Sundt’s Preconstruction Technology Leads to Cost, Time Savings

TRUCKEE, Calif. (March 28, 2017) – Construction is about to begin on two school modernizations and expansions in the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District, and Sundt Construction is working diligently to ensure the Truckee community receives the best value for the $114 million Measure U Bond passed in November of 2014.

The improvements for Truckee High School and Truckee Elementary School include new classrooms, elective space, administration and locker rooms. Both schools will also undergo façade enhancements, technology and mechanical upgrades, site work and ADA upgrades.

Sundt has been collaborating with project stakeholders since June of last year to develop strategic phasing plans that will allow the schools to remain open and functional while this work takes place. Sundt’s Virtual Design and Construction team also used the latest in laser-scanning technology to help eliminate potential obstacles before they could become construction delays.

“Before embarking on extensive renovation projects such as these, it’s critical to have a clear understanding of the true as-built conditions of the existing building,” said Project Director Tim Blood. “The laser scans our team produced allowed us to develop a three-dimensional Building Information Model that accurately represented the true conditions of this 60-year-old facility. Our design partner, DLR Group and their engineering consultants have likewise designed all new construction work in a separate Building Information Model; by comparing these two models together, (a practice known as “clash detection”) we were able to uncover a number of hidden or unknown conditions that would have caused delays and additional cost during the course of construction. By resolving these issues during design, we saved the district a considerable amount of time and money.”

Located 20 minutes from Lake Tahoe in the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains, the projects will occur across multiple phases, with completion of both schools in the winter of 2019.


About Sundt
Sundt Construction, Inc. ( is one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors. The 127-year-old firm specializes in transportation, industrial and building work and is known for its commitment to quality and an innovative approach to construction services. Sundt has 10 offices throughout Arizona, California, Texas and Utah and is 100 percent owned by its approximately 1,900 employees. The company is consistently ranked among the Best Places to Work, and in 2016 was named the nation’s safest construction company by the Associated General Contractors of America for the second time in a decade – an honor no other contractor can claim. Sundt’s charitable arm, the Sundt Foundation, has contributed more than $7.7 million to nonprofit organizations across the country.



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