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.
Among the improvements at Burbank High School, above, are a new band practice marching area (under construction in the photo) and a new agricultural facility where students can learn how to raise livestock.
As they renovate three high schools in San Antonio, Texas, Sundt and joint venture partner Guido Construction are making good use of the summer months when students are away. The team’s $65 million, Construction Manager at Risk project involves updating and expanding Brackenridge, Burbank and Lanier high schools – work that has been performed primarily while the schools were still open and operating.
Work at Burbank High School will be complete by the end of August. At Brackenridge High School, Guido-Sundt has completed demolition of the old auto shop, relocated temporary portable classrooms and started utility work. The abatement process is underway at Lanier High School.
The K-12 construction project is Sundt’s first for the San Antonio Independent School District.
Sundt project superintendent Richard Osendorf and his wife Miranda helped serve the pancake breakfast.
Sundt employees working on a $21.5 million barracks construction project at Fort Campbell, Ky., volunteered their time and cooking skills on a recent Saturday morning at the monthly Fort Campbell Armed Services YMCA pancake breakfast. The volunteers arrived early to help prepare the breakfast, which was attended by about 60 kids and their parents, and then stayed afterward to help clean up.
“We made both chocolate chip and regular pancakes, heated up sausages, assisted with set-up and then took down of all the chairs, tables and equipment,” said Sundt Project Administrator Pauline Dravet. “There was a lot of wiping syrup from the chairs afterward!”
Sundt is constructing an Unaccompanied Enlisted Personnel Housing (UEPH) barracks at Fort Campbell that will accommodate up to 244 soldiers. The design-build, federal government construction project features two, 45,000-square-foot buildings containing two-bedroom, one-bathroom units. Sundt’s contract also involves the construction of supporting facilities and infrastructure across the 4.4-acre site including utilities, paving, sidewalks, information systems, storm drains and site improvements.
Sundt utilized building information modeling (BIM) technology to streamline the construction of a new rare earth process facility in Calif.
The completed mining facility shown in the computerized model at top.
Sundt is pleased to announce that the company was ranked the top contractor in the Southwest for 2013 by Engineering-News Record (ENR), one of the construction industry’s leading publications. Sundt was also ranked Arizona’s top contractor and the number one contractor in the Southwest in the transportation construction market sector. Mining and industrial construction is also one of Sundt’s primary markets in Arizona and the Southwest.
ENR sorts contractors each year according to their revenue. It also placed Sundt among the top ten in the following categories for 2013: New Mexico contractors (2nd), Construction Manager at Risk (5th), general contractors (2nd), design-build (4th), and green building (2nd).