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May 25, 2017
Crews work on the Northwest Extension light-rail project in the Phoenix area.
Construction activity is a boon for cities and towns. A recent commitment by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) to add $1.25 billion in projects to its long-range regional transportation plan will be a significant economic driver in Greater Phoenix.
An article on KJZZ radio’s website cited economic modeling performed by a professor at George Mason University that determined every $1 billion spent on non-residential construction creates an economic impact of $3.4 billion.
According to the study, the latest MAG commitment should support about 28,500 direct and indirect jobs. Direct jobs include construction and administrative workers. Indirect jobs include work tied to equipment and materials as well as financial services.
MAG, a council of governments that serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area, has $5.7 billion in transportation spending planned.
Greater Phoenix is one of many markets Sundt serves in the Southwest. Anyone interested in starting or continuing a career in construction should visit our careers page.
April 19, 2017
Hausman Road is a two-lane roadway that connects two major highways in San Antonio.
Just in time for National Public Works Week, Sundt’s work on Hausman Road in San Antonio has been named the American Public Works Association’s Texas Chapter Project of the Year.
Hausman Road was the City of San Antonio’s first design-build transportation project and the largest transportation/street project in its history. We will receive the award June 15 at the annual Texas Public Works Association Conference in San Antonio.
“We are very proud to win this award with our partners from the City of San Antonio and our Design-Build team,” said Corporate Strategic Business Officer, Senior Vice President John Carlson. “The City took a chance on implementing the design-build delivery method on its first transportation project, which was probably its most challenging. It was a tremendous public works project and the effort from everyone involved ensured success for the community.”
Hausman Road is a two-lane roadway that connects two major highways: Loop 1604 and Interstate 10. Our crews widened the 3.4-mile stretch between the highways to four lanes, plus a center turn lane, and constructed five new bridges.
The scope also included managing extensive utility relocations; earthwork; construction of retaining walls; sidewalks, hike and bike trails; storm sewer; archaeological and historic survey; environmental analysis and permitting; geotechnical work; right-of-way services and acquisitions; and public outreach.
The American Public Works Association has sponsored National Public Works Week since 1960. Across North America, its more than 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve quality of life.
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.
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.”