San Diego Business Journal

Sundt Construction, Inc. is the design-build contractor for UC San Diego's new 800-bed graduate student housing project. Design is under way, with construction expected to begin in December. Sundt expects to complete the project in May 2007.

Cost: $66 million.

Project manager: Mark Nelson (UCSD).

Architect: Studio E Architects and MVE Institutional.

Consultants: Hope Engineering, Hirsh & Co., McParlane & Associates, Michael Walls Engineering, WRT Planning & Design.

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D.R. Horton, Western Pacific Series, broke ground on La Boheme, a community of multilevel condominiums, which is part of the urban renewal effort in North Park. La Boheme will be comprised of 224 one- and two-bedroom units up to 1,148 square feet. A limited number of homes will be set aside for moderate-income housing.
Cost: Unavailable.
Architect: Towaga & Smith.
Structural engineer: Edmond Babayan.
Consultant: Fard Engineering, Garbini & Garbini, Nasland Engineering, Rhodes Color Design.
Prices: High $300,000s to low $500,000s.

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Barnhart, Inc., a San Diego-based general contractor, began the reconstruction of Abraham Lincoln High School in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of San Diego. The structure will be 323,196 square feet and feature 77 classrooms. It will serve 2,800 students, more than doubling the campus's current capacity. The school temporarily closed in June 2003 to prepare for demolition and total reconstruction. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2006.
The project is funded by Proposition MM, the $1.5 million bond measure passed in 1998.
Cost: Unavailable.
Project team: San Diego Unified School District, the Lincoln-Gompers Redevelopment Committee, Barnhart, Inc./Black IPO and Martinez + Cutri Architects.

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Corky McMillin Cos., developer of the new Rolling Hills Ranch in Chula Vista, announced that McMillin Homes has begun construction on Quintessa, the first of two new luxury-class neighborhoods to come on line. Quintessa will comprise 98 residences that will range in size from 3,100 square feet to 4,400 square feet. Standard Pacific Homes will build Castillian, the second of the two neighborhoods, which will have 81 residences ranging in size from 3,057 to 4,203 square feet. The homes at Quintessa and Castillian will be ready in the spring.
Cost: Unavailable.
Prices: Unavailable.

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Sundt Construction, Inc. will provide pre-construction services and build the new Digital Arts/Sculpture Facility on the Grossmont Community College campus in El Cajon. Construction of the 27,000-square-foot, two-building complex is scheduled to start this fall and should be completed by fall 2006.
Cost: $8 million.
Architects: Mosher Drew Watson Ferguson.

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Environmental Business Solutions, an SCS Engineers company, won the contract from the El Cajon Community Development Corp. to assist in the preparation of a brownfield assessment grant proposal for the central business district in El Cajon. The area surrounding 168 Main St. is slated for mixed-use commercial and residential development.
Cost: Unavailable.

Send news of contract awards and construction commencement and completion for the Construction Journal to Heather Bergman at hbergman@sdbj.com. Please include the address, contractor, architect, square footage and cost.