July 11, 2012
July 3, 2012
The 57,800-square-foot elementary school is a new, attractive focal point for the surrounding neighborhood.
A K-12 school construction project recently completed by Sundt in South Central Los Angeles is bringing major benefits not only to the 650 students who will attend classes there, but to the surrounding neighborhood as well. The Los Angeles Unified School District’s South Region Elementary School #9, located in South Gate, Calif., is a $21 million, 57,800-square-foot facility built on a 3.9-acre site that used to house several aging homes, a bar and an adult entertainment business.
“The area was pretty blighted, so the school is a huge improvement for the neighborhood,” said Project Manager Chris Dillard. “A number of teachers and neighborhood residents stopped by during construction to compliment the building and say how happy they were to see it being built. They’re especially excited about the amenities like wireless internet access throughout the campus.”
The concrete-and-steel structure has a sleek, modern design that will serve as an attractive focal point for the neighborhood while helping to relieve overcrowding in nearby elementary schools. Students and staff will enjoy a full range of recreational facilities including tetherball and handball courts and ball fields, as well as state-of-the-art communication and access control systems. To save energy, the school’s lighting is motion-controlled, and up to 25 percent of its electricity will be supplied by solar panels doubling as sun shades in the parking lot.
June 29, 2012
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Chris Salmon has joined us as a field engineer in the Sacramento office. He will be working at the Sonoma State University student center project where he will be responsible for processing information requests, ensuring jobsite safety and serving as a liaison between Sundt and project owners, design professionals and subcontractors (Learn more here). Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we wanted to get to know our latest addition. We recently spent a little time talking with Chris, and this is what we learned.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be in the major leagues. I thought baseball was my calling growing up since it always came easy for me. Though it didn’t work out I still play in an adult league with my twin brother and enjoy every minute I’m on the field as if it was the first time I ever set foot on one.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
I want to go skydiving. Though the thought of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane just doesn’t seem right, I feel that it’s a rush that I have to experience at some point in my life. I also feel that it would be good training if I’m ever in the situation that I need to jump out of a plane I will at least know the basics and know that I can do it.
If you could build anything, what would you build?
I would love to build a sports complex or an amusement park someday. I think both projects would be a lot of fun since I enjoy spending time at both. If I was given the opportunity to build either, I would feel a great sense of accomplishment when it was complete. It would be a great feeling to sit in a seat at the stadium and know that I helped make history or to watch the first roller coaster put smiles on people’s faces knowing I had a hand in bringing enjoyment to someone else’s life.
When you’re not at work, how do you spend your time?
When I’m not at work I like to be active as much as possible. Whether it is working out at my cross fit gym, snowboarding or backpacking, I like to keep moving and pushing myself to the limit.
What motivates you?
What motivates me is the urge to succeed. Whether it is work, play, or life in general, I want to be the best at whatever I am doing. I strive each day to become better at something, whether it is a process that I use to do something at work or even working on a lift at the gym that I’m not perfect at, I’m always pushing myself to become better.
What’s your goal for your new position?
My goal is to learn as much as possible from those around me. Everyone that I work with has a great deal of knowledge and I want to learn it all. It will not only benefit the company, but me as well.
June 14, 2012
Yuba College's new 26,000-square-foot Student and Instructional Services Center will be complete this fall.
Sundt is helping the Yuba College, Clear Lake Campus in Clearlake, Calif., get a fresh look and updated facilities by constructing a 26,000-square-foot Student and Instructional Services Center. The three buildings will provide consolidated space for administration and operations, student services, science labs, culinary arts, a library and a learning resource center. Most of these programs are currently housed in an assortment of modular buildings built in the 1970s. Sundt’s $13.4 million contract also includes all associated demolition, site work, and utilities.
Early in the project, the owner approached Sundt about installing a sidewalk in three days’ time – just before the beginning of summer school classes. Three days to demolish existing surfaces, install sleeves for utilities, prepare subgrade, form and place concrete was a tight schedule by itself, plus there were a number of utilities that had to be relocated including electrical, storm drains and a fire hydrant. Although it was tight, the project team was able to work with the subcontractors to devise a plan to ensure that the deadline was met.
The higher education project – slated for LEED Silver Certification – was awarded in May 2011 and will be complete this fall.
May 23, 2012
Miramar College's new LLRC is expected to become a major gathering point on campus. Its grand opening is scheduled for September 5.
San Diego Miramar College has an exciting event coming up this fall: the grand opening of its new Library/ Learning Resource Center, being built by Sundt under a $23.2 Construction Manager Multiple Prime contract. The three-story, 105,000-square-foot building is equipped with 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.
Chamisa Village will be fully occupied by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
This summer, students at New Mexico State University will finish moving into Chamisa Village, a four-building student housing project recently completed by Sundt. The project received LEED Gold for Homes certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first Gold-certified multi-unit university building in the state.
To achieve its high level of sustainability, the team used environmentally preferred wood materials and efficient framing (manufactured offsite in panels) to reduce waste. Motion-controlled lighting, extensive insulation, and energy-efficient appliances also make Chamisa Village a green place to live for its 282 student residents.
Sundt’s $18.6 Construction Manager at Risk contract included construction of the new three-story buildings along with associated site development and utilities. We also performed all of the project’s concrete construction with our own crews.