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Jeff Perelman (far right), Sundt’s Chief Growth Strategist, moderated the conference’s panel on urban planning and development.
How can we work together to create sustainable growth, particularly during this recovery, which is unlike anyother? That complex question was the subject of the 2013 Verdexchange Conference that took place in Phoenix earlier this month. The gathering, held annually in Los Angeles and now establishing itself as a yearly event in Arizona as well, bills itself as the “GPS for navigating the trillion-dollar green energy economy.”
“How do you create major nodes for growth? The event brought together the top developers, executives and policy makers from the real estate, infrastructure and energy industries, plus local and regional governments, to address that question,” said Jeff Perelman, Sundt’s Chief Growth Strategist.
Sundt was invited to attend the conference because the company serves all three of the growth-related industries that were represented. Jeff moderated the panel discussion that focused on urban planning and development, and he will play a larger role in the conference next year.
“We opened the discussion with a conversation about how this economic recovery is different from past ones. Then we shifted to a discussion of urban planning, using Phoenix as a case study. Rather than continuing to grow outward in an unsustainable way, city leaders are focused on Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which is densification (infill development) organized around mass transit in order to create and strengthen urban cores.”
An example of successful TOD is the Metro Light Rail system that serves metropolitan Phoenix, major portions of which were constructed by Sundt and a joint venture partner. Many of the stops along the transit line have become booming centers of mixed-use development since the system was built.
“After our discussion about TOD, our third panel member discussed areas of opportunity and the ‘rules and tools’ for making sustainable growth happen,” Jeff continued. “It takes governments, regulators and other stakeholders working together toward a shared vision. Creating alliances that drive growth collaboratively, rather than pushing it through confrontationally, is key. The last piece of the conversation was about funding. Once you envision sustainable growth projects and there is widespread support for them, how do you pay for them?”
Sound like something you’re interested in? Check out the details of the Verdexchange conference here, and find out how to get involved next year.
September 19, 2012
Crews installing forming walls at the plant’s reservoir inlet structure
Sundt has concluded several years of work at the Val Vista Water Treatment Plant in Phoenix, Ariz., with a final project that brings the 220-million-gallon-per-day facility completely up to date. Crews added a flow split system that directs water from one of the plant’s three reservoirs solely to City of Mesa customers. The $5 million upgrade will help the municipalities track and manage their water output.
The water treatment project included the addition of new inlet and outlet structures, chemical feed equipment, and new instrumentation for monitoring and compliance. All of the excavation, piping and concrete construction was performed by Sundt’s own crews.
Last year, Sundt completed a $78 million project at Val Vista that included the installation of a new granular activated carbon filtration system.
February 15, 2012
Artist's rendering of the new Arizona State University Downtown Campus Recreation Center, also known as the 'Y@ASU'
Work out, get a smoothie, go for a swim, meet friends to study. Sounds like a lot of running around, unless you’re a student at Arizona State University’s (ASU) downtown Phoenix campus. Soon they’ll be able to do all of that, and more, in one location known as the ‘Y@ASU.’
Sundt is building the new ASU Downtown Campus Recreation Center, commonly known as the Y@ASU, adjacent to the existing Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA. The latter has served as the campus’s rec center for the last several years. It will soon be joined at the ground level to the new, five-story recreation facility, giving students access to all of the amenities they currently enjoy at the Y plus a large gymnasium, weight room, indoor track, multi-purpose space, student lounge, bike co-op, locker rooms and a rooftop leisure pool. The Y@ASU will also house Exercise and Wellness, an academic program in ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.
“The project is a win for everyone involved,” said Sundt Project Director Ryan Abbott. “The students (who voted to fund the project through recreation fees) will have access to two wonderful facilities, and Y members will have access many of the amenities within the new building. Desert Troon Companies, one the project’s neighbors, has proven to be a vital partner providing logistical space, synergizing incoming utility requirements and being an active participant in meeting the demands of construction. It is a very happy, longstanding partnership that Sundt is proud to be a part of. We’ve been an active supporter of the Lincoln Y by serving on various boards and participating in several renovation projects on the 1955 facility.”
The $25 million university construction project (Sundt’s contract is for approximately $20 million) is expected to bring new energy to downtown Phoenix – another “win” for which it has been lauded by the local media. It is scheduled to be complete for the 2013 fall semester.
A view of the pedestrian bridge at Fountainhead Office Plaza, which spans 12 acres and includes nearly half a million square feet of leasable office space
Fountainhead Office Plaza, recently completed by Sundt in metro Phoenix, is an inspiring success story for these difficult economic times. As commercial building was at a virtual standstill throughout the Phoenix area, the Fountainhead project drew attention for its ambitious scope that included a large amount of premium, leasable office space. The project is 100 percent leased by a single tenant – the University of Phoenix – for 20 years.
Sundt’s contract included demolition of three existing buildings and associated parking areas, reconfiguration of a lake, the construction of one 10-story building and one six-story building totaling 493,661 square feet, and an above-grade parking structure that accommodates 2,084 vehicles. Sundt also performed the project’s tenant improvements.
Our team faced a number of challenges such as asbestos abatement in the existing buildings before they were demolished, an aggressive schedule, and having to reconfigure the existing lake to make room for the building pads. The project included approximately 30,000 cubic yards of concrete work, which was performed by Sundt’s own crews.