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The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University Wins “Build America” Award

The joint venture team of Sundt Construction, Inc., and DPR Construction, Inc. has won a 2007 Aon Build America Award for construction of Building B at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. Build America Awards are often referred to as the “Oscars of the Construction Industry.” Sundt/DPR will receive the award during the Associated General Contractors of America annual convention in San Antonio, Texas on March 23.

Build America Awards showcase the best of construction, recognizing outstanding contractors building America’s buildings, bridges, roadways and municipal and utility construction.

The Sundt/DPR joint venture was chosen for the award due to its overall excellence in project management and completion of the research facility, including its success at taking ownership of the institute’s distinct challenges, overcoming those challenges, and meeting goals.

The 183,000-square-foot Building B combines many of ASU’s top biomedical science programs, including research efforts in biotechnology, information technology, manufacturing, technology transfer and workforce development in one location. To complete the project on a timeframe that would allow ASU to fully utilize the laboratory for recruitment purposes and initial research, Sundt/DPR adopted a fast-track construction plan using phased documentation. This allowed the joint venture to deliver biotechnology and nanotechnology laboratories approximately one year faster than could have been accomplished using more conventional approaches.

The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University was designed by the team of Gould Evans Associates and Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture. The state-of-the-art facility was recently recognized internationally by R&D Magazine as the 2006 Laboratory of the Year.

Sundt Construction, Inc., is a diversified company that builds projects for private and public clients throughout the United States. It has offices in Tempe, Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; and San Diego, Sacramento and Novato, Calif.

DPR Construction, Inc., is forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects for the advanced technology, biopharmaceutical, health care and corporate office markets.

About The Biodesign Institute at ASU

The Biodesign Institute at ASU fuses research in biology, engineering, information technology, and cognitive science to accelerate discoveries into beneficial uses. The institute currently is pursuing innovations in healthcare, national security and environmental sustainability. For information, visit or call (480) 727-8322.

About Sundt Construction, Inc.

Tempe-based Sundt Construction, Inc., is one of the 100 largest construction companies in the United States. The employee-owned company builds projects for both public and private clients, including buildings of many types; roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects; and projects to support national defense initiatives such as military family housing and a variety of operational facilities. For more information visit

About DPR Construction, Inc.

DPR Construction, Inc., a forward-thinking national general contractor and construction manager, consistently ranks in the top five percent of general contractors in the country in its four core markets of advanced technology, biopharmaceutical, corporate office and healthcare. Completing more than $2 billion worth of biopharmaceutical projects, DPR is the sixth largest laboratory, research and biopharmaceutical builder in the nation. The firm’s 130-person Arizona office has been “building great things” since 1994 and, with more than $112 million worth of work underway, is ranked one of the largest general contractors in Arizona. For more information, visit

About Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture

Lord, Aeck & Sargent is an award-winning architectural firm serving clients in scientific, academic, historic preservation, arts and cultural, and multi-family housing and mixed-use markets. The firm’s core values are responsive design, technological expertise and exceptional service. Lord, Aeck & Sargent has offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Atlanta; and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information, visit the firm at

About Gould Evans

Gould Evans is a multi-faceted design firm, providing architecture, planning, graphic and interior design to a range of public and private clients. Since the firm’s founding in 1974, Gould Evans has grown to more than 200 professionals in eight offices. The Phoenix office, formed in 1996, has grown to a staff of 40 and emerged with an award-winning portfolio of projects, 85% repeat client ratio, and reputation for unique, fresh design solutions. We believe in the power of superior design, but more importantly, we believe in the power of the collaborative process. For more information, visit