January 25, 2016
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.
November 6, 2015
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.
November 2, 2015
Sundt’s Mary Homan and Jamie Frye accept the 2015 Build San Diego Award for Sustainability for the company’s work on the San Diego State Student Union.
Sundt’s awards collection keeps growing in 2015.
We earned two more honors this week for projects in Arizona and California: a Design-Build Institute of America Award of Excellence for renovations of Old Main on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson and an Associated General Contractors of America Build San Diego Award for Sustainability for the San Diego State University Aztec Conrad Prebys Student Union.
Constructed in 1891, Old Main was the first building on University of Arizona campus. The work included stabilizing the historic building’s perimeter stone wall, resolving subterranean water infiltration, reinforcing the brick columns and chimneys, reconstructing the second floor porch, upgrading and leveling the second floor structure, replacing metal roof shingles and rebuilding the second floor interior for use as the office of the university president. Other features included safety upgrades, installation of a new mechanical system, and replacement of the plumbing, lighting and electrical systems. The building is the oldest in the state to receive LEED certification.
The SDSU facility is the first LEED Platinum certified student union in the California State University System, using 40 percent less energy and water than similar buildings. It serves as the university’s hub for meeting, socializing and studying. It features dining options, retail space, 14 meeting rooms and a fitness center.
Common Ground Awards honor accomplishments in conflict resolution, negotiation, community building and peace-building.
Awards keep rolling in for our extensive reconstruction of Old Main
on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.
Our team’s efforts earned a Common Ground Award presented by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance on Oct. 30. Old Main was one of 11 winners from a field of 50 submitted for consideration as top projects in Southern Arizona.
Constructed in 1891, Old Main was the original building on campus.
The project also earned the:
•Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award;
•Arizona Preservation Foundation Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award & Grand Award;
•DBIA Western Pacific Region, Merit Award-DBIA Western Pacific Region;
•Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award;
•National Award of Merit-Design-Build Institute of America and the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission’s Historic Preservation Award.
University of Arizona Associate Director, Planning & Public-Private Partnerships Rodney Mackey (left) and Sundt Tucson Office Project Director David Ollanik at the Common Ground Awards ceremony on Oct. 30 in Tucson.
The project involved stabilizing the perimeter stone wall, resolving subterranean water infiltration, reinforcing the brick columns and chimneys, reconstructing the second floor porch, upgrading and leveling the second floor structure, replacing metal roof shingles and rebuilding the second floor interior for use as the office of the University president. Other features included safety upgrades, installation of a new mechanical system, and replacement of the plumbing, lighting and electrical systems. Work began in early 2013 and finished during the summer of 2014.
Common Ground Awards are presented annually to honor outstanding accomplishments in conflict resolution, negotiation, community building and peace-building. The Metropolitan Pima Alliance advocates responsible development in the Pima County metropolitan area and furthers the interests of the real estate and development industry through education, public policy advocacy and networking.