September 24, 2012
September 19, 2012
Prior to the completion of the project, the schools’ swimming, diving and water polo teams had to practice and compete at nearby facilities.
Three high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District east of San Diego, Calif., now have their own aquatic centers for competitive swimming, diving and water polo, following Sundt’s completion of a $13.8 million project. It was our second project for the district, which raised the money for the pool facilities through a recent bond election. The aquatic centers are located at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, West Hills High School in Santee, and Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley.
“The Granite Hills facility was in the planning stages for more than 20 years, so it was a real dream come true for many people,” said Sundt Project Manager John Foster. “The school was opened in 1960, but its new aquatic center houses the most modern pool money can buy.”
Granite Hills now has a 50-meter pool with 19 lanes plus six basketball courts and 12 tennis courts. The other two schools have 25-meter pools containing ten lanes each. All three aquatic centers are equipped with bleachers, diving boards, state-of-the-art timing equipment and scoreboards, and a pool building that houses the mechanical room, restrooms with lockers, offices, team rooms, storage rooms and a snack bar area. One of the pools is solar-heated and the others are equipped for solar heating in the future.
September 10, 2012
Artist's rendering of the new Arizona State University Downtown Campus Recreation Center, also known as the 'Y@ASU'
Work out, get a smoothie, go for a swim, meet friends to study. Sounds like a lot of running around, unless you’re a student at Arizona State University’s (ASU) downtown Phoenix campus. Soon they’ll be able to do all of that, and more, in one location known as the ‘Y@ASU.’
Sundt is building the new ASU Downtown Campus Recreation Center, commonly known as the Y@ASU, adjacent to the existing Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA. The latter has served as the campus’s rec center for the last several years. It will soon be joined at the ground level to the new, five-story recreation facility, giving students access to all of the amenities they currently enjoy at the Y plus a large gymnasium, weight room, indoor track, multi-purpose space, student lounge, bike co-op, locker rooms and a rooftop leisure pool. The Y@ASU will also house Exercise and Wellness, an academic program in ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.
“The project is a win for everyone involved,” said Sundt Project Director Ryan Abbott. “The students (who voted to fund the project through recreation fees) will have access to two wonderful facilities, and Y members will have access many of the amenities within the new building. Desert Troon Companies, one the project’s neighbors, has proven to be a vital partner providing logistical space, synergizing incoming utility requirements and being an active participant in meeting the demands of construction. It is a very happy, longstanding partnership that Sundt is proud to be a part of. We’ve been an active supporter of the Lincoln Y by serving on various boards and participating in several renovation projects on the 1955 facility.”
The $25 million university construction project (Sundt’s contract is for approximately $20 million) is expected to bring new energy to downtown Phoenix – another “win” for which it has been lauded by the local media. It is scheduled to be complete for the 2013 fall semester.
August 22, 2012
The new LLRC at San Diego Miramar College has been credited with helping transform the campus.
San Diego Miramar College kicked off the fall 2012 semester with an exciting celebration: the grand opening of its new Library/ Learning Resource Center, which was built by Sundt under a $23.2 Construction Manager Multiple Prime contract.
Ursula Kroemer, the project’s Communications Manager, was thrilled about how the building came out: “I’m so excited at the transformation of the campus – it’s really just remarkable and wonderful!”
The three-story, 105,000-square-foot building includes a 236-seat auditorium, classrooms, a computer lab and library. The adjacent central quad consists of landscaped areas and circular concrete pathways that mimic an aviation navigational tool – an homage to the site’s former use as an airfield. The building core is structural steel; a mix of plaster and stone veneer makes up the exterior.
The higher education project is aiming for LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
August 1, 2012
Artist's rendering of the expanded and improved Spartan Complex at CSU
Sundt is preparing to renovate the San José State University’s historic Spartan Complex, a group of buildings totaling 176,062 square feet that house the school’s athletic facilities, kinesiology department and natatorium (indoor aquatic center).
The $39 million university construction project – part of a statewide effort to bring older buildings in the California State University system up to seismic code – involves renovations to existing classrooms and offices as well as upgrades within the complex’s gymnasium, natatorium, dance and judo studios, weight and locker rooms, and mechanical spaces. Plans also call for the addition of a 191-seat auditorium-style classroom, lobby and two-story office wing, which will expand the complex by 5,600 square feet.
Sustainability features also have been incorporated into the project with LEED Silver certification in mind. Completion of the project is set for December 2014.
A ground-level view looking down into the building’s basement/loading dock area. The walls have been braced for backfill prior to the placement of the first floor “diaphragm” – made of structural steel, metal deck and concrete. The bracing will be removed once the diaphragm is in place.
Students at San Diego State University (SDSU) will soon see their new Aztec Student Union literally rising out of the ground as Sundt completes the basement and foundation and begins construction on the above-ground portion of the 200,000-square-foot, mission-style building. Sundt’s own crews are performing the project’s $7.2 million concrete package, which amounts to approximately 14,500 cubic yards of concrete. The $72 million, Construction Manager at Risk project is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2013.