January 20, 2016
August 26, 2015
Starting today, people will be jetting into and out of the new San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center on their way to fun in the sun in Southern California.
An Austin/Sundt Joint Venture served as Construction Manager at Risk for the project, which shifts rental car facilities to a centralized location on the north side of the airport. The project is a 2 million square-foot structure that houses rental car companies representing 16 brands, a customer service building, quick-turn-around car prep facility and ready/return area for more as many as 5,400 vehicles.
Sundt CEO Dave Crawford, Concrete Division Manager Stewart Grauer, Regional Director Jon Wald, Growth and Strategy Officer Jeff Perelman and Operations Manager Sean Lynch attend the ribbon-cutting on Jan. 15.
A ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the facility was held Jan. 15. Work started on the project in 2013.
The center is the first major component of the airport’s long-range plan to reduce traffic congestion and bring passengers closer to Interstate 5 and commuter rail lines. The facility also helps improve air quality by removing multiple shuttle vans from the streets and simplifies the trip to and from a single, centralized rental car lot for passengers.
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO Thella Bowens said in June that the new facility would cut the number of rental car shuttles from 81 to 16 and all would use alternative fuels.
The center has two customer lobbies, five interior and exterior public art installations, and space for a restaurant that will seat about 300 people. It uses an innovative “mini-mall” concept for rental car companies.
“It gets away from the linear customer service counters, where all the rental car companies are side-by-side, and allows them to have their own tenant space, like a shopping mall,” Airport Authority Director of Design and Construction Bob Bolton told Construction Today. “You walk through a storefront into their tenant space, which has seating and customer service facilities and their identity. It could be like walking into an Apple store.”
The facility was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council program.
July 15, 2015
We are pleased to announce that Sundt has been selected as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the redevelopment of the Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, Arizona. Once completed, the project will replace most or all of Pima County’s current animal care center which was originally built in 1968. At that time the County had less than a third of its current resident population and animal control facilities did little more than warehouse stray animals.
The project is in the design phase, and may include construction of new kennels, a surgery suite, laboratory, clinics, administrative and law enforcement offices, and a community room. Voters authorized the project in November 2014, and construction is budgeted at $15 million of the overall $22 million project cost.
“Our team has developed a plan to ensure the center remains operational while under construction, so every animal continues to receive the care it needs,” said Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington. “This project will provide additional space for the more than 24,000 animals that come through these doors each year, improving their lives by reducing stress, aggression and disease transmission due to overcrowding.”
April 2, 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.
August 31, 2012
We’re pleased to announce that Janet Terry has been promoted to Senior Marketing Specialist. Janet joined Sundt in 2011 and has more than 15 years of progressive experience in multiple marketing and communications roles and industries. She is well known for her excellent client service, as evidenced by the fact that she won two of our Going Beyond the Expected Awards for outstanding performance in the past year. We recently asked Janet a few questions to get to know her better.
What initially drew you to the company?
I had been working in the architecture and engineering market for a while and had an interest in the general contracting market. Although there were a number of general contractors in Arizona, Sundt’s reputation is what drew me.
What does a typical day workday involve for you?
As a senior marketing specialist, my primary daily duty is working on project pursuits with our business development team. A typical day involves finding or creating text, refining text, fact-checking, working in our project database, creating graphics, and lots and lots of reading!
What are the biggest rewards of your job?
The biggest reward is submitting a great proposal/statement of qualifications that ultimately wins the project for our company.
How about the biggest challenges?
In one word, the biggest challenge is TIME. When you work in this environment, you are constantly juggling and time is always a major factor.
Is there a winning proposal you worked on recently that you’re particularly proud of?
The Tucson International Airport Terminal Optimization project was a great win. This project adds to Sundt’s resume of work at the airport, as well as our stellar preconstruction and Construction Manager at Risk services.
What’s the most interesting movie you’ve seen recently?
“Lucy”– very intense!
Do you have a favorite type of cuisine?
I don’t have a favorite, but I tend to get fixated on a particular type of food. Right now I’m stuck on creating different types of juices.
Inspirational saying or role model?
“If you’re interested in something, you will do what is convenient. If you are committed to something, you will do whatever it takes.” – Murray Smith
Where would you most like to travel?
I would love to go to Scotland and Ireland, and definitely play a round of golf at St. Andrews.
The Dial Corporation’s Corporate Headquarters and Research & Development Laboratories, located in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Arizona is turning into the Silicon Valley of the Southwest as more and more high-tech companies find that the state offers the ingredients they need to be successful. Relatively low real estate costs, access to skilled high-tech workers, and local government support are just a few of the reasons companies like Intel, Dial, and others are choosing to build manufacturing and research facilities here. The presence of general contractors that specialize in this type of construction is another.
“When working to maximize value in the laboratory environment, flexibility, energy efficiency, and resilience must all be considered in addition to a project’s cost, quality and schedule,” said Ryan Abbott, Sundt project director for research facilities.
Sundt, headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., is recognized as one of the area’s foremost experts in research facilities construction. The company has been involved in the design and construction of research facilities for decades, going back to a number of clean rooms built for private defense clients and large public universities. We bring tremendous expertise to this challenging and constantly evolving area. The fact that we’re builders, not just construction managers, makes us especially good at research facility, laboratory, and clean room construction because we know how to approach dynamic problems and bring elegant solutions to the table. This is especially true when we’re brought into a project early through the use of alternative project delivery methods such as Design-Build and Construction Manager at Risk.
Below are some recent examples of Sundt’s research facilities expertise:
- The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) at Arizona State University (ASU), a 297,000-square-foot, eight-story building intended to encourage and enhance the university’s opportunities for collaborative, trans-disciplinary research, education and outreach. The $112 million project also serves as a tool for recruiting top scientists and engineers to ASU.
- Dial Research & Development Facility and Corporate Headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., a four-story 220,000-square-foot research and development space with 130,000 square feet of corporate administration and training functions, which sits on top of a three-story, 400,000-square-foot underground parking structure. The building features wet laboratories for product development, FDA and EPA sanctioned pilot plants to simulate product manufacturing processes, think-tank spaces, conference and training facilities, a full-service cafeteria and food service facility, fitness center, green roof gardens and sustainable design throughout.