February 11, 2016
September 30, 2015
Kids Excel El Paso, one of the grant recipients in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2016, uses dance to teach students how to work hard, strive for their personal best and never give up.
Sundt’s employee-owners and company have a long-standing tradition of caring about their communities. It’s one of the reasons the Sundt Foundation was formed in 1999.
That tradition of giving back was going strong in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2016, when the Foundation awarded 47 grants totaling $111,921.88. The money was raised through donations by employee-owners and matching contributions by the company.
Over its lifetime, the Sundt Foundation has given more than $7 million in grants to non-profits that help disadvantaged adults and children. Most of that support went to organizations in Arizona, California and Texas.
July 29, 2015
Photo of Kings County Courthouse by Sheriff David Robinson.
By the end of the year, Kings County in California will have a modern new courthouse, joining our company’s growing list of justice facilities constructed in the state.
Kings County’s 144,600-square-foot building in Hanford includes 10 courtrooms, with another two courtroom spaces shelled out for future growth, plus a jury assembly room, subterranean parking structure and an underground tunnel that connects to the nearby county jail. Our team of courthouse construction experts is on track to complete the work in December after breaking ground in late 2013.
Sundt has five courthouses it has either built or is working on, including:
Richard E. Arnason Justice Center is an award-winning 73,500-square-foot courthouse in Pittsburg that includes seven courtrooms, judges’ chambers, administrative space, a library, conference rooms and in-custody detention areas. The courthouse opened in 2010 next door to the outdated and overcrowded building it replaced. The new courthouse received LEED Silver certification for its sustainability features. Durable materials were used inside and out: stone and precast concrete on the exterior and inside, stone and solid phenolic panels, with recycled hardwood in the courtrooms.
Mammoth Lakes Courthouse, which opened in 2011, serves as the south county branch of the Superior Court of Mono County in the area’s population center. The 20,000-square-foot facility has a sleek, modern design that uses a steel frame structure and exterior finishes of brick, glass and metal siding. A pointed prow projecting forward from the front of the building – much like the bow of a ship – serves as the architectural focal point.
South County Justice Center in Porterville, Calif.
South County Justice Center, a 96,000-square-foot courthouse in Porterville, opened in 2013. The building, three stories plus basement, includes nine courtrooms, judges’ chambers, courtroom holding areas, jury deliberations rooms, support services, clerks offices and work areas, public walk-up windows and queuing, holding cells and a below-grade sally port.
The Shasta County Courthouse will sit on a two-acre site in Redding located directly across the street from the overcrowded and inadequate existing courthouse that it will replace. Scheduled to be completed in 2020, the six-story, 165,000-square-foot facility will provide 14 courtrooms, consolidating adult and juvenile court operations into one modern, secure location, and delivering two courtrooms to support planned new judgeships. The facility is in the architectural design-preliminary plans phase with construction expected to begin in mid-2017.
February 3, 2015
Sundt is nearing completion of its first project for the Coast Community College District: the Orange Coast College Interdisciplinary Complex in Costa Mesa, California.
Orange Coast College Interdisciplinary Complex in Costa Mesa, California.
The 78,000-square-foot math, business and computing complex includes 35 administrative offices, a 200-station open computer lab, 11 computer teaching labs for mixed use, nine lecture classrooms for business and computing courses, 15 mathematics lecture classrooms, two meeting rooms and a workroom, lounge and study areas.
The project team, led by Senior Project Manager Conrad Benitez, used a number of innovative approaches and technologies to make the project a success.
“We used 3D models to show them what the paths of travel would look like with all of the piping and ductwork in, and then compared that to other possible scenarios with fewer obstructions,” Conrad said. “Being able to see the end result before it was built and talk through modifications together made a big impact on the facilities team.”
Sundt is preparing to begin a second project for the district as the construction manager for a new $24 million Student Services Center at its Golden West Campus in Huntington Beach.
February 21, 2014
We’re pleased to announce that Josh May has joined Sundt as Area Quality Manager in our Irvine, California office. Josh has more than 20 years of commissioning, project management and superintendent experience, and has overseen multiple projects with budgets exceeding $80 million. He has extensive experience as a commissioning agent representing owners in the public sector and has a depth of knowledge of sustainable construction and the LEED accreditation process. We recently asked Josh a few questions to get to know him better.
What brought you to Sundt?
Sundt has a long, successful history with a rich culture. Before I came on board, I knew several people in the company and their feedback was extremely positive. I was extremely impressed with the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) – you rarely find a company where the average long term employee can retire as a millionaire.
What are your duties and responsibilities as Area Quality Manager?
My duties include performing inspections, reviewing plans and specifications, conducting audits and acting as a resource to ensure quality management procedures remain consistent throughout the course of each of the projects I have been assigned to Southern California.
How does your experience as a commissioning agent bring value to Sundt’s customers?
My experience gives me the ability to help our project teams navigate through the often confusing procedures that the commissioning process brings. As a result of this, our clients benefit by having more streamlined projects – not only at the general commissioning level but also from a mechanical, electrical and plumbing viewpoint.
Do you have an area of specialty within commissioning?
Initially I specialized in whole building commissioning, however over the past few years I have gained a very in-depth understanding of mechanical and electrical systems. I managed the commissioning of very large projects like the San Diego International Airport renovation and projects for the Los Angeles Community College District, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and several military construction contracts with a focus on mechanical and electrical systems.
You are involved in Sundt’s sustainability program. How does your background and expertise help the company’s customers achieve their sustainability goals?
Commissioning reduces building/system operational costs by yielding 5-10 percent improvements in energy efficiency, and ensures that facilities personnel know how to operate key building systems. It’s also a great way to catch mistakes like missing or incorrectly installed equipment, avoiding occupant complaints and callbacks, indoor air quality and thermal comfort problems, premature equipment failure, and litigation. The very nature of commissioning revolves around sustainability. Achieving a sustainable project is one of my key goals on every project I am involved with.
What are some of the trends in the world of commissioning and sustainability?
Commissioning is picking up steam across the nation and around the world. Now that California has made commissioning a requirement through the 2010 Green Building Code, I think the rest of the nation will follow suit. Additionally, we are starting to see a trend with whole building commissioning. Verifying the integrity of building envelopes is becoming more common, along with the more historically commissioned mechanical and electrical systems.
Sundt’s new San Jose office expands the company’s physical presence in California and allows it to better serve clients in and around Silicon Valley.
Sundt celebrated the grand opening of its new San José, Calif., office yesterday – a move that signals our growing commitment to our clients and industry partners in Silicon Valley. Although Sundt has already been performing work in the Bay Area for several years, the new office deepens our roots and expands our presence in the state. (Sundt already has offices in San Diego, Sacramento and Irvine).
“We have been active in the Silicon Valley for some time, particularly in the public sector,” said Sundt Vice President and Regional Director Teri Jones, a longtime Sundt executive and industry veteran who will lead the new office. “Now, with several significant projects in progress and the potential for additional growth on the horizon, we believe the timing is right to commit to a full-service office that focuses on our core markets of commercial, laboratories & healthcare, education and government construction.”
Sundt has more than $200 million worth of construction currently underway in the region. Our new office is located at 226 Airport Parkway #310, San José, Calif., 95110.