April 19, 2017
April 17, 2017
A subcontractor lowers a cased sewer line into an excavation on the future Gilbert Road light-rail extension in Mesa, Arizona. The sewer line runs perpendicular to the tracks.
Sundt is hitting the road for another extension of the Valley Metro Light Rail system in Greater Phoenix.
The 1.9-mile Gilbert Road Extension in Mesa will stretch the system beyond the Central Mesa extension on Main Street to Gilbert Road. Scheduled for completion in 2019, the $113 million transportation project consists of two stations and a park-and-ride on the west side of Gilbert Road. The project will provide the ability to draw more light-rail passengers from the East Valley and bring more development opportunities to central Mesa.
The joint venture with Stacy and Witbeck will construct a roundabout on the route. The multimodal roundabout allows for cars, bikes and pedestrians to move freely, and when a train is present, the east and west traffic remains free-flowing. This innovative traffic control measure is the first of its kind at a four-way intersection on a light-rail project in the U.S.
Construction on the extension started in October 2016. Temporary lighting and traffic lights have been installed along Main Street from Mesa Drive to Gilbert Road and the median has been removed to make way for underground utility work.
The joint venture team recently completed the award-winning Northwest Extension. In 2008, the team completed more than half of the original 20-mile starter section of the Valley Metro Light Rail transit system (Line Section 4 and Line Section 5), plus the system’s maintenance and operations facility.
April 7, 2017
Sundt’s joint venture with Stacy and Witbeck on the Northwest Extension was delivered three months ahead of time and on budget.
Completing a challenging project requires a team effort. Sundt’s teamwork with Stacy and Witbeck produced a needed extension for a light-rail system in the Phoenix area and many awards, including a 2016 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence honor.
The joint venture was recognized for Valley Metro’s Northwest Light Rail Extension, a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro light rail system that was completed last year. The award was presented at the annual Roads & Streets Conference in Tucson last week.
The transportation project was delivered three months ahead of schedule and on budget despite the challenges of being located in an urban area with a high volume of vehicles and pedestrians. Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck also coordinated more than 20 months of utility construction to remove and replace 100 percent of the water, sewer and storm systems.
To keep the community informed, the team developed a smartphone app to provide project updates and information about changing traffic control. The app also contained coupons, business promotions and route information.
The awards recognize teams that demonstrate a high degree of achievement through their practice of the partnering principles and application of partnering processes in the transportation industry.
April 5, 2017
Sundt Senior Project Engineer Chris Elison.
Sundt Senior Project Engineer Chris Elison has been with the company for nine years, getting a job after serving an internship as a student at Arizona State University. He graduated from ASU in 2008 with a degree in Construction Management.
Chris was Acting Project Manager on the Valley Metro Northwest Extension, a light-rail project that recently won two Build America Awards, considered the Oscars of the construction industry.
He and his wife were married in 2013 and celebrated the birth of their first child in January. Chris was born in Philadelphia and raised in Minnesota before moving to Arizona to attend college.
The project you just completed, the Valley Metro Northwest Extension, won two Build America Awards for the joint venture team. How did the team earn those honors?
The project was highly complex in an urban environment, but as a team we took the time to understand the needs and expectations of Valley Metro, the City of Phoenix and local stakeholders. In order to complete the project, innovative techniques and outside the box thinking were used, including GPS/Building Information Modeling on the excavator for utility work and the creation of a smart phone app to help distribute information to the community. We were able to finish the project ahead of schedule and on budget. In addition, the team had a highly successful partnership due to partnering sessions, team building and being co-located.
What’s your next project?
I will be on the Gilbert Road Light Rail Extension working with Valley Metro and Stacy and Witbeck again. It is a 1.6-mile extension running from the current end of the line in Mesa to Gilbert Road on Main Street.
What’s the most interesting thing about working in construction?
Every day poses a new and interesting challenge and no two days are alike.
You and your wife had a baby not that long ago. How has that changed your life?
It has changed my perspective on life and my priorities have changed. I put my daughter’s needs before my own. We are also very, very, very tired.
Where do you like to travel?
My wife and I are big fans of warm weather, beaches and umbrella drinks. These are some of the reasons we chose to have a destination wedding in Mexico, one of our favorite places. Some of our other favorite places include Hawaii, Jamaica and St. Lucia. We also enjoy cruising the Caribbean.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
I remember my dad telling me, “Establishing trust is a long journey, losing trust is a short trip and earning that lost trust back is a lifetime.”
March 20, 2017
Our work on the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth also won a Build America Award in 2015.
Sundt’s reconstruction of the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth recently earned a Best of Precast Award from the Precast Concrete Manufacturers’ Association.
We received the award in the bridge category along with Heldenfels Enterprises, supplier of the bridge’s precast floor beams, and the Texas Department of Transportation. We were the general contractor and our concrete crews worked on the precast arches. The bridge also won a Build America Award from the Associated General Contractors of America in 2015.
The bridge is the first of its kind built with precast, post-tensioned arches and floor beams. Each arch measures 24 feet tall by approximately 160 feet long and weighs more than 640,000 pounds. The 12 concrete arches were built offsite and installed in pairs along either side of the bridge.
Reconstruction of the bridge improved pedestrian access and safety and created a landmark gateway between Fort Worth’s downtown and cultural district.
We completed the 980-foot-long bridge for the Texas Department of Transportation a month ahead of schedule. It opened to traffic Oct. 9, 2013, in time for the holidays.
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.