October 7, 2016
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.”
July 6, 2016
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.
Sundt crews poured 14,000 cubic yards of concrete on the San Diego State University South Campus Plaza project.
Sundt’s ability to self-perform concrete construction is providing client value in San Diego. Our crews have successfully completed two large concrete jobs in the area, most recently the San Diego State University South Campus Plaza.
“We can control safety, quality and schedule a lot better when we self-perform,” said Project Manager Mike Canter. “It provides an overall better team approach.”
In this case, that approach started with the San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center. The team placed 97,500 cubic yards of concrete on the 24-acre site in just 12 months, the equivalent of pouring about an acre a week. The center, the largest concrete building in the city, opened in January.
That project segued into South Campus Plaza, where concrete work began in February 2015 and lasted 14 months. While the concrete portion is complete, the rest of the project is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.
South Plaza is a $143-million student housing and retail project. We are serving as design-build contractor for the project, which includes two residential buildings above ground-floor retail and an adjacent parking structure. The residence halls will house 608 beds in double-occupancy student rooms, 32 single-occupancy student rooms, three staff apartments and three visiting scholar studios. Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council, the project spans nearly 350,000 square feet.
Crews poured 14,000 cubic yards on the project, which included a six-story parking garage with a 20,000-square-foot footprint on a constrained site.