November 6, 2015
November 2, 2015
Sundt’s Mary Homan and Jamie Frye accept the 2015 Build San Diego Award for Sustainability for the company’s work on the San Diego State Student Union.
Sundt’s awards collection keeps growing in 2015.
We earned two more honors this week for projects in Arizona and California: a Design-Build Institute of America Award of Excellence for renovations of Old Main on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson and an Associated General Contractors of America Build San Diego Award for Sustainability for the San Diego State University Aztec Conrad Prebys Student Union.
Constructed in 1891, Old Main was the first building on University of Arizona campus. The work included stabilizing the historic building’s perimeter stone wall, resolving subterranean water infiltration, reinforcing the brick columns and chimneys, reconstructing the second floor porch, upgrading and leveling the second floor structure, replacing metal roof shingles and rebuilding the second floor interior for use as the office of the university president. Other features included safety upgrades, installation of a new mechanical system, and replacement of the plumbing, lighting and electrical systems. The building is the oldest in the state to receive LEED certification.
The SDSU facility is the first LEED Platinum certified student union in the California State University System, using 40 percent less energy and water than similar buildings. It serves as the university’s hub for meeting, socializing and studying. It features dining options, retail space, 14 meeting rooms and a fitness center.
October 7, 2015
Common Ground Awards honor accomplishments in conflict resolution, negotiation, community building and peace-building.
Awards keep rolling in for our extensive reconstruction of Old Main
on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.
Our team’s efforts earned a Common Ground Award presented by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance on Oct. 30. Old Main was one of 11 winners from a field of 50 submitted for consideration as top projects in Southern Arizona.
Constructed in 1891, Old Main was the original building on campus.
The project also earned the:
•Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award;
•Arizona Preservation Foundation Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award & Grand Award;
•DBIA Western Pacific Region, Merit Award-DBIA Western Pacific Region;
•Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award;
•National Award of Merit-Design-Build Institute of America and the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission’s Historic Preservation Award.
University of Arizona Associate Director, Planning & Public-Private Partnerships Rodney Mackey (left) and Sundt Tucson Office Project Director David Ollanik at the Common Ground Awards ceremony on Oct. 30 in Tucson.
The project involved stabilizing the perimeter stone wall, resolving subterranean water infiltration, reinforcing the brick columns and chimneys, reconstructing the second floor porch, upgrading and leveling the second floor structure, replacing metal roof shingles and rebuilding the second floor interior for use as the office of the University president. Other features included safety upgrades, installation of a new mechanical system, and replacement of the plumbing, lighting and electrical systems. Work began in early 2013 and finished during the summer of 2014.
Common Ground Awards are presented annually to honor outstanding accomplishments in conflict resolution, negotiation, community building and peace-building. The Metropolitan Pima Alliance advocates responsible development in the Pima County metropolitan area and furthers the interests of the real estate and development industry through education, public policy advocacy and networking.
July 23, 2014
Concrete crews forming the new cooling tower foundation.
Not all of our more than 50 completed projects for the University of Arizona are featured on a campus tour.
High-profile facilities that our company worked on, such as the Student Recreation Center expansion and award-winning renovation of Old Main, are must-sees for students, faculty and visitors. Just as important is the infrastructure that a growing campus needs, such as the project we’re carrying out on the north end of campus near Banner-University Medical Center.
The scope includes renovating an existing central heating and refrigeration plant to house new equipment, installing two 2,500-ton chillers along with chilled water pumps/piping, a cooling tower, steam piping, utility tunnel modifications and supporting utilities.
Substantial completion is scheduled for May 2016.
“This project will help provide heating and cooling throughout campus,” said Project Manager Mike Schlabach. “The public will never see some of our best work.”
Sounds like a cool project. Maybe it’s time to expand that tour.
February 5, 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.
Old Main – the University of Arizona’s oldest building – is being restored by Sundt.
Historic renovation and preservation projects are rarely without surprises, and Sundt’s $9 million project to restore the University of Arizona’s Old Main building has been no exception. So far, one of the most challenging – and surprising – parts of the job occurred while the team was stabilizing the building’s second floor. Because the area will be used as a gathering and entertaining space, it has to be upgraded to withstand 100 pounds per square foot (psf) of pressure. (The old flooring was estimated to be just 40 psf). In order to achieve the higher rating, the old flooring was removed and new steel joists were added in between the existing wooden joists. While that work was taking place, the team made an interesting discovery.
The sign from Old Main’s original contractor, M.J. Sullivan, which was recovered in pieces from between the floor joists and reassembled by Sundt.
“In between the old joists were pieces of wood that had writing on them, so we removed them and pieced them together,” said Sundt Senior Project Superintendent Dennis Manley. “It turns out that the original contractor, back in 1891, cut up his sign and used it in the construction of the floor. We have no idea why he did that – maybe he needed every bit of wood he could get his hands on. It was a fun discovery that the University was glad to learn about. And now they have the original sign to add to their collection of artifacts.”
Sundt’s scope of work includes stabilizing the perimeter stone wall (which lacks a foundation), resolving subterranean water infiltration, reinforcing the brick columns, reconstructing the second floor porch, stabilizing and leveling the second floor, replacing metal roof shingles, stabilizing the chimneys, and rebuilding the second floor interior for use as the office of the University president. Also included in the work are safety upgrades, installation of a new mechanical system, and replacement of the plumbing, lighting and electrical systems.
The university construction project will be complete this summer. More information can be found online at saveoldmain.org and on social media at #saveoldmain.