November 10, 2017
November 9, 2017
Sundt employee-owners and their families came out to support the Purple Run, put on by Cesar Salazar and his wife, Anastacia (far right) to support their Kristine Meza Foundation.
Six years ago, Sundt Field Supervisor Cesar Salazar’s wife, Anastacia, started the Kristine Meza Foundation in honor of a close friend who died as a result of domestic violence.
The foundation’s mission is to raise awareness about the impact of domestic violence. The organization is committed to strengthening individuals through education, compassion and courage. It serves as a resource to those associated with domestic violence’s physical, emotional and mental harm. Its biggest fundraiser is an annual Purple Race 5K, which drew 800 runners this year, including several Sundt employee-owners.
Anastacia took a few minutes to answer questions about where the foundation is and where she and Cesar would like to see it go. Cesar is working on our San Pedro Creek project in San Antonio.
How did the foundation come about?
The foundation came about in 2011 when we lost our friend Kristine Meza to domestic violence. In the last two years of life, Kristine endured a tough relationship with her former boyfriend. She went from being happy to feeling insecure, depressed and later fearing him. In no time, Kristine had unwillingly found herself in a domestic violence relationship. She took all necessary steps to legally protect herself but on Feb. 11, 2011, she was ambushed in her driveway on her way to work. Kristine’s passing left a huge hole in all those who knew her well. After her passing, family and friends embarked on a mission in hopes of making a difference for those who feel locked in silence. The Kristine Meza Foundation started Sept. 14, 2011.
Where are you getting your funding?
We get our funding from our Annual Purple Run and those who sponsor the event.
How did the Purple Run get started?
Left with mixed emotions about Kristine’s passing, I wanted to channel all my anger and hurt into something positive. I had participated in 5Ks and knew the crowd and energy one could form so I asked Kristine’s mom if we could host a 5K in her honor. On Feb. 18, 2012 we hosted the first domestic violence awareness 5K, “STOP the Silence, END the Violence 5K Run/Walk.” We had more than 440 people register and about 650 there. It was cold and pouring rain and people just kept on coming. We had our opening ceremonies and once we started our prayer, the rain stopped and the sun started shining. Once the race was over, the rain started again. It was a very powerful moment, a true you-had-to-be-there experience. After hosting two STOP the Silence, END the Violence 5Ks, the Battered Women & Children’s Shelter approached us and asked us to partner with them. We hosted the first Purple Run in October 2013.
Where would you like to see your foundation go in the future?
I would like our foundation to be known nationwide. I want sports teams to wear a purple awareness ribbon as well as a pink one (for breast cancer awareness) in October. I want to surpass 2,000 registrants in the Purple Run.
November 8, 2017
A total of 32 companies were honored with the Million Dollar Circle of Excellence.
Sundt’s commitment to diversity placed us among 32 companies in Arizona to earn Million Dollar Circle of Excellence honors from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The award recognizes companies in the state that did at least $1 million in business this year with minority- and women-owned businesses in Arizona. The honors were given out during the Chamber’s Sixth Annual Business Diversity Summit Breakfast last week.
We are proud to pioneer the growth and development of diverse businesses. It’s also an important part of our work culture. Of our 2,208 employee-owners, 1,360 are minorities (61.6 percent).
November 7, 2017
Sundt’s joint-venture work on the University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in Phoenix trimmed two years off the normal schedule.
Sundt’s work on the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in Downtown Phoenix was one of the stars of the show at the recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Arizona State Conference.
The joint venture with DPR Construction built a 245,000-square-foot high-rise facility where collaborative work in neurosciences, healthcare outcomes, cancer and medicine is expected to lead to groundbreaking discoveries with a direct impact on public health.
The team presented during the lessons learned segment of the conference, detailing how it worked with a fast-track schedule to construct the building in just 30 months. The efforts shaved two years off the schedule for the University of Arizona.
“You told a story that was moving and meaningful to conference attendees,” AIA Board Member and 2018 President Robert Miller said.
Time constraints on design resulted in only six months from the start of programming to shovels in the ground. Construction needed to start well before the design was finished, which meant no room for waste in the design and construction process.
Collaboration between the University and the design and construction teams was essential to maximize work hours. By pricing design concepts on an ongoing basis with an integrated team rather than waiting for a complete set of documents to identify overages all but eliminated re-design. Similarly, a rapid parametric model-based estimating effort allowed the design firm to adjust its model and see the costs of those changes in real time.
To keep pace, design decisions and assumptions were made early on and with limited information, requiring trust among all partners to work through and accept associated risk. Key trade partners were brought on early to help mitigate risks and reduce over-design and re-work.
The facility earned an Engineering News-Record Southwest Best Project Award. It’s part of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a city initiative bringing bioresearch and education to downtown. At build-out, the campus is anticipated to generate an annual economic impact of $2.1 billion.
November 6, 2017
The consolidated rental car center at San Diego International Airport brings together 14 agencies under the same roof.
Sundt’s work at the consolidated rental car center at San Diego International Airport has landed a big award.
The project last week earned an Associated General Contractors Build San Diego Award for Excellence in Building Construction (Public Work). The center is a two-million-square-foot structure that brings 14 rental car companies together under one roof, including a customer service building, maintenance, fueling and washing and a 5,400-car ready/return area.
It’s the first major component of the airport’s long-range plan to reduce traffic congestion and bring passengers closer to transportation nodes. The centralized facility is helping improve air quality by cutting the number of shuttles around the airport from 81 to 16, all of which use alternative fuel.
The new rental car center is the largest concrete structure in San Diego and generated approximately 4,600 construction jobs. Local businesses received $186 million in construction contracts, including $70.4 million for small businesses.
Construction on the center, a joint venture with Austin Commercial, was completed in December 2015.
Sundt employee-owners John Messick, Rob Foster, Jared Mette and Brad Kirsch accept the Build San Diego Award.
Some of the Wounded Warriors Sundt hosted at the Mike Gaines golf event in San Antonio.
Sundt employee-owners and industry partners don’t let a little rough weather get in the way of supporting a good cause.
A sold-out field of players braved cool weather and wind gusts of nearly 40 mph in San Antonio last month to play in our Mike Gaines golf event at the Silverhorn Golf Club of Texas. Included in the group were 15 Wounded Warriors who we hosted and presented with golf shirts.
The players and other sponsors combined to contribute $31,200 to support ALS research conducted by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Our company and industry partners support the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, by holding five golf tournaments and a trap-shooting event at locations across the Southwest.
The events honor the memory of Mike Gaines, a longtime Sundt employee-owner who died in 2002 from ALS complications. The events, which started with a golf tournament in Tucson in 2001, have raised almost $2 million.