Cypress College Science, Engineering & Math Building & Veteran's Resource Center

  • Location:

    Cypress, California

  • Client:

    Cypress College North Orange County CCD

  • Construction Value:


  • Delivery Method:

    Construction Manager at Risk

  • Year Completed:


  • Specialties:

    Higher Education

Features & Highlights

  • College’s first project using the CMAR delivery method
  • Provides a Veteran’s Resource Center to assist veteran students in their transition from active duty to civilian life.
Project Overview

For North Orange County Community College District’s Cypress College, Sundt led the construction and renovation of the Science, Engineering, and Math Building (SEM), the Veteran’s Resource Center (VRC), the Student Activities Center and the Veterans Memorial Bridge, Tribute Garden and pond renovation.

Building on an active campus means safety and student access are key parts of the planning process. The project boundaries were right in the middle of campus. Our project team created a “swing-gate” system with wayfinding signage to allow students clear, quick and safe access.

The 106,000-square-foot SEM Building includes research and teaching laboratories, interactive student resource areas, multidisciplinary classroom and lecture spaces and conference rooms. It will serve as the campus collaboration hub. The Student Activities Center provides students with a recreation/game room, kitchen, study rooms, computer labs, conference rooms, counseling spaces, offices/workrooms and support spaces, and will house the International Student Program.

The Veterans Resource Center is the centerpiece of the Veterans Education Resource Complex, which includes a tribute garden, veterans memorial bridge and outdoor event plaza. The VRC offers essential educational support services to veteran students as they transition from active military duty to civilian life. The facility is equipped with private counseling rooms, social space and patio, computers and other technology, and will be designed to meet the unique needs of student veterans while they attend Cypress College.

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“Managing a complex construction project on a fully occupied college campus is no easy task. Sundt appears to have mastered the challenge by recognizing the importance of minimizing disruption to the balance of the campus not under construction. Sundt personnel constantly juggle the aforementioned challenge while at the same time ensuring that their construction project remains on time-on budget.”

Philip K. Fleming, Director, Physical Plant & Facilities, Cypress College