July 20, 2016
July 6, 2016
Learning requires a strong foundation. A Sundt joint-venture team is taking care of the literal definition in Wichita Falls.
The concrete construction team began pouring the foundation last week for the Wichita Falls Independent School District Career and Technical Education Center. Almost five dozen trucks delivered more than 550 yards of concrete to use at the site. It’s going to require 3,600 yards to perform the work, which is scheduled to be completed next month.
Things got under way early with a 5 a.m. start. The placement took all day and included the crew cutting control joints to keep the concrete from cracking as it cured.
The 123,000-square-foot center will prepare the district’s high school students for college or careers. Students will receive advanced skills, certification, college credits, and the ability to explore their futures from the comfort of high school. The Construction Manager at Risk project is on track to be finished next summer.
June 29, 2016
Sundt crews poured 14,000 cubic yards of concrete on the San Diego State University South Campus Plaza project.
Sundt’s ability to self-perform concrete construction is providing client value in San Diego. Our crews have successfully completed two large concrete jobs in the area, most recently the San Diego State University South Campus Plaza.
“We can control safety, quality and schedule a lot better when we self-perform,” said Project Manager Mike Canter. “It provides an overall better team approach.”
In this case, that approach started with the San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center. The team placed 97,500 cubic yards of concrete on the 24-acre site in just 12 months, the equivalent of pouring about an acre a week. The center, the largest concrete building in the city, opened in January.
That project segued into South Campus Plaza, where concrete work began in February 2015 and lasted 14 months. While the concrete portion is complete, the rest of the project is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.
South Plaza is a $143-million student housing and retail project. We are serving as design-build contractor for the project, which includes two residential buildings above ground-floor retail and an adjacent parking structure. The residence halls will house 608 beds in double-occupancy student rooms, 32 single-occupancy student rooms, three staff apartments and three visiting scholar studios. Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council, the project spans nearly 350,000 square feet.
Crews poured 14,000 cubic yards on the project, which included a six-story parking garage with a 20,000-square-foot footprint on a constrained site.
July 15, 2015
Extensive outreach with the local business community enabled Sundt’s GO 10 crew in El Paso to move traditional nighttime work to the day, saving time and increasing safety.
Our concrete construction team set 10 precast girders, each weighing around 41,000 pounds, in just three and half hours with minimal disruptions to the public. We partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation to close an Interstate 10 off-ramp and frontage road during peak hours after we worked with local business owners to get their approval. Setting girders during the day is often easier than at night because of improved visibility.
Extensive planning for staging more than 400,000 pounds of precast concrete girders, crane placement and crew activities allowed us to open the ramp and frontage road more than four hours earlier than during a night operation.
GO 10 is an infrastructure reconstruction of Interstate 10 on El Paso’s west side. The project extends 5.75 miles and has four major components: construction of collector-distributor lanes through the corridor, improvement of I-10’s direct connection with Paisano Drive/Border West Expressway, addition of lanes to the interstate in both directions and reconfiguration of ramps and overpasses at three exits.
Collector-distributor lanes disburse traffic, making it easier for motorists to merge on to the interstate.
June 24, 2015
Aerial view of the San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center.
Sundt and joint venture partner Austin Commercial have been hard at work on a consolidated rental car center at the San Diego International Airport – a Construction Manager at Risk project that will allow the airport to shift all rental car facilities to one centralized location.
The first major milestone for the aviation construction project was completed on time on June 1, 2015, when more than 60 percent of the building was turned over to the rental car companies to move in and start their tenant improvement work. Once finished, the facility will house 12 rental car companies and will include a customer service building, a quick-turn-around car prep facility, and a 5,000-car ready/return area.
The concrete structure is made up of more than 95,000 cubic yards placed by Sundt’s own skilled crews, with two million square feet of total floor area. “At the peak of the structural concrete work the team was placing on average in one week: 3,000 cubic yards of concrete, 140 tons of rebar and post tensioned cables, 40 columns and 45,000 to 55,000 square feet of elevated deck” said Sundt Project Manager Wesley Despins. “By averaging that much a week it allowed us to complete the expedited concrete frame schedule in twelve months.”
The rental process will be simplified with a single, centralized rental car lot for passengers, and the new facility will also help improve congestion and air quality by removing multiple shuttle vans from the streets. The Rental Car Center is on track to open in mid-January 2016.
View facing South of the 2nd residential building. The 2nd level is “concrete podium” construction; this level will house the retail and restaurant spaces.
Community members, university officials and students at San Diego State University have been waiting more than 20 years to see the property along College Avenue developed, and now their hopes are finally being fulfilled.
Sundt Construction is well under way constructing what will become housing, retail and restaurant offerings at the new San Diego State University South Campus Plaza. Sundt is self-performing the structural concrete on the project, which means any challenges can be quickly identified, and those changes can be implemented quickly and efficiently. By self-performing this essential work, Sundt also maintains better control of the schedule.
The $143 million, university construction project includes two residential buildings above ground-floor retail, and an adjacent parking structure. Installation of the overhead plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems piping is about 90% complete for Building 1, and the team is now erecting formwork for the Building 2 podium deck. The first half poured in the early morning hours of Friday, June 19th.
“It should be very exciting to see just how fast the building frame gets erected and see how all of the behind-the-scenes work, like having the walls and floor panels for levels 2 through 6 prefabricated, benefits the project schedule,” said Jamie Frye, Project Executive for the South Campus Plaza project. “Once the Building 2 deck pours, Standard Drywall Inc. will start erecting wall panels on this building, and the race between Building 1 and Building 2 is on!”