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October 7, 2016
Sundt Project Manager John Lewis.
Project Manager John Lewis has been with Sundt since 1996, filling a variety of roles: Field Engineer, Project Engineer and Superintendent.
Born in Tacoma, Washington to a military family, John moved every couple of years, setting him up for a career of going from one jobsite to another.
How did you get involved in construction?
I started in architecture at Arizona State University and quickly learned that I would rather be building and managing projects than drawing and designing them. After two short years of architecture school I changed my major to construction management. One of the best decisions I ever made!
What was it about Sundt that convinced you to work here?
My first intention, some 20 years ago, was to get an internship. I heard from several people that Sundt was a good company that specialized in several kinds of work. Once on board, I quickly learned that Sundt is a good company with a great reputation in the community. It was also nice to see that several employees had been with the company for many years, a testament that Sundt has created a good culture with good people that I wanted to be a part of. The ESOP was also a good motivator to join the Sundt team.
Which project are you working on?
I’m currently working on the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in downtown Phoenix. I’ve had the good fortune to be able to work on this campus for the last five years. The project is a 10-story research/administrative labs, roughly 245,000-square-foot cast-in-place concrete structure. The copper façade matches the previously completed phases. It’s a must-see project in the downtown area.
What do you like to do when you’re away from work?
The family and I enjoy travelling; we try to take a significant trip each year. We also enjoy spending time at the kids’ sporting events. My son plays competitive basketball and my daughter is in competitive cheer and volleyball. We also enjoy camping up north as well as at the sand dunes in California.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Treat people like you want to be treated. As we all know, in this business, the likelihood of dealing with the same person sometime down the road is inevitable. There are many occasions where I see someone years later and they always have something nice to say because even in cases when interactions are not positive, I’ve always treated them with respect.
September 22, 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.
August 31, 2016
Sundt Concrete Division Manager Stew Grauer accepts the W. Burr Bennett Safety Excellence Award.
Here’s another solid example of Sundt’s commitment to safety: Last week, we brought home the W. Burr Bennett Safety Excellence Award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) annual conference in Minneapolis.
The award is presented each year to one general contractor and one specialty contractor that place the highest priority on safety. The ASCC has approximately 600 member companies worldwide.
Our concrete team put in more than 3.5 million hours in 2015 and had just 21 recordable injury/illness cases.
Earlier this year, Sundt also won the Associated General Contractors of America Grand Award, which is given annually to the safest construction company in the country. Combined with our 2006 award, we’re the only company on record to win the honor twice.
July 20, 2016
Arizona State University’s football stadium is going from no wireless access points to 785 after next year.
When Arizona State University football fans enter Sun Devil Stadium for the team’s opening game Saturday night, many things will be clear, including their wireless signals.
A Sundt joint venture team has spent the past several months working on improving the fan experience at the 58-year-old stadium. Better seating, larger concourses and improved bathrooms and concession areas are easy to notice. But when fans check the bars on their phones, they will be pleasantly surprised.
“This will be the most technologically advanced stadium in college football,” said Sundt Project Superintendent Todd Gantter. “People who are streaming won’t mess with people trying to make phone calls.”
Before the university construction project started last year, there were no wireless access points, networking hardware devices that allow Wi-Fi compliant devices to connect to a wired network. When work finishes next August, there will be 785. The stadium will also go from 130 cellular antennas to 273. Antennas improve cell-phone reception.
Todd estimates the team has installed close to 70 percent of the infrastructure for the stadium’s wireless network. That includes reworking media truck connectivity, which will make life better for those watching games on TV.
“We’re building for the future,” he said. “There are numerous additional pathways for future use as technology changes.”
Learning requires a strong foundation. A Sundt joint-venture team is taking care of the literal definition in Wichita Falls.
The concrete construction team began pouring the foundation last week for the Wichita Falls Independent School District Career and Technical Education Center. Almost five dozen trucks delivered more than 550 yards of concrete to use at the site. It’s going to require 3,600 yards to perform the work, which is scheduled to be completed next month.
Things got under way early with a 5 a.m. start. The placement took all day and included the crew cutting control joints to keep the concrete from cracking as it cured.
The 123,000-square-foot center will prepare the district’s high school students for college or careers. Students will receive advanced skills, certification, college credits, and the ability to explore their futures from the comfort of high school. The Construction Manager at Risk project is on track to be finished next summer.