January 28, 2015
January 21, 2015
Uchida Hall is the first of six buildings to be completed at San Jose State University’s Spartan Complex.
There’s nothing more satisfying than creating a project that inspires its occupants to achieve great things. Sundt has done that, and more, by completing extensive renovations and seismic upgrades to Yoshihiro Uchida Hall at San José State University (SJSU).
Uchida Hall is a multipurpose athletic and academic facility named for Yoshihiro “Yosh” Uchida, the head coach of SJSU’s nationally renowned Judo program. Several student athletes from the program have gone on to win Olympic medals, and now they have an even better facility in which to train and chase their gold-medal dreams. The renovated Uchida Hall features a refurbished Judo activity space, updated weight training classroom, exercise physiology research lab, stress management lab and classroom, aquatic center, updated instructional gymnasium, and a new air conditioning and fire sprinkler system.
Uchida Hall houses a nationally renowned Judo program that has trained several students who went on to become Olympic medalists.
The work was part of a $48 million university construction project to improve and modernize SJSU’s 176,062-square-foot historic Spartan Complex (where Uchida Hall is located) while bringing it into alignment with current earthquake-protection measures – an important task faced by many California university campuses. Respecting the facility’s design and integration into the surrounding architecture was another goal Sundt was able to help the owner achieve.
“We aimed to retain the architectural integrity of the existing building while improving the complex’s aesthetics with color, appropriate exterior skin materials and mechanical and electrical systems,” said Sundt Project Manager Jason Hughes. “These upgrades not only will improve the safety for students, faculty and staff in the event of an earthquake, but also enhance their daily comfort with the updated operating systems.”
Uchida Hall is the first of six buildings to be completed at the Spartan Complex, which includes Uchida Hall and Uchida Natatorium, Uchida Hall Annex, Spartan Complex Central and Spartan Complex East. Following Sundt’s commitment to sustainability, the Spartan Complex upgrades incorporate recycled content, low emitting materials, sustainable roofing elements and increased insulation. Construction for the entire complex is expected to be completed in late 2015.
December 17, 2014
Artist’s rendering of South Campus Plaza at San Diego State University. Sundt expects to complete the project in late 2016.
Students at San Diego State University will have more exceptional housing, retail and restaurant offerings to choose from when Sundt completes the new South Campus Plaza in late 2016. The $143 million, university construction project includes two residential buildings above all ground-floor retail, and an adjacent parking structure. The residence halls will house 608 beds in double-occupancy student rooms, 32 single-occupancy student rooms, three staff apartments and three visiting scholar studios.
Members of the university and project team celebrated the project’s groundbreaking together.
Sustainability is also being emphasized at South Campus Plaza. The nearly 350,000-square-foot design-build project has been designed by SVA Architects and SGPA Architecture and Planning to achieve LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council.
December 10, 2014
As a LEED Platinum facility, Tercero 3 is helping UC Davis fulfill its sustainability goals.
Congratulations are in order for the University of California, Davis, whose Tercero 3 student housing facility just earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council! Sundt was the design-build contractor for the dormitory complex that accommodates approximately 1,200 students.
Tercero 3 spans 330,000 square feet across seven, four-story buildings. Multiple lounges, study areas, computer centers and gathering spaces are a part of the complex, which surrounds a landscaped courtyard. Bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly pathways are woven throughout a diverse landscape of mature trees and native plants.
The project helps the university fulfill its sustainability goals, one of which is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to year 2000 levels by 2014.
November 18, 2014
Artist’s rendering of the new PE building at San Jose City College
The excitement is building at San Jose City College in San Jose, California, where Sundt is currently in the preconstruction phase for a new two-level, 45,000-square-foot spectator gymnasium fitness center, which will include locker and dressing rooms, training rooms, offices and labs. The $21 million community college construction project also involves repurposing existing facilities to provide additional classrooms and lab space. A number of sustainable design features and construction techniques are aimed at helping the project achieve LEED Silver Certification.
We’re pleased to announce that Tyler Menard has joined Sundt as a field engineer in our San Diego office. Tyler comes to Sundt after interning with one of the Bay Area’s leading general contractors. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo. We recently asked Tyler a few questions to get to know him better:
What brought you to Sundt?
The people and the company’s amazing reputation. The culture here is unlike any other, and I saw a great opportunity to be with a company that will help me grow throughout my career.
Which project are you currently assigned to?
I’m assigned to the San Diego State University South Campus Plaza project. We will be building two six-story dormitories with retail on the ground floor, a parking garage, and a landscaped area leading into the campus.
What’s a typical work day like for you, i.e. what are your major duties/responsibilities?
I have recently been working on buyout, constructability reviews, and building contracts for first phase subcontractors. Once construction work begins my daily responsibilities will be managing submittals, Requests for Information, LEED, etc.
What would you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
If I weren’t working in construction, I would be traveling. I spent a month traveling across Europe this past summer and I had the time of my life. There are so many more places I would love to go see, and traveling around South America is next on my list.
Favorite type of cuisine?
That would have to be American barbecue. You can never go wrong with a nice rack of ribs.
Best book you read recently?
My favorite book I have read recently would have to be “Band of Brothers.” I also watched the TV mini-series as well.
Who has had the most influence on you in your life?
My grandmother. She was one of the most selfless people I have ever met, and was someone who always gave back to her community.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I like to spend my free time going to sporting events, playing sports (beach volleyball, basketball, snowboarding), relaxing at the beach, and spending time with my family.