July 22, 2015
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.
August 27, 2014
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.
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.
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.