June 15, 2016
February 1, 2016
Parts of the old Sellwood Bridge are being recycled at a Portland steel plant.
Pieces of Portland, Oregon history are being shipped down the Willamette River to find new life. The Slayden/Sundt Joint Venture has started removing massive steel truss spans from the old Sellwood Bridge, which opened in 1925, and transporting them via barge 10 miles downriver to a plant for recycling.
The joint venture team has been working with its subcontractor, an independent design firm and the owner’s design team for more than six months planning the “shoofly” removal. Before the removal could start the team had to add strengthening to the temporary piers and truss section at specific locations to counter the forces applied to the remaining sections during lowering.
The truss will be taken down in a total of nine pieces. The four main sections, measuring 200 feet apiece, will be lowered onto a barge using four 250-ton strand jacks. Each will take approximately a week to remove.
The remaining five smaller sections above each temporary bent will be hoisted onto a barge using a derrick crane. Once the shoofly truss and substructure are dismantled, a marine subcontractor will remove the 80-pipe pile from the river.
“The riveted-steel truss will be processed and sold on the open market as a scrap commodity to a steel mill or foundry for use in the production of new steel,” said Senior Project Engineer Matt Fisher. “Recycling the old bridge contributes significantly to the sustainability characteristics of this important infrastructure project.”
January 25, 2016
Our company’s Green Business Practices aren’t limited to our offices, meeting rooms and jobsites. A transformation of the grounds at our Tempe, Arizona headquarters made the landscaping less water-reliant and resulted in an Arizona Landscape Contractors Association’s Judges Award of Excellence.
Thanks to work by ISS Grounds Control, our building exterior is more modern and the landscaping needs less water. The crew worked for three weeks to add crushed granite and give the design more depth and volume. The landscaping is more sustainable and will need little water once desert trees and plants mature.
The ALCA awards program reflects the association and industry’s commitment to designing and maintaining the Southwest environment while applying practices and methods that promote sustainability.
The grounds work was one of many green practices we employ, including using alternative fuels in some company vehicles, rewarding employees who bike to work and keeping waste to a minimum at our offices and jobsites.
November 30, 2015
Sundt is on the leading edge of Lean Construction with 17 employee-owners taking and passing the Associated General Contractors’ certification exam late last year. We are one of just 34 companies industry-wide with CM-Lean certified employees.
The interactive certification program consists of seven courses and a 150-question exam.
Lean Construction maximizes value for clients by minimizing waste in the design and construction processes.
As we continue building a continuous improvement culture, a key component of our strategy is to educate and train our employee-owners on the skills and tools that support our Lean goals.
November 11, 2015
The criminal justice facilities market has been growing the past several years. One of the projects constructed by Sundt recently earned recognition from the only national organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build.
The John M. Roll United States Courthouse in downtown Yuma, Arizona earned a Design-Build Institute of America National Merit Award in the Federal, County, State, Municipal category earlier this month. Members of the judging panel were impressed with the project team’s ability to achieve cost, schedule and quality goals, while demonstrating unique applications of design-build best practices.
The two-story, 57,000-square-foot building includes two courtrooms, judges’ chambers, detention cells and administrative areas for the United States federal courts and U.S. Marshals Service. Sandstone and masonry cover the building’s exterior, and a “living wall” of vines supported by steel trellises provides a natural shade barrier. An expansive photovoltaic canopy covering the building’s entrance invokes the feeling of a front porch and generates electricity for the facility.
The courthouse, completed in spring 2013, is named in honor of a federal judge who was killed in the January 2011 attack on former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson.
More students means more housing is needed at the University of Nevada, Reno. With Sundt’s completion of Peavine Hall on campus, a school-record enrollment will have one more place to call home.
The university had 20,898 students this fall, a 4.8 percent increase over the previous year.
The $35 million project, which we led as Construction Manager at Risk, included demolition of multiple existing buildings and construction of the 117,000-square-foot, five-story steel and concrete residence hall. Designed by Collaborative Design Studio, the facility is pending LEED Gold certification and features brick veneer, suite-style housing for 400 students, common lounge spaces and state-of-the-art building systems.
“Our team’s extensive experience in education construction enabled us to deliver this project on schedule and with minimal disruption to campus life,” said Sundt Vice President Teri Jones. “Peavine Hall is not only an attractive addition to the campus, but it will also address the university’s housing needs as its student population continues to grow.”
As a leader in student housing and sustainable construction, we also recently finished the LEED Platinum-certified University of California, Davis Tercero Student Housing Phase III building; LEED Gold-certified California State University, Chico Sutter Hall; and the LEED Gold-certified University of California, San Diego Tamarack Apartments in La Jolla.