March 22, 2017
March 15, 2017
One of the buildings under construction at Las Cruces High is the new cafeteria.
Construction is often a juggling act. Nowhere is that more evident than Sundt’s second round of work at Las Cruces High in New Mexico, a $40 million K-12 construction project that impacts most every corner of the school’s campus.
Between May and July, we’re completing a remodel of the fine arts classrooms, ROTC facility, nursing area and fieldhouse. New construction on the cafeteria and auxiliary gym will also be finished. The secondary gym is being added to accommodate the many sports that share space in the primary facility.
A second stage, which will be completed next spring, includes a remodel of the main gym, existing science wing, music building and vocational building. Crews will be constructing outdoor basketball and tennis courts, a greenhouse, site utilities and site work/hardscape and taking down the old fieldhouse and arts building.
“Every building we’re working on will get flipped to another building,” said Project Director Joe Riccillo.
The second stage gets started this summer when fewer students and faculty are around.
“Everything is phased around spring break, summer and Christmas for delivery dates,” Joe said. “It doesn’t do much good to turn over a building in February. You have to wait until spring break for people to move in.”
Working on an occupied campus raises potential safety hazards that took time and thought to overcome. Joe credits Project Manager Brian Higgins and Project Superintendents Mike Dominguez and Henry Espalin with developing solutions.
“The most important thing is keeping kids safe while doing all this phased work,” Joe said. “We’ve created pathways for students to get to and from buildings and a signage system that shows them where to go.”
It’s our second project at the school, making the site familiar ground.
“Doing Phase 1 gives the school district the confidence that we can finish Phase 2 on or ahead of time,” Mike said.
Students were so happy with Phase 1 that they posted a video in late 2015 showing off their school spirit and new-look campus.
“There’s no greater reward than seeing the benefit of the project and what kind of pride the students take in their new building and their school,” Joe said. “It’s like having a virtual tour of the building.”
February 24, 2017
Pepperdine’s Outer Precinct Hall will have 458 on-campus beds.
Upperclassmen are getting new first-rate housing at Pepperdine University.
The Outer Precinct Residence Hall will be a 120,000-square-foot student housing facility with 458 on-campus beds, most of which will be four-bedroom suites sharing two bathrooms. The primary residents will be juniors, many of whom are returning from study-abroad programs.
“We feel privileged to have the opportunity to work for such a well-respected university,” said Vice President and Southern California Regional Director Robert Stokes.
The project is being designed to a LEED Silver equivalent and is scheduled to be finished in August 2018. Conditions in Malibu are so nice (average high of 77 in July and low of 48 in January) that air conditioning for the housing complex will only be installed in community spaces. The housing units will have windows for natural ventilation and radiant heating in the floors to take advantage of the area’s temperate climate.
Two older dorms were removed to make room for the new building. Over the past 40 years, the former dorms were homes to some people who now work in the campus construction office.
“One thing the university understands is that this is more than just student housing,” Robert said. “This is where people make lifelong relationships. The university considers this to be a pivotal project that will help grow the Pepperdine family.”
February 10, 2017
A team from Cal State University Sacramento won the concrete competition at ASC.
For the seventh consecutive year, Sundt made an investment in the future of the industry by supporting the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition in Sparks, Nevada earlier this month.
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.
“The ASC competition is a great opportunity for Sundt to get to know some of the brightest college students in the country,” said Sundt Vice President of Concrete Operations Sean Lynch. “We’re proud to play a role in educating the next generation of problem-solvers and construction leaders.”
We sponsored the concrete solutions category of the Regions 6 (Rocky Mountain) and 7 (Far West) competition. A team from California State University Sacramento won.
Our team put real-life issues before squads of college students who were tasked with developing the best approaches to solving the problems. The objective was to provoke critical thinking, display technical and presentation skills, promote teamwork and enjoy the experience.
The teams focused on the six-story, cast-in-place Sun Stone parking structure at San Diego State University, which is located next to two six-story student housing towers that were to be constructed concurrently with the garage. This problem statement focused on self-perform concrete and the teams were assigned to build the frame of the garage (e.g. slab on grade, walls, columns and decks).
The event was attended by students from dozens of colleges and universities. The conference is also a good venue for us to recruit interns who eventually could become important contributors as employee-owners.
Our concrete group was represented by Dinesh Reddy Allam, Shawn Blubaum, Kira Bruun, Michael Canter, Jesse McDonald, Tyler Menard, Gates Molitor and Carolina Silvas. Michael Morales ran our booth at the job fair. Tom Case and Dan Haag attended from our executive team.
January 18, 2017
Sundt Project Manager John Lewis.
Project Manager John Lewis has been with Sundt since 1996, filling a variety of roles: Field Engineer, Project Engineer and Superintendent.
Born in Tacoma, Washington to a military family, John moved every couple of years, setting him up for a career of going from one jobsite to another.
How did you get involved in construction?
I started in architecture at Arizona State University and quickly learned that I would rather be building and managing projects than drawing and designing them. After two short years of architecture school I changed my major to construction management. One of the best decisions I ever made!
What was it about Sundt that convinced you to work here?
My first intention, some 20 years ago, was to get an internship. I heard from several people that Sundt was a good company that specialized in several kinds of work. Once on board, I quickly learned that Sundt is a good company with a great reputation in the community. It was also nice to see that several employees had been with the company for many years, a testament that Sundt has created a good culture with good people that I wanted to be a part of. The ESOP was also a good motivator to join the Sundt team.
Which project are you working on?
I’m currently working on the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in downtown Phoenix. I’ve had the good fortune to be able to work on this campus for the last five years. The project is a 10-story research/administrative labs, roughly 245,000-square-foot cast-in-place concrete structure. The copper façade matches the previously completed phases. It’s a must-see project in the downtown area.
What do you like to do when you’re away from work?
The family and I enjoy travelling; we try to take a significant trip each year. We also enjoy spending time at the kids’ sporting events. My son plays competitive basketball and my daughter is in competitive cheer and volleyball. We also enjoy camping up north as well as at the sand dunes in California.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Treat people like you want to be treated. As we all know, in this business, the likelihood of dealing with the same person sometime down the road is inevitable. There are many occasions where I see someone years later and they always have something nice to say because even in cases when interactions are not positive, I’ve always treated them with respect.
Two of a kind: the Heath Sciences Education Building (left) and Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (right) sit side-by-side in Downtown Phoenix.
After almost two years of construction, a brilliant new copper building is welcoming its first occupants in Downtown Phoenix. While the Sundt joint venture has almost a year’s worth of work remaining, the $136 million University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB) is starting to fulfill its mission of finding cures and saving lives.
The 245,000-square-foot building is the latest addition to a growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a 15-year-old city initiative bringing bioresearch and education to downtown. This is Sundt’s fourth project on the campus, including the neighboring Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), which sits in the BSPB’s long shadow. The 268,000-square-foot HSEB is shared by the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, the UA College of Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, as well as by Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services programs.
BSPB is bringing together scientists and researchers from across many disciplines to work collaboratively in fighting diseases. The first researchers are moving in on the fifth and sixth floors while the construction team builds out the 10th floor. That space was originally designed as shell.
The Center for Applied Nanoscience and Biomedicine will be headquartered in the building. Its researchers are making cutting-edge discoveries, such as the Rapid DNA test, which detects early-stage bacterial infections.
Our work and that of other contractors, including our joint-venture partner DPR Construction, on the campus has given Phoenix valuable international attention in the biosciences field. The many advancements made on campus will improve the human condition.
“The Phoenix Biomedical Campus has grown into the foundation for Arizona’s growing biomedical industry and helped to put the region on the national map as a cutting-edge center for research and medical collaboration,” Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego told the Phoenix Business Journal. “It’s exciting to have Phoenix at the center of some of our most promising treatments to emerge in years for chronic and deadly diseases.”