spaces and shared study spaces for students. The complex will have 30 glass-walled teaching and research labs; a 2,500-square-foot planetarium with 120 seats for full-dome, high-definition “sky shows;” and a retractable-roof observatory housing two telescopes.
The building is being constructed to meet U.S. Green Building LEED Gold® certification standards. Key sustainable features include a rooftop green terrace that will act as a mini-park to capture stormwater runoff and help insulate a section of the building, and outdoor benches and tables made from campus trees that were removed for a gas pipeline upgrade.
Sundt is scheduled to complete construction by fall 2019.
September 13, 2017
Sundt’s project at Truckee High School is expected to be complete in winter 2019.
Truckee High faculty and Sundt Construction team members recently signed a red steel beam to signal the topping out of the high school’s modernization and improvement project. The team then hoisted the final steel roof beam into place, starting the next phase of construction.
The improvements at Truckee High School in Northern California include new classrooms, elective and administration spaces and locker rooms. Both the high school and Truckee Elementary School will also undergo façade enhancements, technology and mechanical upgrades, site work and ADA upgrades as a part of the $114 million bond passed in November 2014.
The next phase is to complete the metal decking, start the first floor concrete encasement of the moment frames and prepare the subgrade. The team will also be focused on exterior framing and installing a temporary roof before the winter weather season begins. The jobsite already had a snowy day last week.
“A tremendous amount of work was completed on site to get us to this point,” said Project Director Tim Blood. “Building in snow country has some unique challenges, one of the biggest being a small window of time (May 1 to Oct. 15) to complete underground and site work.”
This entailed the abatement and demolition of three existing structures; installation of new water, sewer and gas utilities that serve the high school; and eight acres of site demolition, grading, new parking and site development.
Sundt also built an emergency exit in the existing high school since the new STEM expansion is being constructed where the previous exit was located. All of this work occurred before the first piece of steel was erected.
“That speaks volumes about the amount of coordination and collaboration that took place among our team, the architect, the school district and the subcontractors involved,” Tim said.
The project is scheduled for completion by winter 2019.
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.