April 13, 2017
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.
July 29, 2015
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.
July 22, 2015
Sundt is nearing completion of its first project for the Coast Community College District: the Orange Coast College Interdisciplinary Complex in Costa Mesa, California.
Orange Coast College Interdisciplinary Complex in Costa Mesa, California.
The 78,000-square-foot math, business and computing complex includes 35 administrative offices, a 200-station open computer lab, 11 computer teaching labs for mixed use, nine lecture classrooms for business and computing courses, 15 mathematics lecture classrooms, two meeting rooms and a workroom, lounge and study areas.
The project team, led by Senior Project Manager Conrad Benitez, used a number of innovative approaches and technologies to make the project a success.
“We used 3D models to show them what the paths of travel would look like with all of the piping and ductwork in, and then compared that to other possible scenarios with fewer obstructions,” Conrad said. “Being able to see the end result before it was built and talk through modifications together made a big impact on the facilities team.”
Sundt is preparing to begin a second project for the district as the construction manager for a new $24 million Student Services Center at its Golden West Campus in Huntington Beach.
March 18, 2015
The Learning Library Resource Center at San Diego Miramar College.
Sundt is pleased to announce that two education construction projects, The Learning Library Resource Center at San Diego Miramar College and combination school Puentes Middle School/Butler Elementary in El Paso, Texas, have recently earned LEED certification.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s “Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design” certification recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices for green building leadership. Environmentally friendly features of the Miramar LLRC include a light-colored exterior that helps reflect the sun’s heat to reduce cooling costs, drought-tolerant landscaping, water-saving technologies, the use of local and regional materials, low volatile organic compound-emitting indoor materials and a high-efficiency HVAC system contribute to reducing the building’s carbon footprint.
Entrance to the Puentes Butler combination elementary and middle school.
Puentes/Butler is El Paso’s first Gold-Certified combination school. The sustainability efforts that earned the school Gold, LEED’s second highest certification, include landscaping that incorporates low-water native plants, groves of trees to shade the earth and consume greenhouse gases, photovoltaic and wind power generators and energy efficient lighting that HVAC systems which contributed to the building achieving 23% energy cost savings.
These projects join Sundt’s continued work in LEED-certified educational facilities, with other notable projects including University of California, Davis Tercero Student Housing, San Diego State University’s Aztec Student Union, Arizona State University Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building and University of California Merced – Social Science and Management Building.
Cooper Court will accommodate approximately 400 students.
Construction is progressing smoothly on the Cooper Court Residence Hall student housing construction project at the University of Nevada, Reno. Interior finishes are going quickly and the team expects to finish hanging drywall by the end of this month, putting the project a few weeks ahead of schedule. Abatement and demolition of an existing onsite building will begin right after Easter. The 117,000-square-foot, five-story steel and concrete building will accommodate approximately 400 students.