Teamwork Keeps Cal Baptist Tradition Flowing

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Cal Baptist University’s Kugel Fountain is an important part of the student experience at the school.

College campuses thrive on landmarks and traditions. A Sundt team recently helped keep one going at California Baptist University in Riverside.

Already on campus for an events center, we were asked by the university to replace the Kugel Fountain, a floating granite globe sculpture located in the Ronald L. and Jane Dowden Ellis Great Commission Plaza.

The fountain was out of commission and a new globe was being manufactured in Germany. University administration needed a reliable contractor to make sure the fountain remained an important part of student life and we were more than happy to help.

Work included replacement of the globe, colored concrete around the base, the water storage tank and all piping, pumps and filters. Our crews also added the capability to monitor the Kugel remotely.

“Cal Baptist University is an excellent client,” said Project Manager Lars Fredrickson. “They look to Sundt as their trusted advisor.”

Tradition calls for newly enrolled students to touch the Kugel as they begin their studies and again on commencement day. The Kugel plays a similar role for participants in other activities such as International Service Projects. The tradition symbolizes each student’s commitment to live a life of purpose in accordance with his or her spiritual beliefs.

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Sun Devil Stadium Crew Answers Call for Better Wi-Fi

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Arizona State University’s football stadium is going from no wireless access points to 785 after next year.

When Arizona State University football fans enter Sun Devil Stadium for the team’s opening game Saturday night, many things will be clear, including their wireless signals.

A Sundt joint venture team has spent the past several months working on improving the fan experience at the 58-year-old stadium. Better seating, larger concourses and improved bathrooms and concession areas are easy to notice. But when fans check the bars on their phones, they will be pleasantly surprised.

“This will be the most technologically advanced stadium in college football,” said Sundt Project Superintendent Todd Gantter. “People who are streaming won’t mess with people trying to make phone calls.”

Before the university construction project started last year, there were no wireless access points, networking hardware devices that allow Wi-Fi compliant devices to connect to a wired network. When work finishes next August, there will be 785. The stadium will also go from 130 cellular antennas to 273. Antennas improve cell-phone reception.

Todd estimates the team has installed close to 70 percent of the infrastructure for the stadium’s wireless network. That includes reworking media truck connectivity, which will make life better for those watching games on TV.

“We’re building for the future,” he said. “There are numerous additional pathways for future use as technology changes.”

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Three Sundt Projects Bring Home Regional Awards

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Sierra Hall is located on the California State University Channel Islands campus.

Three Sundt projects recently earned Engineering News-Record (ENR) Regional Best Projects Awards, including two that were named the best in their divisions.

California State University Channel Islands Sierra Hall (Southern California Higher Education/Research) and Valley Metro Northwest Extension (Southwest Airport/Transit) received top honors. Cal State East Bay Warren Hall earned the Award of Merit for Northern California Higher Education/Research.

Sierra Hall started as a major remodel/renovation and became a complete tear-down and rebuild when the team demonstrated that the school could have all the contemporary features it wanted with a coveted historic look without increasing the budget. The university construction project ended up including demolition of the original West Hall, courtyard walls and a small out building.

The main project included construction of the three-story, 66,500-square-foot classroom and laboratory building, which houses state-of-the-art labs, offices, lecture halls and related support spaces to accommodate growth in the departments of anthropology, archaeology, computer science, environmental science, geography, geology, psychology and physics.

The Northwest Extension is a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro Rail system, an effort to deliver transportation options to Greater Phoenix. It included roadway widening and installation of embedded double track for the entire alignment with associated overhead catenary system, train signals, three traction power substations and traffic signals. The project added three stations and a park-and-ride, and 6.4 miles of sidewalks, curb and gutter and pavement.

The team removed and replaced more than 50 miles of water, sewer, storm, gas, electric and communications utilities. Design and constructability of this work were key points the team focused on during pre-construction. The team used Building Information Modeling to help with design and clash detection of the work. At peak, there were 22 self-performed, subcontracted and private utility crews working concurrently.

In Northern California, the original Warren Hall, a 13-story administration building that opened in 1971, was imploded and replaced with the new structure. The project also included demolition of a two-story bridge that spanned an adjacent roadway and connected the original building to the campus’ main library. Sundt also closed the opening in the library created by the bridge removal, adding a window to capture a panoramic view of the San Francisco/Oakland Bay.

The new five-story, 67,000-square-foot building contains faculty offices and other administrative support space. Designed to be an attractive focal point on the busy campus, it features metal ceilings, stainless steel wall panels and terrazzo flooring. The building was designed to include energy-efficient, environmentally friendly features and is expected to earn LEED Gold certification. The new building improves working and learning conditions for faculty, staff and students and provides a safer, seismically sound environment. The original Warren Hall was the most seismically vulnerable building on campus.

ENR awards honor the best construction projects and companies that designed and built them in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Projects compete in 20 specialized categories, ranging from airports to sports/entertainment. ENR has 10 regional editions.

ENR highlights our industry by providing news and features about projects, products and people in construction, architecture and engineering.

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Intern’s First Project as Employee-Owner is a Home Game

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Improvements at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium are being made over three offseasons.

Former Sundt intern Oswaldo Robledo went back to familiar turf after being hired full-time.


Oswaldo Robledo serves as a Field Engineer on the Sun Devil Stadium project.

An Arizona State University graduate, Oswaldo is serving as a field engineer on our joint-venture project making improvements at Sun Devil Stadium, where the school’s football team plays. This is the second offseason we have worked on the stadium with one more phase to come next year.

“I think that being part of a team that gets to build the football stadium for the university that I graduated from is pretty awesome,” Oswaldo said. “I feel like it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Oswaldo, a Phoenix native, was as an intern at Sundt while earning his degree in construction management. He was hired by our company after graduation and immediately went into the field on the Sun Devil Stadium project.

Oswaldo’s story isn’t unique. We have gained national recognition for our efforts to hire recent college graduates.

“Sundt gave me the opportunity to grow as an individual by allowing me to experience real-world issues and providing enough knowledge and tools to figure out those issues on my own,” Oswaldo said.

For more information on internships with Sundt, please contact Mike Morales at

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