Sundt Intern Amy White talks about her experience this summer at the Banner-UMC Tucson project and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the work being performed on the new hospital tower. Amy is a University of Arizona civil engineering student who’s on track to graduate next year.
Two Sundt projects have earned regional awards from Engineering News-Record, a publication widely considered the authority of the construction industry.
The Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB) in Downtown Phoenix won best project in the higher education/research division for the Southwest and San Jose State Campus Village Phase II earned an award of merit for higher education/research in Northern California.
BSPB is a 10-story facility where collaborative work in neurosciences, healthcare outcomes, cancer and medicine performed is expected to lead to groundbreaking discoveries with a direct impact on public health.
The San Jose State project is 10-story high-rise college housing that includes 850 beds, common study rooms, a multi-purpose lounge, learning center, recreation space and other support spaces. It was the first collaborative design-build in California State University history.
The number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to double to more than 98 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older group’s share of the total population will rise to nearly 24 percent from 15 percent.
That aging population is driving the need for more assisted living and memory care facilities. Sundt has built more than half a dozen senior living projects in Arizona, California and New Mexico. We won an award for similar work from the North American Industrial Office Properties Association Arizona Chapter.
This summer, we started construction on the Otay Ranch Senior Living Facility, a $20 million project in Chula Vista, California. The community will have 85 units for assisted living and 26 for memory care. The 105,000-square-foot project is located in the Otay Ranch Community.
“With our portfolio of modern senior living facilities, we are confident seniors in our community will be proud to call Otay Ranch home,” Sundt Vice President and San Diego Regional Director John Messick said.
Amenities include a dining room and bistro, movie theater, fitness room, arts and crafts center, barber/beauty salon, activity space and courtyards.
“We have a solid performing team to manage this project,” said Project Manager Brandon Drury. “It’s exciting to see this kind of synergy. Our combined experiences allow us to anticipate and solve issues with tenacity.”
Construction is expected to be complete next summer.
The Banner-University Medical Center Tucson joint venture construction team celebrated the building’s topping out Jan. 18, signaling the end of structural steel work on the 670,000-square-foot healthcare facility.
Steel work took about five months to complete and the combined material was tall enough to reach the top of Mount Lemmon, the 9,171-foot peak located north of Tucson. But there’s still plenty to do before the facility begins welcoming patients in a little more than two years, including:
- Placing 17,000 cubic yards of concrete, enough to build a 3-foot-wide sidewalk from Tucson to Phoenix;
- installing more than a million pounds of ductwork;
- putting in 1,700 plumbing fixtures;
- setting up 19,000 light fixtures.
After almost two years of construction, a brilliant new copper building is welcoming its first occupants in Downtown Phoenix. While the Sundt joint venture has almost a year’s worth of work remaining, the $136 million University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB) is starting to fulfill its mission of finding cures and saving lives.
The 245,000-square-foot building is the latest addition to a growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a 15-year-old city initiative bringing bioresearch and education to downtown. This is Sundt’s fourth project on the campus, including the neighboring Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), which sits in the BSPB’s long shadow. The 268,000-square-foot HSEB is shared by the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, the UA College of Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, as well as by Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services programs.
BSPB is bringing together scientists and researchers from across many disciplines to work collaboratively in fighting diseases. The first researchers are moving in on the fifth and sixth floors while the construction team builds out the 10th floor. That space was originally designed as shell.
The Center for Applied Nanoscience and Biomedicine will be headquartered in the building. Its researchers are making cutting-edge discoveries, such as the Rapid DNA test, which detects early-stage bacterial infections.
Our work and that of other contractors, including our joint-venture partner DPR Construction, on the campus has given Phoenix valuable international attention in the biosciences field. The many advancements made on campus will improve the human condition.
“The Phoenix Biomedical Campus has grown into the foundation for Arizona’s growing biomedical industry and helped to put the region on the national map as a cutting-edge center for research and medical collaboration,” Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego told the Phoenix Business Journal. “It’s exciting to have Phoenix at the center of some of our most promising treatments to emerge in years for chronic and deadly diseases.”