November 11, 2015
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.
September 9, 2015
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.
August 27, 2015
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Sundt and our joint venture partner, DPR Construction, are helping make Downtown Phoenix a home for vital university-related healthcare facilities.
Work is steadily progressing on the $136 million University of Arizona Biosciences Partnership Building along 7th Street with a new floor being poured every month. When it’s complete next year, the 10-story facility will unite scientists and researchers from across disciplines to work collaboratively in fighting diseases.
It’s the latest addition to a growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a city initiative bringing bioresearch and education downtown. BPB is our fourth project under contract on the campus, including the neighboring Health Sciences Education Building, which houses health education for the UA and Northern Arizona University.
Sundt and DPR’s healthcare construction work in Phoenix carries a strong reputation down Interstate 10 into Tucson. Our joint venture team was recently chosen to construct a $260 million, 11-story hospital tower at Banner Health’s University Medical Center on the UA campus. The project includes a renovation of Banner’s Diamond Children’s Medical Center.
Our commitment to effect positive change on the environment and become one of the top green contractors in the nation is paying off. We recently advanced to 30th from 46th on the Engineering News-Record Top 100 Green Contractors list and to 26th from 40th on Building Design + Construction’s Green Building Giants list.
UC-Davis Tercero Student Housing Phase III.
A few of our sustainable projects this year include the LEED Silver certified University of Arizona Old Main Building renovation in Tucson, Ariz.; the LEED Platinum certified University of California, Davis Tercero Student Housing Phase III complex in Davis, Calif.; and the LEED Gold certified Butler Elementary/Puentes Middle School in El Paso, Texas. We are also completing construction of the Sellwood Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, Ore., which is being built in accordance with the Greenroads International sustainability rating system for transportation projects.
“Our renewed corporate commitment has paid off, due largely to the efforts of the Sundt Sustainability Mentor Group, which includes representatives from all of Sundt’s business units,” said Dan Osterman, Sundt sustainability champion. “One area where our team has instituted significant change is in our reduction of generated waste at project sites. This year alone, our corporate standard of waste diversion increased to 75 percent, up from 50 percent on all Sundt projects.”
The Sundt Sustainability Mentor Group is a team of employees that promotes environmentally responsible practices at the company’s offices and jobsites. In addition to implementing green standards within our company, the mentorship program has increased Sundt’s involvement in sustainable organizations like the U.S. Green Building Council and Greenroads.
The group has also helped cultivate green expertise among our employee-owners, expanded our national profile as a green leader and focused our sustainability goals to achieve greater results and effect positive change in the environment.