September 5, 2014
June 25, 2014
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.
June 17, 2014
The Santa Teresa Rail Facility celebrated its grand opening on May 29.
Sundt has completed a major portion of a new, $400 million facility for Union Pacific where trains can refuel, swap containers and change crews – all in one stop. The Santa Teresa Rail Facility – located on a 2,200-acre parcel of desert in New Mexico about two miles north of the U.S./Mexico border – serves as an important point for the movement of goods along the 800-mile Sunset Route from Los Angeles to El Paso.
Our ability to complete the project safely and on time was enhanced by our self-perform construction capabilities. All of the mechanical and process piping for the fuel facility, and some for the intermodal facility, was completed by Sundt crews. That consisted of installing piping for: fuel (more than 18,000 lineal feet averaging six inches in diameter), lube oil, compressed air, toilet fill, industrial waste, potable water, non-potable water, soap and reclaimed oil.
The project’s diesel lines were installed by Sundt’s crews.
The new facility includes a fueling station, crew change buildings, and an intermodal ramp with an annual lift capacity of around 225,000 containers. Our $183 million transportation contract was for the project’s second phase, which involved constructing 26 buildings, installing nearly all of the underground utilities for the previously undeveloped site, 110,000 cubic yards of concrete paving (also performed by Sundt’s own crews), and constructing the fuel facility and connecting it to a new fuel line. Among the new buildings are two industrial waste treatment plants and three pump buildings to house the process and mechanical piping.
June 11, 2014
We’re thrilled to announce that Ashley Atkinson has joined Sundt as our newest project engineer in our Sacramento office. Ashley is assigned to the University of Nevada, Reno Cooper Court Residence Hall team, where she assists the project superintendent in providing technical information, documenting changes and coordinating materials to help ensure the project remains on schedule.
Prior to joining the Cooper Court team, Ashley worked on many prominent Sundt projects, including the City of Tempe Water Treatment Plant improvements in Tempe, Arizona, the Fort Bliss Unaccompanied Enlisted Personal Housing barracks in El Paso, Texas, and the California State University Chico Sutter Hall student housing project in Chico, California. We recently asked Ashley a few questions to get to know her better:
What brought you to Sundt?
Originally, I came to Sundt as an intern while I was a student at Chico State University. I worked on a student housing construction project for about two and a half years. After graduation I began to focus on federal government construction projects. When the project I was assigned to at Fort Bliss in El Paso wrapped up, I had the opportunity to shift to mining and industrial construction projects for a while. Now I’ve found my way back where I started: happily assigned to another student housing construction project!
What is a typical work day like for you?
I work closely with the general superintendent on field processes and Requests for Information.
What would you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
If I weren’t in construction, and I had the finances to do whatever I wanted, I would probably be working with children. Most likely it would be running a camp of some sort for kids in need – probably disabled, low-income or foster children.
Favorite type of cuisine?
I love gyros, but nothing beats Mom’s spaghetti.
Best book you read recently?
The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I am not a big reader, but those books were captivating!
Coolest app you’ve been using lately?
Map my Walk.
Favorite quote or inspirational saying?
To be old and wise you must first be young and stupid.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Being at the river, lake, ocean (pretty much any body of water) with my family and dogs. I also enjoy being a Webelos Cub Scout leader and spending time with the kids in general. Another favorite pastime of mine is playing women’s tackle football and any other sport that’s available.
May 27, 2014
Crews are performing a new building addition for the boilers and reverse osmosis system.
Sundt’s relationship with the University of Arizona in Tucson was built over nearly 80 years and 57 projects – and counting. Our experience working on university campuses, combined with our industrial construction expertise, is making our newest infrastructure project for the UA a success.
The multi-phased ENR2 Infrastructure project will expand the university’s existing infrastructure to support new research facilities and future campus development. The project’s scope involves improvements to the mechanical, electrical and utility systems; central plant heating and cooling systems; process and research water production; and supporting utilities. Crews are currently renovating the existing central heating and refrigeration plant to house new equipment.
Sundt has installed two 30,000-gallon glycol tanks for the new cooling system.
Sundt has found itself in a pretty deep hole with one of its longstanding mining clients. The hole happens to be 6,500 feet deep straight toward the center of the earth in Superior, Ariz., where Resolution Copper operates an underground mine that sits atop the highest grade copper reserve in the western United States.
Since being awarded its first project at the site in 2008, Sundt has proven its ability to perform work quickly, safely and to a high degree of quality. For that reason, Resolution Copper continues to award projects to Sundt, the latest of which is the second phase of a massive cooling system for the underground operation. (Sundt installed the first part of the cooling system in 2012 and is now beginning work on the second phase as an addition to the original contract.)
The system can be thought of as a giant swamp cooler, in which a huge fan blows air over large radiator coils that have chilled water trickling over them. The temperature of the air drops as it passes over the coils and is then directed down the mine shaft.
As with most mining construction projects, performing work quickly is essential so the mine can return to development. Sundt’s crews are working six days a week, 10 hours a day for 12 straight weeks to complete the cooling system installation.
“This is how mines work. Every minute they’re not producing, they’re losing money,” says Clint Sundt, Sundt’s Area Manager for mining construction. “They want a contractor that understands that, values it, and does whatever it takes to get in and do the work safely and then get out of the way.”
Mines also tend to be dangerous environments filled with a lot of large, powerful equipment. That adds another layer of complication to the project, along with a set of high expectations when it comes to safety.
“There aren’t many contractors that can perform this kind of work quickly and safely,” Clint continued. “Sundt can, which is why we’ve been Resolution Copper’s contractor of choice since 2008. They use a qualifications-based selection process that prioritizes a contractor’s safety record first and foremost, followed closely by quality.”