March 5, 2018
February 28, 2018
Sellwood Bridge won a Build America Award.
Two of our joint venture projects earned big awards during last month’s Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Convention in New Orleans.
The Sundt/Slayden Joint Venture’s work on Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon received the AGC’s Construction Risk Partners Build America Award for best new highway and transportation project valued between $10 million and $99 million.
The Sundt-Rummel Joint Venture earned the Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award for its collaboration on the White Tanks Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) for the Flood Control District of Maricopa County.
The Sundt/Slayden team replaced the 1925 Sellwood Bridge with a 2,000-foot-long structure across the Willamette River. The project required leaving the existing bridge open, building a replacement next to the old bridge and then moving the new bridge into place. The shoofly method minimized bridge closures to avoid negatively affecting the thousands of drivers who use the bridge each day. It cut roadway closures to less than the 30 days called for in the contract, saved $5 million and took a year off the project schedule.
The new bridge has an open steel deck arch structure, 6-foot bicycle lanes and two 12-foot sidewalks. It also meets the latest seismic standards.
White Tanks FRS earned the Marvin M. Black Award.
White Tanks FRS is a 1.3-mile-long, 20-foot high structure that provides flood protection to about 1,000 residential and commercial properties and agricultural land. The project was built using the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) method.
The Marvin M. Black Award is presented to construction projects that epitomize the principles of partnering. Contractors honored with the award stand out for their ability in signing a formal partnering charter, achieving a common goal, honoring all stakeholders, resolving conflict, improving communication on the project with all audiences and incorporating team-building activities.
We maintained the budget and avoided costly change orders by bringing in the joint venture during design and by partnering with outside agencies, including the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the National Resources Conservation Service, to write project specifications and work plans.
September 16, 2016
California State University, San Bernardino and Sundt personnel dig in at the groundbreaking.
We recently celebrated the groundbreaking of California State University, San Bernardino’s Center for Global Innovation (CGI) Building, the new home of the school’s College of Extended Learning.
“There was a lot of excitement from alumni as well as current students, including testimonials on the difference the College of Extended Learning has made in students’ lives,” said Sundt Project Executive Betty Lynn Senes.
We are the Construction Manager at Risk for the $55 million project. The 71,000-square-foot, three-story classroom and administrative office building will also feature food service in the main “Global Gallery.” The facility will provide a centralized location for international students, allowing opportunities for them to collaborate and integrate more with the general student population, and will enrich student and academic life. An extensive covered plaza along one side will provide a welcome respite from the sun and wind.
“We are excited to build this new hub of student life at Cal State San Bernardino,” Betty Lynn said. “Sundt Construction is all about continual learning, and the College of Extended Learning serves the local population from high school students to professionals seeking advancement to retirees – providing a rich educational experience for the diverse population of CSUSB students.”
The CGI will include 24 classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, reconfigurable multi-purpose rooms, study lounges, retail food services and spaces for hosting indoor and outdoor special programs. Sustainable building features include extensive use of natural lighting and ventilation, energy-efficient LED lighting with smart controls, water-efficient plumbing and energy-efficient windows.
The project is scheduled to be complete in late summer 2019.
The facility will be a 71,000-square-foot, three-story classroom and administrative office building.
July 20, 2016
In her job as Project Executive for Sundt in our Irvine, California office, Betty Lynn Senes leads project pursuits, provides oversight of the design and construction process and ensures that teams have the resources they need to meet the daily demands of the project, achieve interim milestones and successfully complete their work.
With 28 years in the construction industry, Betty Lynn brings a diverse skill set in collaborative deliveries, team-building and problem-solving. As a past Vice President of Operations and former Project Director, Project Manager, Estimator and Business Developer, she understands the critical combination of technical competency and relationship skills that drive reliable commitments and outstanding performance.
Betty Lynn took some time to answer a few questions not long after starting with Sundt.
What interested you about working for Sundt?
The firm I came from and Sundt have both worked in the California State University System. I keep in touch with a few folks in the CSU Chancellor’s office, and they always spoke highly of (Regional Director) Robert Stokes and of Sundt. I also had interaction on some Cal Poly Pomona projects. Sundt was awarded the student housing project there, and a second, adjacent project came up. Sundt was not proposing and my firm was. As we’d be sharing a “party wall” and joint laydown area, I asked Robert and (Project Manager) Mary Homan to meet with us to discuss how we’d be good neighbors. They did and I was impressed with their approach to their student housing project. We also did a joint Building Information Modeling/Virtual Design and Construction program for the Chancellor’s Office with Sundt, during which time I got a chance to see (Senior Virtual Construction Engineer) Howdy Atkinson and (Director of Construction Technology) Dan Russell in their element … impressive. The other factors were Sundt’s commitment to continual learning, and the fact that I had met women from Sundt, such as (Senior Vice President and Building Group Manager) Teri Jones and Mary Homan, who were clearly making a difference in our industry.
What are the company’s priorities in Southern California?
We are very fortunate to have built many higher-education construction projects, both public and private, in Southern California. Our newly expanded Los Angeles/Orange County office is poised to grow, and expand our markets with the experience of our people. Our priorities are to be very focused in our pursuits, to take on profitable work with good owners and to exceed their expectations. With this, we’ll expand Sundt’s great name throughout LA/OC. We hope to build the same reputation in our area that Sundt has earned in Arizona: a quality firm built by trustworthy, competent people who excel in their field.
What does Sundt do to set itself apart from the competition in the Los Angeles area?
Sundt has a reputation for top-quality people working collaboratively and keeping our commitments. These factors, along with the consistent, positive experience of working with Sundt, and the tools that enhance our ability to communicate and manage, such as our conditions of success meetings and parametric estimating, are elements that set us apart.
How does the future look for success in the region?
The Southern California market is still very active. We see a number of schools and community college districts with successful bond measures that provide funding for facilities projects. The California State University and University of California systems are planning work for the future, and private institutions continue their expansion plans. The UC system has an initiative under way to expand student housing on multiple campuses. In addition, many other civic, healthcare and hospitality clients have projects in the pipeline.
The company has had a lot of success with the university housing market in Southern California. What projects do we have going on there at the moment?
We are working on four student housing projects in Southern California: one at San Diego State University, one just completing at CSU Channel Islands, one at Pepperdine University, and our fourth, in preconstruction, at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP). All are being delivered collaboratively, under CM at Risk or Design-Build. The largest one, at CPP, has grown to about $150 million. It includes a 35,000-square-foot dining commons and two eight-story student residence towers to house 980 students. Student housing is a very active market.
How exciting is it to come to work every day in such a dynamic area?
Knowing the potential we have to expand our client and subcontractor relationships, and after meeting so many professional and talented Sundt employee-owners, I’m “all in.” I look forward to contributing by developing great client partners and relentlessly executing our plan to exceed their expectations.
April 27, 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.
It seems like a project made for HGTV. In need of an overhaul on the new site of its Regional Communications Command Center, El Paso County’s 911 District needed to find a trustworthy contractor to gut and remodel its mission-critical facility.
No, it won’t be the Property Brothers.
The district chose Sundt to handle the $16 million Construction Manager at Risk project after purchasing an existing building that needs a lot of TLC. Having history in the field will help us meet the challenges that lie ahead. We have successfully finished 911 centers in Deer Valley, Arizona; San Antonio and Tucson.
“There are several surprises that await in the constructability,” said Project Director Joe Riccillo. “We are removing about 20,000 square feet of slab to create a raised flooring system on the call floor, and we are adding joists to the building in order to support the new mechanical units on the roof, which we will have to peel back the deck in order to install. We are sure the existing building has a few surprises in store for us. Resolving these items quickly will be key.”
Many issues are better anticipated because of our experience with similar projects. The district provides 911 service for more than 800,000 people living and working in El Paso County.
“We are trying to coordinate the call floor slab removal with the new plumbing installation, a Lean process if you will, by coordinating the demo contractor saw cut with plumbing layout and concrete sub replacement,” Joe said. “One saw cut, install and one concrete replacement.”
We have a year to reach substantial completion on this Fixer Upper. By the time work is complete, this will be a Dream Home for El Paso County’s 911 District and a facility that best serves a growing community.