February 21, 2018
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.
February 14, 2018
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.
February 6, 2018
We’re working with Trinity Hughes Construction to build a $34.3 million Health Science and Human Services Building at Midwestern State University.
A strong track record helped by a proven joint-venture arrangement has us providing solutions for another client in Wichita Falls, Texas.
We’re teaming with local contractor Trinity Hughes Construction to build a $34.3 million Health Science and Human Services Building at Midwestern State University. The facility will house many programs in the Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services. The team will build updated facilities and space for the College of Health Sciences and Human Sciences Department including Dental Hygiene, Social Work, Radiologic Sciences, Respiratory Care and the Wilson School of Nursing.
This is our first project for Midwestern State. Trinity Hughes teamed with the university in 2015 to construct the Jesse Rogers Promenade, a 10,000-square-foot decorative pathway.
“Working with Trinity Hughes is seamless,” Sundt Project Executive Bob Aniol said. “They operate with similar values and have a high focus on safety.”
Founded in 1922, Midwestern State University has more than 6,000 students and is one of 36 public institutions of higher learning in Texas.
“Midwestern State needs to maximize its health-care program to create a great learning environment to grow the school of Heath Sciences and Human Services, which is one of the largest programs on campus,” Bob said.
Midwestern State’s expectations are clear. All it takes is teamwork and we have that covered.
“They want a quality building for a fair price,” Bob said.
While this is our first work for the university, we have made news in Wichita Falls for success on a couple of high-profile projects.
“The university is familiar with us through our reputation for doing the Wichita Falls Municipal Airport and the Wichita Falls Independent School District Career Education Center,” Bob said.
Preconstruction started last year at Midwestern State and construction begins in December. Completion is scheduled for May 2019.
January 30, 2018
Attendees at the first Sundt Devils session listen to a panel of experts talk about women in construction.
We have a longstanding, valued partnership with Arizona State University. Along with our current work modernizing Sun Devil Stadium, we have performed numerous projects that are improving the campus experience.
Our “Sundt Devils” discussion series, which kicked off last week, is taking the commitment directly to ASU construction management and engineering students.
The first event on the Tempe campus focused on women in construction. Our employee-owners on the panel were experts, including Senior Vice President and Building Group Manager Teri Jones, Senior Vice President and Southwest Building Group Manager Ryan Abbott, Project Executive Chandra Reilly, Project Manager Janene Thomas and Project Engineer Ashleigh Eubank.
Arizona State University students chat with Sundt employee-owners.
“This event really engaged the students in our Construction Management program,” said Kristen Parrish, Assistant Professor at ASU’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. “Multiple students approached me following the event to say they had learned something and were even more excited to pursue their own construction careers.”
Attendee questions included what advice the panelists would offer a woman entering the industry and how job seekers could stand out from the crowd. While the audience was mostly female, several male students came to learn more about the topic. After the panel discussion, attendees stayed around to network with their peers and our team.
“It’s exciting that our first Sundt Devils event was well received by the attendees and great conversation was sparked,” said Sundt Talent Acquisition Specialist Sarah Clapper. “I attribute the majority of our success to our five panelists. They took time out of their busy schedules to chat and network with the crowd. At the end of the event, I received positive feedback and excitement toward the next Sundt Devils event.”
Future Sundt Devils events will focus on other industry topics and trends. ASU students and faculty should follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for information as subjects and dates are announced. Students from any college or university can visit our website to learn more about internship and career opportunities.
The University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership won in ENR’s Higher Education/Research Project category.
Our work on the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in Downtown Phoenix is among the Best of the Best from 2017, according to judging by Engineering News-Record.
The 10-story building for the University of Arizona won in the Higher Education/Research Project category. The facility is home to collaborative research in neurosciences, healthcare outcomes, cancer and medicine. Research performed in the building is expected to lead to groundbreaking discoveries with a direct impact on public health.
“It’s an urban medical research facility built on the principle of interdisciplinary work,” Ryan Abbott, who leads the Southwest District of our Building Group. “It’s in exactly the right location. We’re a knowledge economy based on life science.”
This announcement comes as the culmination of a nearly year-long effort by dozens of industry judges and the ENR editorial team to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in the U.S. among projects completed between May 2016 and May 2017.
The competition began last March with a call for entries, which resulted in approximately 700 industry project teams submitting their work to the regional Best Projects competitions. In each of the 10 regions, editors assembled panels of judges to select the regional winners in 20 categories.
Once regional winners were chosen, they moved to the national competition. A new set of judges from across the country and all walks of the industry examined each project in an effort to distinguish the best from the best in teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality.
The projects and judges will be featured in more depth in the March 5 issue of ENR. Also in that issue, the editors of ENR, in collaboration with the judges, will select one project from the Best of the Best group as the Project of the Year, which will be revealed in the issue.