October 7, 2016
March 4, 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.
March 5, 2015
Industrial Division Project Manager Clint Sundt served in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
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Clint Sundt, a Project Director for Sundt’s Industrial Division, served in the United States Army for 25 years. He was an Infantry Officer, Artillery Officer and Engineer Officer and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His career afforded him the opportunity for several key leadership positions including Company Command, Battalion Operations Officer, and Battalion Commander.
Clint is a veteran of the Iraq War. He has been awarded several medals including the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal, the Combat Action badge, the Parachutist Badge (airborne), and several other state and federal awards.
He received his commission as a Distinguished Military Student from New Mexico Military Institute in 1989. Clint has served on several nonprofit organizations and is a board member for Jared Allen’s Home for Wounded Warriors. The nonprofit provides financial assistance and support to injured veterans by building and remodeling handicap accessible homes to suit their individual needs.
In what ways has your military service made you a better employee?
The military requires dedication, integrity, and respect for chain of command and authority. All of these things are important to Sundt. I joined the military at the age of 17, two days out of high school. Those values were instilled in me as a young adult. I’ve carried them all my life.
How important is it for companies to hire veterans?
It’s huge. It’s not just to support our vets. Soldiers are people whose lives are based on the core principal of service. The armed forces are called the “armed services” for a reason. When you can hire employees who have that DNA inset, you’ve bettered yourself as a company. Military people are very driven. They are self-starters who don’t need much guidance. Give them some direction and let them go.
What unique qualities do veterans bring to the job?
Dedication, loyalty, respect, selfless service and discipline.
How does Sundt support its veterans?
First and foremost, Sundt has written formal policies that are beneficial to the National Guard and Reserve. As a private company, we take it upon ourselves to invest in those who serve our country. Sundt provides 10 days of military leave to reservists. That’s a huge deal. Second, when a soldier gets deployed, I don’t think there’s any company in the world that does more to take care of them than Sundt. When I was in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, (then-President) Doug Pruitt sent me an e-mail once a week just to see how I was doing. It was cool to get that kind of support from Sundt back home.
What would you say to a veteran who is interested in working for Sundt?
I would tell him or her that Sundt has a lot of shared core principles. Sundt has standard operating procedures, systems and standards, as well as the ability to have a great long career. Sundt provides the opportunity for positions of leadership, something that is very important to veterans.
December 1, 2014
This innovative water treatment construction project won AZRE’s RED Award in the industrial construction category last week.
How often do you think about the technology that powers your smartphone or tablet? Probably rarely, if ever. That’s why we’re especially pleased to announce that the often-invisible microchip – and those that make them – got some well-deserved recognition last week at the annual AZRE magazine RED Awards banquet in Phoenix. The RED (Real Estate Development) Awards recognize the best commercial real estate projects each year throughout Arizona.
The winning project in the industrial category was a global semiconductor manufacturer that has a large fabrication facility in Chandler. Sundt upgraded the facility last year with design-build partner Carollo Engineers. The $75 million industrial construction project involved completely reconstructing the facility’s water treatment plant and outfitting it with new treatment processes to treat and reuse the waste stream that is generated as part of the manufacturing process. The innovative solution (based on a combination of pretreatment, desalination and thermal concentration technologies) enables approximately 97 percent of the water that comes into the plant to be reused or reinjected rather than going to waste.
Making the most of our water resources is important everywhere, but especially in dry climates like Arizona’s. Hats off to our project partners for this well-deserved RED Award!
September 5, 2014
Sundt’s industrial certification “stamps” authorize the company to construct vessels like this one.
U, R and S stamps … what sounds like alphabet soup to many of us makes perfect sense to those in the industrial process industries. They know that “stamps” refer to a contractor’s certification in specialized areas of code work and industrial construction, and clients seek out those contractors because they have the knowledge, skill sets and systems required for large, complex projects.
The stamps are issued by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors’ Inspection Code (NBIC) – and they’re not easy to achieve. Sundt holds ASME’s “U” stamp (for the design and manufacture of pressure vessels), and NBIC’s “R” stamp (which allows repairs and alterations to power piping, pressure vessels and boilers). Recently we acquired one of the hardest stamps to obtain: ASME’s “S” stamp, which speaks to a contractor’s ability to perform work as a manufacturer or assembler via administrative and fabrication processes as written by its Quality Control System and ASME Quality Control Manual.
“Adding the “S” stamp to Sundt’s certifications expands the work we can perform for our clients, both in terms of scope and complexity,” said Rich Keil, Sundt’s division manager for industrial construction. “It puts us in a small, select category of contractors that have worked to obtain this certification.”
Earning the “S” stamp came at the end of a lengthy verification process in which Sundt demonstrated its Quality Control System and fabrication abilities to ASME and National Board team members by designing, purchasing, receiving, and issuance of the proper materials and personnel to build an air receiver pressure vessel. The first step was to write an ASME Quality Control Manual that covered all requirements outlined in the ASME/NBIC codes, followed by the administration and in-process demonstration in accordance with the manual.
“This was the fourth time I took part in the code stamp issuance and renewal process, and my first with Sundt,” said Robert Sanchez, Sundt’s Industrial Division Quality Manager. “This review went extremely well as evidenced by the fact the review team had no findings – meaning our ASME Quality Control Manual and demonstrated ability to perform the work was perfect.”
Water treatment plant projects like this one, constructed by Sundt, are on the rise around the country.
“Growth and opportunity” are good words to sum up what’s happening right now with industrial construction around the country. Water projects – particularly municipal treatment plants – are on the rise, and that upward trend is expected to continue as local governments confront the need to expand and upgrade their systems.
The power sector also continues to be strong with nearly $6 billion worth of projects being tracked through Industrial Information Resources in this sector. Mining construction is up, and so are opportunities in the oil and gas industries. In fact, this sector is experiencing a revolution thanks to new opportunities and innovations in onshore fracking. Here’s some great insight from Zeus Intelligence in one of the organization’s recent refining reports:
“Some $50 billion of gas-conversion infrastructure has been proposed in the U.S., including four large-scale gas-to-liquid (GTL) projects along with a dozen smaller-scale projects, 11 methanol proposals, more than a dozen ammonia projects/upgrades, and new direct-reduced iron (DRI) infrastructure.”
This is good news for companies like Sundt that have expertise and experience in multiple industrial construction markets. It’s also a welcome signal to consumers that the American economy is revving up again.