April 15, 2015
February 23, 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 4, 2015
UC Merced’s new Classroom and Office Building 2 will be complete early next year.
Students, faculty and staff of the University of California, Merced recently held a “topping out” event to celebrate the last steel beam going into the framework of the university’s new Classroom and Office Building 2.
“This is Sundt’s third project with UC Merced, and we look forward to continuing our great relationship as the university continues to expand over the next 10 years,” said Sundt Vice President Teri Jones. “Not only will this facility deliver much-needed space for the school’s rapidly growing student population, but it also will provide a collaborative learning environment that’s in line with the university’s academic vision.”
When completed in early 2016, the $39 million, university construction project will increase campus classroom seats by 26 percent. Designed by architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the state-of-the-art facility is approximately 77,000 square feet and includes 120-seat, 150-seat and 210-seat sloped-floor lecture halls, two 90-seat, flat-floor lecture halls, classrooms, dry laboratories, offices and other support spaces.
Our previous work for the University of California, Merced includes the Stem Cell Instrumentation Foundry in 2010 and the LEED Gold-certified Social Sciences and Management Building in 2011.
January 28, 2015
The Sun Devil Stadium reconstruction project is poised to redefine stadiums in the Pac 12.
The $256 million transformation of Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium is underway! Check out these cool shots of the demolition work, and this recent video of the demolition of the south end zone bleachers.
The old metal bleachers have been removed to make way for the stadium improvements.
Demolition of the loge walkway on the Southwest corner of the stadium is an arduous, piece-by-piece process to ensure safety.
The university construction project, being performed by Sundt and joint venture partner Hunt Construction, involves the complete reconstruction of the lower stadium bowl, new athlete facilities, new concessions, restrooms and amenities, along with luxury suites on the east and west sidelines.
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.
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.