February 10, 2017
January 18, 2017
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.
December 7, 2016
Two of a kind: the Heath Sciences Education Building (left) and Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (right) sit side-by-side in Downtown Phoenix.
After almost two years of construction, a brilliant new copper building is welcoming its first occupants in Downtown Phoenix. While the Sundt joint venture has almost a year’s worth of work remaining, the $136 million University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB) is starting to fulfill its mission of finding cures and saving lives.
The 245,000-square-foot building is the latest addition to a growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a 15-year-old city initiative bringing bioresearch and education to downtown. This is Sundt’s fourth project on the campus, including the neighboring Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), which sits in the BSPB’s long shadow. The 268,000-square-foot HSEB is shared by the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, the UA College of Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, as well as by Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services programs.
BSPB is bringing together scientists and researchers from across many disciplines to work collaboratively in fighting diseases. The first researchers are moving in on the fifth and sixth floors while the construction team builds out the 10th floor. That space was originally designed as shell.
The Center for Applied Nanoscience and Biomedicine will be headquartered in the building. Its researchers are making cutting-edge discoveries, such as the Rapid DNA test, which detects early-stage bacterial infections.
Our work and that of other contractors, including our joint-venture partner DPR Construction, on the campus has given Phoenix valuable international attention in the biosciences field. The many advancements made on campus will improve the human condition.
“The Phoenix Biomedical Campus has grown into the foundation for Arizona’s growing biomedical industry and helped to put the region on the national map as a cutting-edge center for research and medical collaboration,” Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego told the Phoenix Business Journal. “It’s exciting to have Phoenix at the center of some of our most promising treatments to emerge in years for chronic and deadly diseases.”
December 2, 2016
Officials break ground on a new student housing project at the University of the Pacific.
Sundt’s work on a new student housing complex for the University of the Pacific is being performed using a unique funding method that brings together the public and private sectors.
The project is being developed by Capstone Development Partners, a private developer known for partnering with colleges and universities to develop student housing. Public-private partnerships (P3) are the type of work general contractors are increasingly pursuing.
P3 is a long-term partnership between a public agency and private entity. Through the arrangement, the private entity typically finances, designs, builds, operates and/or maintains a fee-producing public project. In exchange, the private entity is repaid over an extended period of time through fees generated by the project or as otherwise permitted. This can involve the private entity’s lease or ownership of the project for an extended period during repayment.
The recent emergence and high-profile successes of P3 delivery will continue to stimulate tremendous opportunities for the design and construction industry. In a landscape of intense budget constraints and fiscal austerity, P3s offer government agencies an alternative mechanism for financing vital infrastructure projects.
Expected to be complete by early 2018, the project in Stockton, California, includes development of two four-story buildings totaling 158,000 square feet and 381 beds. The residences will provide contemporary apartment-style housing with gathering spaces and other indoor and outdoor student amenities, including a large shared kitchen, community spaces and study areas to support students’ academic needs.
November 30, 2016
Sundt California District Manager Dan Dumke.
Dan Dumke is Sundt’s new District Manager for California. He has more than 35 years of experience directing company operations, managing significant projects and leading high-performing teams in the construction industry. He brings a wealth of experience in the building and industrial markets as well as knowledge of large projects and public-private partnerships.
Dan is a member of the California Associated General Contractors Association and donates his time to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, whose mission is to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics.
What made you want to work for Sundt?
The people. Sundt’s employee-owners have a genuine respect for the work they do and for their partners who do it. I have been fortunate over the past number of years to not only meet but work directly with many Sundt employees. It was clear from these experiences that they believe in the power of teamwork, are fully committed to do whatever it takes to get the job done and have a consistent habit of sharing credit.
What is on your immediate to-do list?
Getting to know our people is a high priority, so I will be visiting our projects and regional offices in California to do that. I am also looking forward to engaging with our safety personnel and site staff partners to make sure we continue to make every effort to remain the nation’s safest construction company.
What are our strengths in the California building market?
We will continue to leverage our strengths in the K-12, university and criminal justice markets and look for opportunities to further employ these strategically in other sectors, as well as with our transportation and industrial groups.
Where are we looking to start making in-roads?
Our successful growth is dependent upon our ability to develop and attract top talent in the market sectors where we work. The war for talent is real in construction, so our immediate focus is on finding more great employee-owners. Longer term, we will explore opportunities in new markets. If all industry and political indicators are even marginally correct, there will be tremendous need in the privatized infrastructure market – everything from transportation to water/wastewater to the expansion of alternative energy facilities. Schools, universities, hospitals, criminal justice facilities and community housing – essentially defined as social infrastructure projects – also lend themselves to alternative delivery types such as P3 and collaborative design-build.
What is Sundt known for in California?
The Sundt brand has and continues to be strong in California – on par with some of our most respected construction industry peers. We are recognized for being honest and following through on commitments.
What’s the best advice you’ve received from a mentor?
“First find the solution, then analyze its impact.” The message is simple: trust your mentors (and if you don’t have one, go find one). We are all surrounded by some pretty smart people. I am certain there is no puzzle we can’t solve when we work together.
Truckee High School will be refurbished by Fall 2019.
Almost three years before the scheduled completion of two projects for the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District, Sundt’s preconstruction team is hard at work finding ways to cut costs and save time.
The school district asked our team, acting as Construction Manager Multi-Prime on the two projects, to develop strategic phasing plans, decide the best way to approach, package and consolidate the work, and anticipate potential constraints before they become issues in the field.
In order to mitigate some of those constraints, our Virtual Design and Construction group, led by Howard “Howdy” Atkinson and Alan Sanoja, laser-scanned Truckee High School. The results revealed several conditions that would have resulted in significant project delays and added costs.
“The scans were used as true as-builts and clashed against the architect’s Building Information Model, allowing us to resolve those problems before they could affect the execution of the job,” said Project Director Tim Blood.
We’re converting existing modular buildings into new construction for classrooms, science labs, elective space, administration and locker rooms. Both projects, including Truckee Elementary School, will undergo significant façade enhancements, technology and mechanical upgrades, site work and ADA upgrades.
Like Construction Manager at Risk, CM Multi-Prime provides an owner the value of preconstruction services including estimating, constructability reviews, logistics, phasing, scheduling and VDC.
“Modernizations, renovations and expansions of this magnitude require a level of phasing, coordination and competent management above what is typically required for a new construction project, particularly when the school needs to remain occupied,” Tim said. “This is the main reason the district opted to award this project to Sundt as a CM Multi-Prime contractor.”
The K-12 projects, located 20 minutes from Lake Tahoe in the scenic Sierra Nevada Mountains, will occur across multiple phases with completion on both scheduled for Fall 2019. Total construction value is expected to be $80.5 million.