March 9, 2018
March 7, 2018
Thursday was a winning evening for Sundt at the annual Real Estate & Development Awards at Phoenix’s Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. AZRE Magazine honored us with multiple awards, including the coveted General Contractor of the Year for the state of Arizona.
Our construction of the University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (Education) and work at Tucson International Airport (Public/Utilities) were named the best projects in their categories.
Tucson Office Project Director David Ollanik holds one of the three RED Awards Sundt won this week.
Part of the Downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus, the 10-story Biomedical Partnership Building is a research laboratory that enables collaborative clinical and research for cancer biology, neuroscience, traumatic brain injury, bio-engineering and public health informatics.
Our work at Tucson International is the single largest effort to upgrade the airport in its 77- year history. The project gave underused spaces new purpose, including relocating security checkpoints, revitalizing concession spaces and upgrading the infrastructure of the airport, which serves 3.6 million passengers each year. The Terminal Optimization Program has transformed the airport and supported the mission to create an improved experience for all passengers.
Our Embry-Riddle STEM Education Center project in Prescott also made the RED finals.
“This year, we received more nominations than ever, a great sign that commercial real estate development is alive and well in Arizona,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “I think we can agree that being a part of the amazing growth in Arizona makes us all the real winners.”
The RED Awards highlight impressive projects completed in the last year, as well as the companies and people that make each project possible.
February 28, 2018
Ernest E. Tschannen donated $9 million toward the former Science II Building at Sacramento State University.
Sacramento State’s Science II Building will have a new name before we even finish construction. The facility is now known as the Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex, named after the Sacramento businessman and philanthropist who donated $9 million to the project.
The university held a celebration and made the announcement last month on the 93-year-old businessman’s birthday. Ernest is an immigrant from Sweden who came to California “poorer than a church mouse” as a young man. He built his fortune in Sacramento in real estate and has given back to the community in many ways, including a $38.5 million grant to UC Davis and several donations that have helped beautify cycling and hiking paths around Sacramento’s rivers and Lake Tahoe.
Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelson and Mayor Darrell Steinberg attended the event to honor Ernest.
“We were singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him when a cake modeled after the building was rolled out,” said Sundt Project Director Tim Blood. “It was a great event.”
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. We have completed utilities, the building footprint and form work for cast-in-place concrete.
Structural steel should start going up as early as June. Work is expected to finish in June 2019 and the building is scheduled to open that fall.
February 21, 2018
California State University, San Bernardino and Sundt personnel dig in at the groundbreaking.
We recently celebrated the groundbreaking of California State University, San Bernardino’s Center for Global Innovation (CGI) Building, the new home of the school’s College of Extended Learning.
“There was a lot of excitement from alumni as well as current students, including testimonials on the difference the College of Extended Learning has made in students’ lives,” said Sundt Project Executive Betty Lynn Senes.
We are the Construction Manager at Risk for the $55 million project. The 71,000-square-foot, three-story classroom and administrative office building will also feature food service in the main “Global Gallery.” The facility will provide a centralized location for international students, allowing opportunities for them to collaborate and integrate more with the general student population, and will enrich student and academic life. An extensive covered plaza along one side will provide a welcome respite from the sun and wind.
“We are excited to build this new hub of student life at Cal State San Bernardino,” Betty Lynn said. “Sundt Construction is all about continual learning, and the College of Extended Learning serves the local population from high school students to professionals seeking advancement to retirees – providing a rich educational experience for the diverse population of CSUSB students.”
The CGI will include 24 classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, reconfigurable multi-purpose rooms, study lounges, retail food services and spaces for hosting indoor and outdoor special programs. Sustainable building features include extensive use of natural lighting and ventilation, energy-efficient LED lighting with smart controls, water-efficient plumbing and energy-efficient windows.
The project is scheduled to be complete in late summer 2019.
The facility will be a 71,000-square-foot, three-story classroom and administrative office building.
February 15, 2018
Our student housing work at UC Santa Cruz is adding a million square feet of space across eight buildings.
We’re adding something to our California resume: the largest student housing project we have undertaken in the state.
We are starting preconstruction on Student Housing West at the University of California, Santa Cruz, a more than $400 million project that includes a million square feet of space across eight buildings. The project will provide 3,000 new beds for upper-division undergraduate, graduate students and students with families. All units will be set up like apartments.
The public-private partnership (P3) is being financed, designed, constructed, operated and maintained through the Capstone Development Partners team. This is one of the first student housing projects in the University of California system using the P3 method. We are also working with Capstone on student housing at the University of the Pacific.
“This project is a significant addition to our building resume in California,” said Sundt Regional Vice President Cody Pearson. “As a higher education student housing builder, Sundt is proud to be part of this transformative project.”
The project will include social amenity spaces, a small market/convenience store, parking, child-care facility, infrastructure and potential pedestrian bridge. As part of its sustainability features, the project will have a wastewater treatment plant. The project also includes redeveloping a parking lot and family student housing complex.
Construction will take two phases; the first group of beds will be finished in August 2021 and everything will be complete by fall 2022.
A team from Sacramento State won our concrete problem competition.
It’s a competition that has enabled us to find some of the best young talent in construction. It’s important enough for us to sponsor for eight consecutive years and our Chief Operating Officer attends to meet with dozens of university students.
This past weekend, a team of Sundt employee-owners participated in the Associated Schools of Construction’s (ASC) Regions 6 & 7 competition. ASC is the professional association focused on the development and advancement of construction education, and we are one of only two contractors who sponsor the event at the Platinum Level. As part of our sponsorship, each year Sundt submits a concrete “problem” for the participating teams to solve. This year’s competition included teams from 13 universities.
Solving the Sundt-provided problem required teams to provide a complete execution plan – including scope, cost, schedule, logistics and safety recognition – for the structural concrete components of a high-rise hotel tower in the Southwest. We awarded bonus points for identifying and providing solutions for complexities within the project.
The students had 12 hours to produce a quantity take-off, budget and safety recognition plan, and drew numbers to determine the order in which they would present the rest of their plan (schedule, logistics, execution strategy and risk analysis) the next day. Teams could have six members working on the problem and three alternates. The final six had to be selected prior to the problem presentation meeting on the first morning.
Sacramento State won the competition with an all-around impressive performance and by creating a safety recognition plan that was detailed, affordable and effective.
“It was something we would implement on our own projects,” said Project Executive Chandra Reilly, one of Sundt’s representatives at the conference in Sparks/Reno, Nevada.
Five of the top six teams had scores within one point of each other, and only a tenth of a point separated our second- and third-place finishers, Arizona State and Virginia Tech.
The advantages of self-performing concrete, which include control of cost, quality and schedule, benefit every division of our company, and we wanted to make sure our panel reflected a diverse set of perspectives. To that end, our problem creation team and judging panel consisted of employee-owners from concrete, building and transportation.
“We have committed to giving detailed feedback to all the teams so they can grow and build off this experience for future competitions and their careers,” Chandra said.
Our Concrete Division has a long history of emphasizing safety on the jobsite. As a company, we have won the Associated General Contractors of America Grand Award twice, an achievement which left a strong impression on some of the more than 1,400 students who attended the competition from campuses across the nation.
“We had several students compliment us on the way we addressed safety at our company, to the point where they said that even though they already had several full-time job offers they’d still like to talk to us, because it struck such a strong chord with them,” Chandra said.