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January 18, 2012
The University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management - built by Sundt - won the 2011 National Design-Build Excellence Award for Educational Facilities.
Even people who don’t know much about construction can tell you the traditional way to build a project: Hire an architect to draw up the plans, solicit bids from contractors, then select the one with the lowest price. That method, called Design-Bid-Build, is still widely used, but it’s no longer the only option out there – nor is it the best approach for many kinds of projects.
Owners today have a number of approaches to choose from, such as Design-Build, Construction Manager at Risk, Lease-Leaseback and others. These alternate project delivery methods often foster greater creativity and collaboration between the architect, owner, contractor, and subcontractors, and they can result in bigger, better projects – built faster and for less money than was originally budgeted.
How? Alternate project delivery methods consider a number of factors, beyond price alone, during contractor selection – factors such as qualifications and experience. And whereas the traditional Design-Bid-Build process separates design and construction, alternate project delivery methods involve the contractor early in the project, often before design even begins. This way they can use their experience and specialized knowledge to help shape the project from its inception, rather than during construction – a costly process that can frustrate owners. Another advantage: Design-Build provides a single point of responsibility for the entire project, allowing the owner to deal with one entity rather than each one separately.
Sundt is a leader in the use of alternate project delivery methods, to the extent that we played an instrumental role in changing Arizona’s procurement laws for public projects. Our CEO, Dave Crawford, was an active participant in the drafting, lobbying, education and passage of House Bill 2340, the legislation permitting alternative project delivery methods for public construction in the state of Arizona. Passage of this bill was effective August 15, 2000, enabling public owners to determine the best delivery method to achieve their quality, value and schedule objectives. Dave is also past president of the Design-Build Institute of America.
January 8, 2012
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.
Artist's rendering of the John M. Roll United States Courthouse in Yuma, Ariz.
Six lives were brought to a tragic end during the mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., last January 8, which left an additional 13 people wounded, among them U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Although the victims’ lives were cut short, their hopes and dreams live on thanks to the many programs, nonprofit organizations and projects that have since been founded in their names.
Sundt is honored to be building one such project: The John M. Roll United States Courthouse in Yuma, Ariz., a landmark building that pays tribute to its namesake while reminding us that out of tragedy comes hope and renewal. John M. Roll was a federal judge who was killed in the attack.
The $25 million design-build project, which was funded several years ago and then put on hold because of the stagnant economy, was brought back to life largely because of the efforts of Justice Roll, who was one of the project’s biggest champions. The courthouse is being constructed in a prominent location on the city’s riverfront, where it will replace an outdated facility and help stimulate economic reinvestment in the area.
The building’s design puts a southwestern twist on the classic American courthouse by using locally sourced sandstone, living walls made of vines planted on steel trellises to shade windows, and fans for maximum ventilation. The project’s centerpiece is a 10,000-square-foot canopy made of photovoltaic panels that will provide shade while generating one quarter of the building’s electrical needs. Together, these innovative features are expected to put the project well within reach of earning LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2013.
The John M. Roll Unites States Courthouse will stand as a tribute to a man who dedicated his life to his family, friends and community. Sundt is honored to help him be remembered.