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.
Sundt’s culture of sustainability is rooted in the belief that construction firms have both the opportunity and responsibility to affect positive change in the environment. This philosophy is based on the principle that what is good for the environment can also be good for business.
Sustainable buildings use energy and water more efficiently, thereby lessening our impact on the environment while reducing long term operation and maintenance costs. Sundt is a green building expert committed to helping our customers achieve or exceed their sustainability goals.
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How do you take a large, complex student housing construction project and make it safer and more efficient? Look for elements that can be built offsite, like framed wall panels, and piping and electrical components. That’s what Sundt did with its $70 million project at the University of California, Davis’s Tercero Student Housing Phase III – and as a result they achieved a smooth, on-time finish.
“We used preassembled framing panels, hydronic and plumbing piping, some underground piping, and electrical kits for the individual dorm units,” said Sundt Project Manager Shawn Marty. “Prefabrication saves time and money because it allows some of the work to take place in a controlled shop environment, not on a busy jobsite with all of the variables that have to be managed. It also reduces debris and jobsite cleanup and increases safety because, again, the prefabrication crew isn’t trying to build components four stories up in the air.”
Tercero 3 spans 330,000 square feet across seven four-story buildings. The project includes multiple lounges, study areas, computer centers and gathering spaces that surround a landscaped courtyard. It accommodates approximately 1,200 students and is helping the university fulfill its sustainability goals by being designed and built to LEED Platinum specifications.
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.