March 29, 2017
January 20, 2017
Sundt Regional Vice President Ian McDowell stands next to a mining truck, one of the pieces of Caterpillar machinery that will be developed in Tucson.
Sundt is in the preconstruction phase of a project that will add hundreds of well-paying jobs to Downtown Tucson.
We have been chosen as the construction manager at risk for Caterpillar’s 150,000-square-foot surface mining and technology headquarters. The building will have room for approximately 600 engineers, product development and support positions working on the next generation of mining equipment, vehicles and technology. The state of Arizona estimates the economic impact to the region at $600 million.
In February, members of the design and construction team toured several Caterpillar sites, including manufacturing facilities in Milwaukee, and Peoria and Decatur, Illinois.
“We saw facilities where they are able to produce 25 or more massive machines each day when operating at peak capacity. It was incredibly impressive,” said Sundt Regional Vice President Ian McDowell.
Our team was also given a tour of the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria that highlights the company’s rich history and innovative technology.
“Everyone talks about autonomous vehicles these days, but few people realize that Caterpillar has been a pioneer of this technology,” Ian said. “Autonomous mining equipment is a reality today because of some of the work Caterpillar has been doing, including developing remote driving technologies that allow people to sit in a control booth in Tucson and operate machinery on a different continent.”
Caterpillar has more than 100,000 employees worldwide. The company was recently named one of the Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies for the 16th consecutive year. Drawing the company to Tucson was a big accomplishment for the city.
“Beyond jobs and other economic benefits, having a Fortune 100 company choose Tucson is an affirmation of how far the city has come and will signal to other potential companies that this is a vibrant and thriving place to locate other businesses,” Ian said.
January 13, 2017
Sundt Master Mechanic Daniel Wayne.
Daniel Wayne is a Master Mechanic who has been with Sundt for 25 years. He’s the rare Arizona native who enjoys cold weather, which is good since he’s working on an Industrial project in northern New Mexico.
How did you get into construction?
After high school, I went to a tech school in Provo, Utah, and ended up working for Empire Machinery. That’s how I got into construction, working on equipment.
What has kept you at Sundt for 25 years?
The people I work with, and the company has been good to me. There’s a lot of teamwork. The company gives you all the components to succeed no matter what your field is.
What are the most enjoyable parts of the job?
Going from place to place. I’ve had a supervisor call on a Friday and ask if I wanted to meet new people. I would ask where he wanted me to go on Monday.
How much have you seen the industry change over the years?
We’re putting more of an emphasis on safety. We’re also seeing lots of younger people coming in over the past 10 years. I tell them to come to work on time, do good work and they’ll always have a job.
How many different locations have you worked?
Mostly Arizona and California. I spent the last six years in Texas.
What has been your favorite project to work on and why?
That’s hard to say. I’ve enjoyed all the jobs. I liked working at the Page (Arizona) Airport Apron. My family came up in the summer so my kids and wife were with me.
How important is the company’s employee-ownership culture?
It’s one of the reasons I’ve stayed with the company so long. It’s good to know your family is taken care of when you retire.
January 5, 2017
Sundt Estimator Lindsey Bryan.
Lindsey Bryan recently started with Sundt as an Estimator working on Industrial projects. Before joining our company, she spent three years working as a project engineer at a copper smelter.
Lindsey is from Globe, Arizona, and has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Arizona State University. A true fan of the outdoors, she hopes to one day live somewhere big enough to accommodate a herd of pets and livestock.
What was it about Sundt that made you want to work here?
I was first exposed to Sundt when I was taking a class called Alternative Project Delivery Methods (APDM) at ASU. Sundt was identified as one of the leaders in using APDM in the industry and an employee-owner was brought in as a guest speaker and presented various projects that were completed using these methods. It was then that I realized how open Sundt was to new and innovative ways of doing things. When I was ready to leave my former company I reached out to one of my mentors, who happens to be working at Sundt. He had great things to say about the company and told me about the projects he had been involved with and it sounded like a really great fit for me.
What does your job entail?
It ranges from helping put together a bid for potential projects to estimating different approaches to projects to help clients make informed decisions.
How did you become interested in the construction field?
My major in school was civil engineering but my summer internships had me involved with projects and surveying and really got me interested in the construction side of things. My engineering background is useful but I really enjoy the real-world experience that the construction industry can give.
What’s the most useful advice you’ve been given?
My dad always reminded me while we were fishing to make sure my hook was sharp. This helped me land a lot of fish (and, in failure to do so, lose a lot). If you think about that it can apply to life in so many ways. To me it means not only being prepared for the next big opportunity but always making sure you’re giving your best effort.
What’s the best TV show you’ve seen recently?
I just finished binge-watching the series Narcos on Netflix.
Where do you enjoy traveling?
My favorite destinations are places I can go hiking, lie on the beach, go swimming, fishing, basically anywhere I can be outdoors.
December 16, 2016
Sundt Vice Presidents Greg Ayres, left, and Chad Buck.
Two of Sundt’s industrial construction experts professionals have been honored as Top Young Professionals: 20 Under 40 winners by Engineering News-Record Southwest.
Vice President and Project Executive Greg Ayres and Vice President of Preconstruction Chad Buck received 2017 honors from ENR, considered the leading publication of the construction industry. The awards are given to architecture, engineering and construction community professionals who are younger than 40.
Greg joined Sundt in 2005. He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction management from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and is a Certified Professional Constructor through the American Institute of Constructors.
Greg has been involved in more than $2 billion worth of work in his career. He has led teams on a number of signature projects, including Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station, a sulfur dioxide emissions reduction project; Molycorp Minerals Rare Earth Mine and multiple large water and wastewater treatment plants.
He has spent the past five years as a member of Junior Achievement of Arizona, an organization that inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. Greg has put in 14 years as a member of the NAU Construction Management Industry Advisory Board, providing industry advice to further develop the Construction Management program. He is a 10-year member of the Arizona Water Association and the Water Environmental Federation.
Chad has been with Sundt since 2008. He’s also a Northern Arizona University graduate, having earned his bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. In addition, he holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Chad’s professional certifications include being a Certified Professional Constructor, a Designated Design-Build Professional through the Design-Build Institute of America, a LEED Accredited Professional through the United States Green Building Council and an Arizona Builders Alliance LDF Program Graduate.
He has a diverse background in multiple construction sectors, including general industrial, semiconductor, power, water/wastewater treatment, mining, and commercial.
Chad remains involved in various aspects of the NAU Construction Management Program, as well as the Arizona Builders Alliance.
Senior Marketing/Proposal Specialist Dustin Hicks.
Dustin Hicks is a senior marketing/proposal specialist who has been with the company for two and a half years. He has more than eight years of industry experience in mining surveying, energy sector development and construction marketing.
Dustin handles proposals across all our disciplines (building, industrial and transportation), specializing in the Texas market, as well as a variety of marketing projects.
He recently took a few minutes to answer questions about his life at and away from work.
What does your job involve?
As a senior marketing/proposal specialist I am responsible for the preparation, creation, and composition of marketing packages, proposals and presentations and coordinating efforts with business development teams to create winning pursuits. I enjoy the challenge of designing and presenting new ways to market our company for our clients and an external audience.
How much of a team effort is it putting together a winning work proposal?
With the help of very knowledgeable and talented business developers, virtual design and construction engineers, estimators, and sometimes even additional proposal specialists, we have all collaborated to produce some very impressive work. I could not respond to these complex proposals effectively on my own. It takes a huge, collaborative effort from our people to develop winning proposals.
What’s your favorite sport and why?
There aren’t many sports I don’t like. To make it easy, I’ll list my favorite team from each major sport and see how many rivals I can stir up. In no particular order: Hockey – Chicago Blackhawks; Basketball – San Antonio Spurs; Baseball – Detroit Tigers; Football – Oakland Raiders.
I also like playing and watching golf. I was fortunate to see Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson play at the Valero Texas Open a few years ago. I also enjoy running, cycling, swimming and especially hiking.
What are your favorite things to do away from work?
I work hard so I can play hard. I live for the next great adventure. My wife, Sarah, and I love going on road trips, camping, hiking with our dog, going to concerts, trying new restaurants and getting the most out of what this life has to offer.
We also volunteer for a local non-profit organization called Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc., whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release native wildlife and to provide sanctuary, individualized care and a voice for other animals in need.
What’s the best trip you’ve taken?
Every road trip to far West Texas is unique. We’ve headed west from San Antonio in all four seasons and encountered something completely different each time. Whether it’s camping in Big Bend National Park or Big Bend Ranch State Park, there is more than a million acres of nature’s best playground. Dodging rattlesnakes, scorpions, tarantulas, roadrunners, jackrabbits, lizards, javelinas, bears and mountain lions is all par for the course. The scenery of deserts, mountains, rivers and big Texas skies day or night is pretty spectacular. My wife and I love it out there so much we got married at a historic ranch in the Chinati Mountains.