March 20, 2017
March 3, 2017
The Northwest Extension is a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro light rail system in the Greater Phoenix area.
Awards are rolling in for Sundt’s Valley Metro Northwest Extension project, including two from the prestigious Build America program.
The $160 million project won in the transportation category and also earned the Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence Award, which is presented annually to projects that epitomize the principles of partnering. The awards were presented during the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) National Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month.
“These awards, which are selected by a group of our peers, represent the best projects construction has to offer,” said Project Manager Chris Elison. “It’s an honor to be recognized by other great contractors for the work we performed.”
The project is a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro light rail system in the Greater Phoenix area. The Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck JV work is the fourth project the team has finished as part of Valley Metro’s program. Scope included curb-to-curb replacement of water, sewer, storm, electrical, communication and gas utilities, roadway widening and installation of embedded double track with an overhead catenary system, train signals, three traction power substations and traffic signals. The project added three stations and a park-and-ride at Dunlap Avenue, and 6.4 miles of sidewalks, curb and gutter and pavement.
Build America awards honor AGC members who perform the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure and federal and heavy divisions. Sundt’s most recent Build America honors came in 2015 in the environmental enhancement category for the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility renovation construction project in Chandler, Arizona, and the highway and transportation renovation category for the West Seventh Street Bridge in Fort Worth.
February 3, 2017
Sundt Project Manager/Estimator Thiago Bezerra.
Project Manager/Estimator Thiago Bezerra is the latest addition to Sundt’s Salt Lake City office.
Thiago, who holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Utah Valley University, brings a diverse background of experience to projects, having worked with public and private clients as well as federal, state and local agencies. He has been heavily involved in all aspects of project operations, including design, estimating and management. His experience in transportation projects will be beneficial in Utah, which has an active heavy civil market.
What are your main duties?
I work with the preconstruction team estimating projects. I’ll eventually transition into a project management role. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity. In our industry, not many of us are able to be involved with a project from its infancy through completion. It’s a very valuable experience.
How exciting is it to be part of expanding our efforts in Utah?
Utah will greatly benefit from Sundt’s experience and innovative approach to challenging projects. I look forward to partnering with local clients, subcontractors and suppliers to develop and build projects that will better our communities. Utah has one of the most competitive transportation markets in the nation. There is no doubt that once we have the opportunity to share Sundt’s culture and values, we will become a preferred contractor as we have done in so many other states.
How did you get your job at Sundt?
I was contacted by JP Jaramillo from Sundt’s Talent Acquisition team, and I’m thankful he was able to introduce me to Sundt.
Where do you like to travel?
Our family has been privileged to visit many wonderful places. Among our favorites are: Prague, which has amazing grand medieval architecture. The Netherlands, where traditions blend perfectly with a modern and progressive society. The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico has the best food in the world; when you marry that with its natural beauty and adventures, you get paradise. And Southern Utah is pretty spectacular. But traveling anywhere and being able to experience and learn from other cultures is a blast no matter where you go.
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
Over the years I have been very fortunate to be around inspiring people who help me develop personally and professionally. With that being said, I have received a lot of valuable advice. One of my very favorite pieces of advice, which I try to live daily, is “Take control of your life; choose your own present and destiny.”
January 26, 2017
San Antonio Area Manager Pat Beal.
Pat Beal recently joined Sundt as our San Antonio Area Manager for transportation work. He has more than 25 years of experience working in various construction roles, including field engineer, project engineer, superintendent and estimator.
He was previously a project manager on several major freeway projects across Texas. His experience includes the reconstruction of the US 75 North Central Expressway in Dallas and the Loop 410 in San Antonio. Most recently, Pat worked on a $900 million, design-build construction of State Highway 99 Grand Parkway in Houston.
What interested you about working at Sundt?
Sundt puts an emphasis on people. Everyone is an owner and you get the feeling that we are all working as a team for success of the company as a whole. Our goal is to all succeed together. I like that.
What have you been doing in your first few weeks with the company?
My first few weeks with the company involved taking care of required training. After that, I started getting involved in the San Pedro Creek Improvements project that we have under contract with the San Antonio River Authority and also began looking at upcoming bid opportunities with the Texas Department of Transportation in the San Antonio area.
How do you spend your time away from work?
I try to spend as much time with my family as I can. My daughter is on her tennis team in high school, so I try to catch her games on weekends. My son is attending Texas A&M University, so I’ve been able to make a couple of Aggie football games as well. There’s nothing like watching the Texas Aggie Band perform at Kyle Field on a Saturday afternoon. Most of my remaining weekend time is spent in my hometown of Shiner, Texas. I enjoy helping my dad on his farm. Whether it’s fixing fences, feeding the cows or shredding weeds, there is always something that needs to be done on the farm. Some people may call it work, but I call it fun.
Have you seen any interesting TV shows recently?
I got caught up in a Netflix series recently called “The Ranch.” A bunch of misfits trying to run a ranch in Colorado. It’s got several actors from “That ’70s Show.” If you enjoyed “That ’70s Show,” you’ll enjoy watching “The Ranch.”
December 30, 2016
Sundt employee-owners accept the Construction Safety Excellence Award for the Highway Division from the Associated General Contractors San Diego Chapter.
For the second consecutive year, Sundt this week won the Associated General Contractors, San Diego Chapter, Construction Safety Excellence Award for the Highway Division. The award was presented at AGC’s San Diego Chapter Annual Board Installation and Awards Dinner on Jan. 16.
The award, given in the 2 million to 4 million hour category, was based on safety statistics for our entire company and qualifies us to win the division at the AGC of America National Judging and compete for the AGC Grand Award, given each year to the nation’s safest construction company. We are the only general contractor on record to win the award twice (2006 and 2016). Grand Award judging will take place in March at the 98th Annual AGC National Convention in Las Vegas.
“Winning the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Grand Award in 2016 was huge,” said Sundt Area Safety Manager Paul Sprecco, who works in San Diego. “To be recognized by your peers as being ‘the best of the best’ validates our safety culture. The real credit goes to folks who implement the workings of our safety program every day, on every project. We know that we are doing the right things because our safety measurement numbers continue to improve. We can’t rest on our laurels, though, so we are continually looking for ways to improve our systems.”
Sundt Senior Project Manager Chad Yount.
Senior Project Manager Chad Yount has been in the construction industry for 10 years. He started with Sundt in 2008 as a Field Engineer and worked his way to his current position, which he started this year.
Chad specializes in large-scale transportation work. His next assignment is bringing a world class linear park to the San Antonio community through the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project after serving as Project Manager on the $228 million Sellwood Bridge Replacement Project in Portland, Oregon.
How did the Portland community react to the finished product at Sellwood Bridge?
The community was very grateful and excited to have a new bridge connecting the Sellwood community to downtown Portland. The old Sellwood Bridge was failing structurally and was not safe for pedestrians and cyclists due to the narrow sidewalks. The new bridge will withstand a major earthquake and offers 12-foot sidewalks for the large bicycle community.
What did you learn from that work that can be applied to San Pedro Creek?
Bringing an iconic, complex project such as Sellwood Bridge through the heart of any city requires the community to modify its daily activities. We were able to engage the neighborhoods and all interest groups in efforts to minimize those disruptions. That will also be extremely important to the San Pedro project. We want all local businesses to thrive during construction. If they aren’t successful then we aren’t successful.
What are people in San Antonio identifying as the most important aspects of the project?
The project will improve flood control throughout the west side of downtown while bringing life back to the creek. San Antonio was founded on San Pedro Creek almost 300 years ago so remembering the heritage and culture of the area is top priority for the project.
What are some of the innovative approaches the team has planned?
The majority of the risk on the project is in what lies below ground. With any project through downtown the existing infrastructure is always a concern. To mitigate these risks, we have been using virtual design and construction to model all existing and new infrastructure. This helps us identify conflicts in the office during preconstruction instead of in the field when issues cost time and money.
How is the work progressing?
Because this is a CMAR project, we have been working with the design team and owner for the last six months. We’re excited to get started with horizontal directional drilling. After the New Year, the team will begin demolition and excavation on the north end of the project.