July 22, 2013
June 19, 2013
Sundt utilized building information modeling (BIM) technology to streamline the construction of a new rare earth process facility in Calif.
The completed mining facility shown in the computerized model at top.
Sundt is pleased to announce that the company was ranked the top contractor in the Southwest for 2013 by Engineering-News Record (ENR), one of the construction industry’s leading publications. Sundt was also ranked Arizona’s top contractor and the number one contractor in the Southwest in the transportation construction market sector. Mining and industrial construction is also one of Sundt’s primary markets in Arizona and the Southwest.
ENR sorts contractors each year according to their revenue. It also placed Sundt among the top ten in the following categories for 2013: New Mexico contractors (2nd), Construction Manager at Risk (5th), general contractors (2nd), design-build (4th), and green building (2nd).
May 29, 2013
The new, three-story student 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 be a busy summer for Sundt crews working to complete the new Aztec Student Union at San Diego State University. The $72 million Construction Manager at Risk project – on track to be California’s first LEED Platinum-certified student union – will be complete and open to students this fall.
“We are in full swing on the exterior,” says Sundt Project Manager Jamie Frye. “We plan to have the entire building plastered by the end of July. The PVC roofing is about 50 percent complete, and the clay tile roof is loaded on the pitched roofs, ready for install. Site work is also underway.”
Work on the building’s interior is also proceeding smoothly. The team is finishing painting in the bowling alley so they can begin work on the acoustically isolated floor slab below.
The original 43-year-old student center was demolished to make way for its replacement. The new, three-story student 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, a fitness center and the aforementioned bowling alley.
April 5, 2013
An aerial view of the reconstructed Cordes Junction Traffic Interchange
Sundt and joint venture partner Vastco, Inc., have nearly completed reconstructing the Cordes Junction traffic interchange, located about 65 miles north of downtown Phoenix at Interstate 17 (I-17) and State Route 69. Traffic has been placed into its ultimate configuration to prepare for the final lift of rubberized asphaltic concrete pavement. Crews are currently scheduled to pave the project during the month of June followed by final striping and signage. The project is expected to be complete in July.
The Construction Manager at Risk project included the construction of seven new bridges, including a post-tensioned, cast-in-place concrete structure that was built over live traffic on I-17. The Heavy Civil team also built two separate interchanges – one for through traffic and one for local – and realigned, widened and paved several streets. The 50-year-old interchange is used by approximately 40,000 vehicles per day.
April 3, 2013
Artist’s rendering of the San Mateo County Jail
In the early phases of the San Mateo County Jail construction project in California, Sundt and the owner came up with a great idea to maximize value. Instead of awarding contracts to the lowest-bidding subcontractors, why not use the design-build method to select those with the best qualifications, most innovative design ideas, and solid financials?
Design-build and other alternate project delivery methods, like Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), are typically used when procuring a general contractor. Regardless of the primary delivery method, subcontractors are hired according to price and price alone: the lowest bidder gets the job. That was the approach Sundt originally planned to use with the $125 million jail construction project for San Mateo County – a CMAR project – until it occurred to them that there might be a better option that simply hadn’t been tried before.
“After looking into the details of the state’s procurement rules, we realized there was no reason why we couldn’t use design-build with the major subs, and the county attorney agreed,” said Sundt Project Director Steve Blaylock. “We have been able to scrutinize the subs much more closely than we would have been able to otherwise, and get the best of the best. By using design-build, we’ve been able to get down to the people we know, either by experience or by reputation, and they’ve proved to us that they understand what they are doing in their responses to the questions in the Request for Proposals. We asked them for information and ideas about long-term maintenance and lifecycle costs, and to provide alternative cost-saving ideas. You just can’t do that when you’re doing hard bid.”
Steve says he believes this is the first time design-build has been used in this way in California, and he believes other counties are closely watching to see how the project progresses.
“It’s definitely something we plan to do more of once the success has been fully demonstrated,” he said. It’s advantageous because the county gets the luxury of having a CMAR contractor, but also the benefits of design-build with the major subs. Essentially, they are getting to have their cake and eat it, too.”
The concrete topping slab will eventually be ground and dyed to provide the final finished flooring.
In the wee hours of yesterday morning, as most of the students at San Diego State University were still asleep, Sundt’s Concrete Division poured the second level radiant concrete topping slab for the university’s new Aztec Student Union. The sustainable building – on track to be California’s first LEED Platinum-certified student union – will feature a radiant flooring system for energy-efficient heating and cooling.
Sundt’s own crews are performing the project’s $7.2 million concrete package, which amounts to approximately 14,500 cubic yards of concrete. The $72 million, Construction Manager at Risk project is scheduled to be complete this fall.
Sundt’s own crews are performing the project’s $7.2 million concrete construction package.
The original 43-year-old student center was demolished to make way for its replacement. The new, three-story student 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.