San Diego State University has selected Sundt as the general contractor to build the new Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) facility on the SDSU Imperial Valley Brawley campus.
This selection comes on the heels of an $80 million investment by the State of California to develop the roughly 65,000-square-foot facility furthering the university’s plans to significantly expand educational, research, and economic development opportunities in Imperial County.
This major step forward represents the university’s continued commitment to transforming the Valley and ensuring local students can earn an education and obtain leadership positions while remaining in the region.
The facility is an expansion to the existing Brawley building and will house instructional and research space to expand the curriculum and research activity of SDSU Imperial Valley.
The state-of-the-art expansion will further drive the economic and employment opportunities brought on by the development of the county’s Lithium Valley project.
“We are excited to have a partner with key project experience, local perspective, and knowledge to enhance this important project for the entire Valley community,” said Robert Schulz, SDSU Associate Vice President, Real Estate, Planning & Development.
The selection committee was especially impressed with Sundt’s local subcontractor outreach efforts and finding a known local partner, Duggins Construction, which built the existing Brawley campus, to assist their team in the pre-construction stage. Sundt’s proposal demonstrated the most relevant case studies and experience, and the committee appreciated their attention to the unique parameters of what will be needed to build in the desert, and Brawley specifically.
“To understand what this project means to the local community; you need to be a part of it. Sundt is proud to have management from the area and to have teamed with the very best local partner,” said Sundt Project Executive Mike Casey.
Sundt will now begin interviewing architectural firms to select a design partner. Preliminary designs are expected to begin in mid-November with a three-year timeline for completion.