Yuma, Ariz., is home to a new federal courthouse in the heart of its downtown. The John M. Roll United States Courthouse is a two-story, 57,000-square-foot facility that includes two courtrooms, judges’ chambers, detention cells, and administrative areas for the United States federal courts and U.S. Marshals Service. The $24.2 million, courthouse construction project was completed by Sundt in the spring.
At the University of California, Davis, Sundt is the design-build contractor for Tercero Student Housing Phase III (Tercero 3), a $71 million dormitory complex that is seeking LEED Platinum certification. It is Sundt’s third high-profile project on the campus in recent years.
Besides providing updated housing for approximately 1,200 students, Tercero 3 will help the university fulfill its sustainability goals, one of which is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to year 2000 levels by 2014. It has been designed by EHDD Architects to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest level of certification when it’s complete and open to students in the fall of 2014.
Tercero 3 will span 330,000 square feet across seven, four-story buildings. Multiple lounges, study areas, computer centers and gathering spaces also will be part of the complex, which will surround a landscaped courtyard. Bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly pathways will be woven throughout a diverse landscape of mature trees and native plants.
One of Sundt’s earlier projects for UC Davis, the Maurice J. Gallagher Jr. Hall (home of the Graduate School of Management and the UC Davis Conference Center) also achieved LEED Platinum after it was completed in 2009.
Sundt recently completed its fourth project for the Yuba Community College District: a $13.4 million Student and Instructional Service Center at Yuba College in Clearlake, Calif. The 32,000-square-foot, three-building facility provides consolidated space for administration and operations, student services, science labs, culinary arts, a 10,000-square-foot library and a learning resource center.
Sundt’s contract also included all associated demolition, site work, utilities installation and creation of a new, paved entrance to campus. The buildings, designed by TLCD Architecture, are pending LEED Silver certification.
Kristy Weiland, who has managed all four of Sundt’s projects for the Yuba Community College District, called the new Student and Instructional Services Center “a perfect fit for Sundt” because of the company’s extensive resume of university and community college construction. She also noted the project’s many benefits to Yuba College students.
“Education is such an important part of any community and studies have shown that a correlation exists between student achievement and school facilities. Our team takes special satisfaction in knowing that the work we performed on the Clear Lake campus is providing students and faculty with updated facilities that can enhance the learning experience.”
Sundt and joint venture partner Layton Construction are building a $125 million replacement jail for San Mateo County in Redwood City, Calif. Located on a 4.85-acre site, the jail construction project includes a three-story housing unit and support wing. The first floor will include a natural light-filled visitor lobby, video visitation area, kitchen, laundry facility and loading docks. The second floor will include jail administration space, transitional housing, a medical clinic, locker rooms and staff dining with outside eating areas.
HOK, the project architect, has incorporated several features that emphasize sustainability. The goal is to earn LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and exceed state requirements for energy efficiency.
The Construction Manager at Risk project is scheduled to be complete and open for use in mid-2015.
Sustainability is a simple concept, but it’s not particularly easy to achieve. This is especially true as projects become more complex in response to the growing demand for more sophisticated technology, enhanced performance, lower operation and maintenance costs and improved aesthetics in our buildings and infrastructure. Hitting all of those marks takes a minor miracle … or a contractor with the experience and vision to successfully put it all together.
“Putting it all together” is what drove Sundt to create Green Print. It’s a field guide to successfully applying sustainable principles in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED system. Green Print is based on Sundt’s years of experience building green projects, from office buildings to research facilities, schools to courthouses. This mega-manual of all things sustainable was written by our senior project personnel who have leveraged their experience in green building to provide guidance to Sundt’s field employees and all of the project members, including the owner and the design team, who encounter challenges every day in the field.
“Green Print is more than your typical reference manual; it’s a customized guidebook containing practical advice, specific examples, and innovative approaches that were successfully applied to past Sundt projects,” says Preconstruction Project Manager Dan Osterman, who also leads Sundt’s Sustainability Committee. “Our next planned update coincides with the launch of LEED V4 (currently in the process of the fifth draft review comment period) to ensure that it will always be a relevant and timely resource. Green Print ensures that Sundt’s clients get the very best of our accumulated knowledge and experience incorporated into their sustainable projects.”