University House Austin

University House Austin is a first-class student apartment development with state-of-the-art amenities. This 20 story high-rise student housing project includes 188 apartment units (504 beds) with studio, one, two, three and four bedroom floor plans complete with flat screen televisions and a full private bathroom for each bedroom. Also included is a four level 260-car controlled access parking garage (two levels of which are below-grade), and a 6,000 square foot ground level commercial suite. Features include an expansive clubroom with pool and ping pong tables, wireless gaming & multi-screen TV walls; a terrace-level pool with Jumbotron LED TV; a 2-story Genius Lounge with Mac and PC stations, private study pods and conference rooms with Smart Board technology; 24/7 controlled access throughout; and a state-of-the-art fitness center with integrated media. Also included is a brand new University Lutheran Student Center on the first floor, which replaces the original center, built on the project site in 1971. Located at the northwest corner of West 21st Street and San Antonio, this project was constructed in accordance with LEED Silver certification goals and is an UNO-smart housing development.

Parkland Health and Hospital System, Ron J. Anderson M.D. Outpatient Clinic

This 227,421 project for Parkland Health and Hospital System is a 5-story, outpatient clinic with 171 exam rooms and 12 treatment room serving Urology, Neurology, ENT, Imaging, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pre-Anesthesia and Surgical Exam services.  To further support the clinic services there are multiple MRI, CT and X-ray rooms.  Construction included connecting an existing second story pedestrian tunnel.

This project was a joint venture with JEDunn Construction.

Augusta University Student Housing

The Georgia Board of Regents (BOR) has signed a long-term lease agreement with Corvias to develop, maintain, and operate student housing on multiple campuses across the state over the next 65 years. Augusta University is one of seven campuses receiving student housing in phase one of this public-private-partnership.

The student housing at Augusta University is split into two separate five-story buildings – one for graduate students and another for undergraduate students. The undergraduate building is comprised of 412 beds in 145 suite and semi-suite style units totaling over 97,665 SF, while the graduate building has 312 beds in 305 apartment style units totaling 171,330 SF.

Focusing on the complete student experience, the undergraduate building also includes a large, 2,775-SF multi-function “connect” space. Other amenities in both buildings include common kitchens, lounges, laundry, and study areas. Finishes are typical of an institutional dormitory building utilizing a mix of carpet tile and ceramic tile flooring in the dorm units.

Site construction includes the abatement and demolition of five existing dormitory buildings on the eight acre site. Storm water is funneled into three separate underground detention systems installed across the site. A 301-space asphalt surface parking lot is installed to the south of the dormitories.

Both buildings are Type III wood frame construction supported by conventional shallow/spread footings with a slab-on-grade. The exterior skin of both buildings is comprised primarily of brick masonry with cement panel accents and stucco at the upper floors. Both buildings utilize VTAC mechanical systems with a mix of local water heaters for the graduate apartments and a central hot water boiler system for the undergraduate units.

University of Colorado Denver Academic 1 Building

The University of Colorado Denver (UCD) has grown significantly since 1912, with over 14,000 enrolled students in its Downtown Denver Campus alone. Saunders Construction was more than honored to build UCD’s first ever ground-up building on the UCD Downtown Campus. The Academic Building 1 has helped UCD gain a stronger identity on its’ Downtown campus and has already become an important landmark in the City of Denver. This new building allows a central location for students to give them a better sense of community, with larger classrooms, central location for its staff and innovative teaching spaces.

With construction taking place on a busy student campus in Downtown Denver, a well-planned site logistics was critical to maintaining safety on site and limiting impact to the campus’ daily routine. All utilities needed to be brought into the Academic One site from surrounding streets. Some of the utilities were as deep as 20 feet. A complete temporary bus loop was constructed to redirect RTD buses during a major portion of construction. This allowed the schedule of one bus every seven minutes to experience zero interruptions in service.

The building was open to students and staff in August 2014.

University of Colorado Boulder Student Recreation Center

The more than $53 million renovation to the University of Colorado Boulder’s student recreation center presented its fair share of challenges, both middling and uncharted, at almost every turn. From complex logistics at the highly active occupied facility to a 100-year flood, Saunders Construction’s ability to maintain construction excellence would be the difference between success and failure.

In order to provide a state-of-the-art facility, every square foot of the existing building (235,242 to be exact) required complete renovation. The renovation also included complete replacement of the building’s mechanical and electrical systems to address deferred maintenance needs.

In addition to the renovation, Saunders built new construction in excess of 70,000 square feet, providing space for expanded strength and conditioning areas, a new ice arena, a three-story rock climbing wall, roof-top tennis courts, and a new indoor turf multi-activity gym. The addition required an excavation of approximately 18 feet deep (33,000 cubic yards of dirt) and nearly five months of campus utility relocations. Additionally, the facility required structural enhancements to meet current seismic requirements.

One City Block at 19th and Logan

The new luxury apartment homes is located in the Uptown neighborhood of Downtown Denver. The 172,660-square-foot, structure includes cast-in-place concrete and an underground parking garage to a concrete podium. On top of the podium is the plaza, retail space and wood framed buildings totaling 271,190 sq. ft. This development includes 303 apartments units and 408 parking spaces. The community includes four separate buildings as well as commercial space for retail shops and restaurants.

Metropolitan State University of Denver Student Success Building

Located at 9th Avenue and Auraria Parkway, the new 151,360-square-foot, four-story Student Success Building serves as a dedicated facility for the University. Metro State has shared the urban Auraria Higher Education Campus with two other higher education institutions since 1965. The Student Success Building creates an identity for Metro State and serve as a gateway for the students and community. The facility is 100% funded by student fees.

The facility consists of two wings surrounding a courtyard. The structure comprises of structural steel with a complex metal panel/brick/glass exterior envelope. The facility includes unique learning spaces including a Community Action Theater, Center for Innovation, First Year Experience Center as well as administrative offices. The building is LEED Gold certified.

Elon University Global Neighborhood

Sitting on the quiet shores of Lake Mary Nell in Elon, North Carolina, Elon University’s innovative Global Village transforms the residential experience for undergraduate on-campus living. With five residence halls containing 600 total beds plus the unique Global Amenities building, the Village fosters a community that allows living and learning to become synonymous.

Choate Construction delivers the project in two distinct phases, encompassing the construction of five residence halls and one amenities building. Phase one initiated the construction and delivery of the first two residence halls, while the second phase delivered the remaining three residence halls and the Village’s Global Amenities building a large, multi-use facility located in the center of the complex. With cross-channel collaboration in mind, Global Village offers students the option to live in several language learning communities, including La Casa de Espanol, La Masion Francaise, Japanese House, La Casa Italiana, and Deutsches Haus.

Designed and constructed to provide the ultimate in student comfort and convenience, the interior of the residence halls includes a combination of single and dual occupancy rooms with adjoining bathrooms, spacious common areas, hall kitchens, and classrooms. The Global Amenities Building contains the Isabella Cannon International Centre as well as faculty offices, ample study rooms, a grand ballroom, and other large gathering spaces. Construction on the project included shallow foundations, load-bearing metal stud framed structure, cast-in-place elevated concrete slabs, light gauge roof trusses, shingle roofs, and brick facades.

CPMC/Sutter Health Cathedral Hill Hospital

Located in San Francisco on the cross streets of Van Ness Ave and Geary Street, the CPMC/Sutter hospital project is a new replacement hospital that houses both an Acute Care Center and a Women’s and Children’s Center. This project is one of the first OSHPD projects to use a Lean Construction delivery process and a Phased OSHPD Submittal Process to accelerate and improve the agency approval process. The team is using 3-D modeling programs with an integrated project delivery team, to fully coordinate all components and systems into the building to allow construction to take place with minimum disruption caused by constructability issues. The Target Value Design process has driven down overall projected project costs by >18%.

This project is one of the first large hospital projects using Lean Construction Delivery with a Fully Integrated Project Delivery Team. Pankow is a Core Team member and the Structural Concrete Trade Partner on this project. The general Contractor is Herrero Boldt.

Clemson University’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center

With a core purpose of speeding innovation to market in the field of wind energy, award-winning Clemson University’s SCE&G Energy Innovation Center is the first construction within the 27 acre Energy Systems Campus of the Clemson University Restoration Institute. Completed by Choate Construction, the facility houses the world’s most sophisticated and most powerful wind turbine drivetrain testing equipment. The LEED Gold certified facility is the result of the largest cost share grant ever awarded by the Department of Energy ($45 million) and over $60 million in public and private funding.

Located within a decommissioned U.S. Navy warehouse atop a rehabilitated brownfield site, the 82,264-SF facility is designed by AEC and will support the critical testing of next generation off-shore wind turbines by allowing businesses to simulate in mere months over 20 years of rigors faced by the turbine systems at sea. The facility is also home to the Duke Energy eGRID, a 15-megawatt hardware-in-the-loop grid simulator capable of testing and validating the impact of wind energy on the nation’s aging electrical grid without the real-world risks to the existing grid.