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Like many Sundt projects, the original design of the Sutter Hall dormitory at California State University, Chico had green building practices at the forefront. Prior to starting construction on the building, owners and project partners believed that the 111,000-square-foot complex would meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED Silver certification. However, everyone was beyond thrilled when Sutter Hall, which opened in late 2010, was recently awarded Gold certification, the second highest level of green building certifications.
The $60 million Sutter Hall complex combines student housing, residential dining and programming centers. Although the project was well positioned during design and preconstruction phases to achieve LEED silver, the team met regularly to review the project’s status and seek out any potential opportunities for additional eco-friendly features. Such opportunities arose, including the option to utilize natural light for daylighting and to increase the facility’s performance through the use of recycled content and regionally based building materials. Such diligence allowed the project team to seize opportunities and capture the three additional LEED certification points identified prior to construction. The final point – which bumped the project from Silver to Gold – came as a result of Sundt’s green building experience, allowing the team to identify a Credit Interpretation Request to capture the point for Brownfield Redevelopment.
We offer our congratulations to the CSUC Sutter Hall project team for its teamwork and ability to find and seize opportunities! Here’s to going gold!
On Oct. 1, Mike Hoover and his colleague Eric Hedlund were promoted to serve the company as dual chief operating officers (more here). Mike began working for Sundt as a laborer after finishing high school in 1978. He also held intern positions with Sundt while attending the University of Arizona. He joined the company full-time in 1988 and has held a variety of positions since then including division manager, chief estimator, project manager, project superintendent and project engineer. In his new role, he oversees the company’s heavy civil, mining and industrial, concrete, masonry, and safety/quality groups. We recently asked Mike a few questions to learn more about who he is and what he cares about outside of his busy role at Sundt.
What’s your favorite book or movie? I haven’t seen many movies lately, but one I did see that I really liked was “Gran Torino” by Clint Eastwood. My favorite books are the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?I like spending time with my kids and playing golf. I also enjoy being at my cabin in the White Mountains, east of Phoenix.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I played a lot of sports as a kid, but I always wanted to be a professional golfer.
Who would you most like to meet? I would really like to meet Arnold Palmer, the golf pro. I really admire what he has done for the game of golf.
What has kept you with Sundt all these years? Sundt’s a great company. My father worked here and I’ve always had a lot of pride in this company. We have a great reputation in the industry and we treat people fairly. It’s a great place to make a career in construction.
Sundt would like to take a moment today, Veterans Day, to salute the brave men and women of the United States armed forces who have put their lives on the line for our freedom. Their sacrifices and hardships are difficult for most of us to imagine, but nonetheless we are deeply grateful for their selfless service.
When our service members return from overseas combat, whether it’s to prepare for their next mission abroad or to return to civilian life, they often bear physical and emotional scars that require special care. That delicate transition is being made a little easier thanks to the treatment available at the Warrior in Transition (WT) barracks that have been completed at a number of military installations around the country.
Sundt will soon complete one such facility at Ft. Sam Houston, home of the San Antonio Military Medical Center, which reflects our pride in our service members. Built to accommodate up to 360 returning soldiers, the $48 million WT barracks feature a two-bedroom apartment-style design. Through the use of subdued lighting, residential-style furnishings and household common areas, the new WT barracks provides service members a sense of normalcy, as well as the chance to adapt to the new lifestyle they’ll experience when they return to the civilian environment. Proximity to world-class medical and therapeutic facilities, combined with a deep devotion to patient-centered care – both physical and emotional – mean our best and bravest will be treated with the respect they deserve and given the chance to return to their communities in the best condition possible.
In addition to our current project at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Sundt has completed a $30 million WT project at Fort Bliss, Texas, and has three others underway: at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Polk, La.; and Fort Sill, Okla. These are some of the most meaningful projects we undertake as a company because they allow us the chance to give back to the men and women in uniform who have given so much to all of us.
Friends and family of Christina-Taylor Green, the youngest victim of the shooting rampage that occurred in Tucson last January, now have a place where they can remember her and be inspired by her short life. The Christina-Taylor Green Little Hands Playground at Mesa Verde Elementary school was built with contributions from a number of organizations, including $13,000 worth of concrete construction donated by Sundt’s Concrete Division and coordinated through the Sundt Foundation.
The project was organized by the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation as a living memorial and much-needed improvement to the aging playground, which hadn’t been upgraded since the school was built 35 years ago. Christina-Taylor was a third grader there when she lost her life last January during a public “meet and greet” event with Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The new climbing structures and playground equipment rest on a floor of rubber tiles (for improved fall protection) and are canopied by an expansive shade structure. Volunteers from Sundt poured the 2,500-square-foot, four-inch-thick foundation, which includes a four-inch curb around the perimeter to frame the rubber tiles. They also installed the aggregate base course sub base and water-cured the slab to prepare it for the tile adhesive.
“Sundt was privileged to be part of this project,” said Sundt Foundation Vice President Tom Crohurst. “We hope the playground brings joy to many children, just as Christina-Taylor Green did to those who knew her.”