March 19, 2013
December 5, 2012
Artist’s rendering of the improved roadway
Sundt has been selected by the City of San Antonio as the general contractor for its first design-build road improvement project. The $62 million project will widen part of Hausman Road from two to four lanes while adding five bridges, a center median, left turn lanes, curbs, driveway approaches, drainage improvements, traffic signals, flood control measures, water quality systems and utility upgrades. For non-vehicular traffic, there will be new sidewalks, bike lanes, and hike and bike trails throughout the corridor. The design-build team also includes URS Corporation (URS) and Civil Engineering Consultants (CEC).
“Sundt is proud to lead such an important road improvement project in the San Antonio community,” said Sundt Senior Vice President and Texas District Manager John Carlson. “When this project is complete, the new Hausman Road corridor will not only improve area traffic; it will also enhance the quality of life for local residents through flood control measures and hike and bike trails.”
Sundt is recognized as a national transportation construction expert, having completed more than 200 design-build projects. The company is currently constructing two other major heavy civil construction projects for the Texas Department of Transportation: the West Seventh Street Bridge in Fort Worth and the Trans Mountain Highway West Loop 375 project in El Paso.
December 14, 2011
An artist’s rendering of the new buildings at Brackenridge High School show how they face the San Antonio River. Inside, the central hallway was designed to mimic the river’s curvature while large windows provide sweeping views of the water.
The San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) recently allocated more than $500 million to improve its schools, and the largest single contract has been awarded to Sundt and joint venture partner Guido Construction. The team’s $65 million, Construction Manager at Risk project involves renovations and additions to three existing high schools – Brackenridge, Burbank and Lanier – while they are still open and operating. It is Sundt’s first project for the district.
Starting next May, Guido-Sundt will construct new buildings, recreational facilities and parking areas at the three schools, performing much of the work while thousands of students, faculty and staff are present. Through careful planning and creative scheduling, the projects are expected to be complete in 15, 18 and 20 months, respectively, without a single closure.
“For this bond project, SAISD used a two-step procurement process considering both qualifications and price,” said Sundt Project Manager Ed Mullins. “Sundt was shortlisted because of our demonstrated success with similar, K-12 construction projects in other areas. Sundt is very good at performing construction in occupied settings, whether they’re schools, healthcare facilities or other kinds of buildings. Logistically, this project will be very challenging, particularly because the schedules are very tight.”
The key to success – and minimal disruptions to users – will be careful planning and scheduling. A few of the schools’ programs will be consolidated onto one campus for short periods of time to allow demolition and construction to take place, then shifted back to allow other areas to be improved. Portable buildings will also be utilized for some classes.
“These schools are 70 or 80 years old and have had multiple additions built over the decades,” Mullins continued. “They’re really out of date and need to be brought up to current standards. They also need the right facilities to accommodate what they teach now. For example, Burbank High School is getting a brand new agricultural facility where students can raise livestock and learn how to breed and care for them. At the other two schools we’re constructing state-of-the-art career education buildings where students can learn everything from cosmetology to film production.”
The completed PSAP will begin serving the City of San Antonio and surrounding Bexar County in January.
Sundt and a joint venture partner have completed a state-of-the-art, mission critical facility for the City of San Antonio known as the Public Safety Answering Point, or PSAP. The 40,000-square-foot fire, emergency services and police dispatch center will replace the city’s current 911 call center when it is brought online in January.
The single-story, concrete structure was designed to have a high degree of “survivability,” meaning that it can withstand natural disasters. All of the electrical, mechanical and communications systems are fully redundant so that the facility will never lose power or communication abilities. To manage the project’s complexities – identifying clash interfaces, scheduling and estimating – the team made extensive use of Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Installing the PSAP’s sophisticated communications systems presented the biggest challenge to the project team. They had to coordinate all of the electronics, telephone and computer equipment that run to the center’s 115 dispatch stations to that they function perfectly without interfering with one another. The schedule was also critical: the facility needed to be complete in time to allow the city to disable the former call center and transfer emergency response services to the new PSPAP without interruptions.
“The city asked us to build this project because they realized how complex it is, and they want it done right,” said Sundt Project Manager Ben Martin. “We understand that the building systems must function flawlessly on demand. There is no room for failure. People’s lives are depending on it.”