Golden West College Math and Science Building

  • Location:

    Huntington Beach, California

  • Client:

    Coast Community College District

  • Construction Value:


  • Delivery Method:

    CM Multi-Prime

  • Year Completed:


  • Specialties:

    Higher Education

Features & Highlights

  • 118,000-square-foot building with wet and dry labs, lecture rooms and STEM center
  • Sundt’s third and largest project for Coast Community College District to date
  • 2.6% return on originally awarded trade costs to client as credits
  • Built to LEED Silver® equivalency
Project Overview

The Golden West College Math and Science Building is a $58 million, three-story, 118,000-square-foot academic facility that features computer labs, lecture rooms, 18 wet and dry science labs, faculty offices and a STEM center. The project was our third and largest to date for Coast Community College District (CCCD). Sundt has gone to great lengths to become a trusted partner, working with the client’s team to get the most value and least surprises. This was also the story behind our first project, the Orange Coast College Business, Math and Computing Center, and our second, the Golden West College Student Services Center.

While the Math and Science Building project used a CM multi-prime model, our team treated it as if Sundt were performing every scope, as if the money were coming out of our own pocket. For example, when outside factors disrupted our schedule, we worked closely with our trade partners to completely re-sequence the project. Several trades agreed to longer durations, and multiple teams, including our own, worked weekends to make our deadline. Not only did we meet the fall semester deadline, we were also able to return 2.6% of the originally awarded trade costs to the District as credits on this project, a product of our team’s quality planning and execution.

The new building is now helping increase student participation in STEM fields, while serving as a gateway to careers via outreach functions and local business interactions. Designed to LEED Silver® equivalence, the state-of-the-art facility offers a social and academic learning environment as well as career counseling and guidance. This is a game-changer for the student body, many of whom are first-generation college students and may face language barriers, lack of family support, or financial constraints. Clearly, public good is at the heart of this project and Golden West College’s larger goals: closing the skills gap and improving quality of life for students and their communities—causes that Sundt cares about as well.

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“Sundt was committed to the success of this project and looked out for us as if the project was their own. What went well: 1) The estimating was right on target with bid day results; 2) They became a welcomed integral part of our team in the bidding, award, and management of the project; and 3) Sundt’s knowledge as a builder really helps during preconstruction. Sundt has one of the best preconstruction teams and systems I have ever worked with.”

John Eriksen, Director of Purchasing, Coast Community College District

Awards & Accolades

Constructed to LEED® Silver equivalency