August 2, 2011
July 23, 2011
Sundt Construction, Inc. recently completed work on new Warrior-in-Transition (WT) Barracks at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The design build construction project, which houses returning soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and other injuries, was the very first to receive funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – topping the list of “100 Recovery Act Projects Changing America” according to a fall 2010 report released by Vice President Joe Biden. The report named the WT Barracks the No. 1 example of successful initiatives born out of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the Stimulus Package.
This federal construction project’s design is a hybrid of a private-sector apartment and a medical-type facility. Most wounded soldiers residing in these WT barracks are able-bodied but coping with brain injuries or other related limitations. For that reason, the facility includes a myriad of way-finding features, such as designated color schemes for each floor and hand and lean rails for taking breaks. Its campus-minded layout also contains multiple lounge areas to encourage interaction, as well as an outdoor courtyard with a healing garden, walking trail, labyrinth, seating areas and covered canopies for
recreation and reflection.
July 22, 2011
Sundt was recently awarded the contract to rebuild Fort Worth’s West Seventh Street bridge by the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Transportation Commission. Estimated at $24.1 million, the civil construction project is the first win with TxDOT for Sundt’s San Antonio-based Texas District. The bridge will serve as the gateway between the city’s downtown and cultural district.
“We take pride in being selected by TxDOT to work on this project and are eager to improve the West Seventh Street Bridge for the Fort Worth community, the Seventh Street Business Association and nearby business owners,” said John Carlson, senior vice president and Texas District manager.
Sundt kicked off summer in an award-winning way at the Design-Build Institute of America – Western Pacific Region awards ceremony in Newport Beach earlier this summer. The design build contractor took home awards for two California projects: the County of San Bernardino Juvenile Detention Center won best regional project in the correctional category, and the UC – Davis Graduate School of Management, Offices and Conference Center won an award of excellence in the education category.
The UC – Davis project is composed of Gallagher Hall and an adjoining Conference Center, with Gallagher Hall serving as the home of the UC – Davis Graduate School of Management. The $34 million design build construction project launched in October 2007 and was completed in September 2009. The three-story, 83,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with advanced technology systems for a bright, open and interactive learning environment. It also includes a modern student affairs and career services center, an outdoor garden, and a courtyard space for special events and networking. Gallagher Hall’s eco-friendly construction is expected to LEED Gold certification, making it the first business school building in California to do so. Meanwhile, the adjoining Conference Center comprises the University Relations Department, ballroom, conference rooms and space for a restaurant.