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November 6, 2015
Many of Sundt’s clients want sustainable elements included in their projects. Arizona State’s commitment to green practices earned the university an award for sustainability before its facility was even finished.
The overhaul of Sun Devil Stadium, in the second year of its three-year duration, has scored the university the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Sustainability Award. The honor, sponsored by the USG Corporation, will be presented during ASU’s football game against Utah on Nov. 10 in Tempe.
ASU was chosen from three finalists by a seven-member committee consisting of athletics directors and NACDA/USG representatives. The award honors universities for incorporating sustainable practices and materials into their athletics facilities.
Our joint venture team with Hunt Construction is including several sustainable elements in the project:
*Low-flow plumbing fixtures for higher savings in water consumption.
*Water-efficient landscaping using local drought-resistant vegetation to reduce irrigation demand by at least 50 percent.
Building Materials and Construction Waste
*Use of recycled and regional materials for at least 20 percent of the cost of construction materials.
*Sustainably sourced FSC-certified wood.
*Commitment to diversion of at least 75 percent of construction waste from landfill.
Indoor Environmental Quality
*Use of low-volatile organic compound interior materials.
*Enhanced thermal comfort controls for at least 50 percent of the regular occupants.
The project will be completed in time to start the 2017 football season.
April 15, 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.
March 4, 2015
An important goal of many universities today is to link their educational programs with robust fitness and recreational facilities, thereby increasing students’ success and satisfaction with higher education.
A benchmark project for achieving this is the recently completed Sun Devil Fitness Complex, Arizona State University’s signature facility on the western edge of its downtown Phoenix campus. The university construction project’s unique approach to meeting the needs of the approximately 70,000 students who attend classes at ASU’s metropolitan campuses has earned it a 2015 Outstanding Sports Facilities Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).
Presented each year at the NIRSA Annual Conference & Recreational Sports Expo, the awards honor facilities that demonstrate excellence in a number of critical areas, including architectural design, functionality, and how well the facility meets its intended purpose. Winning facilities exemplify the institution’s commitment to providing the higher education experience desired and valued by students.
The five-story, 70,000-square-foot Sun Devil student recreation center is particularly important to ASU students, who voted to fund the construction through increased recreation fees. It includes an indoor track, rooftop swimming pool, large gymnasium, weight room, multi-purpose space, student lounge, bike co-op and locker rooms. The complex also houses Exercise and Wellness, an academic program in ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.
As a LEED Silver facility, the complex includes sustainable design strategies such as: rooftop gardens; low-flow plumbing fixtures; water-efficient landscape; high efficiency HVAC systems; and a super-insulated building envelope. Measures taken by the design and construction team reduced overall construction waste by over 80 percent.
February 18, 2015
The Kings County Courthouse is on track to be complete in December.
The 144,000-square-foot Kings County Courthouse project in Hanford, California has crossed the halfway point and is on track to be complete in December. Sundt’s team is currently installing the exterior skin and performing glazing and interior framing.
When complete, the facility will include 12 courtrooms, a jury assembly room and an underground tunnel connecting the courthouse to the nearby county jail. It will also house a self-help legal center, family court mediation rooms, courtroom holding rooms and attorney interview waiting rooms. A number of sustainable features are expected to help the courthouse construction project earn LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Dan Osterman talking to a group of seventh grade students from Mary Belle McCorkle Academy. The students were invited to attend the Heavy Medals event and share their sustainability research projects.
Congratulations are in order for the City of Chandler and Tucson Unified School District! Each was recognized at the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Heavy Medals” event in Phoenix last week for their commitment to sustainability. The annual event, now in its third year, celebrates projects throughout the state that earned LEED certification during the previous year. Chandler City Hall and TUSD’s Mary Belle McCorkle K-8 Academy, both constructed by Sundt, recently received LEED Gold certification.
Chandler City Hall
Sundt was a Silver sponsor for the event, which included approximately three hundred building owners, contractors, architects, and community members. The event’s keynote speaker was the Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy and Environment. Several seventh grade students from Mary Belle McCorkle Academy attended the event and shared the results of their recent sustainability research projects.
“It was an honor to help the City of Chandler and TUSD achieve their sustainability goals, in collaboration with our design partners SmithGroup JJR and Swaim Associates, and celebrate their projects with them at Heavy Medals,” said Dan Osterman, Sundt’s Sustainability Committee Chair. “It was also great to see how the students embraced sustainability so enthusiastically with their projects. This is what the green building industry needs to do to keep the fires burning for future generations.”
Mary Belle McCorkle Academy
The 131,683-square-foot Chandler City Hall complex is located in the heart of Chandler’s busy, downtown historic and commercial district. It includes a six-story office tower to house administrative offices, and adjacent buildings to serve as the City Council Chambers, a production and recording studio for the city-run television station, gallery space, the Department of Neighborhood Resources, and a three-story parking structure.
Mary Belle McCorkle Academy was designed and constructed around the tenets of “21st Century Learning.” The state-of-the-art campus accommodates 950 students in learning communities organized around a central courtyard space.