August 20, 2012
August 1, 2012
Sundt's concrete crews recently poured more than 7,300 cubic yards of concrete in two overnight operations for the Pima County Joint Courts Complex in downtown Tucson, Ariz.
The down economy hasn’t stopped Sundt from rising among the ranks of the nation’s top concrete contractors. We’re pleased to announce we’ve been named the country’s 14th largest concrete contractor by Concrete Construction magazine, a leading industry publication. That’s a big step up from last year, when Sundt was number 18 on the list. With more than $89 million in concrete revenue, Sundt is also distinguished as the report’s top-ranked Arizona firm. (Click here to read the article. The rankings appear as a link to a PDF at the end of the article.)
This news may come as a surprise to those who don’t realize how much concrete work Sundt performs – both for our own projects and for other contractors. In fact, a large and growing part of our concrete construction work is performing as a subcontractor for other general contractors on their construction projects. By hiring Sundt as a concrete subcontractor, they get the best of both worlds: the knowledge and experience of a concrete construction expert combined with Sundt’s size, financial security, and reputation for quality.
The people in Sundt’s Concrete Division have extensive experience with all types of concrete, from basic building pads to the structural systems for high-rise buildings. They use the latest techniques and equipment to plan, estimate, schedule, form, place, and finish concrete to ensure that the project specifications are met or exceeded. They provide preconstruction and construction services, and offer expertise in foundations, structural concrete, tilt-panel, flatwork, and finish concrete.
May 23, 2012
A ground-level view looking down into the building’s basement/loading dock area. The walls have been braced for backfill prior to the placement of the first floor “diaphragm” – made of structural steel, metal deck and concrete. The bracing will be removed once the diaphragm is in place.
Students at San Diego State University (SDSU) will soon see their new Aztec Student Union literally rising out of the ground as Sundt completes the basement and foundation and begins construction on the above-ground portion of the 200,000-square-foot, mission-style building. 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 in the fall of 2013.
March 7, 2012
Chamisa Village will be fully occupied by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
This summer, students at New Mexico State University will finish moving into Chamisa Village, a four-building student housing project recently completed by Sundt. The project received LEED Gold for Homes certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first Gold-certified multi-unit university building in the state.
To achieve its high level of sustainability, the team used environmentally preferred wood materials and efficient framing (manufactured offsite in panels) to reduce waste. Motion-controlled lighting, extensive insulation, and energy-efficient appliances also make Chamisa Village a green place to live for its 282 student residents.
Sundt’s $18.6 Construction Manager at Risk contract included construction of the new three-story buildings along with associated site development and utilities. We also performed all of the project’s concrete construction with our own crews.
January 18, 2012
Sundt’s crews are excavating for the drainage structures that will be incorporated into the new C-130 parking apron. Grading work, also for the apron, is shown on the right.
Sundt’s current work at Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, N.M., is a great example of why experience matters. The $23 million heavy civil project involves building a new parking apron and taxiway for the C-130 gunship aircraft – plus extensive drainage facilities – in just 365 calendar days. As if that weren’t challenging enough, the site is in close proximity to an active runway and “arm / de-arm pad” where arriving planes are armed and de-armed with live ammunition – operations that necessarily take priority over construction and can bring the team’s activities to a halt. There are also five other contractors on site to work around and coordinate with.
“One of the main reasons Sundt was selected for the job is our experience performing military airfield paving and similar work for the federal government,” explains Project Manager Dominic Mascia. “There are about 55 pages of specifications for the concrete paving alone – covering batching and placing the concrete to the quality checks which include thickness, smoothness, strength, etc. It takes a lot to get a quality end product, which not every contractor understands. Poor quality work can lead to early and unscheduled maintenance and other more serious problems that can be both expensive and dangerous. We also have a lot of experience working in high-security military environments.”
Sundt’s ability to perform more than half of the project with its own crews offers another advantage. “We’re self-performing the earthwork, the installation of the underground utilities (storm drain and water line), the box culverts and other drainage structures, and the concrete paving,” Mascia continued. “Quality is the ultimate goal. Experience, plus self-performing a large part of the work, is a proven way to reach it.”
Sundt's "West Block" project in San Diego, Calif., occupies an entire city block.
Now that’s a tight construction site. Sundt’s current project on the San Diego Community College District’s City College Campus occupies an entire city block, hence its nickname “West Block.” It consists of an 83,000-square-foot classroom building that will be used for social sciences instruction, health services and corporate education, plus an adjacent 400-vehicle parking structure.
This photo, taken last week, shows how little room the team has for materials delivery, equipment storage and laydown, which makes careful planning and sequencing essential for success. “The job is bounded by streets,” says Project Manager Conrad Benitez. “With the exception of the small area at the courtyard, every side of the buildings is up to the property line.”
Something else that’s unique about the job: our Concrete Division is self-performing all of the concrete work, a package valued at $13 million out of a total contract amount of $16 million. The design-build project is scheduled for completion this summer.