September 6, 2017
August 16, 2017
Our work at the Wichita Falls Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education Center was similar to three projects we performed in San Antonio.
When officials cut the ribbon to open the Wichita Falls Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education Center last month, it marked the end of nearly two years of challenges faced and successes gained by the Sundt joint-venture team.
The 123,000-square-foot facility houses programs that prepare high school students for college or careers by offering advanced skills, certification, college credits and the ability to explore their futures from the comfort of high school. The building opened in time for the new school year.
Our team’s experience constructing similar facilities in San Antonio helped pave the way for a successful project. We previously improved Brackenridge, Burbank and Lanier high schools in the city by adding career and technical education (CTE) centers while the campuses were in use, just like Wichita Falls.
“(Project Engineer) Tyler Persyn and I worked together on the CTE centers in San Antonio,” said Project Manager David Musch. “We have a great working relationship based on trust and respect. As a whole, our onsite team, including my Superintendent, Project Engineer, Field Superintendent and our local JV partner, Trinity Hughes, were invaluable to our success.”
Owner savings on the $30 million project began during preconstruction.
“At GMP, we value-engineered $3 million out of the project and did not impact any of the programs slated for the Career Education Center,” David said. “We also came up with an AV package redesign that gave the district an LED wall that will be the focal point in the main corridor of the building.”
Wichita’s notoriously fickle weather affected the tight schedule, made more difficult when the district adopted a school calendar that cut 10 days off the end of the construction schedule. The team lost two months because of extreme weather and rain delays at the beginning of the work in late 2015.
“We drilled all our piers for the foundation of the building off of crane mats and established a temporary lime-stabilized access road in order to get the foundation started,” David said. “Our team worked seven days a week for 12-plus hours a day, plus night shifts for months, to overcome the challenges we faced.”
March 3, 2017
Our San Pedro Creek job site after 4 inches of rain hit the area, causing several feet of water to gather.
When it rains, it pours at Sundt’s San Pedro Creek job site in San Antonio. Good thing we have plans in place.
Our team knew going into the project that we would have to deal with rain on a regular basis since the west side of downtown San Antonio drains into San Pedro Creek. A small half-inch rain event causes 2 feet of water in the channel.
The same site two days later as our crews went back to work after the water drained.
There’s virtually no flexibility in the schedule. Our work has to be complete in time for the city’s 300th anniversary celebration next May 5.
“We don’t have the ability to ask for more time,” said Senior Project Manager Chad Yount. “So we developed a plan. “When our employee-owners are given a challenge they come up with great solutions that keep our projects moving forward,” Chad said.
Dealing with excessive rainfall was addressed during preconstruction. The last block of Phase 1 Segment 1 is 8 feet below the existing channel, creating a dam at the end of the project. To solve the problem, the team over-excavated the area by 1 foot and placed filter fabric and drain rock which creates a working surface during minor rain events.
A 6-inch perforated pipe was installed down the middle of the channel below the drain rock which conveys the water to a 6-foot diameter casing that sits 6 feet below the surface. Within this casing, a 6-inch submersible pump is set to turn on and off by a float system reducing the labor costs. As water enters the channel, it drains through the rock to the perforated pipe and into the 6-foot diameter casing. The floats then automatically trigger the 6-inch pump to turn on, sending water over the “dam” and downstream.
The system was tested Aug. 8 when 4 inches of rain fell in four hours. Part of the site ended up under 11 feet of water. With the system in place, the water was pumped out by the next morning and crews were back at work a day later. Without the system in place, work would have been shut down for almost a week.
November 30, 2016
Sundt Project Manager/Estimator Thiago Bezerra.
Project Manager/Estimator Thiago Bezerra is the latest addition to Sundt’s Salt Lake City office.
Thiago, who holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Utah Valley University, brings a diverse background of experience to projects, having worked with public and private clients as well as federal, state and local agencies. He has been heavily involved in all aspects of project operations, including design, estimating and management. His experience in transportation projects will be beneficial in Utah, which has an active heavy civil market.
What are your main duties?
I work with the preconstruction team estimating projects. I’ll eventually transition into a project management role. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity. In our industry, not many of us are able to be involved with a project from its infancy through completion. It’s a very valuable experience.
How exciting is it to be part of expanding our efforts in Utah?
Utah will greatly benefit from Sundt’s experience and innovative approach to challenging projects. I look forward to partnering with local clients, subcontractors and suppliers to develop and build projects that will better our communities. Utah has one of the most competitive transportation markets in the nation. There is no doubt that once we have the opportunity to share Sundt’s culture and values, we will become a preferred contractor as we have done in so many other states.
How did you get your job at Sundt?
I was contacted by JP Jaramillo from Sundt’s Talent Acquisition team, and I’m thankful he was able to introduce me to Sundt.
Where do you like to travel?
Our family has been privileged to visit many wonderful places. Among our favorites are: Prague, which has amazing grand medieval architecture. The Netherlands, where traditions blend perfectly with a modern and progressive society. The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico has the best food in the world; when you marry that with its natural beauty and adventures, you get paradise. And Southern Utah is pretty spectacular. But traveling anywhere and being able to experience and learn from other cultures is a blast no matter where you go.
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
Over the years I have been very fortunate to be around inspiring people who help me develop personally and professionally. With that being said, I have received a lot of valuable advice. One of my very favorite pieces of advice, which I try to live daily, is “Take control of your life; choose your own present and destiny.”
May 25, 2016
Truckee High School will be refurbished by Fall 2019.
Almost three years before the scheduled completion of two projects for the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District, Sundt’s preconstruction team is hard at work finding ways to cut costs and save time.
The school district asked our team, acting as Construction Manager Multi-Prime on the two projects, to develop strategic phasing plans, decide the best way to approach, package and consolidate the work, and anticipate potential constraints before they become issues in the field.
In order to mitigate some of those constraints, our Virtual Design and Construction group, led by Howard “Howdy” Atkinson and Alan Sanoja, laser-scanned Truckee High School. The results revealed several conditions that would have resulted in significant project delays and added costs.
“The scans were used as true as-builts and clashed against the architect’s Building Information Model, allowing us to resolve those problems before they could affect the execution of the job,” said Project Director Tim Blood.
We’re converting existing modular buildings into new construction for classrooms, science labs, elective space, administration and locker rooms. Both projects, including Truckee Elementary School, will undergo significant façade enhancements, technology and mechanical upgrades, site work and ADA upgrades.
Like Construction Manager at Risk, CM Multi-Prime provides an owner the value of preconstruction services including estimating, constructability reviews, logistics, phasing, scheduling and VDC.
“Modernizations, renovations and expansions of this magnitude require a level of phasing, coordination and competent management above what is typically required for a new construction project, particularly when the school needs to remain occupied,” Tim said. “This is the main reason the district opted to award this project to Sundt as a CM Multi-Prime contractor.”
The K-12 projects, located 20 minutes from Lake Tahoe in the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains, will occur across multiple phases with completion on both scheduled for Fall 2019. Total construction value is expected to be $80.5 million.
Rob Foster (left) and Brad Kirsch (right) have been recognized as up-and-coming professionals in the San Diego area.
Two of Sundt’s employee-owners have been named winners of 40 Under 40 awards from The Daily Transcript in San Diego.
Rob Foster and Brad Kirsch earned the honors as rising stars in the community. Rob is a Lead Estimator who has been in the field for 10 years. Brad is Vice President for Preconstruction in our California District and has been in the industry for 15 years.
Rob has been a key team member at our largest projects in San Diego. He was a Project Building information Modeling Manager and the lead for Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Systems for the $272 million San Diego International Airport (SDIA) Terminal 2 Landside Expansion. He held a primary role in reaching a Guaranteed Maximum Price Agreement, preconstruction planning and subcontractor procurement for SDIA’s $232 million Rental Car Center.
He has shown that he is a results-oriented, focused team leader as well as an active member of the community through the Sundt Foundation and volunteer activities. He has worked with Embrace’s Helping Our Heroes’ Homes, which restores the houses of low-income, disabled veteran homeowners.
Brad has assembled an impressive resume of successful, well-executed projects valued at more than $742 million, including key work in the San Diego community including Cathedral Catholic High School, Mater Dei High School, Sony Electronics Corporate Headquarters, the SDIA Terminal 2 Landside Improvements and the SDIA Rental Car Center.
He is involved in the construction industry through the Associated General Contractors of America, San Diego Chapter. Brad has given to the Sundt Foundation for 15 years and is active on the San Diego committee selecting charities to receive grants. He also has been involved in numerous volunteer efforts and events.
Awardees came from real estate, construction, law, financial services and government. Some were individual business owners and operators.