February 23, 2018
February 21, 2018
Marketing Proposal Specialist Amelia Garrett.
Marketing Proposal Specialist Amelia Garrett recently joined our office in Fort Worth. A Houston native, Amelia moved to North Texas two years ago.
She has been in the construction industry for almost five years. Amelia studied communications and public relations at Baylor University.
What made you want to work for Sundt?
I have worked for architecture and engineering firms for several years, and I felt gaining more knowledge pertaining to the construction side of the industry would allow me to become a more well-rounded AEC marketer. Plus, Sundt’s culture felt warm and inviting, and I wanted to be part of that. The benefits and the programs employee-owners can participate in don’t hurt either!
How is Sundt different from other places you’ve worked?
The information I am conveying in proposals is slightly different. RFQs in architecture don’t typically contain sections about safety, craft workers or the cleanliness of a jobsite, so right now I am trying to master the content and language of a typical Sundt proposal. Also, I don’t think I have ever worked for a company with more than 2,000 employees, so the size alone is different for me. I will say that the autonomy and trust I feel like I already have at Sundt is not only unique, but extremely comforting. I feel supported and welcomed. While it might take some time with other companies to foster that feeling for their new employees, I felt it instantly here.
What would you call a must-see for a first-time visitor to Fort Worth?
Big tourist attractions in Fort Worth are the Stockyards or Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican restaurant, but I lived here for over a year before I ever made it to that side of town. I say you should go paddleboarding on the Trinity River, walk the trails, go to a concert at Panther Island Pavilion or see a movie at the Coyote Drive-In. Also, there are so many amazing restaurants on Magnolia Street. Endless fun in Fort Worth. Obviously, I love this city.
What’s your favorite book or movie?
I have a hard time picking just one favorite. I read a book called “Attachments” a couple years ago that I still love and refer to often. I have tried to convince my best friends to read it because it was hilarious, sweet and gave me all the feels. Fair warning—it’s about love, so if that’s not your cup of tea, I would read something else. For saps like me though, it was everything I could ever want in a book! I love just about all of Adam Sandler’s older movies like “The Waterboy” and “Billy Madison.” I also love all the Harry Potter movies (and books!) and I absolutely cannot get enough of a good musical. “Moulin Rouge” is ranked high on my list of favorites and lately, I have been obsessed with “The Greatest Showman.”
Where is your dream trip?
ITALY! Florence, Venice, Rome, Milan, I want to see it all. The rich history, beautiful art, stunning landscapes, and what I can only imagine to be incredible food are a few reasons I would love nothing more than to put my life on hold for a few weeks to travel throughout the country. Hopefully, one day I will actually do it!
February 16, 2018
Our student housing work at UC Santa Cruz is adding a million square feet of space across eight buildings.
We’re adding something to our California resume: the largest student housing project we have undertaken in the state.
We are starting preconstruction on Student Housing West at the University of California, Santa Cruz, a more than $400 million project that includes a million square feet of space across eight buildings. The project will provide 3,000 new beds for upper-division undergraduate, graduate students and students with families. All units will be set up like apartments.
The public-private partnership (P3) is being financed, designed, constructed, operated and maintained through the Capstone Development Partners team. This is one of the first student housing projects in the University of California system using the P3 method. We are also working with Capstone on student housing at the University of the Pacific.
“This project is a significant addition to our building resume in California,” said Sundt Regional Vice President Cody Pearson. “As a higher education student housing builder, Sundt is proud to be part of this transformative project.”
The project will include social amenity spaces, a small market/convenience store, parking, child-care facility, infrastructure and potential pedestrian bridge. As part of its sustainability features, the project will have a wastewater treatment plant. The project also includes redeveloping a parking lot and family student housing complex.
Construction will take two phases; the first group of beds will be finished in August 2021 and everything will be complete by fall 2022.
February 8, 2018
Project Manager Scott Miller was recently named one of the Southwest’s Top Young Construction Professionals by Engineering News-Record, a weekly magazine that provides news, analysis, data and opinion for the construction industry worldwide. The awards are given to people younger than 40 in the architecture, engineering and construction community.
Scott has been an employee-owner with Sundt for 11 years.
What was your first thought when you learned you won the award?
I appreciated the acknowledgment knowing a lot of what I’ve accomplished had more to do with dedication and hard work than innovation and ideas. It’s great to know that a well-respected publication is able to identify people on an individual basis and give them deserved recognition.
What has been your biggest accomplishment (individual or team) since joining Sundt?
It was by far completing the replacement of the runway in Minot, North Dakota. Our project was completed between two winters and we finished nine days early. The runway was shut down and the displaced B-52s were in the air on their way back as we were doing the final sweep of the landing surface. Most of the team worked constantly during the summer to make sure we finished on time.
How open has Sundt been to allowing young professionals to bring their ideas to the table?
Sundt and our leadership have always been open to allowing people at any level in the company to bring a new idea forward. They also let those who bring a new idea drive it to success to give people a sense of ownership in what they’ve developed.
How important is the role being played by technology in both the preconstruction and construction phases?
It becomes more important every day as we discover more efficient ways of doing things and our clients expect more from us than just a finished product. Technology helps keep us on pace with our competitors and streamline tasks that can drain countless hours from our employees’ workday.
What do you see in your future as a Sundt employee-owner?
I expect my role to keep expanding as I gain more experience managing projects and larger teams. I believe others feel the same way, which will allow me to be satisfied with what I accomplish throughout the remainder of my career.
February 7, 2018
It didn’t take long for John Carlson to decide what he wanted to do for a living. It all happened around age 2.
That’s when John’s father, John Sr., took him to a construction site for the first time. The big equipment, huge piles of dirt and non-stop action fascinated the youngster. That love of construction has never waned.
Sundt Corporate Strategic Business Officer John Carlson.
“I was exposed early on. I remember building little dams in the stream at 3 or 4 years old,” said John, who’s now our Corporate Strategic Business Officer. “Dad worked on dams, and friends and relatives used to tell me, ‘you’re going to be just like your dad.’ It was in my blood.”
John’s father had a huge influence on his son’s life. John Sr. worked for Sundt for 40 years. John still has the three-page typed recruitment letter his dad received in 1956 from Thor Sundt, a member of the company’s founding family, while he was with the Army Corps of Engineers building dams. The two had met as West Point classmates and served in the Korean War together.
John Sr. held many roles during his decades with our company, including positions in the field, estimating, as a board member and executive, and a contract negotiator for projects we performed in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s and ’80s. He worked on our London Bridge relocation project in Arizona, served on the Associated General Contractors of America Board and did national lobbying for the industry for a number of years. He retired as Vice President for Special Projects and Public Affairs in 1997, and passed away in 2014.
The younger John has been with us for 35 years, starting as a Laborer. He has worked his way through the ranks as a Laborer, Foreman, Surveyor, Quality Control Technician, Mechanic’s Helper, Field and Project Engineer, Project Manager, Estimator, Business Development Manager and Division Manager.
John Carlson, Sr. spent 40 years working for Sundt.
John graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Construction Management. Tedd Jones, Sundt’s President at the time, told him he should leave Sundt upon graduation and get different experiences with another contractor. John took the advice and eventually worked his way back to Sundt, and has worked in eight states and on one overseas assignment.
John and his father never worked on a project together; John said the closest they came was when he turned down an opportunity to work on the U.S. Embassy project in Moscow. But his dad’s influence was always there.
“My dad was well-liked and respected nationally,” John said. “It opened a lot of doors.”
John still had to keep those doors open himself.
“As a “boss’ kid,“ some people would look at you as if you don’t work hard,” John said of having a well-known dad in the industry. “I always felt I had to prove myself.”
John once moved 11 times in 13 years with the company, going most anywhere we asked. He’s found a home in Texas, where he’s been for the past eight years. John finds strategic business opportunities for all our operating groups with an emphasis on alternative delivery methods.
He also works on industry advocacy to influence policy and help shape legislation, the same as his dad years ago.
“Sundt is like a family,” John said. “We all have to pull our own weight.”
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Craft professional Jimmy Venegas and a resident at Grandview Terrace.
Our Grandview Terrace Senior Living campus renovation for Sun Health took place in resident corridors and the fitness center, salon, front entry, kitchen and dining areas. More than 300 residents were living in our construction zone in Sun City, Arizona.
The work required forethought to ensure that residents were kept informed and safe during the process. Creative thinking and teamwork with Grandview staff made sure those goals were realized. Early on, our team worked with Grandview to create a communication plan that let residents know where we were working and what we were doing. The plan included signs in hallways detailing upcoming work, instructions on walls showing how to call for an escort and opportunities for residents to provide feedback.
Taking it a step further, community members who needed to get through active construction zones were assisted by our Sundt Concierge Ushering Service. Team members walked residents through the work area, clearing potential hazards and making sure everyone was safe.
Following up, when renovations were complete on a floor, Project Manager John Lewis, Superintendent Max Sperry and their team visited each resident and delivered Sundt goodie bags to thank them for letting us into their home.
“Thanks for the good memories and for the cookies and can holder,” one resident wrote to the team. “It has been a pleasure to interact with the Sundt crew. I applaud your professionalism, safety and accommodating work ethic.”
The partnership with Sun Health is working. The company has brought us on board to perform work at The Colonnade, an assisted living and memory care facility in Sun City.