January 5, 2012
January 3, 2012
Artist's rendering of PECOC, a new emergency management center being built by Sundt for Pima County, Ariz.
Sundt’s latest mission critical project – a $14.6 million emergency management facility for Pima County, Ariz., known as PECOC (Pima Emergency Communications and Operations Center) – will greatly improve communication and coordination between various public safety agencies in the county and nearby city of Tucson when it is complete this June. The innovative facility will centralize communications, dispatch, and public safety answering points for the Pima County Wireless Integrated Network to meet a variety of critical needs for the community.
Sundt’s contract includes a partial building demolition, remodeling, and building a 13,400-square-foot addition to an existing, county-owned building. The completed 63,000-square-foot facility will house the 9-1-1 call center and dispatch operations of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and a consortium of fire districts that serve unincorporated Pima County, plus the Pima County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center. Backup dispatch facilities for the City of Tucson Police and Fire Departments and a backup Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition center for Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department Operations will be housed there as well.
Sustainability is one of the project’s top priorities. In order to help PECOC achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, an energy-efficient overhead HVAC system with raised flooring will be utilized to heat and cool the facility. The team is aiming to recycle as much as 75 percent of the project’s construction waste, including saving rocks that were in the original landscape and reusing them to create a new gabion wall. Masonry walls inside the building are being built by Sundt’s own crews.
The facility will be outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and security features including radio communications equipment and telecommunications infrastructure for the new regional public safety voice communications network, for which Sundt will install all of the cables. PECOC also includes high security fencing, a controlled access system, seismic bracing to prevent earthquake damage, and a number of redundant features and backup generators so that the facility never loses power.
December 30, 2011
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to welcome George Hubert to the team as director of information technology. Based out of our Tempe office, George will be responsible for managing the department personnel as well as the company’s long-term strategic technology plan. (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 George, and this is what we learned.
When not at work, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy family activities including riding bikes, hiking, playing sports and watching movies. Of course, that’s after homework is done. Disneyland parks are also very important in my life.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
The rich history of the company was intriguing. The more I learned about Sundt, the more I wanted to be a part of this team. The clincher for me was when I interviewed with most of my staff. I was amazed at how much the IT department had been able to accomplish over the last several years while under tight budgets and tighter staffing.
What is your proudest professional achievement to date?
My team built a data center from a building shell and moved into it in less than four months. That took a lot of effort, coordination and very long weekends.
What is one thing that few people know about you?
I delivered my younger daughter at home (on accident).
What is something you do on a daily basis?
Eat cookies (or something yummy).
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
I would like to raise/donate enough money to cover one day’s operating cost of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ($1.7 million/day).
What’s your goal for your new position?
To inspire my team to go beyond the expected, which is Sundt’s goal for the company as a whole.
December 28, 2011
Artist's rendering of the new Vet Med 3 building at UC Davis
Contrary to Muppet wisdom, being green is actually getting easier – even for complex research facilities like the new $37.5 million Vet Med 3 building at the University of California, Davis. That’s because advancing technology and innovative approaches are helping project teams achieve exacting technical specs while meeting ever-increasing sustainability goals.
The 118,000-square-foot, four-story facility, being built by Sundt, contains state-of-the-art laboratories, administrative space and offices to serve the research needs of multiple departments in the health sciences. Although it isn’t complete yet, the project has already been awarded the California Energy Efficiency Partnership’s Best Practice Award in Best Overall Sustainable Design in 2009 for design and construction innovations. It is also on track to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“The building was designed in a fully integrated manner to provide very high performance at a low operating cost,” says Sundt Project Manager Joel Witt. “We’re using a sophisticated energy model to help demonstrate the cumulative effects and inter-relationships of each and every design choice while allowing us to measure how changes and substitutions could affect the building’s overall performance.”
Take, for example, the project’s energy-efficient HVAC system, which brings outside air into the building and regulates indoor air temperatures with active chilled beams. Using this type of heating and cooling method in a laboratory setting is unusual – and innovative – because laboratories require very high levels of control, especially when they’re combined with office spaces.
“Negative air pressures have to be maintained within the labs so that contaminants don’t escape,” Joel explained. “Some areas, like the fume hoods, require even tighter controls. All of the various levels of containment have to be monitored and managed through very technical means. Introducing chilled beams for heating and cooling creates an active, dynamic system that is elegant in its simplicity while providing the university with the greatest possible efficiency. In order for the chilled beam system to work in this kind of setting, everything must be very precise. It all comes back to the fully integrated design represented by the energy model.”
December 23, 2011
Preconstruction Project Manager Randy Rusing gave a check for $5,000 to the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.
Fans of country music legend Reba McEntire have one more reason to sing her praises: the diva of downhome recently gave $10,000 to Sundt Construction to be used for matching grants to charitable organizations that help military members and their families. Reba and Sundt forged a connection thanks to Pat Manley, one of the star’s closest friends and owner of Johnson-Manley Lumber Company, a subcontractor to Sundt. Sundt upped the ante by throwing in an additional $15,000, bringing the total to $25,000 that has been distributed to non-profit groups at five military installations around the country. Holiday generosity…now that’s tune we can all hum along to.
Sundt employees had the pleasure of handing out checks to the following organizations:
- $5,000 – Operation Helping Hand at Fort Campbell, Ky.
- $2,500 – Toys for Tots program at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
- $2,500 – Holiday Food Voucher Program at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
- $5,000 – Warrior Family Community Partnership at Fort Carson, Colo.
- $5,000 – Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.
- $5,000 – Military Outreach Ministry (MOM) at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Sundt Project Director John Alberghini gives $1,000 from the Sundt Foundation to a representative of the Toys for Tots program at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Many of our service members face tough times during the holidays. Long separations from their families, emotional and physical battle wounds, and even financial struggles can make this joyous time of year more challenging than it should be for those who dedicate themselves to keeping our country safe.
“Some of them come home from a long tour of duty overseas and don’t even have money to buy gifts for their kids, or food for Christmas dinner,” says Dan Arana, operations manager for Sundt’s Federal Division. Dan, whose own family benefitted from the kindness of others when he was growing up, has made it his personal mission to identify and help meet the needs of our men and women in uniform at each of the military installations where Sundt has a current construction project. “We want them to know that people care about them. It makes their holidays brighter, and it makes us feel good to help.”
Dan and his fellow Federal Division employees worked to put together the following holiday-themed activities to benefit military families this year:
At Marine Corps Base Camp Yuma, Ariz., they gave 40 $50 gift cards to the Officers’ Spouses’ Club and 60 $50 gift cards to the Marine Corps Community Service, totaling $5,000 all together. The organizations will distribute the commissary gift cards to young Marines and their families to help feed them over the holidays. This was in addition to 60 $50 commissary gift cards Sundt gave to the Marine Corps Community Service to help Marines and their families at Thanksgiving.
At Fort Sill, Okla., Sundt recently held a barbecue to celebrate two successful projects and used the opportunity to encourage a number of its subcontractors to match the Sundt Foundation’s $3,000 grant to the Armed Services YMCA (see below). An additional $1,856 was raised from a number of subs and suppliers, bringing the total to $4,856. The check was given to the organization during the week of Thanksgiving, and was reported to be a huge help.
Federal Division employees working at Fort Sill also sponsored four military families for Christmas, which involves purchasing gifts for their families as well as toys for a “Holiday Joy” event that took place on Dec. 20.
The Sundt Foundation joined in the Federal Division’s generosity by awarding $10,000 in grants to the following non-profit organizations that lend a helping hand to military families:
- $3,000 – Armed Services YMCA – Fort Sill, Okla.
- $2,000 – Hope for our Warriors – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
- $1,000 – Operation Santa Claus – Fort Bliss, Texas
- $1,000 – Santa’s Workshop – Fort Hood, Texas
- $1,000 – Toys for Tots – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
- $1,000 – USO of North Carolina – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
- $1,000 – Returning Heroes Home – Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Sundt also gave $5,000 to the following organizations at Fort Polk, La.:
- $1,000 – Fort Polk Army Community Service (ACS) Baby Center
- $1,000 – Fort Polk ACS Emergency Food Voucher
- $1,000 – Fort Polk ACS Survivor Outreach
- $1,000 – Fort Polk Child Development Center
- $1,000 – Fort Polk Youth Services