Arizona is home to the country’s first Bill of Rights Monument, and Sundt played a key role in making it happen. The stone monument, which was dedicated last weekend, is made up of 10 limestone slabs arranged on a grassy hill overlooking the State Capitol in Phoenix. Each bears a unique carved image and words from the individual amendments to the U.S. Constitution that make up the Bill of Rights. (More about the six-year effort to get the monument funded and approved can be found in this New York Times article.)
Sundt prepared the site and arranged to have the stones shipped from Austin, Texas, where they were quarried and sculpted by Joseph Kincannon. Our concrete team poured the foundations for the ten slabs – which weigh between 2,500 and 7,000 pounds – and then Foley Masonry and Tile set them in place with a donated crane, along with the help of a rigging crew. Sundt also managed the installation of the landscaping, irrigation and lighting, and took charge of getting a number of subcontractors to donate their time and equipment as well. The total value of donations from Sundt and the subcontractors was $14,000.
“Sundt was proud to be a part of this worthy effort,” said Sundt Project Manager Jeff Esgar. “It was a good opportunity to perform a valuable community service, and it made sense because we are already working nearby on another project in downtown Phoenix: the new ASU Downtown Campus Recreation Center. Most of the Sundt employees who volunteered their time to the monument installation are employed by that project.”
A 48-second time lapse video of the monument’s installation can be seen here.