December 23, 2011
November 23, 2011
Sundt Project Director John Alberghini gives $1,000 from the Sundt Foundation to a representative of the Toys for Tots program at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Many of our service members face tough times during the holidays. Long separations from their families, emotional and physical battle wounds, and even financial struggles can make this joyous time of year more challenging than it should be for those who dedicate themselves to keeping our country safe.
“Some of them come home from a long tour of duty overseas and don’t even have money to buy gifts for their kids, or food for Christmas dinner,” says Dan Arana, operations manager for Sundt’s Federal Division. Dan, whose own family benefitted from the kindness of others when he was growing up, has made it his personal mission to identify and help meet the needs of our men and women in uniform at each of the military installations where Sundt has a current construction project. “We want them to know that people care about them. It makes their holidays brighter, and it makes us feel good to help.”
Dan and his fellow Federal Division employees worked to put together the following holiday-themed activities to benefit military families this year:
At Marine Corps Base Camp Yuma, Ariz., they gave 40 $50 gift cards to the Officers’ Spouses’ Club and 60 $50 gift cards to the Marine Corps Community Service, totaling $5,000 all together. The organizations will distribute the commissary gift cards to young Marines and their families to help feed them over the holidays. This was in addition to 60 $50 commissary gift cards Sundt gave to the Marine Corps Community Service to help Marines and their families at Thanksgiving.
At Fort Sill, Okla., Sundt recently held a barbecue to celebrate two successful projects and used the opportunity to encourage a number of its subcontractors to match the Sundt Foundation’s $3,000 grant to the Armed Services YMCA (see below). An additional $1,856 was raised from a number of subs and suppliers, bringing the total to $4,856. The check was given to the organization during the week of Thanksgiving, and was reported to be a huge help.
Federal Division employees working at Fort Sill also sponsored four military families for Christmas, which involves purchasing gifts for their families as well as toys for a “Holiday Joy” event that took place on Dec. 20.
The Sundt Foundation joined in the Federal Division’s generosity by awarding $10,000 in grants to the following non-profit organizations that lend a helping hand to military families:
- $3,000 – Armed Services YMCA – Fort Sill, Okla.
- $2,000 – Hope for our Warriors – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
- $1,000 – Operation Santa Claus – Fort Bliss, Texas
- $1,000 – Santa’s Workshop – Fort Hood, Texas
- $1,000 – Toys for Tots – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
- $1,000 – USO of North Carolina – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
- $1,000 – Returning Heroes Home – Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Sundt also gave $5,000 to the following organizations at Fort Polk, La.:
- $1,000 – Fort Polk Army Community Service (ACS) Baby Center
- $1,000 – Fort Polk ACS Emergency Food Voucher
- $1,000 – Fort Polk ACS Survivor Outreach
- $1,000 – Fort Polk Child Development Center
- $1,000 – Fort Polk Youth Services
November 11, 2011
Artist's rendering of the JSF training facility being built by Sundt at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz.
Sundt has been building projects for the United States military since 1902, when horses still played a prominent role in our nation’s defenses. Fast forward more than 100 years and we are still building high-profile jobs for our armed forces – albeit of the non-equine variety – including one of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s (NAVFAC) top priorities: a training facility for the F-35B, a highly sophisticated joint-strike-fighter (JSF) aircraft that has short takeoff, vertical landing, and stealth capabilities. When the first F-35Bs are introduced next year, they will become the principal, elite aircraft supporting Marine Corps reconnaissance and combat missions around the world.
Sundt’s $18.4 million contract is to manage the design and construction of a 43,000-square-foot JSF flight simulation facility for the F-35B at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz. As the second project of its kind in the United States – and the first west of the Mississippi River – it will be used to train pilots through the use of 12 JSF simulators that replicate real-world missions and challenges while saving on fuel costs and aircraft maintenance. The facility will also house mission briefing and de-briefing rooms, administrative space and offices.
Because the engine, avionics and weapons systems of the F-35B are highly classified, the project area – not to mention the base itself – has extremely tight security. Sundt’s crew members and subcontractors have gone through extensive background checks to gain clearance and site access. Another challenge is the project’s fast-track, 12-month schedule: construction began in June 2011 and must be complete by June 1, 2012 in time for the arrival of the first squadron of pilots for training.
August 12, 2011
Artist's rendering of Sundt's $48 million Warrior in Transition (WT) barracks project at Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Sundt would like to take a moment today, Veterans Day, to salute the brave men and women of the United States armed forces who have put their lives on the line for our freedom. Their sacrifices and hardships are difficult for most of us to imagine, but nonetheless we are deeply grateful for their selfless service.
When our service members return from overseas combat, whether it’s to prepare for their next mission abroad or to return to civilian life, they often bear physical and emotional scars that require special care. That delicate transition is being made a little easier thanks to the treatment available at the Warrior in Transition (WT) barracks that have been completed at a number of military installations around the country.
Sundt will soon complete one such facility at Ft. Sam Houston, home of the San Antonio Military Medical Center, which reflects our pride in our service members. Built to accommodate up to 360 returning soldiers, the $48 million WT barracks feature a two-bedroom apartment-style design. Through the use of subdued lighting, residential-style furnishings and household common areas, the new WT barracks provides service members a sense of normalcy, as well as the chance to adapt to the new lifestyle they’ll experience when they return to the civilian environment. Proximity to world-class medical and therapeutic facilities, combined with a deep devotion to patient-centered care – both physical and emotional – mean our best and bravest will be treated with the respect they deserve and given the chance to return to their communities in the best condition possible.
In addition to our current project at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Sundt has completed a $30 million WT project at Fort Bliss, Texas, and has three others underway: at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Polk, La.; and Fort Sill, Okla. These are some of the most meaningful projects we undertake as a company because they allow us the chance to give back to the men and women in uniform who have given so much to all of us.
August 2, 2011
Break room in the Richard E. Arnason Justice Center, also known as the East Contra Costa Courthouse
The recently completed Richard E. Arnason Justice Center is a testament to the benefits of alternative project delivery methods, particularly when it comes to building complex projects. The $42 million courthouse facility included a number of challenges that Sundt was able to navigate successfully, thanks to the flexibility and innovation inherent in the Construction Manager at Risk (CM at Risk) approach. The three-story, 73,500-square-foot facility includes seven courtrooms, judges’ chambers, administrative space, a library, conference rooms, and in-custody detention areas. The project is located in the City of Pittsburg, Calif., roughly halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento.
Sundt Construction, Inc. recently completed work on new Warrior-in-Transition (WT) Barracks at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The design build construction project, which houses returning soldiers with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and other injuries, was the very first to receive funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – topping the list of “100 Recovery Act Projects Changing America” according to a fall 2010 report released by Vice President Joe Biden. The report named the WT Barracks the No. 1 example of successful initiatives born out of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the Stimulus Package.
This federal construction project’s design is a hybrid of a private-sector apartment and a medical-type facility. Most wounded soldiers residing in these WT barracks are able-bodied but coping with brain injuries or other related limitations. For that reason, the facility includes a myriad of way-finding features, such as designated color schemes for each floor and hand and lean rails for taking breaks. Its campus-minded layout also contains multiple lounge areas to encourage interaction, as well as an outdoor courtyard with a healing garden, walking trail, labyrinth, seating areas and covered canopies for
recreation and reflection.