June 20, 2019
September 10, 2018
What once housed hundreds of baseball fans will now house thousands of students as Sundt breaks ground on a new 365,000-square-foot student housing complex. The $150 million Hornet Commons Complex will consist of six four-story buildings with a total of 284 apartments, a swimming pool, café, fitness center and community room.
The ceremonial groundbreaking earlier this month marked the start of Sundt’s second project on the Sacramento State campus, with the Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex finishing up within the next month. “We’re honored to be a part of this incredible project,” said Jim Larrieu, Vice President and Northern California Regional Director. “Our team is looking forward to creating a new and exciting place for students to relax and enjoy life on campus.”
This is not just another project for Sacramento State; it has been in the works for many years. Alexander Gonzalez, Sacramento State’s president for 11 years before retiring in 2015, always had a vision of turning the Dan McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks into a place to house students. Watching from the crowd as Sundt broke ground, he saw his vision come to life.
“The long-awaited Student Housing Project is transformative for the Sacramento State student community, and Sundt is thrilled to be part of the team making that happen,” said Teri Jones, Building Group President.
Sundt Preconstruction Manager Dave Downey, Sr. Project Manager Sean Falvey, Building Group President Teri Jones, Sacramento State Mascot Herky, Sundt Project Executive Mike Mielcarek, Sundt CEO Mike Hoover, and Sr. Project Superintendent Rob Petrakovitz
Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen and crowd put their “stingers up.”
Sean Falvey, project manager for the new housing development and for the Science Complex project, shared his thoughts on starting a second project on campus.
With the Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex finishing soon, what about that project do you think made us the builder of choice for Hornet Commons?
We are able to think outside the box when we faced with challenges. We started off on the right foot with the preconstruction phase: our precon team was able to deliver more than the campus’s RFP requirements and really give them more for their budget. Secondly, we proved that we were not only a good contractor, but an innovative one. When we had to dig a trench that would stretch in front of the campus bookstore and impede foot traffic, our team came up with a unique solution: build a “drawbridge” to keep students and pedestrians safe while walking in and out of the bookstore. Our client appreciated us going beyond what was expected of us and keeping the students’ safety and campus operations in mind during construction.
Were there any lessons learned from the Science Complex that the team can apply to the housing project?
On the Science Complex, the state fire marshal required significant changes during construction due to the many rating conditions (wall terminations, pipe penetrations, etc.). On the housing project, we’ll be constructing a mockup to demonstrate all our typical conditions, which will give us the opportunity to head off any concerns and avoid scheduling conflicts.
With over 30,000 students, many of them commuters, the campus is very sensitive to traffic disturbances. Going into housing, we are paying close attention to how our work may impact traffic and have already accounted for “summer work.” The purpose of the new housing development is to, hopefully, eliminate the amount of travel students currently face.
The Science Complex is an incredible building with 27 teaching labs, research labs, a planetarium, and an observatory; will there be any similarities with the housing complex?
The two buildings will be like night and day: not only is the building type different (wood vs. steel), but the client and delivery method are different as well. Even though they will be different structurally, the end goal is the same: to enrich the campus community with better facilities. The CSU students are the ones who will truly benefit from each of these projects.
August 28, 2018
Repeat business is the best praise a client can give, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has given Sundt Construction the ultimate compliment by bringing us back for another project. Sundt just completed its second job with the university, the Embry-Riddle Student Housing Phase 2 project, right on time for the fall semester. The new three-story, 73,000-square-foot residence building will house up to 282 students. And these are no coach-class accommodations; students will enjoy roomy, four-person semi-suites enhanced by comfortable lounging, gathering and social areas.
Embry-Riddle is the largest, fully accredited university system specializing in aviation and aerospace, and just last year Sundt finished the Prescott campus’s 52,500-square-foot STEM Education Center and Planetarium. According to Senior Project Manager Josh Anderson, Sundt was selected again for the residential building because “we keep meeting budget and schedule.” Now, this is easier said than done, as a student housing job of this magnitude in the current market is usually a 14- or 16-month job. “We got it done in 10 months, though,” said Josh, “and in the process, we performed over $1 million worth of value engineering.”
The timeline was narrow, labor was tight in a busy local market, and Prescott’s mile-high elevation meant dealing with rain and snow. But Sundt’s trademark teamwork, including some solid showings from our subcontractors, made for a successful finish. “We’re glad to help the university get closer to their goal of being able to house all students on campus,” Josh said. “Embry-Riddle has treated us really well, and we hope to continue working with them in the future.”
April 13, 2017
Sundt and California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) recently held a topping out ceremony for the new Center for Global Innovation (CGI), a 72,000-square-foot, three-story classroom and office building that will serve as the new home for the University’s College of Extended Learning (CEL). The CGI will house classrooms, training spaces, lecture halls and faculty offices, as well as open areas for retail and dining.
CSUSB staff and Sundt employee-owners sign beam to be placed atop the Center for Global Innovation
As CSUSB’s first attempted LEED Platinum-certified building, this is not just any project. It’s also unique in that Sundt and the College of Extended Learning share such similar values and goals. Project Executive Betty Lynn Senes explained: “Both the CEL and Sundt are committed to continual learning; the CEL is designed to provide opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds, from workforce development to continuing education, from international students to veterans, from high school students to mid-career professionals.” And as Sundt embraces Lean principles, “We strive to improve on what we do every single day, streamlining our processes, ensuring we’re as efficient as possible and cutting waste. When so many values align, the project is that much more meaningful to all involved.”
Sundt has completed several projects for the CSU system statewide over the past three decades. “We feel a strong responsibility as partners with CSU to deliver every project at the highest level of quality and within budget,” said Senior Project Manager Brian DeMartino. “Our team on the CSUSB CEL project is focused on exceeding expectations so we can continue our relationship on this and other campuses.” With other projects under way at Cal Poly Pomona, Sacramento State and Cal State LA, Sundt’s future with the CSU system is looking bright.
October 12, 2016
Old Main on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.
Sundt’s work on the University of Arizona Old Main Renovation and Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix Sun Devil Fitness Complex has earned 2017 Arizona Leader Awards from the United States Green Building Council Arizona.
The winners will be honored at the Heavy Medals Awards Luncheon next Wednesday in Tempe. The awards recognize statewide innovation and leadership in green buildings and celebrate teams for their efforts to accomplish LEED certification.
Old Main Renovation is the winner of the Building Performance award. We successfully merged the existing structure, constructed in 1891, with safety upgrades, a new mechanical system and replaced plumbing, lighting and electrical systems.
The project has earned many honors, including three from the Design-Build Institute of America (National Awards of Excellence and Merit and the Western Pacific Region Merit Award), the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award, a Historic Preservation Award from the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission and the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award.
USGBC Arizona awarded Sun Devil Fitness Complex the Community Champion award. The award recognizes a LEED-certified project that addresses the needs of an underserved community and meets the USGBC’s vision of healthy and sustainable buildings. The complex is a five-story, 70,000-square-foot student recreation center that features an indoor track, rooftop swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, student lounge and more.
Arizona State University’s Downtown Fitness Complex in Phoenix.
Rendering of the interior of the Golden West College Student Services Center.
Sundt is pulling double duty on the Golden West College campus in Huntington Beach, California, where our crews are constructing both a student services center and math and science building. The student center is under way and the math and science facility is in preconstruction.
Our success with the district started with completion of the Orange Coast College Interdisciplinary Complex in Costa Mesa last year. The 78,000-square-foot math, business and computing complex includes 35 administrative offices, a 200-station computer lab, 11 computer teaching labs, nine lecture classrooms for business and computing courses, 15 math lecture classrooms, two meeting rooms and workroom, lounge and study areas.
Our performance on that facility put us in position to build the two Golden West projects, which are located within walking distance of one another.
Once completed, the 50,000-square-foot student activities facility will consolidate multiple departments into a central location on campus. Students will no longer have to hop from building to building to register, get financial aid and buy parking passes.
One lesson we’ve learned is the value of providing up-to-date communication with students, faculty, businesses and the public. Construction sites are always evolving and can serve as a source of frustration for those who have their daily routines interrupted.
The team worked with the Coast Community College District to develop a mobile app that includes information on both projects, including timelines and construction updates. The app went live not long after construction on the student activities center started. The project is in the “dead center of campus,” Sundt Regional Vice President John Messick said, making it hard for students to avoid in their daily routines. The community college has an enrollment of more than 15,000.
“We have decades of experience working on occupied campuses and know what it takes to safely and successfully complete a project like this,” John said.
The 118,000-square-foot math and science building recently completed demolition of existing structures and relocation of utility lines. Permit approval is expected to occur around Thanksgiving with construction starting next March.
Golden West College Math and Science Building rendering.