November 23, 2016
October 7, 2016
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.
September 28, 2016
Larry Luke, Sundt’s Area Manager for its new Salt Lake City office.
Larry Luke is serving as Area Manager for the new office and is responsible for forming partnerships with clients and subcontractors in the region. It’s an important market. Sixty percent of Utah’s population live in the Salt Lake Valley and the state’s population is estimated to increase 19 percent by 2020, from 2.77 million to 3.31 million.
Larry recently spent a few minutes talking about our expanded presence in Northern Utah and our many qualifications and innovative approaches to project delivery.
What are Utah’s strengths as a market?
Utah has a growing economy and population that has created a steady need for new infrastructure in the areas in which Sundt operates (Transportation, Industrial and Building). Utah has a healthy economy, balanced state budget and the ability to either self-fund projects or obtain either federal or private-market funding. The owners are not only programming and funding new construction projects but they also have a reputation for treating contractors fairly and believe in partnering. Public market owners, such as Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority and counties and cities, and private markets have projects that are either in the planning phase, design phase or already scheduled to be advertised.
From a personnel perspective, Salt Lake City is an area where many people want to live due to the proximity to recreational opportunities, strong family atmosphere and relatively low cost of living.
Sundt participates in joint ventures on many of its projects. What kind of expertise would we bring to JVs in the Salt Lake market?
Sundt is known in our industry for being not only a long-standing reputable company with a strong balance sheet, but also one with excellent experience on a variety of different projects. Through our people, we are also known for being an innovator and leader in Construction Manager General Contractor (CMGC), and use of technology for 3D modeling, virtual design and construction, use of automated machine control, parametric estimating, and design-build value engineering. Owners like UDOT have been on the forefront of CMGC projects, design-build, accelerated bridge construction and intelligent design and construction (IDC). We believe Sundt’s strengths in these areas will make us stand out and be able to offer joint-venture partners and owners a value that is unique from other local contractors.
What are Sundt’s strategies for developing good subcontractor relationships there?
Like any other local market, it is important to have personal relationships with our subcontractors and suppliers and show them that Sundt will treat them fairly, pay timely, honor fair bidding and price-evaluation practices and include them as partners in the project planning.
What trends do you see in the Salt Lake market?
I think we will continue to see an emphasis on value-based selections such as CMGC and design-build, especially for projects greater than $75 million. UDOT is interested in developing its IDC process and evolving the design and contractors into utilizing 3D electronic design files to replace paper plan sheets as legal construction documents. I think we will also see more opportunities that involve a combination of Transportation, Industrial or Building. For example, the upcoming Salt Lake prison or Utah Transit Authority Mountain Accord project, development of ski resort expansion projects or local cities’ needs for water improvement projects.
September 16, 2016
The Maple Street Correctional Center earned a Structures Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal in the Public/Civic Project category and LEED Gold certification.
September was an honorable month for the Maple Street Correctional Center, a California jail built to discourage inmates from coming back once they’re released.
The criminal justice project and joint venture with Layton Construction earned LEED Gold certification, the second highest of four classifications. LEED certification is based on points awarded for environmental impact including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design and regional priority credits.
The building, located in Redwood City, includes significant reductions in water use. Through the use of increased efficiency plumbing and recycled water, the facility reduced indoor water use by 54 percent and cut potable water use for landscaping to zero.
Day lighting and natural ventilation were leveraged when possible to help reduce energy loads. Coupled with significant performance improvements in heating and lighting performance, energy use was reduced by 34 percent over industry standards.
Being located in an area that prioritizes waste reduction, the design-build team diverted 97 percent of site-generated construction waste from landfill. More than 25 percent of building materials were manufactured using recycled products and the facility remains centrally located, making it accessible by mass transit or bike.
Visitation at the facility includes a children’s area that makes kids and families feel safe and welcome.
The building also earned a Structures Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal in the Public/Civic Project category. The awards honor Northern California’s top players in several categories covering commercial real estate, development, construction and design. Winners were announced Sept. 22 at an awards dinner in San Jose.
The facility aims to reduce recidivism by employing a new approach called “Corrections with Compassion.” The center is an 832-bed facility that has a separate area for work-furlough prisoners. Those inmates are allowed to leave during the day for work, school or training.
Staff ensures inmates appear in court and complete jail sentences, are incarcerated in a manner that provides for their medical, nutritional, hygienic, legal and spiritual needs and receive services designed to provide opportunities to improve their lives, both during and after incarceration, in order to reduce recidivism.
Visitation at the facility includes video capabilities as well as a children’s area that makes kids and families feel safe and welcome.
September 18, 2015
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.
We are getting closer every day to our goal of putting “heads on beds” at the San Jose State University Campus Village Phase 2 next summer.
Our team has nearly completed work on the concrete structure and started interior rough-ins and framing. The $102 million student housing construction project is a high-rise student housing facility that got under way in August 2014.
When work began, the construction wall was only 10 feet from the university’s public pool, which remained open. The team was able to take some space from the pool deck, leaving a still-tight 30 feet between the project and pool. We have weekly coordination meetings with Housing and Aquatics staff to coordinate and talk about upcoming activities. The pool and other surrounding structures eventually will be demolished and replaced by a new recreation center.
The residence hall is located adjacent to the existing Campus Village Phase 1 complex. Helping the university meet the student need for on-campus housing, the project will include 850 beds, common study rooms, a lounge, multi-purpose room, recreation room and other support spaces. San Jose State’s enrollment last fall was 32,713.
Teaming with architects Solomon Cordwell Buenz, our San Jose office is leading the fast-track, design-build project. This is our second facility for San Jose State; we finished renovations on the university’s historic Spartan Complex in July.