January 17, 2014
October 1, 2013
One of Sundt’s premiere hospitality projects: the Miraval Resort Luxury Guest Suites in Catalina, Ariz. The five, single-story buildings contain 16 luxury guest suites featuring outdoor showers and rammed earth walls.
Many construction markets are showing positive signs of growth, including hospitality construction. Economic recovery in the hospitality sector usually lags behind the economy overall, however as this 2014 lodging forecast on the website hospitalitynet.org explains, demand for new and updated lodging is growing – and actually outpacing supply. That creates a dilemma for the lodging industry that hospitality construction specialists, like Sundt, can help solve.
“The general trend in the industry is for construction of new rooms to represent two percent of the total available rooms in the market,” said Sundt Project Director Chandra Reilly. “Right now it is closer to 1.5 percent, so there is a gap which will eventually need to be closed. In response, Sundt has assembled a team of experts that will meet with developers and investors who are looking to build new properties or renovate existing properties. We have the talent and tools they need to stay competitive and maximize their investment.”
To find out more about some of Sundt’s current and recent hospitality construction projects, click here.
August 9, 2013
Sundt is pleased to welcome Chandra Reilly to the team. Chandra, a project director in our Tempe, Ariz., office, will focus on developing new business and managing key client accounts in the commercial construction and municipal government construction markets. She has more than a dozen years of business development, strategic planning, preconstruction management and project management experience. Chandra holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Arizona State University and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEEP AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council. We recently sat down with Chandra and asked her a few questions to get to know her better:
What drew you to Sundt?
Over the years, some of the people I most respect in the construction industry have gravitated to Sundt. When I talked to them about their experiences and feelings about the company, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. When this opportunity presented itself, someone told me: “You’d be stupid not to take this job.” He was right.
What are you currently working on?
Learning everyone’s name.
What might you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
Teaching middle school algebra. No, seriously. I had an amazing middle school algebra teacher who totally changed my world. I always wanted to be her when I grew up. Though, if I were her, I probably would have killed me.
What’s the most interesting book you read (or movie you saw) recently?
The most recent book by Tana French, called “Broken Harbor.” It is set in Ireland and is incredibly spooky.
Where would you most like to travel?
My husband and I took a trip to Spain a couple years ago for our anniversary. We were there for almost three weeks, but really only saw half the country. I loved it. Now, I want to go back and see the other half.
How do you like to spend your free time?
We are Arizona Diamondbacks season ticket holders and I’m a huge fan of the sport of baseball in general. Also, when I was younger, I liked to sew. I recently bought a new sewing machine and am hoping to teach my daughter soon. I also try to travel as often as possible, visiting friends and family around the country.
Best advice you ever received?
“Don’t eat that.”
Is there a person who has had a profound influence on you?
My dad has always been my closest advisor, in matters of business and matters of the heart. His combination of military experience, street smarts, business acumen and a deep ethical core have provided me with a wonderful sounding board and, often, tough love when I needed it.
June 12, 2013
The current economic recovery has been slower and longer than expected, and it differs from previous recoveries in an important way. Even though many owners and developers have ample financial resources, they’ve been reluctant to invest in new projects. While it may sound counter-intuitive, this scenario has actually created an opportunity for Sundt to help its clients.
In order for clients to “build smarter,” says Jeff Perelman, Sundt’s Chief Growth Strategist and Business Development Officer, they need a contractor that knows local markets, is able to get involved early in the process, and that has unique expertise and innovative tools (such as parametric estimating) that allow the contactor to help the owner design and build to target market needs. Sundt has been able to provide this expertise throughout the slow recovery.
“What we’re finding is that clients want to determine what the real cost implications are much earlier than before,” Jeff explains. “Developers want to build to a targeted price that they know the market will bear, while still delivering a differentiated real estate solution. Rather than starting the process with an architect to see how far they can go, they start with a contractor to find out how far they should go based on real building and operating costs per square foot. We are especially seeing this trend in commercial, university and healthcare construction markets.”
April 29, 2013
Habitat for Humanity Tucson’s new administrative offices – once an old warehouse building – are an attractive addition to the neighborhood.
A recent Sundt project turned an unused warehouse in central Tucson into new administrative offices for Habitat for Humanity Tucson. Over the course of several months, the 15,950-square-foot building was completely gutted, renovated and turned into modern office space for approximately 15 employees.
“This was an important community project because the building was becoming an eyesore, with overgrown plants, faded paint, broken asphalt, etc., but it became an attractive feature of the neighborhood,” said Sundt Project Superintendent Josh Geis. “Sundt performed the project at a reduced rate – enough to cover our own equipment and materials costs – as did most of the subcontractors.”
The project’s design, created by DKP Architecture & Consulting, preserved several of the building’s more industrial features, such as exposed ductwork and concrete floors, which Sundt ground and polished. New amenities included a state-of-the-art heating, ventilation and air conditioning system as well as additional windows to let in more natural light. The building’s landscaping makes use of native and desert-adapted species and rain-water harvesting technology to cut down on potable water use.
Habitat for Humanity is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing.
The new USO building and outdoor barbecue area at San Diego International Airport
As part of its $230 million project to expand Terminal 2 at San Diego International Airport, Sundt has completed a new, 15,000-square-foot building with space for the USO and the airport’s parking management office. (The project is a joint venture with Kiewit Construction.) The USO will occupy the building’s first floor while the parking management office is housed on the upper level.
Currently, the USO is located in an area of Terminal 2, which it will vacate when it moves into its dedicated building in June. The parking management office was located in a building that has since been demolished.
Sundt proposed an interesting idea during the airport construction project’s design phase: once the old parking management building was gone, why not turn the space into something useful? The team ended up creating an outdoor barbecue patio complete with flags and other amenities to be used by the USO.
“It’s a nice gathering area for members of the military and their families, but it would have been just an empty space,” said Sundt Senior Project Manager Mike Hill.
The fast-track project was completed in just 16 months.