University of Arizona and Arizona State University Earn Arizona Leader Awards for Sustainable Buildings
TUCSON (April 5, 2017) – The University of Arizona Old Main Renovation and Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix Sun Devil Fitness Complex earned 2017 Arizona Leader Awards from the United States Green Building Council Arizona. Sundt Construction, Inc. was the general contractor for both buildings.
The University of Arizona Old Main Renovation is the winner of the Building Performance award. Sundt was able to merge the existing structure, constructed in 1891, with safety upgrades, a new mechanical system and replace plumbing, light and electrical systems.
The project has earned many awards including three from the Design-Build Institute of America (National Awards of Excellence and Merit and the Western Pacific Region Merit Award), the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award, a Historic Preservation Award from the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission, the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award and several more.
USGBC Arizona awarded Sun Devil Fitness Complex the Community Champion award. The award recognizes a LEED-certified project that addresses the needs of an underserved community and meets the USGBC’s vision of healthy and sustainable buildings. The complex is a five-story, 70,000-square-foot student recreation center that features an indoor track, rooftop swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, student lounge and more.
The Heavy Medals Awards recognize statewide innovation and leadership in green buildings. It celebrates building teams for their efforts to accomplish LEED certification. The winners will be honored at a luncheon April 19 in Tempe.
Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) 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 innovative approach to construction services. Sundt has offices throughout Arizona, Texas, California and Utah and is 100 percent owned by its approximately 2,000 employees. The company is consistently ranked among the Best Places to Work by business publications in multiple cities and in 2016 it 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, recently crossed the $7.7 million mark in donations made to hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country.