March 19, 2012
March 15, 2012
Andale/Sundt’s projects at Camp Lejeune began earlier this year and are scheduled for completion in September of 2013.
Sundt and Phoenix-based Andale Construction have teamed up as joint venture partners to build two barracks projects for the United States Marine Corps at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The federal construction projects – worth a total of more than $70 million – are the result of a joint venture partnership that has been officially recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Mentor-Protégé Program, a business development initiative that helps socially and economically disadvantaged Americans gain access to economic opportunity.
Andale Construction (pronounced ahn-dah-ley, which is Spanish for “hurry up,”) was founded in 2006 by Luis de la Cruz, an underground utility specialist who started his career in construction more than 34 years ago as a laborer in Los Angeles. After applying to the SBA’s program in 2010, Andale and Sundt were approved as official mentor-protégé partners last year. Since then they have been engaged in an in-depth process in which Sundt is helping Andale strengthen and grow its fledgling business. The Andale/Sundt joint venture, in which Andale is the majority partner, is a single entity that is officially recognized as a small/minority-owned business. As a result, the partnership is able to pursue large-scale federal projects that have been set aside for such enterprises.
Spanning more than 156,000 acres, including 11 miles of North Carolina coastline, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is home to several major Marine Corps Commands and tenant commands. Andale/Sundt’s design-build projects are located at the French Creek and Camp Johnson areas of Camp Lejeune and are valued at $31.5 million and $39.9 million, respectively. The project at French Creek is for bachelor enlisted quarters consisting of one, five-story building with 200 rooms. The project at Camp Johnson is a three-story, 170-room bachelor enlisted quarters that includes study areas, meeting rooms and ceremonial spaces to be used for education and training.
March 14, 2012
Sundt's corporate headquarters in Tempe, Ariz., located at 2620 S. 55th Street.
Interested in the quality of the built environment? New to the subject and want to learn more? Either way, you’re invited to participate in a live webinar produced by the Building Commissioning Association (BCxA), and hosted by Sundt, called “Total Building Commissioning.” It’s open to anyone with an interest in the quality of the built environment: owners, designers, contractors, and others in the industry.
We’re gathering at Sundt’s offices in Tempe and Tucson from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21st to hear the presentation by H. Jay Enck of Commissioning & Green Building Solutions, Inc. Mr. Enck will focus on illustrating the value of whole building commissioning, demonstrate the nuances of the whole building process, and discuss how it impacts building operations.
Participants will be able to:
• Compare the value of whole building commissioning versus commissioning only mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems
• Illustrate how whole building commissioning helps achieve the triple bottom line
• Demonstrate how to maintain building performance for the life of the building
• Apply whole building commissioning to future projects
Sundt is covering the $100 registration fee so that the event is free for those who participate in the webinar from one of our offices. Please RSVP to Rick Belanger at email@example.com to let us know that you’ll be attending, and where.
For those outside of the Phoenix and Tucson areas, you can still tune in remotely via a link provided by BCxA. Registration and event details are provided here.
March 13, 2012
Construction is underway on SDSU's new 200,000-square-foot Aztec Student Union. Its mission style design matches the historic architecture of nearby buildings.
Contemporary design, or traditional? That’s one of the big questions faced by colleges and universities when they’re planning new building projects on campus. Many opt for a historic look that’s only skin deep: the exterior finishes on the new structure mimic the surrounding architecture, but that’s where the similarities end.
Officials at San Diego State University and the project architect, Cannon Design, decided to go one step further in their pursuit of historical accuracy when planning the school’s new 200,000-square-foot Aztec Student Union. In order to give the four-story building a true mission style design, the structure won’t just have gently curving walls and a white-washed finish. It’s also being built without any control or drift joints in the plaster system – just like the nearby historic buildings that inspired its appearance.
That decision, while ensuring a more authentic-looking end product, has created a number of challenges for Sundt, which began the university construction project last June under a $70 million Construction Manager at Risk contract.
“Eliminating the joints increases the risk of cracking on the plaster exterior,” explained Project Manager Jamie Frye. “In order to combat that, we’ve reinforced the building, added fiber-mesh to the plaster mix and extended the cure time for the brown coat. We’ve also added a waterproof membrane beneath the plaster in addition to the standard lath paper to eliminate water from entering the building through cracks in the plaster.”
The team’s modern approach to this historical design challenge also includes getting creative with construction sequencing. Under ordinary circumstances, the roof would be completed before work could begin on interior finishes, but extending the plaster cure time has changed that.
“We can’t afford to wait for the plaster to fully cure before putting the roof on; we’ll simply lose too much time that way,” Jamie continued. “Instead, we decided to put the roof membrane on first and then put a temporary protection roof over it. This way we can give the plaster the time it needs to cure and still get started on the interior – without delaying the project.”
Students, faculty and staff will be enjoying their brand new LEED Platinum building – a thoroughly modern facility with the look and charm of the older structures on campus – when classes begin in the fall of 2013.
March 9, 2012
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Amy Hawkins has been promoted to Area Manager for federal projects. In her new position, Amy will be responsible for the procurement and execution of new projects for the federal government. Amy has been in the construction industry since 1991, and joined Sundt in 2005. During her career, she has served as Senior Project Manager, Project Manager, and Project Engineer on projects valued at over $1 billion.
Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we wanted to share a little more about Amy. We recently spent some time talking with her, and this is what we learned:
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
I was initially drawn to Sundt by the high level of professionalism, entrepreneurial spirit and the concept of ownership in the company available through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan. I believe Sundt attracts some of the industry’s most motivated, experienced professionals who genuinely care about client satisfaction. I was also drawn to Sundt’s commitment to long-standing relationships with the top tier of owners, architects and subcontractors in the industry.
If you could build anything, what would it be?
I particularly enjoy working on hospitality/casino projects. I enjoy the fast pace and I get a lot of personal satisfaction out of working with owners and designers to help them create one-of-a-kind features, effects using high-end finishes, pushing the envelope of design, and meeting very challenging construction schedules.
Would you recommend a career in construction to a young person today?
I would. Construction tends to develop very well-rounded individuals. I love that on any given day I could be negotiating contracts in a boardroom, walking the site and solving constructability issues with the team, or figuring out how to get very diverse groups of people to join forces to move a project forward. There aren’t many careers that allow a person to develop so many skill sets all at once.
Where would you most like to travel?
I enjoy traveling to Europe – London, Paris, Amsterdam and Spain are a few of the spots I have been. I think my next trip will be to Costa Rica for yoga and surf lessons.
How do you like to spend our time when you’re not working?
I enjoy spending time with my family in Phoenix when I am not “on the road” traveling for work. When I get a chance to take off for a few days I enjoy working around my yard, reading, snowboarding, relaxing on the beach, doing yoga and working out at the gym. At least once a year I unplug from work and go visit the family farm in Vermont.
Sundt and a joint venture partner recently expanded the Loop 101 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in Phoenix, Ariz.
You don’t have to be a traffic engineer or city planner to know that our country’s transportation system is in desperate need of help. Consider this statement from a recent white paper produced by the Bureau of National Affairs: “As of 2006, more than half of total vehicle miles traveled on the federal highway system occurred on roads that were not in good condition. More than one quarter of the nation’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.”
Making the problem worse is the fact that new infrastructure projects haven’t kept up with demand. According to the same white paper, between 1980 and 2006, vehicle travel miles increased by 97 percent for automobiles and 106 percent for trucks. But in the past 30 years the total number of highway lane miles grew only 4.4 percent.
The situation – some say a crisis – is especially worrisome for businesses because the harder it is for them to transport goods and services, the costlier it becomes. A higher cost of doing business translates to lower profitability and less money for hiring employees, which inhibits the economic recovery. Simply put: deteriorating infrastructure is a danger to public safety, harmful for the environment (think of all those vehicles idling in congested traffic because there aren’t enough roads), and bad for our nation’s economy in more ways than one.
Many experts, including the leadership of Sundt, agree that now is the time for bold action to turn the situation around.
“Initially, the federal government needs to pass a long-term transportation bill that is at or above the current funding levels. A five-year plan would give the states the stability they need to move forward with construction projects,” says Jeff Williamson, senior vice president and manager of Sundt’s Civil Division. “Ultimately, broad-based public awareness and education need to occur to create the will for a major investment in our infrastructure if this nation is to remain competitive in a global economy.”