September 27, 2011
September 19, 2011
Sundt is helping San Diego set the bar for LEED green building with the new Aztec Student Union at San Diego State University, slated for completion in the fall of 2013. The original 43-year-old student center was demolished in August to make way for its replacement – a project approved by students and awarded to Sundt two years ago. The architect is Cannon Design.
The $104 million, three-story union will accommodate 30,000 students across 205,582 square feet of space; making it twice the size of the one that stood before it. It will serve as the university’s hub for meeting, socializing and studying. Additionally, the union will feature dining options, retail space, 14 meeting rooms and a fitness center.
Keeping in line with sustainable construction practices, Sundt will recycle and reuse nearly 80 percent of the materials from the original building for this project. The new student union will also boast the latest in green building features, including:
- Solar panels to convert sunlight to energy
- Rooftop vegetation garden to lower greenhouse gas emissions
- Underground water storage tanks to recycle water run-off from storms
- Radiant flooring system of concrete structural slabs to provide heating and cooling mass
- Pervious paving to reduce water run-off and pollutants
- Natural lighting to minimize dependence on artificial lighting
- Operable windows to increase ventilation effectiveness and control
When finished, the new facility will be the first and only LEED Platinum certified student union in the California State Universities system, using 40 percent less energy and water than other similar buildings. To get project updates and see live footage of construction, visit www.aztecstudentunion.com.
September 12, 2011
Our Kiewit-Sundt joint-venture team is working hard to wrap up its Loop 101 expansion project, which kicked off earlier this year. A fast-track endeavor set for completion this fall, this Arizona Deportment of Transportation project will offer Phoenix commuters nearly 30 miles of new HOV lanes. Last week this significant heavy civil construction project earned ink in Engineering News Record. Visit enr.construction.com to get the scoop, which features interviews with Allen Mills of Kiewit and Travis McCarthy of Sundt.
September 8, 2011
Each quarter, the Sundt Foundation convenes to review and approve grants that support nonprofits in the various communities where Sundt Construction, Inc. has offices and projects. This past quarter, the Foundation awarded 47 grants and a total of $132,000 to local organizations in Phoenix, Tucson, Sacramento, San Antonio and San Diego.
Established in 1999 by Sundt to give employees a means of giving back to the communities where they live and work, the Sundt Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that offers financial support to various local organizations whose missions are to solve problems and improve lives. While there are many pressing social issues in every community, our Foundation focuses specifically on serving the needs of disadvantaged children and adults.
On Sept. 30, 2011, Sundt’s CEO and Chairman J. Doug Pruitt will retire after 45 years with the construction company. At that time he will also step down from the Foundation’s board of directors, a position he has held since its inception. In a recent interview about his lengthy construction career, he was asked what achievements ranked among his proudest, to which he responded: participating in the creation of the Sundt Foundation.
“I would have to say that I’m extremely proud of the Sundt Foundation… The Sundt family had a long history of contributing to our society in many ways, but we hadn’t created an environment that encouraged our employees to get involved in charitable giving and volunteerism. The Sundt Foundation has given them that opportunity. They have really risen to the occasion and have donated more than $4 million to charities. They have also volunteered thousands of hours helping charities like Sojourner Center, Crisis Nursery and others with building or renovating their facilities. Companies and their employees have a responsibility to give back to the community. I’m extremely proud of the employees of Sundt for what they have done.” – J. Doug Pruitt, interview with AZRE Magazine. (Read the interview here.)
September 2, 2011
This spring, Sundt Construction, Inc. promoted Wayne Einbinder to vice president to spearhead the company’s recently established special projects division. The division focuses on construction services for large-scale projects ($100 million or more) with external joint-ventures, as well as those projects requiring the multi-discipline expertise unique to Sundt. The division supports the contractor’s long-term goals for growth regionally and nationally.
In May, Einbinder and the Special Projects Division – in collaboration with Sundt’s Sacramento office – celebrated its first project win with the award of the contract for the Kings County Courthouse in Hanford for the Superior Court of California, County of Kings, by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). Located in the Central Valley, the $100 million courthouse is the largest courthouse project Sundt has been awarded by the AOC to date.
Einbinder is no stranger to overseeing large-scale construction projects, which made him a perfect fit for leading the Special Projects Division. His work portfolio features more than $1 billion in education projects across seven different campuses. Einbinder’s experience also includes a $2 billion prison program for California Department of Corrections, a $2 billion airport program with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and an $800 million program with the City of Phoenix. Click here to learn more about Einbinder and Sundt’s Special Projects Division.
Rendering of the Sellwood Bridge, a Slayden-Sundt heavil civil construction project near Portland, Oregon.
It’s been a big summer for Sundt’s heavy civil construction team. For starters, the construction company’s Heavy Civil Division was recently selected for two new projects at the Fort Bliss military installation in El Paso, Texas: the Scout Reconnaissance Crew Engagement Range Complex project and the Beaumont Army Medical Center Site Infrastructure Improvements project.
Additionally, the Division is excited about Sundt‘s recently opened satellite office in El Paso, located just 10 minutes from the airport and easily accessible from Interstate-10. Home to about 70 Sundt employees, the El Paso office will support the newly awarded heavy civil construction projects at Fort Bliss, other Sundt projects already underway at the military installation, as well as future opportunities for various company divisions in the West Texas and New Mexico markets. Fred Stone and his staff have been instrumental in the development of owner and subcontractor relationships in the region and will continue to lead Sundt’s efforts there. The company has also welcomed new local talent aboard, including Project Superintendent Ron Parks, who brings decades of scheduling experience and local knowledge to the staff.
Lastly, the heavy civil construction team is looking forward to launching two other projects it was awarded during the past two months: W. Seventh Street Bridge project in Fort Worth, and the Sellwood Bridge project in Portland. Construction on both the Texas and Oregon bridges will launch in 2012.