July 24, 2013
July 17, 2013
Members of the project team holding the yearbook and indicating where it was found
While performing a major historic renovation and rehabilitation project on the University of Arizona’s (UA) Old Main building, two members of Sundt’s project team uncovered a piece of history. During demolition, the pair found a yearbook from 1911 that was wedged beneath a built-in cabinet on the second level. The yearbook originally belonged to Herbert Rolland Aylworth, the trainer of the 1910 football team, and later was stamped as belonging to J. F. “Pop” McKale. McKale was a beloved UA coach and athletic director as well as the namesake of McKale Center, the campus’s basketball venue.
J. F. “Pop” McKale’s signature is stamped inside the yearbook.
For history buffs, the yearbook’s discovery amounts to buried treasure that might easily have been damaged during construction or lost all together.
“The yearbook is, in no small part due to the diligence of Sundt Construction and Dickens Quality Demolition, in very good shape,” said Steve Allvin, University of Arizona Inspector. “The pair that made the discovery recognized the cool factor and delivered the yearbook safely to Sundt, which then turned it over quickly to the university before excessive handling did any damage. Many thanks.”
Completed in 1891, Old Main is the oldest building on the UA campus and the second oldest occupied building in Arizona. Sundt is performing a $9 million project to reverse age-related deterioration and renovate the facility for modern-day functionality. The education construction project will be complete next summer.
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A new rooftop air conditioning unit being installed on top of Matador Arena, the school’s original gymnasium built in the mid-1970s
As soon as school let out in May, Sundt began an ultra-fast-track, 12-week project to renovate Shadow Mountain High School for the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix. The $3.5 million project, located in the heart of the school campus, involves renovating the athletic facilities, upgrading the exteriors to several buildings and making the campus more ADA-compliant. The renovation project has an expected completion date of Aug. 8, just in time for start of the 2013-2014 school year.
“We understand the need to work quickly and efficiently on these types of education construction projects to conform to the school’s academic calendar,” said Brian Higgins, Sundt superintendent. “Though 12 weeks is short for most construction projects, Sundt is more than willing and able to navigate the timeline, while providing the students the best facilities for the coming school year.”
Sundt serves as the Construction Manager at Risk, while ADM Group is the architect for the project.
Sundt is helping San Diego set the bar for LEED green building with the new Aztec Student Union at San Diego State University, slated for completion in the fall of 2013. The original 43-year-old student center was demolished in August to make way for its replacement – a project approved by students and awarded to Sundt two years ago. The architect is Cannon Design.
The $104 million, three-story union will accommodate 30,000 students across 205,582 square feet of space; making it twice the size of the one that stood before it. It will serve as the university’s hub for meeting, socializing and studying. Additionally, the union will feature dining options, retail space, 14 meeting rooms and a fitness center.
Keeping in line with sustainable construction practices, Sundt will recycle and reuse nearly 80 percent of the materials from the original building for this project. The new student union will also boast the latest in green building features, including:
- Solar panels to convert sunlight to energy
- Rooftop vegetation garden to lower greenhouse gas emissions
- Underground water storage tanks to recycle water run-off from storms
- Radiant flooring system of concrete structural slabs to provide heating and cooling mass
- Pervious paving to reduce water run-off and pollutants
- Natural lighting to minimize dependence on artificial lighting
- Operable windows to increase ventilation effectiveness and control
When finished, the new facility will be the first and only LEED Platinum certified student union in the California State Universities system, using 40 percent less energy and water than other similar buildings. To get project updates and see live footage of construction, visit www.aztecstudentunion.com.