October 6, 2011
October 3, 2011
Sundt’s recently completed project for the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) underscores why student housing has become one of the company’s areas of specialty. The $26.6 million Muir College Apartments are two, nine-story structures that were built in less than 21 months on a tight, densely populated site with very little room for equipment setting, storage, or delivery of materials. The project team contended with close proximity to existing residences and academic buildings, and a very busy dining operation within footsteps of the construction site. They also dealt with frequent rains, as well as vehicle and pedestrian traffic on a road that bisected their work area. Despite these challenges, the project was finished on time and within budget, and it is expected to exceed the owner’s original LEED Silver goal by achieving LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
One of the keys to the project’s success? Building Information Modeling (BIM). Heavy rains early in the project caused flooding and delays during excavation. Using BIM, the team made up the time later in the schedule by re-sequencing certain activities and adjusting timeframes allotted for tasks where possible.
“BIM played a significant role in the schedule and making things go smoothly overall,” said Project Manager Jamie Frye. “For example, there were many utilities in the concrete decks, so the subcontractors utilized data from BIM for their surveying equipment to locate all of their insert points in the decks. It was much quicker than if they had laid out everything by hand from grid lines. BIM probably cut that part of the project schedule in half.”
The cast-in-place concrete buildings can accommodate up to 275 students from the university’s Muir College in an apartment-style living environment. This was Sundt’s second student housing project for UCSD. The first, called One Miramar Street, was an 800 bed/800 parking space complex for single graduate students. It was completed in 2007.
September 30, 2011
Today is the birthday of our company’s founder, M. M. Sundt. He was born Oct. 3, 1863 in Gjovik, Norway. Click on his photo to learn about the history of Sundt Construction, Inc.
September 28, 2011
Today, September 30, is CEO J. Doug Pruitt’s last day at Sundt – marking the end of his 45-year construction career
with the company. Though Pruitt will no longer come to the office every day, he will remain involved by continuing to serve as chairman of the Sundt Board of Directors. Pruitt turns over the CEO reins to his longtime colleague, David Crawford, who has been with Sundt for 42 years and counting. We wish Pruitt well and thank him for his countless contributions to our organization, and we offer a warm welcome to Crawford as he steps into his new role.
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J. Doug Pruitt
September 27, 2011
Autumn has ushered in (slightly) cooler weather and sweep of awards for our team. On Saturday, Sept. 17, several Sundt Construction employees attended the Valley Forward Association’s annual Environmental Excellence Awards (EEA) ceremony at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Attendees left with more than a tasty meal in their stomachs – but also the Crescordia Award for its Chandler City Hall project, a green building project that has been submitted for LEED Gold certification with the U.S. Green Building Council. The EEA is Arizona’s oldest and most prestigious competition focusing exclusively on environmental initiatives. The Crescordia is the top prize given by Valley Forward each year, and a full release about Chandler City Hall’s Crescordia award appears on the City of Chandler website.
As part of its “Best Projects 2011″ accolades, ENR Southwest (formerly Southwest Contractor) also gave a tip of the hat to Chandler City Hall, naming it the winner in its category for Best Project Government/Public Building Project and one of three finalists for the Best Overall Project (winner to be announced later this fall). Sundt’s new Tucson headquarters – which employees settled into in March 2011- also made the grade, topping the category for Best Office Project.
Additionally, Sundt received recognition at the Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards, hosted by the Phoenix Business Journal at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Sundt was noted as the 6th largest privately held company based in Arizona, as well as the state’s 15th fastest growing privately held company.
Left to right: Mark Roddy of SmithGroup; Rick Heumann of Chandler City Council; Mike Medici of SmithGroup; Marian Norris, assistant to the City Manager; Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny; Kevin Hartke of Chandler City Council; Jack Sellers of Chandler City Council; Fred Friedl of Sundt Construction; Brian Kearney of Sundt Construction.
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.