October 26, 2012
October 8, 2012
Artist’s rendering of the new dormitory project at the University of Texas at El Paso
Sundt has been awarded a student housing project at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) – the company’s first job for the university. The 100,000-square-foot dorm will house between 300 and 400 students and is the first in a series of projects that will add 2,000 dorm beds to the nearly 100-year-old campus. It is being built using the Construction Manager at Risk delivery method.
The multi-story building will sit atop a hilltop overlooking an existing softball complex colorfully dubbed “Helen of Troy Field.” Its design, created by Mijares Mora Architects and KSQ Architects, is consistent with the Bhutanese-inspired architecture that characterizes the rest of the 22,600-student UTEP campus. Construction will begin in the spring of 2013.
September 24, 2012
Prefabrication – made possible through an innovative combination of BIM and Lean – saved the owner $2 million on ISTB 4.
Most contractors utilize Building Information Modeling (BIM) and many make use of Lean Construction (a scheduling approach that maximizes efficiency and minimizes waste – great for tight schedules), but not many integrate the two. The few that do, like Sundt, offer enormous advantages to their clients because the skillful integration of BIM and Lean translates to significant savings of both time and money that wouldn’t have been possible using just one method alone.
Sundt’s Director of Construction Technology, Dan Russell, provided a great example of the successful combination of BIM and Lean in a presentation he made recently to the Arizona Chapter of the Lean Construction Institute. In it, he showed how Sundt saved the Arizona Board of Regents $2 million on the recently completed Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. ISTB 4 is a $112 million, state-of-the-art research and educational facility.
“With Lean, instead of a superintendent creating a master schedule and handing it to the subs, he builds a baseline schedule with milestones and then works with the subs to complete the schedule through a series of pull-planning sessions,” Dan said. “It’s a very detailed process, but it’s invaluable for helping everyone understand where their piece fits into the big picture, who they affect and vice versa. It was especially helpful with ISTB 4.”
After creating the project’s schedule through Lean, Sundt’s team maximized the opportunities for off-site prefabrication with BIM, which Dan calls “a schedule compression tool.” Altogether, prefabrication saved $2 million in general conditions (money that went directly back to the owner) and eliminated 16 weeks of construction time from the schedule. The team was able to pre-fabricate:
- 100 percent of the ductwork and
- 30 percent of the plumbing working with Dynamic Systems, Inc.
- 90 percent of the fire protection working with RCI Systems, Inc.
- Five percent of the electrical working with Wilson Electric Services Corp.
- The building’s north and west facades were prefabricated off-site by KT Fabrication, Inc.
- Nearly all of the building’s laboratory components with its electrical, process piping and teledata interfaces were fabricated off-site by ISEC, Inc.
“Lean was crucial for developing the project’s ultra-aggressive schedule,” Dan concluded. “We couldn’t have met it without the prefabrication, and we couldn’t have done the prefabrication without BIM. Using BIM and Lean together was the perfect approach.”
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.
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.