July 24, 2013
June 25, 2013
Members of the project team holding the yearbook and indicating where it was found
While performing a major historic renovation and rehabilitation project on the University of Arizona’s (UA) Old Main building, two members of Sundt’s project team uncovered a piece of history. During demolition, the pair found a yearbook from 1911 that was wedged beneath a built-in cabinet on the second level. The yearbook originally belonged to Herbert Rolland Aylworth, the trainer of the 1910 football team, and later was stamped as belonging to J. F. “Pop” McKale. McKale was a beloved UA coach and athletic director as well as the namesake of McKale Center, the campus’s basketball venue.
J. F. “Pop” McKale’s signature is stamped inside the yearbook.
For history buffs, the yearbook’s discovery amounts to buried treasure that might easily have been damaged during construction or lost all together.
“The yearbook is, in no small part due to the diligence of Sundt Construction and Dickens Quality Demolition, in very good shape,” said Steve Allvin, University of Arizona Inspector. “The pair that made the discovery recognized the cool factor and delivered the yearbook safely to Sundt, which then turned it over quickly to the university before excessive handling did any damage. Many thanks.”
Completed in 1891, Old Main is the oldest building on the UA campus and the second oldest occupied building in Arizona. Sundt is performing a $9 million project to reverse age-related deterioration and renovate the facility for modern-day functionality. The education construction project will be complete next summer.
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The campus infrastructure improvements scheduled to begin next year are similar to a past project, shown above, that Sundt completed for the UA in 2004.
Sundt has been selected to upgrade the University of Arizona’s (UA) existing infrastructure, including mechanical; electrical; telecommunications utility distribution systems; central plant heating, chilled water and potable water production; and sewer and surface drainage to support the new Engineering Innovation Building, Bioscience Research Labs, and future campus growth. The Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) project will begin in late spring of 2014 and conclude in 2015.
“New, high-tech development, such as the Engineering Innovation Building we will build on the UA campus next year, can place an increased demand on existing utility infrastructure systems,” said Steve Schmitt, Sundt project director. “Our expertise on university campuses across the country – and on the University of Arizona’s campus in particular – makes Sundt the perfect partner for this project, which will help the university prepare for future success.”
This will be Sundt’s 59th project completed for the UA. Sundt also is serving as the CMAR for a new interdisciplinary research center – the Engineering Innovation Building – for the College of Engineering and is working on the university’s historic Old Main Building and Bear Down Gymnasium.
Old Main was completed in 1891, making it the oldest building on the UA campus.
The University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson is spending millions of dollars to rehabilitate one of its biggest stars. When the process is complete, she’ll stand up straight and look a fraction of her 122 years. That’s right: Old Main, the oldest building on the UA campus (and the second oldest occupied building in Arizona), is undergoing a major rehabilitation project to reverse age-related deterioration while sprucing up the building’s appearance.
The $9 million university construction project, being performed by Sundt, will include the following components:
- stabilize the perimeter stone wall, which lacks a foundation
- address and resolve subterranean water infiltration
- reinforce the brick columns
- reinforce or reconstruct the second floor porch
- stabilize and level the second floor
- replace metal roof shingles
- stabilize the chimneys
- rebuild the second floor interior for administrative use
“Sundt has built more than 50 projects for the UA , so we know the campus very well,” said Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington. “We have a strong design-build team that includes two architectural firms with expertise in historic projects and education.”
The project began last month and will be complete in the spring of 2014. Sundt is currently performing site investigation work to assess the complete condition of the building and explore different solutions to its structural challenges.