October 7, 2016
June 15, 2016
Larry Luke, Sundt’s Area Manager for its new Salt Lake City office.
Larry Luke is serving as Area Manager for the new office and is responsible for forming partnerships with clients and subcontractors in the region. It’s an important market. Sixty percent of Utah’s population live in the Salt Lake Valley and the state’s population is estimated to increase 19 percent by 2020, from 2.77 million to 3.31 million.
Larry recently spent a few minutes talking about our expanded presence in Northern Utah and our many qualifications and innovative approaches to project delivery.
What are Utah’s strengths as a market?
Utah has a growing economy and population that has created a steady need for new infrastructure in the areas in which Sundt operates (Transportation, Industrial and Building). Utah has a healthy economy, balanced state budget and the ability to either self-fund projects or obtain either federal or private-market funding. The owners are not only programming and funding new construction projects but they also have a reputation for treating contractors fairly and believe in partnering. Public market owners, such as Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority and counties and cities, and private markets have projects that are either in the planning phase, design phase or already scheduled to be advertised.
From a personnel perspective, Salt Lake City is an area where many people want to live due to the proximity to recreational opportunities, strong family atmosphere and relatively low cost of living.
Sundt participates in joint ventures on many of its projects. What kind of expertise would we bring to JVs in the Salt Lake market?
Sundt is known in our industry for being not only a long-standing reputable company with a strong balance sheet, but also one with excellent experience on a variety of different projects. Through our people, we are also known for being an innovator and leader in Construction Manager General Contractor (CMGC), and use of technology for 3D modeling, virtual design and construction, use of automated machine control, parametric estimating, and design-build value engineering. Owners like UDOT have been on the forefront of CMGC projects, design-build, accelerated bridge construction and intelligent design and construction (IDC). We believe Sundt’s strengths in these areas will make us stand out and be able to offer joint-venture partners and owners a value that is unique from other local contractors.
What are Sundt’s strategies for developing good subcontractor relationships there?
Like any other local market, it is important to have personal relationships with our subcontractors and suppliers and show them that Sundt will treat them fairly, pay timely, honor fair bidding and price-evaluation practices and include them as partners in the project planning.
What trends do you see in the Salt Lake market?
I think we will continue to see an emphasis on value-based selections such as CMGC and design-build, especially for projects greater than $75 million. UDOT is interested in developing its IDC process and evolving the design and contractors into utilizing 3D electronic design files to replace paper plan sheets as legal construction documents. I think we will also see more opportunities that involve a combination of Transportation, Industrial or Building. For example, the upcoming Salt Lake prison or Utah Transit Authority Mountain Accord project, development of ski resort expansion projects or local cities’ needs for water improvement projects.
May 11, 2016
With several projects about to get started in Arizona, Sundt Construction is ready to add skilled craft workers to its roster of employee-owners.
We’re seeking experienced craft workers for transportation and industrial projects in Mesa, Gilbert, Maricopa and Tucson. Anyone interested is invited to attend a job fair June 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center for Craft Excellence (2630 S. 20th Place, Phoenix).
We’re looking to hire Heavy Equipment Operators, Laborers, Pipe Layers, Grade Checkers, Water Truck Drivers, Finishers, Carpenters/Form Setters, Concrete Laborers, Ironworkers, Pipe Fitters, Welders, Mechanics, Lube Men and Dirt and Pipe Foremen. We offer a great working environment along with excellent benefits and competitive pay.
Profiles and applications can also be submitted by visiting our website.
March 7, 2016
The joint-venture team is constructing a new hotel tower. Rendering courtesy of Thalden Boyd Emery Architects.
By the time the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino project gets under way, you can bet Sundt and joint venture partner Yates Construction will have performed extensive work to ensure the project reflects the community’s heritage and priorities.
The team has been selected for pre-construction services on a major expansion of the casino and hotel, which is located on the Ak-Chin Indian Reservation near Phoenix. Representatives from both contractors have spent the past several months building a strong relationship with the Ak-Chin membership through community meetings and partnership opportunities.
The project will include a new hotel tower, a new ballroom, expansion of the casino and restaurant facilities along with a new parking garage.
“The community at large is interested in the project,” Sundt Project Director Chandra Reilly said. “It’s their community dollars being used to build the facility.”
A significant result of the extensive outreach was the creation of an art and design committee made up of community members. The group has been instrumental in ensuring the facilities are reflective of the Ak-Chin people and their agricultural heritage.
“They wanted to make sure the facility, from a cultural perspective, reflected something very unique to Ak-Chin,” Chandra said. “While they are connected to other O’odham communities, they have their own unique culture.”
Our joint venture with Yates Construction participated in the Ak-Chin Community’s Earth Day relay race.
Sundt’s history of building Native American casinos goes back more than 20 years to the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Indian Reservation in Arizona. Chandra also has extensive experience with similar projects and understands the sensitivities involved in working with a sovereign government.
“We’re being invited to work in what amounts to another country,” she said. “We’re respectful that this is their land.”
Public outreach began last November when the team held the first of four meetings with tribal members, starting with the group’s elders. Those dozens of men and women are “the heart and soul of the community,” Chandra said.
After receiving the elders’ feedback, the team held a public meeting that was attended by around 75 people. Once completed, the results of that session were taken back to the elders before going to the public again.
“Much of the feedback involved making the facility accessible and appealing to the broad demographic Harrah’s attracts,” Chandra said.
The joint venture team has been a supportive partner in the community as well.
“We have participated in several events,” Chandra said. “We had people run in a relay race on Earth Day. We helped send their preschool to Sea World, sponsored a softball tournament and participated in a golf tournament.”
A new ballroom is part of the renovation plans. Rendering courtesy of Thalden Boyd Emery Architects.
May 1, 2015
Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa in Chandler won the retail category.
Last Thursday was a RED-letter night for Sundt. That’s when two of our projects won Real Estate and Development Awards, Arizona’s most comprehensive real estate honors.
The Pima County Public Service Center in Tucson and Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa in Chandler were honored during the RED Awards ceremony at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix. The awards are presented by AZRE Magazine.
Pima County Public Service Center, which won in the public category, is a 290,000-square-foot criminal justice facility in Downtown Tucson. Original plans were for the City of Tucson to use 55 percent of the facility with Pima County using the remaining space. Eventually, Pima County occupied the entire facility, putting 14 courtrooms and the offices of the assessor, constables, recorder and treasurer in the building. We also built the adjoining parking lot that accommodates more than 700 vehicles.
Ocotillo Village, which took the retail category, is an 82,000-square-foot facility that features two pools and a children’s splash pad, seven tennis courts, a full-service spa, salon and med spa, café and outdoor patio, kid’s club and nursery, kid’s gym, men’s, women’s and family locker rooms, an indoor basketball court and running track, two racquetball and two squash courts, cardio, weight and functional training rooms, hot yoga studio and traditional yoga studio, and Pilates, indoor cycling and group fitness studios.
The state’s biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects and transactions for the previous year are honored each year. RED Awards are given to developers, general contractors, architects and brokers/teams. All award winners and honorable mentions are featured in a special awards section of AZRE Magazine.
Pima County Public Service Center in Tucson won the public category.
Sundt is pleased to announce the completion of a beautiful new state-of-the-art health and racquet club in Chandler, Arizona.
The 82,000-square-foot Ocotillo Village (one of four Village Health Clubs & Spas owned by DMB Associates) features two pools and a children’s splash pad, seven tennis courts, a full-service spa, salon and med spa, café and outdoor patio, kid’s club and nursery, kid’s gym, men’s, women’s and family locker rooms, an indoor basketball court and running track, two racquetball and two squash courts, cardio, weight and functional training rooms, hot yoga studio and traditional yoga studio, and Pilates, indoor cycling and group fitness studios.
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