Cathedral Catholic High School

  • Location:

    San Diego, California

  • Client:

    Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego

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Features & Highlights

  • Reduced costs by 5% over the course of a year during design
Project Overview

This private high school sits on 53 acres and was the first of two secondary education facilities Sundt built for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. The school offers a state-of-the-art educational experience on a campus that emulates Italian town hill architecture.

Eleven campus buildings total approximately 250,000 square feet and include classrooms, student services, performing arts, athletics and a chapel/congregation building to accommodate approximately 2,000 students. The project also needed to be designed and constructed with respect to the surrounding community and its needs. The campus site plan and building designs incorporated the 60-foot elevation drop across the site. The team also constructed an equestrian trail on the perimeter of the site and a sensitive wetland habitat was created.

Sundt assisted the Diocese with managing the conditional use permit and entitlements, managing a long list of consultants and handling the purchasing and installation of furniture, fixtures and equipment. Excellent partnering enabled Sundt to overcome project challenges, including a 30% increase in annual precipitation and budgeting a project during severe escalation in materials costs. We were able to provide value engineering recommendations that met the project’s intent while reducing costs by 5% over the course of a year during design. Sundt’s success on this project led to the award of another project for the Catholic Diocese, Mater Dei High School in Chula Vista.

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“Sundt demonstrates the kind of corporate integrity and professional work ethic which is consistent with the culture of the Diocese of San Diego, and for this we are grateful.”

Joel King, Former Director of Construction, Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego


Awards & Accolades

2006 AGC Build San Diego Merit Award, AGC San Diego

2006 Best of Winner, California Construction Magazine