October 7, 2016
December 1, 2014
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.
September 13, 2013
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.”
September 3, 2013
Among Sundt’s current infrastructure projects is a 3.2-mile expansion of the existing Valley Metro Light Rail transit system in Phoenix, Ariz. The $158.7 million project is being performed with joint venture partner Stacy and Witbeck.
Now that the economy is growing steadily again, Sundt President and CEO Dave Crawford is predicting significant activity across the construction industry, with a few areas in particular experiencing the most growth.
“Sundt expects to see an increase in highway, bridge and infrastructure work, mining and industrial projects, and justice/detention facilities. All of these markets are driven by need and pent-up demand. Highways and infrastructure will be funded primarily by increasing tax revenue and public-private partnerships. Mining and industrial will be driven by commodity pricing and demand for high tech products, whereas justice/detention projects are needed due to an increasing prison population and the fact that many courthouses are old and outdated.”
To learn more about Sundt’s projects in these and other markets, click here.
We’re pleased to announce that Ken Dean has joined Sundt as an Operations Manager. Ken has more than 32 years of experience in industrial construction, having worked on several multimillion dollar projects in the power, mining and refining industries. We recently asked Ken a few questions to get to know him better:
What drew you to Sundt?
Sundt’s solid reputation as an honest, employee-owned and family-oriented company.
What will your job responsibilities be in your new position?
To help create an optimal working environment in which each employee can perform to the best of his or her ability.
What are you currently working on?
Touring current jobsites and getting to know the “Sundt Team.”
What’s the most interesting movie you saw recently?
Most unusual place you ever lived?
That would be Fairbanks, Alaska because of the remote location, subzero temperatures and living in a man camp.
Where would you most like to travel?
How do you like to spend your free time?
With family, hunting and fishing.
Best advice you ever received?
“Be the man your dog thinks you are.”