February 8, 2012
December 14, 2011
Artist’s rendering of the new University Center at Sonoma State University
For the first time, students at Sonoma State University will have a dedicated student center for dining, studying, shopping, student government, alumni relations and more when Sundt completes a $49 million project there next fall. Our crews are using Building Information Modeling throughout construction of the 130,000-square-foot University Center, especially during installation of the complex mechanical system.
“The building has kitchens on all three floors to support the dining facilities, a pub, and catering services for the alumni lounge and top floor ballroom. Coordinating all of the mechanical systems for those food service areas will probably be our biggest challenge,” says Project Manager Ron Deal. “BIM will be very helpful, especially because mechanical spaces these days tend to be designed as small as possible.”
The building will be situated in the heart of campus where it is intended to be a new hub of student life. The modern design, which hinges on the extensive use of glass, stucco and metal panels, will complement the new recreation center that sits immediately adjacent to the site. The University Center’s most prominent feature will be an interior staircase that extends from the ground floor to the top level and can be seen from the outside through the expansive glass walls. It will also include a number of high-end interior finishes.
December 5, 2011
The completed PSAP will begin serving the City of San Antonio and surrounding Bexar County in January.
Sundt and a joint venture partner have completed a state-of-the-art, mission critical facility for the City of San Antonio known as the Public Safety Answering Point, or PSAP. The 40,000-square-foot fire, emergency services and police dispatch center will replace the city’s current 911 call center when it is brought online in January.
The single-story, concrete structure was designed to have a high degree of “survivability,” meaning that it can withstand natural disasters. All of the electrical, mechanical and communications systems are fully redundant so that the facility will never lose power or communication abilities. To manage the project’s complexities – identifying clash interfaces, scheduling and estimating – the team made extensive use of Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Installing the PSAP’s sophisticated communications systems presented the biggest challenge to the project team. They had to coordinate all of the electronics, telephone and computer equipment that run to the center’s 115 dispatch stations to that they function perfectly without interfering with one another. The schedule was also critical: the facility needed to be complete in time to allow the city to disable the former call center and transfer emergency response services to the new PSPAP without interruptions.
“The city asked us to build this project because they realized how complex it is, and they want it done right,” said Sundt Project Manager Ben Martin. “We understand that the building systems must function flawlessly on demand. There is no room for failure. People’s lives are depending on it.”
November 2, 2011
The new West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas will be the only one of its kind in the state.
Developing innovative ways to build complex projects is one of Sundt’s specialties. Case in point: the $24.1 million reconstruction of the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas, a new landmark gateway between the city’s downtown and new cultural district that will feature two, 10-foot-wide pedestrian walkways and 12 precast concrete and stainless steel arches that run the length of the 980-foot-long structure.
When the first phase of construction begins in January 2012, Sundt will keep the current bridge open and operational while constructing the concrete arches offsite – with its own concrete crews. In the spring of 2013, the precast arches will be placed on both sides of the old bridge at night. Once they’re all in place, the old bridge will be closed and demolished and the new bridge will be built in its place – in just 150 calendar days. Area Manager Chris Cedar calls this phase of the project “tight, but do-able” with lots of manpower and planned overtime shifts. In fact, his aim is to open the new bridge earlier than its scheduled completion date of November 2013.
Using Building Information Modeling, or BIM, will help the team manage the project’s complexities, particularly the construction of the arches, because they contain many structural and lighting elements that have the potential to clash with one another if not planned precisely. BIM is a high-tech replacement for construction drawings on paper. Using multi-dimensional computer models, constructability issues can be identified and resolved before construction begins.
Approximately 300,000 pounds of polished stainless steel within the arches and bridge superstructure will be illuminated at night with embedded lighting, making the West 7th Street Bridge a one-of-a-kind in the state of Texas.
October 6, 2011
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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.