Preliminary rendering of the reconstructed Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe
Arizona State University football fans have something extra to cheer about: they won’t have to stop rooting for the Sun Devils while Sundt and joint venture partner Hunt Construction Group perform a $256 million transformation of the school’s football stadium. That’s because the project has been carefully planned to avoid interrupting the fan experience.
The Construction Manager at Risk project involves the complete reconstruction of the lower stadium bowl and the addition of many new amenities and improvements that reflect the university’s emphasis on sustainability, technology and innovation.
“All of the work will be threaded between football seasons, with construction performed in the stadium during the off seasons while the team is practicing,” says Ryan Abbott, Sundt Business Development Manager. “In order to avoid disrupting the football season, we have to control and deliver all of the massive components that will become the seating bowls, structural beds, towers, etc., on a very rigid schedule. We can do it because we’re builders. As far as the football team is concerned, it’s like Disneyland. We’re practically invisible.”
The university construction project is poised to redefine stadiums in the Pac 12 with more and higher quality amenities such as a new concourse, better seating, more restrooms with enhanced quality, a new student athlete facility, premium seating such as founder and club-level suites, better training facilities, improved concessions, a premiere video board and sound system, extensive accessibility improvements, an air-conditioned club, in-stadium technology for fan enjoyment and education, and an expanded student section on the stadium’s south end that will include about 8,000 seats.
Construction of the student section will begin in January (minutes after the Cactus Bowl concludes) and will be complete before the 2015-2016 football season next August. Next January the construction team will simultaneously go to work on the east and west sidelines of the lower bowl. Demolition work has already begun to clear space for the new student section.
Sundt has been awarded a contract to build a new interdisciplinary research center for the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona (UA). The state-of-the-art Engineering Innovation Building will be Sundt’s 58th university construction project completed for the UA. Construction will begin in the early spring of 2014. When complete, the building will provide a foundation for the College of Engineering’s expanding research programs, with emphasis in the School of Sustainable Engineered Systems and Biomedical Engineering
The project will be designed by SmithGroupJJR to house high-tech research laboratories focused on the following key areas: advanced manufacturing; energy storage; bioengineering; materials processing; metals recovery and recycling; and computer modeling and simulation. It will also include the Dean’s executive office, a student center for engineering clubs and senior design projects, and space for research collaboration with biosciences and UA’s business college and industry partners.
“Laboratory construction projects continue to be an area Sundt thrives in, especially knowing the importance of the work that will be performed within these new buildings,” said Sundt Laboratory Group Leader Ryan Abbott. “We are impressed with the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering’s missions for this building, which include having a role in creating affordable sustainability solutions, advancing new interdisciplinary research initiatives to meet the nation’s future competitive and market-based needs and other significant societal contributions.”
Sundt serves as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), while SmithGroupJJR will provide all architectural, engineering, interior design and site design for the project. Currently, Sundt is working on renovating the Old Main building on the UA’s campus.
Sundt constructed the Health Sciences Education Building at Phoenix Biomedical Campus with joint venture partner DPR Construction.
Buildings that turn the lights on and off for you? That regulate temperature and air flow by sensing current conditions and adjusting accordingly? What once sounded futuristic is very much in the now with the new wave of “smart” buildings that are being designed and constructed.
Sundt is a leader in research facility construction. We recently completed two state-of-the-art smart facilities: the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) at Arizona State University (ASU) and the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) at Phoenix Biomedical Campus.
ISTB 4 – ASU’s single largest research building – “has the highest functionality and lowest cost of any comparable laboratory built in the Arizona university system,” says Ryan Abbott, Sundt’s science and technology group leader. HSEB, which is used by researchers at the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University, is also a model of what was once considered impossible: buildings that provide instantaneous feedback to researchers while optimizing energy use.
Read more of what Ryan had to say about the smart building trend in this recent article in the Phoenix Business Journal.