March 7, 2018
November 29, 2017
Ernest E. Tschannen donated $9 million toward the former Science II Building at Sacramento State University.
Sacramento State’s Science II Building will have a new name before we even finish construction. The facility is now known as the Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex, named after the Sacramento businessman and philanthropist who donated $9 million to the project.
The university held a celebration and made the announcement last month on the 93-year-old businessman’s birthday. Ernest is an immigrant from Sweden who came to California “poorer than a church mouse” as a young man. He built his fortune in Sacramento in real estate and has given back to the community in many ways, including a $38.5 million grant to UC Davis and several donations that have helped beautify cycling and hiking paths around Sacramento’s rivers and Lake Tahoe.
Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelson and Mayor Darrell Steinberg attended the event to honor Ernest.
“We were singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him when a cake modeled after the building was rolled out,” said Sundt Project Director Tim Blood. “It was a great event.”
The Design-Build project is a 96,000-square-foot, five-story facility that will centralize the College of Natural Sciences’ biology and chemistry departments. We have completed utilities, the building footprint and form work for cast-in-place concrete.
Structural steel should start going up as early as June. Work is expected to finish in June 2019 and the building is scheduled to open that fall.
May 25, 2017
The two eight-story towers will house 980 students and a dining facility.
Sundt’s impressive student housing resume in California keeps getting bigger. So do our projects there.
We’re starting work on the Cal Poly Pomona Student Housing Replacement Project. Once complete, the university will have two new eight-story towers that will house 980 students and a 35,000-square-foot dining facility. Both housing towers are structural concrete that we are self-performing, giving us better control of schedule and cost.
This is the largest project for Cal Poly Pomona and the biggest for our California Building Group. We’ve had tremendous success working for the California State University System (Channel Islands, San Jose State, Chico State and San Diego State), University of California System (UC Davis and UC San Diego) and private universities (Western University, University of the Pacific and Pepperdine).
“We were awarded the project because of how well we know student housing in California,” said Project Manager Mary Homan.
The project takes up a little more than 10 acres; the site is 16 acres. Included is a storm drain running between the footprints of the two housing buildings and main water transfer lines running between the dining hall and one housing building.
“It was not only challenging to design around these existing utilities, but it’s challenging to build around, over and under them,” Mary said.
This is the first collaborative design-build project for Cal Poly Pomona and the fourth for us with CSU.
“The collaborative design-build process has been working very well for the team and university,” Mary said. “We’re able to tackle issues as a team rather than working more independently, and the owner is fully engaged in the process, which helps with decisions being made in a timely manner.”
We’re scheduled to go vertical on the student housing next month followed by the dining hall in January. The project is scheduled to be completed in October 2019.
January 5, 2017
Hausman Road is a two-lane roadway that connects two major highways in San Antonio.
Just in time for National Public Works Week, Sundt’s work on Hausman Road in San Antonio has been named the American Public Works Association’s Texas Chapter Project of the Year.
Hausman Road was the City of San Antonio’s first design-build transportation project and the largest transportation/street project in its history. We will receive the award June 15 at the annual Texas Public Works Association Conference in San Antonio.
“We are very proud to win this award with our partners from the City of San Antonio and our Design-Build team,” said Corporate Strategic Business Officer, Senior Vice President John Carlson. “The City took a chance on implementing the design-build delivery method on its first transportation project, which was probably its most challenging. It was a tremendous public works project and the effort from everyone involved ensured success for the community.”
Hausman Road is a two-lane roadway that connects two major highways: Loop 1604 and Interstate 10. Our crews widened the 3.4-mile stretch between the highways to four lanes, plus a center turn lane, and constructed five new bridges.
The scope also included managing extensive utility relocations; earthwork; construction of retaining walls; sidewalks, hike and bike trails; storm sewer; archaeological and historic survey; environmental analysis and permitting; geotechnical work; right-of-way services and acquisitions; and public outreach.
The American Public Works Association has sponsored National Public Works Week since 1960. Across North America, its more than 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve quality of life.
November 23, 2016
Sundt Vice Presidents Greg Ayres, left, and Chad Buck.
Two of Sundt’s industrial construction experts professionals have been honored as Top Young Professionals: 20 Under 40 winners by Engineering News-Record Southwest.
Vice President and Project Executive Greg Ayres and Vice President of Preconstruction Chad Buck received 2017 honors from ENR, considered the leading publication of the construction industry. The awards are given to architecture, engineering and construction community professionals who are younger than 40.
Greg joined Sundt in 2005. He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction management from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and is a Certified Professional Constructor through the American Institute of Constructors.
Greg has been involved in more than $2 billion worth of work in his career. He has led teams on a number of signature projects, including Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station, a sulfur dioxide emissions reduction project; Molycorp Minerals Rare Earth Mine and multiple large water and wastewater treatment plants.
He has spent the past five years as a member of Junior Achievement of Arizona, an organization that inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. Greg has put in 14 years as a member of the NAU Construction Management Industry Advisory Board, providing industry advice to further develop the Construction Management program. He is a 10-year member of the Arizona Water Association and the Water Environmental Federation.
Chad has been with Sundt since 2008. He’s also a Northern Arizona University graduate, having earned his bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. In addition, he holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Chad’s professional certifications include being a Certified Professional Constructor, a Designated Design-Build Professional through the Design-Build Institute of America, a LEED Accredited Professional through the United States Green Building Council and an Arizona Builders Alliance LDF Program Graduate.
He has a diverse background in multiple construction sectors, including general industrial, semiconductor, power, water/wastewater treatment, mining, and commercial.
Chad remains involved in various aspects of the NAU Construction Management Program, as well as the Arizona Builders Alliance.
Sundt’s John Carlson (far left) and local officials cut the ribbon on Hausman Road, the City of San Antonio’s first design-build transportation project.
The City of San Antonio won’t soon forget its first time using design-build on a transportation project. What it received was a $68.3 million four-lane roadway that will help traffic flow in a busy part of the community.
Hausman Road, which officially opened with a ribbon-cutting last week, was a two-lane roadway that connected Loop 1604 and Interstate 10. A Sundt team widened the 3.4-mile stretch between the highways to four lanes, plus a center turn lane, and constructed five new bridges.
The city chose design-build because it provides a single point of responsibility for designing and constructing the project, offering significant cost and time savings, innovative solutions, improved communications and outstanding quality.
“It’s a pioneering project for a local government,” Sundt Area Manager Abel Ortiz-Monasterio said.
We incorporated two Bexar County road projects on Hausman Road at two different stages of design and all public utilities work along the roadway under a single design-build contract. Instead of several construction schedules, phasing, detours and inconvenience, there was one seamless approach by Sundt’s design-build team.
“This was a great decision by these public owners that created success for stakeholders living along the corridor and traveling Hausman Road each day,” said Sundt Corporate Strategic Business Officer John Carlson.
The city’s original plans included a 94-foot-wide typical roadway section with each of the travel lanes measuring 12 feet in width. Sundt and its design team recommended reducing the roadway width to 86 feet by narrowing the lanes to 11 feet.
The design-build team also suggested combining the two, five-foot-wide bicycle lanes originally planned for either side of the reconstructed roadway into one, 10-foot-wide shared use bicycle/pedestrian path along one side of the road that will be separated from vehicles. In addition to being safer, the new configuration allows the path to connect more easily to an established network of the city’s hiking and biking trails. Together, the proposed changes significantly reduced the amount of right-of-way property the city had to acquire and, along with other innovative approaches, yielded nearly $3 million in savings.