July 13, 2016
July 8, 2016
It’s time to take some of Sundt’s education back to school.
We are serving as construction manager on the new Student Services Center at Coast Community College District’s Golden West campus in Huntington Beach, California. We are overseeing, coordinating and directing construction activities during every phase of the project. That includes working on an occupied campus with classes in session without compromising the learning experience.
“We have decades of experience working on occupied campuses and know what it takes to safely and successfully complete a project like this,” said Sundt Project Director John Messick.
One of the lessons we’ve learned is the value of providing up-to-date communication with students, faculty, businesses and the public. Construction sites are always evolving and can serve as a source of frustration for those who have their daily routines interrupted.
The project team worked with the Coast Community College District to develop a mobile app that will include a description of each project, general timeline, when construction is starting and a link to updates. The app is expected to go live around the time construction starts.
The project is in the “dead center of campus,” John said, making it hard for students to avoid in their daily routines. The community college has an enrollment of more than 15,000.
“The goal is to allow people to see what’s going to happen this week or this month,” John said. “It’s a big effort to keep everyone apprised.”
Once completed, the 50,000-square-foot educational facility will consolidate multiple departments into a centralized location on campus. Students will no longer have to hop from building to building to register, get financial aid and buy parking passes.
Work is expected to last about a year and a half.
“The district wants to create a one-stop student services building,” John said. “There will be 10 or 11 user groups in the building.”
March 16, 2016
DeAnna Andrews is Sundt’s Small Business Coordinator in California. With small businesses employing about half of the private sector workers and creating 75 percent of the net new jobs in our economy, DeAnna’s role is to engage with that community to ensure that Sundt has a diverse group of subcontractors working on its projects.
DeAnna has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and certifications that include Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professional, San Diego State Green Building Construction, Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) and San Diego State Construction Management Practices.
How did you get into the construction industry?
I came in as a two-day temp file clerk assisting one of the Project Administrators working on a Long Beach project. Two days turned into two weeks and then that PA received a Sundt-sponsored scholarship to the University of Phoenix. When she left, I stepped into the PA role. I am now in my 23rd year of employment. I have worn many hats over the years: Project Administrator, Quality Control Engineer, Project Engineer, Estimator, Project Labor Compliance, Small Business Manager and now California District Small Business Coordinator.
What does your job entail?
I identify the local, small, disadvantaged, minority, women and veteran owned business requirements on specific projects at the preconstruction phase and assist the estimators and Project Managers/Project Superintendents to create a plan to meet and exceed the requirements for the project. Having 12 years of field experience with plans, specs and work scopes allows me the ability and knowledge to break out specific work scopes to provide small business opportunities. I also work closely with the field team and when they have a need for a specific trade or general requirements business, I provide them with companies to contact. My overall responsibility is to make sure we comply with what we promise owners in our proposal responses and identify opportunities for small, diverse business participation on our projects or in our offices.
How important is it to have minority-owned or small business represented among our project subcontractors?
The backbone of our country is small business. As a large general contractor, it is beneficial for us to support and mentor these businesses and help them where we can so they contribute more to our national and especially local economy. Due to the major impact small businesses make on our economy, we must provide opportunity for them to grow.
What does Sundt do to ensure that it has a diverse subcontractor base?
Sundt recently created a registration system to allow tiers, vendors, suppliers and professional service businesses to get in our database. We use this information to provide opportunities for networking with our larger subcontractors on our projects. Since 2013, we have averaged about 25 outreach/networking events in Southern California, mainly San Diego, where we have done matchmaking, formal presentations, hosted or had a booth and have met or presented to thousands of people. Because of these events, Sundt is very well known in the small business community and we have had good results in providing opportunities on the last five projects I have tracked. These five projects have employed more than 800 firms (including subcontractors, tier-subcontractors, vendors, suppliers and professional services firms) and helped small, minority and veteran owned businesses earn more than $320 million.
What kind of feeling do you get when you’re able to bring good, qualified small businesses on to our projects?
I enjoy seeing the faces of the small business owners when they meet me at an event and they are excited to tell me how well they are doing now because of that specific experience with a Sundt project. I also am very proud of Sundt when a small business tells another business that Sundt does what it says it was going to do. I want Sundt to be known in the industry as the company that goes beyond checking the box and we “think SMALL … business.”
March 9, 2016
Safety is a critical part of Sundt’s company culture. Protection of students and faculty at San Diego City College as well as our workforce was our top priority during the Center for Media and Performing Arts project.
The community college construction project consisted of the demolition and renovation of the interior of a 50-year-old building for existing departments in radio/TV/journalism, dramatic arts, dance and music. The scope also included renovations of an adjacent courtyard and several office spaces in an adjacent building where two radio stations are relocated.
To ensure safe completion, we used a Task Hazard Analysis (THA) system. At the start of renovations, hazardous conditions or tasks were identified and broken into individual elements. Once identifications were made, work plans were put into effect to maintain a safe environment through each of the identified hazards. A THA was also performed with every subcontractor, and weekly safety meetings were held at the jobsite.
The team also implemented a housekeeping plan for subcontractors, providing detailed requirements related to just-in-time delivery, expectations for daily and continuous cleaning, proper material storage guidelines and outlining procedures related to the composite cleanup sessions. As a result, the project received an excellent housekeeping score on every Sundt Safety Task Force inspection along with every safety inspection performed by the district’s safety consultant.
February 25, 2016
Jails and prisons are places most people don’t want to enter once much less multiple times. The purpose of the new $144 million Maple Street Correctional Center in Redwood City, California is to ensure that prisoners get their lives together and don’t have to come back.
The center, which opened with a ribbon-cutting earlier this month, is a 576-bed facility that has a separate area with 88 beds for work furlough prisoners. Those inmates are allowed to leave the facility during the day for work, school or training. Work furlough inmates are housed separately from the general population.
“There is a trend in corrections to make jails and prisons more able to address trying to keep current inmates from getting into the recidivism cycle by getting them ready to merge back into society in a normalized manner,” said Sundt Project Director Steve Blaylock.
The criminal justice project, a joint venture with Layton Construction, houses pre-trial and sentenced inmates, ranging from minimum to maximum security women and minimum/medium security men. It replaces the old Maple Street complex, reducing San Mateo County’s severe overcrowding issues.
Staff ensures inmates appear in court and complete jail sentences, are incarcerated in a manner that provides for their medical, nutritional, hygienic, legal and spiritual needs and receive services designed to provide opportunities to improve their lives, both during and after incarceration, in order to reduce recidivism.
Visitation at the facility includes video capabilities as well as a children’s area that makes kids and families feel safe and welcome.
After a celebratory ribbon-cutting earlier this month, a new, modern courthouse in California’s Kings County has opened its doors. The Superior Court of Kings County criminal justice facility in Hanford is one of five that Sundt has completed or is working on for the Judicial Council of California.
Our comprehensive preconstruction review included multiple disciplines, construction professionals, courthouse experts and specialty consultants. During the value engineering and life cycle review, we were able to enhance the project by including ice storage tanks for a thermal energy storage system. This value-added item gives the building a system that will provide long-term savings on utilities without increasing project cost.
The 144,600-square-foot building has 10 courtrooms, with another two spaces shelled out for growth, plus a jury assembly room, subterranean parking structure and an underground tunnel that connects to the nearby county jail.
In addition to accommodating criminal, civil, juvenile and family law cases, the new courthouse design includes a self-help center and family court mediation rooms. Security is improved with the incorporation of separate hallways and facilities for the public, court staff and in-custody detainees.