The landmark Health Sciences Education Building at Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix is amassing awards faster than this year’s Oscar winners. The $129 million university construction project, completed by Sundt in 2012, is a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility that houses the University of Arizona’s expanded medical school and several programs for Northern Arizona University. Click here to learn about its TV appearance and the dozens of prestigious awards that recognize the project’s design and complexity.
Sundt is performing its first project for California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, Calif. The $32 million university construction project includes demolition and abatement of an existing building and construction of a three-story, 66,500-gross-square-foot classroom and laboratory building. It will house state-of-the art labs, offices, lecture halls, and related support spaces to accommodate growth in the departments of computer science, environmental science, geography, geology, psychology and physics. The building will also include a “green roof” planted like a garden.
The Construction Manager at Risk project is scheduled to be complete and ready for use in time for the start of the 2016 fall semester.
Historic renovation and preservation projects are rarely without surprises, and Sundt’s $9 million project to restore the University of Arizona’s Old Main building has been no exception. So far, one of the most challenging – and surprising – parts of the job occurred while the team was stabilizing the building’s second floor. Because the area will be used as a gathering and entertaining space, it has to be upgraded to withstand 100 pounds per square foot (psf) of pressure. (The old flooring was estimated to be just 40 psf). In order to achieve the higher rating, the old flooring was removed and new steel joists were added in between the existing wooden joists. While that work was taking place, the team made an interesting discovery.
“In between the old joists were pieces of wood that had writing on them, so we removed them and pieced them together,” said Sundt Senior Project Superintendent Dennis Manley. “It turns out that the original contractor, back in 1891, cut up his sign and used it in the construction of the floor. We have no idea why he did that – maybe he needed every bit of wood he could get his hands on. It was a fun discovery that the University was glad to learn about. And now they have the original sign to add to their collection of artifacts.”
Sundt’s scope of work includes stabilizing the perimeter stone wall (which lacks a foundation), resolving subterranean water infiltration, reinforcing the brick columns, reconstructing the second floor porch, stabilizing and leveling the second floor, replacing metal roof shingles, stabilizing the chimneys, and rebuilding the second floor interior for use as the office of the University president. Also included in the work are safety upgrades, installation of a new mechanical system, and replacement of the plumbing, lighting and electrical systems.
When students at Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus began moving into student housing last fall, their new rec center was ready and waiting for them – even though the five-story, 70,000-square-foot facility wasn’t scheduled to be complete for another three weeks. That’s because the Sundt team that constructed the Sun Devil Fitness Complex decided to accelerate the already fast-track, 13-month schedule in order to finish the project 21 days early – just in time for students’ use on move-in day.
Sundt’s early completion of the university construction project is particularly impressive considering the complexities of the fitness center. It is constructed on a very tight lot (approximately 146 feet by 140 feet) in a busy urban area that left little room for delivery of materials and equipment storage. It has a 570,000-pound rooftop swimming pool, a large gymnasium, weight and cardio room, multipurpose space, student lounge, bike co-op, locker rooms and elevated indoor running track. The building also houses Exercise and Wellness, an academic program in ASU’s School of Health and Nutrition.
The $20 million, Construction Manager at Risk project was complete in August.
The University of Nevada, Reno recently selected Sundt as the Construction Manager at Risk for a new student residence hall construction project that will break ground in early 2014. The Cooper Court Residence Hall addresses the university’s housing needs for an expanding student population with suite-style housing and common lounge areas for 400 students.
The $31 million university construction project consists of the demolition of multiple existing buildings and the construction of the 130,000-square-foot, six-story steel and concrete residential hall. The sustainable project has been designed by the architect, Collaborative Design Studio, to achieve LEED Gold certification and complement the rest of the university’s campus architecture with a brick veneer and state-of-the-art building systems.
As a leader in education construction, Sundt is also currently building projects for the University of California, Davis; California State University, Pomona; Coast Community Colleges; University of Arizona; and University of Texas, El Paso.