March 23, 2012
March 21, 2012
In 2011, the Sundt Foundation collected nearly 150,000 water bottles and delivered them to several Phoenix-area agencies that aid the homeless.
As temperatures rise, employees from Sundt’s corporate headquarters in Tempe, Ariz., are once again gearing up to participate in the annual Thirst Aid water bottle drive to benefit St. Joseph the Worker, a nonprofit organization that aids the homeless and other disadvantaged individuals throughout the Phoenix area. Many of them suffer from thirst, heat-related illness and even death when temperatures soar in the spring and summer months.
The Sundt Foundation organized the company’s first Thirst Aid event in 2010 with the hope of collecting 1,200 water bottles. They crushed their goal by collecting 49,000 bottles, and that number tripled the following year when 149,000 bottles came through our doors – so many that St. Joseph the Worker was able to supply the entire Human Services Campus with water. (The Human Services Campus is a collaboration of 15 homeless service providers that was created to address the growing demand for services by people experiencing homelessness.) As a result, the agencies didn’t have to turn away a single person that year who needed water.
The goal for this year’s drive? Collecting 150,000 water bottles and continuing the commitment to making the event as green as possible. How? St. Joseph the Worker is installing recycling containers at all areas where trash receptacles are currently located so that the water bottles aren’t thrown away.
“As Sundt employees, we’re fortunate to have nice jobs in comfortable offices where we always have access to clean, cool water,” says Lisa White, a Foundation board member and organizer of the event. “Not everyone is so lucky, which is why the Sundt Foundation decided to get involved in Thirst Aid with our own water bottle drive. Since then, the participation and support have been tremendous. Many of our subcontractors have also gotten involved. It’s so satisfying to reach out and do what we can to help others – for them and for us.”
March 19, 2012
Artist's rendering of the new science and technology buildings at Santa Monica High School
Sundt has extensive experience building K-12 education projects … and so do a number of other contractors. But time and time again, what distinguishes Sundt from the competition is our proven ability to understand each client’s unique needs and exceed their expectations for quality, professionalism, and collaboration.
Sundt was recently awarded a $55 million project at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, Calif., for just those reasons. Our experience was a major factor in our selection, but what sealed the deal were our ideas for accommodating the needs of both the school district and the city, all while keeping neighborhood residents, parents and students satisfied in this engaged community. The team also devised and proposed a way to shorten the project’s schedule by an entire semester, in plenty of time for the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
Our lease-leaseback contract includes construction of new science and technology buildings complete with laboratories equipped with fume hoods, classrooms, an auto shop, and administrative space. Once the buildings are complete, crews will demolish the school’s old, outdated science and technology buildings and perform extensive site improvements that include parking lot reconfigurations and construction of a new softball field.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.