October 12, 2017
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.
September 6, 2017
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.
Our work at the Wichita Falls Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education Center was similar to three projects we performed in San Antonio.
When officials cut the ribbon to open the Wichita Falls Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education Center last month, it marked the end of nearly two years of challenges faced and successes gained by the Sundt joint-venture team.
The 123,000-square-foot facility houses programs that prepare high school students for college or careers by offering advanced skills, certification, college credits and the ability to explore their futures from the comfort of high school. The building opened in time for the new school year.
Our team’s experience constructing similar facilities in San Antonio helped pave the way for a successful project. We previously improved Brackenridge, Burbank and Lanier high schools in the city by adding career and technical education (CTE) centers while the campuses were in use, just like Wichita Falls.
“(Project Engineer) Tyler Persyn and I worked together on the CTE centers in San Antonio,” said Project Manager David Musch. “We have a great working relationship based on trust and respect. As a whole, our onsite team, including my Superintendent, Project Engineer, Field Superintendent and our local JV partner, Trinity Hughes, were invaluable to our success.”
Owner savings on the $30 million project began during preconstruction.
“At GMP, we value-engineered $3 million out of the project and did not impact any of the programs slated for the Career Education Center,” David said. “We also came up with an AV package redesign that gave the district an LED wall that will be the focal point in the main corridor of the building.”
Wichita’s notoriously fickle weather affected the tight schedule, made more difficult when the district adopted a school calendar that cut 10 days off the end of the construction schedule. The team lost two months because of extreme weather and rain delays at the beginning of the work in late 2015.
“We drilled all our piers for the foundation of the building off of crane mats and established a temporary lime-stabilized access road in order to get the foundation started,” David said. “Our team worked seven days a week for 12-plus hours a day, plus night shifts for months, to overcome the challenges we faced.”