April 23, 2012
April 18, 2012
The expanded recreation center at the University of Arizona is the first LEED Platinum building on campus.
Earth Day is a great time to celebrate how the construction industry is contributing to the green movement. Sustainability and green building have stepped into the mainstream in both the public and private sectors, and even with the U.S. military. Sundt is proud to be at the forefront of this effort. We have a proven track record of helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals in order to get the buildings they want with the environmentally friendly features we all need.
Green construction benefits the owners, the building’s future occupants, and, of course, the environment. It looks far beyond reducing energy use and improving air quality. Green construction takes a “big picture” approach, focusing on the interrelationship of the various building systems – plumbing and HVAC, electrical, structure, exterior building envelope construction, and interior finishes – rather than considering each one independently.
Sundt has aided the sustainability efforts of many of our clients by constructing green facilities and sharing lessons learned. In several cases, we’ve exceeded clients’ sustainability goals by proposing and implementing creative strategies to improve the performance of their buildings. Below are a few recent projects that exceeded initial LEED certification goals:
- Arizona Game & Fish Headquarters – Silver to Platinum
- University of Arizona Recreation Center Expansion – Silver to Platinum
- Dial Corporate Headquarters and Research & Development Facility – certified to Silver
There’s still a long way to go toward securing our planet’s future, but there’s also a lot to celebrate. Happy Earth Day!
April 17, 2012
An aerial view of the new Cordes Lake Bridge over I-17 showing the recent installation of the precast concrete girders.
Sundt and joint venture partner Vastco, Inc., are reconstructing Arizona’s busy Cordes Junction traffic interchange at Interstate 17 (I-17) and State Route 69 (SR 69), about 65 miles north of downtown Phoenix. The 50-year-old interchange is used by approximately 40,000 vehicles per day, most of which are just passing through on their way to smaller towns in northern Arizona.
In order to alleviate congestion and improve safety, the Heavy Civil project will:
- create two separate interchanges: one that has a high-speed off-ramp from northbound I-17 to northbound SR 69 for through traffic, and a diamond interchange that has a system of on- and off-ramps designed for slower, local traffic;
- realign, widen and pave several local streets associated with the interchange;
- construct seven new bridges, including one of Sundt’s specialties: a post-tensioned, cast-in-place concrete structure that will be the most challenging aspect of the project. In order to avoid road closures, it will be built over live traffic on I-17. Vastco/Sundt’s expertise with this kind of road and bridge construction is a major reason the team was chosen for the job.
The $51 million, Construction Manager at Risk project will be complete in the summer of 2013.
April 13, 2012
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Shawn Yeager has joined us as a senior estimator in our Tempe office. Shawn brings more than 10 years of industry experience to his new role, in which he will lead preconstruction efforts in Arizona with a special focus on industrial and mining projects. (Learn more here). Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we wanted to get to know our latest addition. We recently spent a little time talking with Shawn, and this is what we learned.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
Being that Sundt is a 100-percent employee-owned company, it is clear how valued the people are. I wanted to be a part of a company that cares about me as a person while simultaneously putting me in the perfect position to capitalize and grow with re-emerging industrial markets.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Opportunity rarely knocks twice.”
What motivates you?
My wife and kids.
How do you alleviate stress?
I love to go fly fishing! It gives you a goal to focus on while calming you at the same time – it’s great!
What is your all-time favorite film?
If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing?
I would be raising horses somewhere beautiful.
April 11, 2012
Fountainhead Office Plaza, Building B, was awarded NAIOP Arizona’s LEED-certified Project of the Year in their Best of 2012 Award Program. The project, located in Tempe, Ariz., was completed by Sundt earlier this year.
Sundt’s experience with commercial building construction goes back to the late 1800s – to our earliest days as a general contractor. Whether your project is a landmark corporate headquarters facility, a large retail center or mixed-use development, our expertise offers a number of advantages. Sundt is also a well-respected, experienced builder of other commercial product types such as industrial, hospitality and structured parking.
Helping Clients Define and Meet Their Goals
As the way we work and do business evolves, so do the buildings we work in. The standards for office buildings are changing, which is why it’s important to have an expert like Sundt on your commercial building project team. We understand the unique needs of various project types and have the collaborative experience necessary to help drive the innovation of these spaces to achieve higher levels of both building and occupant performance.
With the Right Experience, It’s Easy Being Green
As the sustainability movement gains momentum, more and more public and private owners are looking to improve the energy efficiency and performance of their commercial projects. With more than 175 LEED-certified professionals on staff and a lengthy resume of sustainable projects, Sundt has become a leading builder of green projects throughout the country.
San Antonio's PSAP has 115 workstations where employees can answer emergency calls and dispatch services throughout San Antonio and surrounding Bexar County.
The City of San Antonio’s new state-of-the-art emergency response center, known as the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), was recently completed by the Guido/Sundt joint venture and is now serving residents of San Antonio and surrounding Bexar County. The project team used its expertise to overcome a number of challenges while building the mission critical facility: meeting an aggressive schedule, ensuring redundancy of multiple building systems, and installing sophisticated communications equipment. The 40,000-square-foot dispatch center for fire, police and emergency services replaced the city’s former 9-1-1 call center.
The project had an exceptionally fast schedule of just 12 months. But before construction could even begin, the project team had demolish four existing buildings and six acres of 12-inch-thick concrete paving. Thanks to their careful planning, the demo work was completed in just one month and PSAP was completed on time. As a result, the city was able to disable the former call center and transfer emergency response services to the new facility without interruptions.
Systems Redundancy for 24/7 Operations:
The structure was designed to have a high degree of “survivability” in order to withstand natural disasters. In addition, all of the electrical, mechanical and communications systems are fully redundant so that it will never lose power or communication abilities.
• Four back-up generators will keep the PSAP functioning at 100 percent capacity if power is ever lost.
• The AC system is also fully redundant. Indoor temperatures would quickly rise to 150 degrees or higher because of the heat generated by people and equipment if the system ever malfunctioned.
• The building has two entry points for telephone and fiberoptic cables to ensure that there is never an interruption in emergency response services.
Installing the PSAP’s sophisticated communications systems presented one of the biggest challenges to the project team. They had to coordinate all of the electronics, telephone and computer equipment that run to the center’s 115 dispatch stations to that they function perfectly without interfering with one another.