July 22, 2013
September 28, 2012
Sundt utilized building information modeling (BIM) technology to streamline the construction of a new rare earth process facility in Calif.
The completed mining facility shown in the computerized model at top.
Sundt is pleased to announce that the company was ranked the top contractor in the Southwest for 2013 by Engineering-News Record (ENR), one of the construction industry’s leading publications. Sundt was also ranked Arizona’s top contractor and the number one contractor in the Southwest in the transportation construction market sector. Mining and industrial construction is also one of Sundt’s primary markets in Arizona and the Southwest.
ENR sorts contractors each year according to their revenue. It also placed Sundt among the top ten in the following categories for 2013: New Mexico contractors (2nd), Construction Manager at Risk (5th), general contractors (2nd), design-build (4th), and green building (2nd).
April 23, 2012
The Muir College Apartments project at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) was certified LEED Gold after being completed by Sundt in 2011.
ENR, one of the construction industry’s leading publications, ranked Sundt number 30 on its Top 100 Green Contractors list that was published earlier this month. It’s a distinction that means a lot to us because we have cultivated a culture of sustainability rooted in the belief that construction firms have both the opportunity and responsibility to affect positive change in the environment. With commercial buildings accounting for a third of all energy, water, and materials consumption in the U.S. and generating a similar proportion of pollution, our philosophy is based upon the principle that what is good for the environment can also be good for business.
The ENR report shows that our beliefs are shared by clients. Even in a sluggish economy, they care about projects that make use of environmentally friendly practices and materials, particularly when those features translate to reduced operating costs and lower long-term maintenance budgets. They turn to Sundt because we have the necessary experience and expertise.
“Sundt has built five projects that are LEED Platinum certified (including the first one in Arizona) and five that are pending Platinum certification. Not many contractors can say that,” said Sundt Preconstruction Project Manager Dan Osterman. Dan has an extensive green resume, including his current position as board member of the both the USGBC Arizona Chapter – Southern Branch Governing Council and the USGBC Arizona Chapter. USGBC is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating and promoting the benefits of the sustainable built environment from the local to the international level. He also leads Sundt’s Sustainability Committee, which includes representatives from each of the company’s construction specialties.
April 4, 2012
The expanded recreation center at the University of Arizona is the first LEED Platinum building on campus.
Earth Day is a great time to celebrate how the construction industry is contributing to the green movement. Sustainability and green building have stepped into the mainstream in both the public and private sectors, and even with the U.S. military. Sundt is proud to be at the forefront of this effort. We have a proven track record of helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals in order to get the buildings they want with the environmentally friendly features we all need.
Green construction benefits the owners, the building’s future occupants, and, of course, the environment. It looks far beyond reducing energy use and improving air quality. Green construction takes a “big picture” approach, focusing on the interrelationship of the various building systems – plumbing and HVAC, electrical, structure, exterior building envelope construction, and interior finishes – rather than considering each one independently.
Sundt has aided the sustainability efforts of many of our clients by constructing green facilities and sharing lessons learned. In several cases, we’ve exceeded clients’ sustainability goals by proposing and implementing creative strategies to improve the performance of their buildings. Below are a few recent projects that exceeded initial LEED certification goals:
- Arizona Game & Fish Headquarters – Silver to Platinum
- University of Arizona Recreation Center Expansion – Silver to Platinum
- Dial Corporate Headquarters and Research & Development Facility – certified to Silver
There’s still a long way to go toward securing our planet’s future, but there’s also a lot to celebrate. Happy Earth Day!
December 19, 2011
Fort Hood Warrior in Transition Barracks
Sustainable building isn’t just for the private sector. More and more federal construction projects are now requiring third party sustainable certifications on new building projects. The new Warrior in Transition (WT) Barracks at Fort Hood, Texas is one of them. The Fort Hood WT incorporates a number of sustainable features, which will help it achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The facility has public transportation access and features special parking for low-emitting/fuel-efficient vehicles. Inside, the nearly 193,000-square-foot, five-story building utilizes an energy efficient HVAC system and Energy Star equipment to reduce energy usage by 30 percent or more.
Other sustainable features include on-site renewable energy, a cool roof, and native and draught tolerant landscaping, which will reduce irrigation needs.
During construction over 75 percent of all construction waste was recycled and diverted from local landfills.
When complete later this month, the Fort Hood WT Barracks will house 320 personnel in shared living modules consisting of separate bedrooms with shared bath and kitchen areas.
To help create a future with less waste and reduced energy consumption, Sundt has made going green and developing eco-friendly building practices a focal point for the company.
Our commitment to sustainability has led us to become one of the most eco-friendly construction companies in the Southwest. Whenever possible, Sundt uses green construction techniques that reduce energy costs and lower the consumption of raw materials.
A few points that distinguish Sundt as an eco-friendly builder are:
- Of the handful of projects in Arizona that have received LEED Platinum Certification, the highest level of certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council, two of them were built by Sundt.
- Sundt employs more than 175 LEED-accredited professionals.
- With an extensive jobsite and office recycling program, Sundt uses recycled materials whenever possible.
- Sundt has made a number of upgrades to modernize its fleet of heavy equipment. This includes the purchase of one of the first hybrid mechanic trucks in the industry, the use of water trucks with smaller engines to limit fuel consumption, and the introduction of several hybrid sedans to the Sundt fleet.
In the long run, the rewards of going green far outweigh the costs. With countless benefits including a healthier environment, less waste, and reduced maintenance and operating costs, Sundt recognizes that eco-friendly building is not only the logical choice, but will soon become a requirement and a way of life.