Chamisa Village will accommodate 282 students when it is complete this winter.
Some higher education projects go beyond the expected, like Sundt’s current work for New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces. This winter, we’ll wrap up phase two of Chamisa Village, a student housing project for NMSU that is seeking 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.
Sundt’s $22 million Construction Manager at Risk contract includes construction of four new three-story buildings along with associated site development and utilities. We’re also performing all of the project’s concrete work with our own crews. To achieve its high level of sustainability, the team is using environmentally preferred wood materials and efficient framing to reduce waste.
Sundt’s Concrete Division is making nearly 11,000 pre-cast concrete blocks to create 200 targets at Fort Bliss’s new computerized target practice range. The project will be complete in November.
Sundt is proud to be building the U.S. military’s first fully computerized target practice range at Fort Bliss Army Post, Texas, a high-profile project called DAGIR, which stands for Digital Air-Ground Integration Range. Our $30.4 million heavy civil contract includes constructing 23 miles of tank trails, installing 200 pre-cast concrete targets, and building six support buildings. The facility will be used to train U.S. soldiers and the armies of several U.S. allies for combat missions on the ground and from the air.
What makes the range unique? A digital control system allows for the creation of unlimited combat scenarios, while sensors in the targets and the vehicles gather information that then becomes part of the review and feedback process.
Sundt’s ability to self-perform all of the concrete work is playing an instrumental role in helping the team manage the tight schedule. Nearly 11,000 concrete blocks, each measuring 2x2x6 feet, are being cast using an efficient assembly line approach that has boosted productivity rates by more than 30 percent over what was originally projected…and earned accolades from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“The quality of our concrete work really stands out because we did a lot of research into forms and ended up investing in a steel version that produces a very nice, consistent block,” says Project Manager Fred Locke. “We’ve been complimented several times in the owner’s meetings.”
Sundt employees installing pervious concrete
Sundt is paving the way to better value for our clients with the use of pervious concrete, an innovative product that helps owners lessen the environmental impact of their projects – and possibly save money at the same time. Embracing this green product – and investing in the training and equipment that go with it – is just one of the ways Sundt is distinguishing itself as a leader in sustainable construction.
How does pervious concrete work? When rainwater sheets over large areas of impermeable (traditional) concrete, it picks up many pollutants which it then carries to treatment facilities, rivers and streams. Pervious concrete is different because it’s designed to be porous so that rainwater can pass directly through it, thereby reducing storm water runoff – and pollution – and recharging underground water supplies.
On new construction projects, pervious concrete can be designed to be the site’s main storm water retention system, which allows for less elaborate (and less expensive) sewer systems and other drainage features. In many cases, using pervious concrete allows a larger area of a project site to be developed, which, for owners, translates to greater value.