March 20, 2017
March 17, 2017
The Northwest Extension is a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro light rail system in the Greater Phoenix area.
Awards are rolling in for Sundt’s Valley Metro Northwest Extension project, including two from the prestigious Build America program.
The $160 million project won in the transportation category and also earned the Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence Award, which is presented annually to projects that epitomize the principles of partnering. The awards were presented during the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) National Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month.
“These awards, which are selected by a group of our peers, represent the best projects construction has to offer,” said Project Manager Chris Elison. “It’s an honor to be recognized by other great contractors for the work we performed.”
The project is a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro light rail system in the Greater Phoenix area. The Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck JV work is the fourth project the team has finished as part of Valley Metro’s program. Scope included curb-to-curb replacement of water, sewer, storm, electrical, communication and gas utilities, roadway widening and installation of embedded double track with an overhead catenary system, train signals, three traction power substations and traffic signals. The project added three stations and a park-and-ride at Dunlap Avenue, and 6.4 miles of sidewalks, curb and gutter and pavement.
Build America awards honor AGC members who perform the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure and federal and heavy divisions. Sundt’s most recent Build America honors came in 2015 in the environmental enhancement category for the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility renovation construction project in Chandler, Arizona, and the highway and transportation renovation category for the West Seventh Street Bridge in Fort Worth.
March 16, 2017
Sundt Help Desk Representative Robert Ayres.
Robert Ayres was recently hired by Sundt as a Help Desk Representative. He brings to the position more than 10 years of experience in information technology, five of which were spent as a Help Desk Technician for Intel.
He’s an Arizona native who has spent his life in the Phoenix area.
What made you want to work at Sundt?
I found out about the position from the current Help Desk Lead Erica Miller. She was the one who hired me at my previous position. I didn’t know anything about Sundt until I started speaking with her about the position. The information I got made me really excited, especially with the ESOP and other great programs like tuition reimbursement.
How interesting have your first few weeks been?
My first few weeks on the job were extremely hectic. There is a lot of stuff to learn coming into a new environment, but especially in IT. Sundt uses a lot of different software for accounting, Building Information Modeling and handling projects. I was new to all of it having never worked in a construction environment so my head was spinning with all the information.
What do you do in a typical day?
My typical day starts like most people’s. I go through my email and get caught up on anything that I wasn’t able to finish the day before. I then log in to my phone and start fielding any IT requests that come in through the helpdesk line or through the email system. There are some walk-ups that happen from time to time, but the majority of our work comes in through the other methods. My tickets mainly consist of helping people install software on their computer or helping people gain access to their projects.
What’s your favorite thing to do away from work?
I love to go to movies when I get a chance. Science fiction or action style movies are usually my favorite so you can normally find me at a premiere of one of the new Marvel movies or Star Wars/Star Trek. I am a fan of manga/anime. I love watching sports. I’m a rare Arizona native, so I root for all of our local teams. I also enjoy playing video games. The new Zelda game just came out, so that will probably be taking up the majority of my free time for now.
Where do you like to travel?
My favorite place so far has to be Alaska. I went there on a cruise last summer. It’s a completely different world especially after living in Phoenix all my life. You know things are different when the high temperature is 63 in the middle of June. The scenery was amazing, and I got to see wildlife I’ve never seen like Bald Eagles swooping around and Beluga Whales breaching the ocean. Just an overall amazing experience.
March 15, 2017
It’s shaping up to be another great year for college graduates to enter the work world at Sundt.
For the third consecutive year, our company has been named one of the country’s Top Entry Level Employers by CollegeGrad.com. The website surveyed more than 400 of the top employers across the country to compile its list.
“We rely on the many talents and enthusiasm that interns bring to Sundt,” said Talent Acquisition & University Relations Specialist Mike Morales. “We also have a strong track record of hiring them as employee-owners when their internships are completed.”
The survey found that planned hiring nationally for 2017 is the highest since the survey began more than 15 years ago. The Top Entry Level Employers list represents more than 135,000 jobs for the Class of 2017.
CollegeGrad.com is the No. 1 entry level job site on the Internet and the leader in the field of entry-level job searches since 1995.
Sundt is always in search of the best talent regardless of experience. Check here for more information on starting or continuing a career at Sundt.
March 8, 2017
Pepperdine’s Outer Precinct Hall will have 458 on-campus beds.
Upperclassmen are getting new first-rate housing at Pepperdine University.
The Outer Precinct Residence Hall will be a 120,000-square-foot student housing facility with 458 on-campus beds, most of which will be four-bedroom suites sharing two bathrooms. The primary residents will be juniors, many of whom are returning from study-abroad programs.
“We feel privileged to have the opportunity to work for such a well-respected university,” said Vice President and Southern California Regional Director Robert Stokes.
The project is being designed to a LEED Silver equivalent and is scheduled to be finished in August 2018. Conditions in Malibu are so nice (average high of 77 in July and low of 48 in January) that air conditioning for the housing complex will only be installed in community spaces. The housing units will have windows for natural ventilation and radiant heating in the floors to take advantage of the area’s temperate climate.
Two older dorms were removed to make room for the new building. Over the past 40 years, the former dorms were homes to some people who now work in the campus construction office.
“One thing the university understands is that this is more than just student housing,” Robert said. “This is where people make lifelong relationships. The university considers this to be a pivotal project that will help grow the Pepperdine family.”
A chihuahua tries on a hard hat at the groundbreaking for the Pima County Animal Care Center.
When the Pima County Animal Care Center was built in Tucson in 1968, the region’s population was around 300,000. The county has since climbed to more than a million residents and accompanying that growth has been a dire need for a larger center for stray and abandoned pets.
The original center was built to accommodate 300 dogs and 100 cats at a time. Staff takes in about 400 animals a week and has around 800 on site at any time. In 2016, staff at the center provided care for more than 24,000 animals.
The new cat adoption area will be three times the size of the current one.
Recent demand for services caused Pima County to put up a temporary tent shelter adjacent to the animal care center but stopgap measures are about to change. Last month, Sundt started work on a new larger Pima County Animal Care Center that will meet the region’s needs and provide the best possible care for its occupants.
“Our team is pleased to help PACC in modernizing and improving its facilities. PACC will be able to give the animals the space they need to thrive while waiting for permanent homes,” said Sundt Project Director David Ollanik.
Early work includes installing utility trenches and constructing the new facility’s foundation.
When completed, the shelter will more than double the size of the existing facility; the cat area will grow to three times the space set aside in the current building. The new facility will also have improved natural light and ventilation.
The first phase of the project, which will open in December, includes a larger veterinary clinic, a recovery area for pets that receive medical treatment, and administrative offices. During the second phase, which should be complete in fall 2018, the existing building will be partially razed and remodeled.