Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry (left) and Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington sign the ceremonial beam before it was lifted into place with the tower crane shown in the background.
The last ceremonial beam for the top level of the new Pima County Downtown Courts Complex in Tucson, Ariz., was hoisted 140 feet into the air and put into place at a “topping off” ceremony on Monday. The event celebrated the completion of the foundation and framework for the seven-story building and marked a major milestone in the project. Sundt’s $48.2 million contract is for the 290,000-square-foot building’s core and shell.
The beam was signed by the officials in attendance and the approximately 75 construction workers assigned to the project. Speakers at the event included Richard Elías, Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 5; the Honorable John S. Leonardo, United States Attorney for the District of Arizona; the Honorable Sarah R. Simmons, Presiding Judge, Pima County Superior Court; the Honorable Keith Bee, Presiding Judge, Pima County Justice Court; and Ramón Valadez, Chairman, Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 2.
Located on a four-acre parcel, the new criminal justice facility will address pressing court needs. It is being built in just 81 weeks and contains 5.6 million pounds of steel and 1,020 tons of reinforcing concrete rebar. Construction of the building shell will be complete this August.
Last summer, Sundt’s concrete team poured 7,500 cubic yards of concrete in two overnight operations to create the building’s five-foot-thick mat slab foundation – two of the largest concrete pours in Tucson’s history.
Pima County/City of Tucson Joint Courts Complex Concrete Pour Time Lapse Video June 8, 2012 From midnight until approximately 8 READ MORE
Artist's rendering of PECOC, a new emergency management center being built by Sundt for Pima County, Ariz.
Sundt’s latest mission critical project – a $14.6 million emergency management facility for Pima County, Ariz., known as PECOC (Pima Emergency Communications and Operations Center) – will greatly improve communication and coordination between various public safety agencies in the county and nearby city of Tucson when it is complete this June. The innovative facility will centralize communications, dispatch, and public safety answering points for the Pima County Wireless Integrated Network to meet a variety of critical needs for the community.
Sundt’s contract includes a partial building demolition, remodeling, and building a 13,400-square-foot addition to an existing, county-owned building. The completed 63,000-square-foot facility will house the 9-1-1 call center and dispatch operations of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and a consortium of fire districts that serve unincorporated Pima County, plus the Pima County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center. Backup dispatch facilities for the City of Tucson Police and Fire Departments and a backup Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition center for Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department Operations will be housed there as well.
Sustainability is one of the project’s top priorities. In order to help PECOC achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, an energy-efficient overhead HVAC system with raised flooring will be utilized to heat and cool the facility. The team is aiming to recycle as much as 75 percent of the project’s construction waste, including saving rocks that were in the original landscape and reusing them to create a new gabion wall. Masonry walls inside the building are being built by Sundt’s own crews.
The facility will be outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and security features including radio communications equipment and telecommunications infrastructure for the new regional public safety voice communications network, for which Sundt will install all of the cables. PECOC also includes high security fencing, a controlled access system, seismic bracing to prevent earthquake damage, and a number of redundant features and backup generators so that the facility never loses power.