August 15, 2018
August 9, 2018
Our Building Group’s Southwest District recently completed a 10-story high-rise academic medical and research laboratory in downtown Phoenix, the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building. Sundt captured the project in 360-degree video and images to show off the world-class research and laboratory spaces. The complexity of these spaces is difficult to put into words, as so much is happening from an architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing perspective. 360-degree imagery offers a more intuitive way to explore this environment—looking around. It reveals details that required extended coordination, such as how the building’s copper exterior mimics the walls of the Grand Canyon, or the way natural light floods into the library. Ultimately, people can see what inspires our employee-owners to exceed expectations: bringing the entire built environment to life.
Watch our 360-degree video tour of the building and drag/swipe to explore the finished project!
August 3, 2018
Last month, when an 18-wheeler crashed into a utility bridge on the I-10, damaging utilities and halting freeway traffic through downtown El Paso, the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) called upon the Sundt Go 10 project team for help. While the incident did not occur within our project limits, it was close enough for TXDOT to request Sundt’s assistance. Our crews mobilized within hours and worked from 4:00 pm on Thursday afternoon, July 12th, until 3:30 am on Saturday morning, July 14th, to re-open the I-10 and restore a critical part of the city’s infrastructure.
The semi-truck lost control and drove up the embankment, crashed into the bridge, and caught fire immediately.
“It was a great team effort,” said Senior Project Manager Rudy Elias. “When TXDOT called, we were in our weekly cost meeting, and within hours we had people at the crash site inspecting the damage.” Having secured a crane and other necessary equipment, Sundt crews set about cleaning up the accident, shoring the bridge and shifting traffic around the site until more permanent fixes were put in place. “We had crews working around the clock, some guys more than 20 hours in a row,” Rudy said. “There was even one, Thomas Edmonds, who canceled his flight to San Diego for the weekend and stayed to finish the job.”
Fortunately, the driver walked away from the accident only suffering burns to his feet and an injury to his shoulder, according to El Paso’s Channel 9 KTSM.
Staying true to Sundt’s core value of Customer Focus, the Go 10 project team worked tirelessly to exceed owner expectations. As our Transportation Group continues to grow its presence in Texas, their willingness to go the extra mile—to help in times of crisis and solve difficult challenges—is going a long way towards earning clients’ trust.
July 24, 2018
Left to right: Matt Greenslade, MacKenzie Brock, Vanessa Lopez, Dorey Gorman, Codey Sayetsitty and Kyle Jones
The Sundt College Internship Program offers students unique learning opportunities while giving our clients real added value on the jobsite. Interns gain expertise not just in their individual roles but in several others across the project, collaborating and making big-picture connections along the way. This is probably why our internship program was voted by the interns themselves as one of Vault.com’s Best Internships in the country, alongside similar programs at top companies such as AFLAC, Boeing, and Home Depot. At Sundt, however, interns actually have the chance to get their hands dirty.
Speaking of which, one Arizona-based intern team recently completed a deck project for their client. The project involved building a 16-foot by 12-foot wooden deck on the back of the owner’s single-wide trailer, and included a safety and quality plan, materials list and estimate, and a man-loaded schedule.
The team was led by:
- Project Manager MacKenzie Brock, Concrete Division Intern (Colorado State University)
- Safety Professional Kyle Jones, Concrete Division Intern (Northern Arizona University)
- Quality Manager Matthew Greenslade, Transportation Group Intern (Northern Arizona University)
- Scheduler Cody Sayetsitty, Industrial Group Intern (Arizona State University)
- General Foreman Dorey Gorman, Industrial Group Intern (Arizona State University)
- Finisher/Carpenter Vanessa Lopez, Concrete Division Intern (Cal-Poly Pomona)
With an approved proposal in place, the interns conducted an interview with the owner to establish the conditions of satisfaction for the project. In the process, the team was thrown a curveball: they were given a change order to add a sunshade, which would make the deck usable year-round. This challenge, among many others—including stifling afternoon heat, could have led to slowdowns. But the interns used it as a chance to rally together and get the job done.
Through hard work and dedication, the team was able to successfully add the sunshade and keep the project on time and under budget. When finished, the entire project team and the owner held a Golden Shovel groundbreaking and closed out the project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. During the ribbon cutting, the team was asked, “what was your biggest project takeaway?” MacKenzie and the team replied, “Things never go as planned.”
Both Sundt and the client are lucky to have a solid team of interns who delivered a successful project with added value.
To learn more about the Sundt Internship Program, contact email@example.com.
June 22, 2018
Interns Brody Slaugenhoup (left) and Noah Pierce
Sundt Construction, Inc. donated its time and skills over the last few weeks to construct the William J. Dawson Memorial DEK Hockey multipurpose rink east of the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson. The Sundt team partnered with Hardrock Concrete, Concord Construction, CEMEX, Sunstate Equipment, Harvey’s Trucking, and Penhall to clear an underutilized sports field and construct the rink, which includes a foundation and slab system comprised of nearly 200 cubic yards of concrete. DEK Hockey, the manufacturer of the rink system, arrived shortly afterwards with the components for the rink. A group of volunteers, including several of our Sundt interns, helped to install the rink elements, which included dasher boards, player benches, penalty boxes and a flooring system.
Early this month Sundt poured 320 cubic yards of concrete for a pad 142 feet by 92 feet to expand training for students in the Construction and Concrete Technology programs at Central Arizona College (CAC). Sundt donated the cost of the pad’s pour. Students in the heavy equipment operator program leveled and graded the area and construction technology students built the concrete forms. Sundt and CAC formed a workforce development partnership last year. Sundt staff donate their time as adjunct instructors and funds were donated for the purchase of GPS equipment, tools and supplies for the construction technology program.