March 8, 2017
March 1, 2017
A chihuahua tries on a hard hat at the groundbreaking for the Pima County Animal Care Center.
When the Pima County Animal Care Center was built in Tucson in 1968, the region’s population was around 300,000. The county has since climbed to more than a million residents and accompanying that growth has been a dire need for a larger center for stray and abandoned pets.
The original center was built to accommodate 300 dogs and 100 cats at a time. Staff takes in about 400 animals a week and has around 800 on site at any time. In 2016, staff at the center provided care for more than 24,000 animals.
The new cat adoption area will be three times the size of the current one.
Recent demand for services caused Pima County to put up a temporary tent shelter adjacent to the animal care center but stopgap measures are about to change. Last month, Sundt started work on a new larger Pima County Animal Care Center that will meet the region’s needs and provide the best possible care for its occupants.
“Our team is pleased to help PACC in modernizing and improving its facilities. PACC will be able to give the animals the space they need to thrive while waiting for permanent homes,” said Sundt Project Director David Ollanik.
Early work includes installing utility trenches and constructing the new facility’s foundation.
When completed, the shelter will more than double the size of the existing facility; the cat area will grow to three times the space set aside in the current building. The new facility will also have improved natural light and ventilation.
The first phase of the project, which will open in December, includes a larger veterinary clinic, a recovery area for pets that receive medical treatment, and administrative offices. During the second phase, which should be complete in fall 2018, the existing building will be partially razed and remodeled.
January 23, 2017
Works gets started on Sundt’s $33 million project fir the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso.
Affordable housing in West Texas is getting a helping hand from Sundt’s $33 million project for the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP).
We’ve started work on reconstruction of the Sherman Community as part of HACEP’s overall $1 billion initiative to revitalize El Paso’s affordable housing communities. The Sherman Apartments were built in 1953 and are one of the larger communities in HACEP’s portfolio.
Sherman-North will be a full reconstruction that will include demolition of 21 low-rise buildings. Once rebuilt, the project will contain 178 units. Westfall is going from nine units to 90. The week before Thanksgiving, the project team purchased and delivered turkeys to 161 families in both complexes who had to be relocated before the new work began.
The reconstruction of Sherman-North is part of HACEP’s project to revitalize all affordable housing communities in its portfolio through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program. Nearly 6,000 of HACEP’s homes in El Paso are being revitalized.
Once construction is complete by the end of the year, the community will have playgrounds, an athletics court and picnic areas.
January 11, 2017
Sundt President & CEO Mike Hoover.
Sundt President & CEO Mike Hoover was recently interviewed by National Public Radio about one of our country’s hottest topics: a proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
We have done similar work, building around 100 miles of fencing along the Arizona and California borders with Mexico in the mid-2000s. The work was tough. The story reports that in one stretch near Yuma, Arizona, the soil was so soft we had to tow equipment in with bulldozers. In some places, we had to blast through solid rock to set fence panels. Summertime work was done in conditions regularly topping 100 degrees.
Mike said the company would be interested in working on border projects if they move forward.
December 2, 2016
Our “secret city” in Los Alamos, New Mexico started construction almost 75 years ago.
Almost 75 years ago, Sundt embarked on a top-secret project that forever changed the world. It started with a handshake agreement, no formal contract and, for just about everyone working on site, no idea what the work was about.
The U.S. government contacted our company on Dec. 1, 1942 looking for a contractor that could essentially construct a community, sometimes referred to as a secret city, in northern New Mexico. The project was so confidential that it was labeled “Job 444” in company records.
We were given a year to build a lab technical area, test site, 332 apartments, 12 civilian dormitories, 12 military barracks, an administration building, warehouses, service and mess facilities, medical and veterinary hospitals and schools.
Government officials wanted 20 percent of housing ready for occupancy by the end of January 1943 and technical buildings done by the beginning of February. Working at an unimaginable pace, we had 96 percent of the project complete by April 1943.
The work was challenging, and the location was remote. Access to the site required construction of a primitive access road that wouldn’t attract curiosity from locals and travelers. The road took its toll on trucks making deliveries and was only improved when government authorities anticipated 40- to 60-ton loads traveling on it as the project progressed.
Our work was complete in 1943, including security fencing, guard towers and gates at what was formerly the Los Alamos Ranch School. The facility and surrounding land were purchased by the U.S. government in November 1942. The school awarded its final diplomas in January 1943, and the Army took control of the property the following month.
In 1945, Sundt officials learned that the site, Los Alamos, was part of the Manhattan Project, which developed science that helped end World War II.
We were invited back to Los Alamos in 2000 to build, among other things, a fast-track emergency flood control project to protect the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The work resulted in a Build America Award for our company. The honor is given by the Associated General Contractors of America to the members who build the nation’s most impressive construction projects.
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.