September 3, 2014
October 16, 2013
Preliminary rendering of the reconstructed Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe
Arizona State University football fans have something extra to cheer about: they won’t have to stop rooting for the Sun Devils while Sundt and joint venture partner Hunt Construction Group perform a $256 million transformation of the school’s football stadium. That’s because the project has been carefully planned to avoid interrupting the fan experience.
The Construction Manager at Risk project involves the complete reconstruction of the lower stadium bowl and the addition of many new amenities and improvements that reflect the university’s emphasis on sustainability, technology and innovation.
“All of the work will be threaded between football seasons, with construction performed in the stadium during the off seasons while the team is practicing,” says Ryan Abbott, Sundt Business Development Manager. “In order to avoid disrupting the football season, we have to control and deliver all of the massive components that will become the seating bowls, structural beds, towers, etc., on a very rigid schedule. We can do it because we’re builders. As far as the football team is concerned, it’s like Disneyland. We’re practically invisible.”
The university construction project is poised to redefine stadiums in the Pac 12 with more and higher quality amenities such as a new concourse, better seating, more restrooms with enhanced quality, a new student athlete facility, premium seating such as founder and club-level suites, better training facilities, improved concessions, a premiere video board and sound system, extensive accessibility improvements, an air-conditioned club, in-stadium technology for fan enjoyment and education, and an expanded student section on the stadium’s south end that will include about 8,000 seats.
Construction of the student section will begin in January (minutes after the Cactus Bowl concludes) and will be complete before the 2015-2016 football season next August. Next January the construction team will simultaneously go to work on the east and west sidelines of the lower bowl. Demolition work has already begun to clear space for the new student section.
March 7, 2013
The fitness complex’s signature feature is its 570,000-pound rooftop swimming pool.
When students at Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus began moving into student housing last fall, their new rec center was ready and waiting for them – even though the five-story, 70,000-square-foot facility wasn’t scheduled to be complete for another three weeks. That’s because the Sundt team that constructed the Sun Devil Fitness Complex decided to accelerate the already fast-track, 13-month schedule in order to finish the project 21 days early – just in time for students’ use on move-in day.
Sundt’s early completion of the university construction project is particularly impressive considering the complexities of the fitness center. It is constructed on a very tight lot (approximately 146 feet by 140 feet) in a busy urban area that left little room for delivery of materials and equipment storage. It has a 570,000-pound rooftop swimming pool, a large gymnasium, weight and cardio room, multipurpose space, student lounge, bike co-op, locker rooms and elevated indoor running track. The building also houses Exercise and Wellness, an academic program in ASU’s School of Health and Nutrition.
The $20 million, Construction Manager at Risk project was complete in August.
September 19, 2012
Sundt took home three prestigious RED Awards last month.
AZRE (Arizona Commercial Real Estate) magazine named Sundt the Contractor of the Year at its 8th annual RED Awards event last month. Two Sundt projects also won prestigious awards: the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 at Arizona State University was named Best Education Project, and the Health Sciences Education Building at Phoenix Biomedical Campus, built by Sundt and joint venture partner DPR Construction, was the winner in the Most Challenging Project category. More than 100 projects were nominated for RED Awards by a number of contractors, architects, developers and brokerage firms.
“It was wonderful to be recognized by the industry and especially by the real estate community who are our clients,” said Sundt Senior Vice President and Southwest District Manager Marty Hedlund. “These awards are high praise, and they confirm that Sundt’s hard-working, talented employee-owners are some of the best in the business.”
June 6, 2012
Artist's rendering of the new Arizona State University Downtown Campus Recreation Center, also known as the 'Y@ASU'
Work out, get a smoothie, go for a swim, meet friends to study. Sounds like a lot of running around, unless you’re a student at Arizona State University’s (ASU) downtown Phoenix campus. Soon they’ll be able to do all of that, and more, in one location known as the ‘Y@ASU.’
Sundt is building the new ASU Downtown Campus Recreation Center, commonly known as the Y@ASU, adjacent to the existing Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA. The latter has served as the campus’s rec center for the last several years. It will soon be joined at the ground level to the new, five-story recreation facility, giving students access to all of the amenities they currently enjoy at the Y plus a large gymnasium, weight room, indoor track, multi-purpose space, student lounge, bike co-op, locker rooms and a rooftop leisure pool. The Y@ASU will also house Exercise and Wellness, an academic program in ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.
“The project is a win for everyone involved,” said Sundt Project Director Ryan Abbott. “The students (who voted to fund the project through recreation fees) will have access to two wonderful facilities, and Y members will have access many of the amenities within the new building. Desert Troon Companies, one the project’s neighbors, has proven to be a vital partner providing logistical space, synergizing incoming utility requirements and being an active participant in meeting the demands of construction. It is a very happy, longstanding partnership that Sundt is proud to be a part of. We’ve been an active supporter of the Lincoln Y by serving on various boards and participating in several renovation projects on the 1955 facility.”
The $25 million university construction project (Sundt’s contract is for approximately $20 million) is expected to bring new energy to downtown Phoenix – another “win” for which it has been lauded by the local media. It is scheduled to be complete for the 2013 fall semester.
ISTB 4 was built by Sundt using the Construction Manager at Risk delivery method and designed by HDR and Ehrlich Architects.
Sundt is excited to announce the completion of Arizona State University’s most sophisticated research facility: the $112 million Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building (ISTB) 4. ISTB 4 is a 297,000-square-foot, eight-story building intended to encourage and enhance the university’s opportunities for collaborative, trans-disciplinary research, education and outreach. It will also serve as a tool for recruiting top scientists and engineers to ASU.