Sundt won the Build America Award in the Highway and Transportation Renovation category for its work on the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas.
An innovative water treatment facility and an iconic bridge had something in common last week when they both won prestigious Alliant Build America Awards from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) at the AGC’s 96th Annual Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sundt won the Environmental Enhancement category for its work on the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility renovation construction project in Chandler, Arizona, and the Highway and Transportation Renovation category for the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ryan Abbott, business development manager for Sundt’s projects in the Southwest, holds the award for the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility. To the right of Ryan is Tom Case, Sundt’s senior vice president for civil construction.
The $75 million Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility project was completed in April of 2014. A global semiconductor manufacturer selected Sundt and Carollo Engineers, Inc. as the design-build team to reconstruct the water treatment plant, which supports the City of Chandler’s Reverse Osmosis Facility (CHRO) as it treats additional waste streams brought on by the manufacturer’s recently built Ocotillo Campus fabrication facility. The water treatment construction project included modifications to the existing CHRO influent pump station, a modified finished water pump station, a repurposed brine concentrator, sludge storage, a sludge dewatering facility with belt filter presses, repurposed brine evaporation ponds, chemical feed systems, electrical buildings and instrumentation, and supervisory control and data acquisition programming and upgrades.
Cade Reddig, Sundt project superintendent, holds the Build America Award for the West 7th Street Bridge. Standing to the right is John Carlson, Sundt’s Texas district manager. To the left of Cade is Chris Leintz, Sundt project engineer.
The West 7th Street Bridge connects downtown Fort Worth with the city’s thriving cultural district, and is the first structure of its kind in Texas. Its 12 precast, post-tensioned arches were built offsite and moved into place on either side of the existing bridge before it was demolished and reconstructed – in just 150 calendar days. The bridge construction project was completed a month ahead of schedule.
Build America Awards honor the builders of the nation’s most impressive construction projects. They recognize excellence in state-of-the-art advancement, project management, innovation, sustainability, client services, community contributions, safety and meeting the challenges of a difficult job.
Artist’s rendering of South Campus Plaza at San Diego State University. Sundt expects to complete the project in late 2016.
Students at San Diego State University will have more exceptional housing, retail and restaurant offerings to choose from when Sundt completes the new South Campus Plaza in late 2016. The $143 million, university construction project includes two residential buildings above all ground-floor retail, and an adjacent parking structure. The residence halls will house 608 beds in double-occupancy student rooms, 32 single-occupancy student rooms, three staff apartments and three visiting scholar studios.
Members of the university and project team celebrated the project’s groundbreaking together.
Sustainability is also being emphasized at South Campus Plaza. The nearly 350,000-square-foot design-build project has been designed by SVA Architects and SGPA Architecture and Planning to achieve LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council.
University representatives and members of the project team turned ceremonial shovels of dirt to mark the project’s official beginning.
A new student housing construction project underway at California State University Channel Islands (CI) in Camarillo will accommodate 600 freshmen when it is complete in July 2016. The $57 million design-build project, dubbed Santa Rosa Village, includes construction of two new residential buildings. Once completed, the 120,000-square-foot housing community will include a newly remodeled 20,000-square-foot dining facility and adjacent infrastructure upgrades. It is Sundt’s second project on the CI campus.
“Our innovative approach to our first project with the university’s Sierra Hall facility is a major reason we remained competitive in the selection process,” said Robert Stokes, Sundt regional director. “We demonstrated that Sundt had the vision and expertise to turn a major remodel into a complete tear-down and rebuild without going over budget.”
As a LEED Platinum facility, Tercero 3 is helping UC Davis fulfill its sustainability goals.
Congratulations are in order for the University of California, Davis, whose Tercero 3 student housing facility just earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council! Sundt was the design-build contractor for the dormitory complex that accommodates approximately 1,200 students.
Tercero 3 spans 330,000 square feet across seven, four-story buildings. Multiple lounges, study areas, computer centers and gathering spaces are a part of the complex, which surrounds a landscaped courtyard. Bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly pathways are woven throughout a diverse landscape of mature trees and native plants.
The project helps the university fulfill its sustainability goals, one of which is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to year 2000 levels by 2014.
We’re pleased to announce that Ryan Abbott, formerly Sundt’s science and technology group leader, has been promoted to Southwest business development manager. In his new role, Ryan is responsible for managing the company’s design-build, CM at Risk and public/private partnership pursuits of vertical building projects throughout the Southwest.
Ryan began his career at Sundt more than 13 years ago as a field engineer, working his way through every level of project management, from the design phase through completion. He has played a key role on many notable Sundt projects, including the $112 million Arizona State University (ASU) Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 4 in Tempe; the $87 million Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona; and the $109 million Biodesign Institute (Buildings A and B) at ASU in Tempe.
We recently asked Ryan a few questions to get to know him better.
What are your goals in your new position?
Sundt provides its customers with fantastically predictable building solutions they can build their businesses on. I want to provide that value at a much greater scale.
Tell us about a current trend in laboratory construction.
Team-based research: Modern science is a team sport. In order to have the built-in capacity to adopt new research approaches as soon as they become available, you need an array of specialized team members housed in an adaptive, connected, responsive laboratory.
Where do you see the most potential for growth in the Southwest’s construction economy?
The population will continue to grow at an increasing rate. Companies will continue to move to the Southwest for its low operating costs and low risk of natural disasters. Healthcare services and the bioscience industry are also pillars of growth. Since 2002 the job growth in these sectors in the Southwest has been three times the national average.
What might you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
I decided long ago that I’d have a tangible product for my life’s work. You’d never find me too far from construction. I even went so far as to marry my favorite architect.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve read lately?
I’ve been reading Michael Lewis lately. The Big Short (about those who profited from the financial crises of ‘07-’10), Liar’s Poker (an autobiographical account of Lewis’s days selling bonds on Wall Street), Moneyball (how the Oakland Athletics, under manager Billy Beane, redefined the game of baseball by using analytics instead of the conventional wisdom of scouts). Each of these books is shocking, revolutionary and unexpectedly inspiring.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I’m a big fan of endurance sports: running, biking and hiking. You can find me most mornings running the greenbelt and most weekends on my bike. I have three sons whom I strive to keep up with.
Where would you most like to travel?
South America is next on the list: Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Machu Picchu.
Do you have a favorite inspirational saying or idea?
I’m a huge fan of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism: Follow reason, not whims or faith; Work hard to achieve a life of purpose and productiveness; Earn genuine self-esteem; Pursue your own happiness as your highest moral aim; Prosper by treating others as individuals; and trade value for value.
What’s your favorite sport, either to play or to watch?
Several years ago I’d have unequivocally answered baseball. Recently I’ve gotten into marathons, and in the future I see myself doing long course triathlons.
What’s your favorite app at the moment?
Definitely the Podcast App on which I subscribe to NPR’s Planet Money, Freakonomics Radio, This American Life, and Radiolab … to name a few.