November 27, 2013
November 18, 2013
Crews are erecting steel on the new Career and Technology Education (CATE) building at Brackenridge High School.
Sundt and joint venture partner Guido Construction have made significant progress on the team’s $65 million, Construction Manager at Risk project to update and expand three high schools in San Antonio, Texas. Most of the work at Brackenridge, Burbank and Lanier High Schools has been performed while the schools were open and classes were in session.
Steel erection is underway on the new CATE (Career and Technology Education) building at Brackenridge High School and crews have also begun work on the new chiller plant, which consists of two new chillers, associated pumps and a new boiler. The steel erection and chiller plant operations are scheduled to complete in early January, with the entire project at Brackenridge complete next August – in time for the start of the fall 2014 semester.
Phase one improvements at Burbank and Lanier are already complete, with Phase Two scheduled to begin in January. The scope of work at Burbank will consist of construction of a new gymnasium, agricultural barns, ROTC facility, softball field and renovation of an existing gym. At Lanier, Guido/Sundt will construct a new field house, gym and CATE building.
The K-12 construction project is Sundt’s first for the San Antonio Independent School District.
November 13, 2013
Artist’s rendering of the Hausman Road Design-Build Project
Early next month, Sundt will break ground on the Hausman Road Improvement Project – the City of San Antonio’s first design-build roadway construction project. Hausman Road is a two-lane roadway that connects two major highways: Loop 1604 and Interstate 10. Sundt will widen the 3.4-mile stretch between the highways to four lanes, plus a center turn lane, and construct five new bridges. Also included in the contract are managing the extensive utility relocations, earthwork, construction of retaining walls, storm sewer, archeological and historic survey, environmental analysis and permitting, geotechnical work, right-of-way services and acquisitions, and public outreach.
The project team will break ground and begin moving utilities during the first week of December. The new and improved roadway is scheduled to be open in late 2015.
October 29, 2013
Artist’s rendering of the new Kings County Courthouse
Sundt has broken ground on the new Kings County Courthouse in Hanford, Calif., the company’s fifth capital project for California’s judicial branch. The four-story, 144,460-square-foot facility will include 12 courtrooms, a jury assembly room, and an underground tunnel connecting to the nearby county jail for transportation of in-custody detainees. The courthouse construction project will consolidate court services currently provided at several overcrowded and obsolete facilities that do not meet current security standards.
In addition to accommodating criminal, civil, juvenile and family law cases, the new courthouse design incorporates the addition of several helpful features, including a self-help center and family court mediation rooms. Security also will be vastly improved with the incorporation of separate hallways and secure facilities for the public, court staff and in-custody detainees.
“As this new courthouse will process several different types of cases, we’ve worked closely with the California Administrative Office of the Courts and architect DLR Group to carefully design a courthouse that is secure, and offers separation between court officials, inmates, visitors, victims and other members of the public conducting business,” said Sundt Senior Vice President Cody Pearson, who oversees Sundt’s California projects. “Privacy and security were top priorities to us as we planned the construction of this multi-use courthouse.”
The $86 million Construction Manager at Risk project will also feature an energy-efficient “thermal mass” HVAC system that will make ice at night, when energy rates are lowest. The ice will then be used to cool the building during the day.
August 16, 2013
We’re pleased to announce that Joseph V. Riccillo has joined Sundt as project director in our El Paso, Texas, office. Joe has more than 15 years of project management experience, and is responsible for overseeing business development, planning, budgets and staffing for Sundt’s construction jobs in and around El Paso and Southern New Mexico.
Joe has a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. He also holds the professional designations of Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) from the U.S. Green Building Council.
We recently asked Joe a few questions in order to get to know him better:
What drew you to Sundt?
I already had a good job with another contractor, but Sundt provided an even better opportunity for expanding my knowledge base. I remember traveling to the Tempe office for my interview and I felt like a kid in a candy store with Building Information Modeling, parametric estimating and resources for whatever kind of project imaginable. I love learning new things and the people were genuine and honest, which was ultimately what brought me to Sundt.
What are your job responsibilities in your position?
As soon as I get my feet on the ground, I am to provide business development opportunities in El Paso. I am sincerely interested in developing the office here and helping Sundt create yet another positive impact to a community.
What might you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
Teaching construction management? I really had never planned to be in construction, but it is something I really enjoyed after a few years and now can’t imagine doing anything else. OK, maybe lying on a beach on Italy’s Amalfi Coast!
What’s the most interesting book you read recently?
Through a book club, I recently read “A History of the World in Six Glasses” that was a history of the invention and impact of beer, wine, whiskey, rum, coffee and even Coca Cola.
Most unusual project you ever worked on?
The most unusual project was the remodel of a hangar and addition of three paint booths for the F-22. The specifications for the paint booths were not written well for the application area. It turned into more of a design-build without knowledge of the specifics of the material that was to be applied. Needless to say, I learned a lot more than I ever wanted to about paint booths!
Where would you most like to travel?
I have traveled to Italy three times, and every time I have the opportunity to travel, I end up back there. It’s something about the people, their culture and the beautiful environment that surrounds many of the cities there.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I prefer to spend time with the family, but it seems like the house has taken over.
Best advice you ever received?
It was a quote actually: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic within it.”
Is there a person who has had a profound influence on you?
I would have to say my father. He always seemed to say the right things at the right time, give clear reasoning as to consequences (even if it was a “metacarpal reflex,” as he phrased it) and never hesitated to stand up for what was right. He could balance these things with an incredible sense of humor and a high level of intelligence.
Sundt recently honored President and CEO David S. Crawford for his 45 years of exceptional service to the company. His contributions were acknowledged on Aug. 8, at Loews Ventana Canyon hotel in Tucson during Sundt’s Annual Leadership Conference, where 100 of the top senior management gathered.
“All of our employees – but, especially our long-time employees – are a point of pride for Sundt,” said Richard Condit, Sundt’s chief administrative officer. “We believe our employees make the difference in whether the company succeeds. As an employee who worked his way through the ranks, Dave Crawford exemplifies Sundt’s culture of promoting from within.”
Dave began his career with Sundt in 1968 as a concrete laborer, eventually becoming CEO in 2011. He has been a member of the board of directors since 1992 and was an active participant in the legislation permitting alternate project delivery methods and qualifications-based selection for public owners in the state of Arizona.