March 2, 2012
February 29, 2012
Artist's rendering of Sundt's latest criminal justice project, the Porterville Courthouse in Porterville, Calif.
When you have a specialized project to build, you need a specialist. Modern criminal justice facilities – courthouses, jails, prisons and juvenile detention centers – require extensive experience to design and construct due to their unique security requirements and other complex building systems. Over the past three decades, Sundt has designed and constructed more than 100,000 detention beds in various custody levels, making us one of the leaders in this specialized market. We don’t just know how to construct modern correctional facilities; we understand the needs that must be met for these specialized institutions.
When beginning a project, we complete a comprehensive review of the design to determine any early or special procurement items that may be required. Early procurement of long-lead items such as precast sleeping rooms, electrical gear, security hardware, and security doors is evaluated to determine the appropriate acquisition schedule. This information is incorporated into the schedule to assure that materials are onsite when needed.
Through our use of innovative technology such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), issues can be analyzed and evaluated during the design phase. During construction, we use full-size mock-ups of sleeping rooms and plumbing chases to assure that all items will fit appropriately. Security electronics panel mock-ups are an opportunity to work through any dimensional, location, or other potential layout issues. Our BIM capabilities enable us to review operational and sightline issues. Room interior layout review prior to construction is invaluable in identifying and correcting issues that might cause problems in the future.
Courthouse projects are all unique, but what they have in common is a focus on value – it’s critical to virtually every courthouse project because of reduced budgets. Our expertise helps reduce the original budget and establish affordable life-cycle costs for our clients, the latter of which can be very challenging because of increased costs associated with the security requirements necessary for operating and maintaining a court facility.
Whether you’re building a courthouse, jail, prison or juvenile detention center, there is no learning curve when Sundt is the contractor.
February 28, 2012
The soon-to-be-complete Warrior in Transition barracks at Fort Sam Houston, Texas
This photo shows off something we’re particularly proud of: the nearly completed Warrior in Transition (WT) barracks at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Sundt has completed or is in the process of building five WT projects at multiple army posts around the country. These federal construction projects provide specialized services to meet the unique medical, psychological and social needs of U.S. Army soldiers who return home wounded from combat overseas.
Built to accommodate up to 360 returning soldiers, the $48 million WT barracks at Fort Sam Houston features 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.
February 24, 2012
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Tim Blood has become a senior estimator in the Sacramento office. A Sundt employee since 2008, Tim will lead the preconstruction efforts in California with a special focus on higher education, courts and correctional facility 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 Tim, and this is what we learned.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
I wanted to be a part of Sundt’s culture of long-term planning and strategic thinking.
What is your goal in your new position?
I’d like to help our industry evolve in regards to the way we deliver our services. We have a huge opportunity thanks to the advent of Building Information Modeling. We can have multi-trade prefabrication and systems integration on a large scale at a level of predictability that wasn’t possible 10 years ago. In order for this to be viable and sustainable, it cannot be done at the expense of design, long-term flexibility or quality. Shifting the majority of our work from the jobsite to a quality-controlled environment will drastically improve the quality of our projects, the speed at which they are delivered, and our ability to compete on a global scale.
I firmly believe this is the future of our industry. Making it a reality on a large scale will require the multi-disciplinary collaboration of highly effective teams, and the lines that separate owners, architects, engineers and contractors will blur as we work towards common goals. The thing I love about this is it’s something that requires the inspiration and cooperation of countless people. So, if I had to list a single goal, it would be to create relationships with like-minded folks, and play some part in helping this evolution to take place.
What motivates you?
Bringing people together to create great things.
When you’re not at work, how do you spend your time?
I’m the proud father of three busy boys ages 7, 4 and 2, so I generally spend my time playing Mario Kart on the Wii, racing Hot Wheels, riding bikes, throwing around the football, fending off attacks when I get home from work, reading stories, playing the guitar and sleeping when I find the time.
How do you alleviate stress?
I play the guitar – it’s a nightly ritual that the kids demand before bed…a win-win for all of us.
What is your must-have mobile app?
TED Talks – it’s a great way to find inspiration in your spare minutes throughout the day.
What is your favorite place to dine in California?
The Crab Cooker in Newport Beach.
February 22, 2012
The San Diego Armed Services YMCA received a grant from the Sundt Foundation to help make military life easier.
Sixty charitable organizations across the nation got good news from the Sundt Foundation last week: together they’ve been awarded more than $128,000 in grants to support their diverse programs – most of which benefit children and families in need. The organizations were selected by the Foundation’s board of directors from more than 100 non-profits that applied for grants during the first quarter of fiscal year 2012.
The Sundt Foundation raises money primarily through contributions from Sundt employees, which are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. Since its inception in 1999 the Foundation has made grants totaling nearly $5 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Most grants are awarded in communities where Sundt has an established office. Employees can also direct their donations to charitable organizations that benefit members of the military and their families.
“It’s exciting to see the Foundation growing and helping more and more people each year,” said board president Abigail Shaver. “We’re up to 598 members across the company, with 70 percent participation from administrative employees. When each of us gives a little, it adds up quickly and makes a big difference in people’s lives.”
The Mary Belle McCorkle Academy of Excellence in Tucson emphasizes "21st Century Learning." It opened last August.
The new Mary Belle McCorkle Academy of Excellence in Tucson is a project that encourages creative thinking from the students who use it as well as the team that built it. That’s because the K-8 school’s design reflects the tenets of “21st Century Learning,” a contemporary educational approach that emphasizes skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, adaptability, effective communication, curiosity and imagination.
Sundt’s $22 million Construction Manager at Risk contract was for construction of seven buildings on the 25-acre site, as well as off-site improvement work that included a new, signalized traffic intersection. The project team is pursuing LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The facility is highly flexible, with classrooms, called ‘studios,’ organized into community buildings that contain various age groups. If you’re imagining a typical school organized around long, lonely hallways, think again. There are no interior corridors. Instead, the central spines of the community buildings are break-out spaces where students in different grades work together on projects.
“The project’s flexibility was challenging from a construction standpoint because the seven buildings aren’t typical, box-like structures and are extremely articulated in their design,” says Senior Project Manager Kevin Almquist. “In fact, the project contains relatively few 90 degree corners, which made the layout and construction work pretty challenging.”
The bottom line, he says, is that “in building an educational facility that encourages creative thinking, we’ve learned a thing or two as well.” The school opened last August.