“Sundt’s integrity and predictability in persevering though difficult project issues is what sets it apart from its competition.”

Rodney Mackey, Senior Project Manager, University of Arizona

Old Main, constructed in 1891, was the original building on the University of Arizona campus. Designed in a style often referred to as 'territorial hybrid' the building was sunk six feet below the surface so the ground would help minimize the effects of the warm Tucson summers. However, time and heavy use have left the structure in dire need of historic preservation and restoration. Sundt was selected as the design-build contractor for the project, which began in late 2012 and was completed by spring 2014.

Since no original drawings exist for the historic structure, Sundt employed laser scanning technology to create a highly accurate 3D model of the building and used it to develop solutions that carefully merge the existing structure and building systems with new construction. Included in the work will be safety upgrades, a new mechanical system, and replacement of plumbing, lighting and electrical systems as needed.

2015 Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award-State of Arizona
2015 Arizona Preservation Foundation Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award & Grand Award-State of Arizona
2015 Common Ground Award-Metropolitan Pima Alliance
2015 DBIA Western Pacific Region, Merit Award-DBIA Western Pacific Region
Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Award - 2015-State of Arizona
National Award of Merit-Design-Build Institue of America (DBIA)
Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission’s Historic Preservation Award-The Tucson-Pima County Historical