February 1, 2012
January 30, 2012
Members of the Banta Elementary and Middle School project team recently broke ground on the $18 million project.
“If you build it, they will come.” When Kevin Costner spoke those now-legendary words in the movie “Field of Dreams,” he was talking about baseball, of course, not schools. But the same visionary idea also underlies Sundt’s current K-12 education project in Lathrop, Calif. – an $18 million elementary and middle school for the River Islands at Lathrop master-planned community. The project team recently broke ground on the new Banta Elementary and Middle School, even though the development doesn’t have any houses yet.
“While it’s rare that the construction of a school is happening in advance of residential construction, it makes for a unique project and neat opportunity,” said Teri Jones, project executive and vice president for Sundt. “Building the first school allows the developer and district to address the needs and priorities of potential future residents. As they shop for a home, families will be able to tour the school their children could potentially attend.”
When it opens its doors in August of 2013, Banta Elementary and Middle School will accommodate 1,500 students on a 30-acre site within the River Islands development. At build-out, River Islands will offer 18 miles of lakefront living with 11,000 residential units, five million square feet of commercial space, plus six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.
January 25, 2012
Sundt is pleased to welcome construction industry veteran Marty Garza to the team as area manager. Marty is in charge of leading higher education business development for our Texas Division and overseeing all operations of community college and university projects throughout the state. He comes to Sundt with 29 years of construction experience in Central and South Texas with a special focus on higher education and municipal projects.
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 chatting with Marty, and this is what we learned.
When not at work, how do you spend your time?
I am with my wife and family. We enjoy movies, dining and friends.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
I have been involved in the AGC for many years and have always been impressed with the professionalism, integrity and values exhibited by several Sundt leaders at AGC events. I knew a long time ago that I wanted to be a part of it.
If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing?
I have always wanted to fly jets….I would definitely be a pilot!!!
What is your proudest professional achievement to date?
Being asked to serve on the Board of the AGC Education & Research Foundation.
What’s your goal for your new position?
I want to help achieve our ambitious growth plans.
What is one thing that few people know about you?
I was a High School and Collegiate All-Around Gymnast. Of course that was 30 years and 40 pounds ago….
What’s your favorite movie?
My favorite movies are by Disney…Pirates is the best.
Where would you most like to travel?
China. I have always been fascinated with the Chinese culture and the vast and varying landscapes.
If you could meet anyone, who would it be?
Chuck Yeager…He flew FAST jets.
January 23, 2012
Chamisa Village will accommodate 282 students when it is complete this winter.
Some higher education projects go beyond the expected, like Sundt’s current work for New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces. This winter, we’ll wrap up phase two of Chamisa Village, a student housing project for NMSU that is seeking LEED Gold for Homes certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first Gold-certified multi-unit university building in the state.
Sundt’s $22 million Construction Manager at Risk contract includes construction of four new three-story buildings along with associated site development and utilities. We’re also performing all of the project’s concrete work with our own crews. To achieve its high level of sustainability, the team is using environmentally preferred wood materials and efficient framing to reduce waste.
January 18, 2012
Sundt’s Concrete Division is making nearly 11,000 pre-cast concrete blocks to create 200 targets at Fort Bliss’s new computerized target practice range. The project will be complete in November.
Sundt is proud to be building the U.S. military’s first fully computerized target practice range at Fort Bliss Army Post, Texas, a high-profile project called DAGIR, which stands for Digital Air-Ground Integration Range. Our $30.4 million heavy civil contract includes constructing 23 miles of tank trails, installing 200 pre-cast concrete targets, and building six support buildings. The facility will be used to train U.S. soldiers and the armies of several U.S. allies for combat missions on the ground and from the air.
What makes the range unique? A digital control system allows for the creation of unlimited combat scenarios, while sensors in the targets and the vehicles gather information that then becomes part of the review and feedback process.
Sundt’s ability to self-perform all of the concrete work is playing an instrumental role in helping the team manage the tight schedule. Nearly 11,000 concrete blocks, each measuring 2x2x6 feet, are being cast using an efficient assembly line approach that has boosted productivity rates by more than 30 percent over what was originally projected…and earned accolades from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“The quality of our concrete work really stands out because we did a lot of research into forms and ended up investing in a steel version that produces a very nice, consistent block,” says Project Manager Fred Locke. “We’ve been complimented several times in the owner’s meetings.”
Sundt's "West Block" project in San Diego, Calif., occupies an entire city block.
Now that’s a tight construction site. Sundt’s current project on the San Diego Community College District’s City College Campus occupies an entire city block, hence its nickname “West Block.” It consists of an 83,000-square-foot classroom building that will be used for social sciences instruction, health services and corporate education, plus an adjacent 400-vehicle parking structure.
This photo, taken last week, shows how little room the team has for materials delivery, equipment storage and laydown, which makes careful planning and sequencing essential for success. “The job is bounded by streets,” says Project Manager Conrad Benitez. “With the exception of the small area at the courtyard, every side of the buildings is up to the property line.”
Something else that’s unique about the job: our Concrete Division is self-performing all of the concrete work, a package valued at $13 million out of a total contract amount of $16 million. The design-build project is scheduled for completion this summer.