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Institutional | HUNT CONSTRUCTION GROUP / SUNDT

"The biggest surprises were soil conditions, debris and differing existing foundation conditions," Baker adds. "It's finding
all of those things, getting engineered
solutions and figuring out how to move
forward with the project."

Increasing Demand
The biggest reason ASU wanted to renovate
and rebuild its stadium was to increase the

amenities for fans and students. The first
plan was to provide a base of amenities with
different price points and levels of seats
from regular to premium.
In addition, ASU wanted to upgrade the
fan experience for everyone with more
concessions and restrooms, bigger video
boards around the playing field and wi-fi
throughout the stadium. "Any time you put
one of these sports venues in, you're trying

to one-up your neighbors," Baker explains.
"We're trying to make it a very technologically advanced venue. The amount of
technology that's available in the stadium
will be phenomenal."
The stadium updates and upgrades will
help ASU from a recruiting standpoint as
well. "They're trying to bring up all these
amenities for what's expected when you go
to a sporting event and increase demand,"
Baker notes.
Renovating older stadiums like ASU fills
fans, athletes, Hunt Construction and Sundt
with anticipation and enthusiasm. When
opening day finally rolls around, "everybody's excited about the game and seeing
the fans and athletes come into these newly
renovated stadiums is a lot of fun," Baker
says. "It makes all that time and energy
spent worthwhile."
Sports projects are memorable because
most are one-off opportunities that the
company pours a lot of time and effort into.
"For our company to continue and excel
in this market segment for me, personally,
has been a great opportunity," Baker says.
"You can say, 'I was part of this project that
will be around for the next 50 years.' And
most of these projects are iconic because it's
something you'll see on TV.
"Especially with this project, we have a
lot to get done between seasons, and it's our
responsibility to make sure we overcome
challenges and deliver a project for them on
time and on budget. Plus, the athletes are
always thrilled to death they're playing in a
new facility."
Blount Contracting, Inc. is proud to be
working with the Hunt-Sundt team to renovate
Arizona State University's Sun Devil Stadium.
We look forward to enjoying this new facility
for years to come. Blount Contracting provides
a full service civil construction solution including design assistance, budget development,
construction, and final close-out. We pride ourselves on developing long term partnerships
that are more valuable than a single project.
This has manifested itself in the number of
repeat customers we work with. We have
extensive civil construction experience in the
Educational, Commercial, Multi-family, Sports/
Entertainment, and Power/Industrial sectors.
Contact us if we can be of service on your next
project: 480-985-2112.

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