April 2, 2012
March 30, 2012
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to welcome back Gary Graham as a senior estimator in the Tempe office. Originally joining the Sundt team in 2007, Gary brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his role, where he will lead estimating efforts for industrial construction projects throughout the Southwest. (Learn more here). Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we wanted to get to know our returning team member. We recently spent a little time talking with Gary, and this is what we learned.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up?
I wanted to be an airline pilot.
When you’re not at work, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy camping and fishing, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Who has inspired you the most?
My father. He is an incredible man.
How do you alleviate stress?
I love fishing. I find it incredibly peaceful.
What is your all-time favorite book?
Any Dirk Pitt Adventure by Clive Cussler.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
To attend a Formula 1 race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium or at Monza in Italy.
March 28, 2012
Sundt employees who spent 20 years or more with the company are named on concrete stands erected outside of our corporate headquarters in Tempe, Ariz.
Sundt is known for its outstanding people, many of whom spent decades of their lives helping build our great company. We celebrated former Sundt employees with 20 years or more of service yesterday at an event at our corporate headquarters in Tempe, Ariz. The smiling crowd of nearly 150 people included retirees from as far away as Colorado and Arkansas, a number of guests, and company officials.
Concrete stands, bearing plaques inscribed with the former employees’ names, were erected outside of the building and unveiled during the event.
Notable attendees included former CEO J. Doug Pruitt, who retired last year after a 45-year career with Sundt. The Tempe headquarters has been named the J. Doug Pruitt building in honor of his many years of company leadership. Another notable honoree was Father Al Schifano, a former Sundt employee who went on to pursue a second career as a Catholic priest. Father Schifano gave the blessing at yesterday’s celebration, where he made people laugh with his favorite comment about how he “left Sundt to go work for a different carpenter.”
The festivities and warmth at yesterday’s event were a good reminder of what’s important in life. When we reflect on our careers are Sundt, the relationships we built with each other matter just as much as the projects.
March 23, 2012
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Tom Auay-Fuay (pronounced Away-Fay) has joined our team as a preconstruction project manager in the Tempe office. With more than two decades of industry experience, Tom will assist in the preconstruction efforts in the Southwest with a special focus on mining and industrial projects. (Learn more here). Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we wanted to get to know our latest addition. We recently spent a little time talking with Tom, and this is what we learned.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
The company culture of Sundt is incredibly unique and something I knew I wanted to be a part of. The people here are truly wonderful and innovative; it already seems to be a great team.
When you’re not at work, how do you spend your time?
I’m the proud father of three beautiful girls ages 4, 9 and 12, so I love to spend as much time with them as possible. I also really enjoy mountain biking in my free time.
Where in the world would you most like to visit?
I’d love to see Rome or Egypt.
If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing?
Driving fast as a Formula 1 racecar driver.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
When a problem arises you must first look at yourself to see if the problem lies within.
March 21, 2012
In 2011, the Sundt Foundation collected nearly 150,000 water bottles and delivered them to several Phoenix-area agencies that aid the homeless.
As temperatures rise, employees from Sundt’s corporate headquarters in Tempe, Ariz., are once again gearing up to participate in the annual Thirst Aid water bottle drive to benefit St. Joseph the Worker, a nonprofit organization that aids the homeless and other disadvantaged individuals throughout the Phoenix area. Many of them suffer from thirst, heat-related illness and even death when temperatures soar in the spring and summer months.
The Sundt Foundation organized the company’s first Thirst Aid event in 2010 with the hope of collecting 1,200 water bottles. They crushed their goal by collecting 49,000 bottles, and that number tripled the following year when 149,000 bottles came through our doors – so many that St. Joseph the Worker was able to supply the entire Human Services Campus with water. (The Human Services Campus is a collaboration of 15 homeless service providers that was created to address the growing demand for services by people experiencing homelessness.) As a result, the agencies didn’t have to turn away a single person that year who needed water.
The goal for this year’s drive? Collecting 150,000 water bottles and continuing the commitment to making the event as green as possible. How? St. Joseph the Worker is installing recycling containers at all areas where trash receptacles are currently located so that the water bottles aren’t thrown away.
“As Sundt employees, we’re fortunate to have nice jobs in comfortable offices where we always have access to clean, cool water,” says Lisa White, a Foundation board member and organizer of the event. “Not everyone is so lucky, which is why the Sundt Foundation decided to get involved in Thirst Aid with our own water bottle drive. Since then, the participation and support have been tremendous. Many of our subcontractors have also gotten involved. It’s so satisfying to reach out and do what we can to help others – for them and for us.”
Artist's rendering of the new science and technology buildings at Santa Monica High School
Sundt has extensive experience building K-12 education projects … and so do a number of other contractors. But time and time again, what distinguishes Sundt from the competition is our proven ability to understand each client’s unique needs and exceed their expectations for quality, professionalism, and collaboration.
Sundt was recently awarded a $55 million project at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, Calif., for just those reasons. Our experience was a major factor in our selection, but what sealed the deal were our ideas for accommodating the needs of both the school district and the city, all while keeping neighborhood residents, parents and students satisfied in this engaged community. The team also devised and proposed a way to shorten the project’s schedule by an entire semester, in plenty of time for the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.
Our lease-leaseback contract includes construction of new science and technology buildings complete with laboratories equipped with fume hoods, classrooms, an auto shop, and administrative space. Once the buildings are complete, crews will demolish the school’s old, outdated science and technology buildings and perform extensive site improvements that include parking lot reconfigurations and construction of a new softball field.