August 27, 2014
August 6, 2014
Artist’s rendering of the new South Campus Plaza at San Diego State University
Sundt has been hired by San Diego State University, a longtime education construction client, to perform preconstruction services for a new, high-profile addition to the campus called South Campus Plaza. Located adjacent to the recently completed Aztec Student Union, also constructed by Sundt, South Campus Plaza will serve as a new gateway to the campus.
The project will consist of two mixed-use residential buildings and one parking structure. Building One will include approximately 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space fronting busy College Avenue, plus surrounding public spaces. The residences will be located on levels two through six.
Building Two will include 14,600 square feet of retail space and residential units on levels two through six. The residential levels of both buildings will include study rooms, laundry rooms, multi-purpose and breakout rooms, learning centers, tech conference rooms, community kitchens, and offices. Large exterior terrace areas are located on the second level of both residential buildings. They add to the living experience by providing gathering areas and flex spaces for the university and its residents.
The parking garage will be a six-story, cast-in-place concrete structure with approximately 301 parking spaces. A feature stair at the southeast corner with a horizontal sunshade at the top level will signify the main entry into the parking garage from the residential towers.
July 23, 2014
The Warren Hall replacement building will be complete in August 2015.
A year ago, 463 pounds of explosives safely brought down Warren Hall, a 13-story building on the campus of California State University, East Bay in Hayward. Nearby stands the nearly completed concrete core for the five-story, 66,000-square-foot replacement building.
The original Warren Hall, constructed in 1971, was demolished by implosion last year as part of Sundt’s $40 million project.
When complete in August 2015, the new state-of-the-art, LEED Silver building will contain offices and other administrative support space. It will be an attractive landmark with features including metal ceilings, stainless steel wall panels and terrazzo flooring. The precast concrete/composite metal panel structure will also meet current seismic codes, unlike its predecessor building, which was constructed in 1971. (See a short time-lapse video of the implosion here.)
Sundt’s project team for this $40 million education construction project has been working overtime and Saturdays to achieve an important milestone: the start of steel erection on August 20.
July 14, 2014
The renovation of Old Main was substantially complete on July 1.
The president of the University of Arizona, Ann Weaver Hart, is in the midst of moving her office and staff into a historic building that Sundt just finished renovating in the heart of the campus. Old Main, the UA’s oldest building (built in 1891), was showing many signs of deterioration before Sundt embarked on the $9 million renovation/reconstruction project in late 2012. Now it looks fresh and meets current safety codes while honoring its historic “territorial hybrid” design. The education construction project was substantially complete on July 1.
As the project’s design-build contractor, Sundt:
- stabilized the perimeter stone wall, which lacked a foundation
- addressed and resolved subterranean water infiltration
- reinforced the brick columns
- reconstructed the second floor porch
- stabilized and leveled the second floor
- replaced metal roof shingles
- stabilized the chimneys
- rebuilt the second floor interior for administrative use
For more details about the reconstruction work, click here.
April 7, 2014
The 110-foot-long steel pedestrian bridge was installed over one of Las Cruces’s busiest roadways in less than 24 hours.
How does a 110-foot-long steel pedestrian bridge appear over a roadway in 24 hours? Assemble it ahead of time in pieces and then carefully lift and fit the segments into place with specialized equipment. That’s what a team from Sundt and joint venture partner Wooten Construction did on Friday at Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Their innovative approach to bridge construction took months of planning, but as a result, one of the busiest roadways in Las Cruces was closed for less than 24 hours while the new structure was installed.Check out news coverage of the event here.
The operation was part of Wooten|Sundt’s $36 million education construction project at Las Cruces High School. It includes construction of several new parking lots and athletic fields, as well as 156,000 square feet of structural additions anchored by a two-story classroom building, administration areas, a media center, and a performing arts laboratory.
Wooten|Sundt plans to have the first phase of construction completed by August 2015. The new campus additions will help improve student flow between classes and provide a safer environment for one of the state’s most populated high schools.
Artist’s rendering of Henley Hall at UC Santa Barbara
We’re pleased to announce that Sundt was recently selected as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the Henley Hall Institute for Energy Efficiency at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The 53,000-square-foot, three-story facility, designed by architect Kieran Timberlake, will include a 125-seat lecture hall, 17 laboratories, 34 faculty and postdoctoral offices, nine administrative offices and group office space to accommodate 74 graduate students.
Designed to create prime research space and leading paradigms in energy efficiency, the building will feature extensive natural lighting areas, adaptable laboratory space for evolving research needs and intelligent energy monitoring and control systems with interactive displays. The $38.5 million education construction project also will feature light emitting diodes (LEDs) with low-voltage wiring throughout the building, as well as windows and lighting that adjust with the building control systems.