February 8, 2013
January 7, 2013
Vet Med 3B will be complete this month.
The new Vet Med 3B building at the University of California, Davis shows how state-of-the-art research laboratories can also achieve high sustainability goals – especially when they’re being constructed by an expert like Sundt. The $38.4 million project will be complete this month.
Vet Med 3B will provide research space for the university’s School of Veterinary Medicine. It contains laboratories; support space; research, academic and administrative offices; a small-animal vivarium; a Biosafety Level 3 Suite; and centralized service space to serve the research needs of multiple departments.
“This is the most technical, exacting lab project I’ve ever worked on, and I’ve built a lot of them,” said Sundt Project Manager Joel Witt. “The building was designed in a fully integrated manner to provide very high performance at a low operating cost, which is why the most challenging aspect of the job is making sure that materials and equipment meet the project’s exacting energy efficiency requirements. Every design decision was driven by an ideal of highest level of function at lowest long-term operating cost.”
The university construction project was awarded the California Energy Efficiency Partnership’s Best Practice Award in Best Overall Sustainable Design in 2009 for design and construction innovations. It is also on track to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
September 19, 2012
The updated Reynolds School of Journalism includes state-of-the-art broadcast facilities to train students for careers in television news.
Students at the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, now have the latest digital technology right at their fingertips, thanks to a university construction project recently completed there by Sundt. The Construction Manager at Risk project improved the 20-year-old building’s digital infrastructure while giving it a new interior layout that focuses on open, shared spaces as well as state-of-the-art video, audio and data technology systems. The 38,668-square-foot, three-story facility also boasts new fire alarm, sprinkler and door security systems.
Sundt’s team demolished some of the interior walls of the structural brick building and reinforced the remaining walls with structural steel to create the more open floor plan. A graduate studies suite and digital newsroom are among two of the new spaces that were created. Additional improvements included a new touch-screen directory and journalism archive in the lobby as well as new projectors, furnishings and carpeting in several areas of the building.
The core of Sundt’s $6 million contract was the installation of all of the building’s new telecommunications and broadcast systems. Once the installation was complete, the team spent the final two months of the project training the owners how to use the new equipment.
August 22, 2012
Artist's rendering of the new Arizona State University Downtown Campus Recreation Center, also known as the 'Y@ASU'
Work out, get a smoothie, go for a swim, meet friends to study. Sounds like a lot of running around, unless you’re a student at Arizona State University’s (ASU) downtown Phoenix campus. Soon they’ll be able to do all of that, and more, in one location known as the ‘Y@ASU.’
Sundt is building the new ASU Downtown Campus Recreation Center, commonly known as the Y@ASU, adjacent to the existing Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA. The latter has served as the campus’s rec center for the last several years. It will soon be joined at the ground level to the new, five-story recreation facility, giving students access to all of the amenities they currently enjoy at the Y plus a large gymnasium, weight room, indoor track, multi-purpose space, student lounge, bike co-op, locker rooms and a rooftop leisure pool. The Y@ASU will also house Exercise and Wellness, an academic program in ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.
“The project is a win for everyone involved,” said Sundt Project Director Ryan Abbott. “The students (who voted to fund the project through recreation fees) will have access to two wonderful facilities, and Y members will have access many of the amenities within the new building. Desert Troon Companies, one the project’s neighbors, has proven to be a vital partner providing logistical space, synergizing incoming utility requirements and being an active participant in meeting the demands of construction. It is a very happy, longstanding partnership that Sundt is proud to be a part of. We’ve been an active supporter of the Lincoln Y by serving on various boards and participating in several renovation projects on the 1955 facility.”
The $25 million university construction project (Sundt’s contract is for approximately $20 million) is expected to bring new energy to downtown Phoenix – another “win” for which it has been lauded by the local media. It is scheduled to be complete for the 2013 fall semester.
March 14, 2012
Artist's rendering of the expanded and improved Spartan Complex at CSU
Sundt is preparing to renovate the San José State University’s historic Spartan Complex, a group of buildings totaling 176,062 square feet that house the school’s athletic facilities, kinesiology department and natatorium (indoor aquatic center).
The $39 million university construction project – part of a statewide effort to bring older buildings in the California State University system up to seismic code – involves renovations to existing classrooms and offices as well as upgrades within the complex’s gymnasium, natatorium, dance and judo studios, weight and locker rooms, and mechanical spaces. Plans also call for the addition of a 191-seat auditorium-style classroom, lobby and two-story office wing, which will expand the complex by 5,600 square feet.
Sustainability features also have been incorporated into the project with LEED Silver certification in mind. Completion of the project is set for December 2014.
Construction is underway on SDSU's new 200,000-square-foot Aztec Student Union. Its mission style design matches the historic architecture of nearby buildings.
Contemporary design, or traditional? That’s one of the big questions faced by colleges and universities when they’re planning new building projects on campus. Many opt for a historic look that’s only skin deep: the exterior finishes on the new structure mimic the surrounding architecture, but that’s where the similarities end.
Officials at San Diego State University and the project architect, Cannon Design, decided to go one step further in their pursuit of historical accuracy when planning the school’s new 200,000-square-foot Aztec Student Union. In order to give the four-story building a true mission style design, the structure won’t just have gently curving walls and a white-washed finish. It’s also being built without any control or drift joints in the plaster system – just like the nearby historic buildings that inspired its appearance.
That decision, while ensuring a more authentic-looking end product, has created a number of challenges for Sundt, which began the university construction project last June under a $70 million Construction Manager at Risk contract.
“Eliminating the joints increases the risk of cracking on the plaster exterior,” explained Project Manager Jamie Frye. “In order to combat that, we’ve reinforced the building, added fiber-mesh to the plaster mix and extended the cure time for the brown coat. We’ve also added a waterproof membrane beneath the plaster in addition to the standard lath paper to eliminate water from entering the building through cracks in the plaster.”
The team’s modern approach to this historical design challenge also includes getting creative with construction sequencing. Under ordinary circumstances, the roof would be completed before work could begin on interior finishes, but extending the plaster cure time has changed that.
“We can’t afford to wait for the plaster to fully cure before putting the roof on; we’ll simply lose too much time that way,” Jamie continued. “Instead, we decided to put the roof membrane on first and then put a temporary protection roof over it. This way we can give the plaster the time it needs to cure and still get started on the interior – without delaying the project.”
Students, faculty and staff will be enjoying their brand new LEED Platinum building – a thoroughly modern facility with the look and charm of the older structures on campus – when classes begin in the fall of 2013.