March 6, 2018
March 5, 2018
Sundt Office Manager Terri Pasley (second from left) and her San Antonio NAWIC colleagues participate in numerous community events.
It’s Women in Construction Week and we are well-represented by employee-owners who champion the cause.
Senior Benefits Administrator Melanie Healey is President of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Phoenix Chapter. Two of our San Antonio employees, Office Manager Terri Pasley and Project Administrator Traci Cadena, are part of that city’s chapter. Terri was San Antonio Chapter President in 2005 and 2006 and served on the Board of Directors and numerous committees. She has been part of NAWIC since 1996.
“I heard about NAWIC through a coworker while working as an Administrative Assistant for a local general contractor,” Terri said. “After my first meeting, I knew I wanted to be a part of the organization and be involved with the amazing group of professional women and all they stood for. I realized right away the networking opportunity not only with NAWIC members but its affiliates as well.”
NAWIC began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas in 1953, founded by 16 women. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth gained its national charter in 1955 and became NAWIC.
The organization provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more. Its focus is to enhance the success of women in construction and assist in the development of industry leaders.
Melanie has found the organization beneficial to her professional development. She has been a NAWIC member for almost five years.
“I have gained a number of things,” Melanie said. “First and foremost, an understanding of our industry and the women within it – our history, our struggles and our achievements. I’ve also gained leadership skills along the way as I joined committees and the board. Serving as the President of this chapter for the second year has taught me more about leading by example, understanding those around me and working closely with a team of diverse individuals.”
The Phoenix Chapter is offering two networking events and a blueprint reading course this week. The chapter kicked off the week with its annual “9 & Wine,” an event that helps women learn networking strategies on the golf course.
Traci recently joined the construction world and values the assistance she receives from her female coworkers and NAWIC members.
“Being new to the construction industry, I have been blessed to have two amazing women here at Sundt, Terri Pasley and Sara Allen, encourage, teach and support me as I have grown with Sundt,” Traci said. “I can only hope that with the networking opportunities and community events in NAWIC, I can continue to grow and learn and pass it on.”
NAWIC created Women in Construction Week to highlight women as an important part of the industry. We employ more than 230 women combined in administrative and craft roles.
“Women in Construction Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available to women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry,” Terri said. “It is all about us!”
This article is part of a series celebrating Women in Construction Week, which is organized and supported by NAWIC.
March 2, 2018
Sellwood Bridge won a Build America Award.
Two of our joint venture projects earned big awards during last month’s Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Convention in New Orleans.
The Sundt/Slayden Joint Venture’s work on Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon received the AGC’s Construction Risk Partners Build America Award for best new highway and transportation project valued between $10 million and $99 million.
The Sundt-Rummel Joint Venture earned the Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award for its collaboration on the White Tanks Flood Retarding Structure (FRS) for the Flood Control District of Maricopa County.
The Sundt/Slayden team replaced the 1925 Sellwood Bridge with a 2,000-foot-long structure across the Willamette River. The project required leaving the existing bridge open, building a replacement next to the old bridge and then moving the new bridge into place. The shoofly method minimized bridge closures to avoid negatively affecting the thousands of drivers who use the bridge each day. It cut roadway closures to less than the 30 days called for in the contract, saved $5 million and took a year off the project schedule.
The new bridge has an open steel deck arch structure, 6-foot bicycle lanes and two 12-foot sidewalks. It also meets the latest seismic standards.
White Tanks FRS earned the Marvin M. Black Award.
White Tanks FRS is a 1.3-mile-long, 20-foot high structure that provides flood protection to about 1,000 residential and commercial properties and agricultural land. The project was built using the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) method.
The Marvin M. Black Award is presented to construction projects that epitomize the principles of partnering. Contractors honored with the award stand out for their ability in signing a formal partnering charter, achieving a common goal, honoring all stakeholders, resolving conflict, improving communication on the project with all audiences and incorporating team-building activities.
We maintained the budget and avoided costly change orders by bringing in the joint venture during design and by partnering with outside agencies, including the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the National Resources Conservation Service, to write project specifications and work plans.
February 27, 2018
Sundt Project Manager Fabian Leal.
Originally from Brownsville, Texas, Fabian Leal has spent his career working in his home state. He’s serving as the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Project Manager at our CPS Energy project in San Antonio. He has lived in the city since 1999 and is a graduate of the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Fabian became interested in the construction industry when his dad, an electrician, took him along on small jobs on weekends. He said he learned about integrity and hard work during those excursions with his father.
What was it about Sundt that interested you in working here?
There are many things that brought me to Sundt. Things like the ESOP program, the safety culture and the vast array of project types the company performs. What made me realize I found a good home is best compared to the ’80s sitcom “Cheers.” Whenever I go by the Texas office or visit with other teams, everyone knows your name and makes you feel welcome.
How do Project Managers spend most of their time?
Customer relations, helping manage on-site activities and being a leader to my project team.
What’s your favorite book?
Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.”
Do you have a hidden talent?
Nope, I am without a hidden talent. I am just in the business of spreading cheer and joy at work.
Dog person or cat person?
Dog person. I love their loyalty. I was raised in a household that only had dogs. Also, I learned later in life that I’m allergic to cats.
February 23, 2018
Sundt Regional Vice President Marty Hedlund (far right) is the new Chair of the Arizona Builders Alliance Board.
Sundt Regional Vice President Marty Hedlund has been appointed as the 2018 Chairman for the Arizona Builders Alliance. Marty will facilitate discussions with the board of directors and use their direction and support to ensure consensus on industry issues and challenges.
Marty has been active in the ABA for 19 years and is serving his fourth year on the Board of Directors. He joined Sundt in 1984 and has worked his way through the industry as project engineer, project superintendent, project manager, project director and regional manager.
Marty’s appointment comes at a critical time. Mark Minter, the ABA’s President of 25 years, is retiring this year.
“Continuing to provide exceptional leadership into the future is our top priority,” Marty said. “Our succession plans are moving along nicely and we have excellent momentum in the execution of our strategic goals.”
A Registered Professional Civil Engineer in Arizona, Marty earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. He has presented on topics including leadership, alternative project delivery, Lean construction and virtual design and construction.
Marty also is serving for the third consecutive year on the National Board of Directors for the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA). He sits on and was chair of the DBIA National Certification Board. He’s on the Board of Directors of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Discovery Triangle Board of Directors providing economic development leadership and public affairs advocacy for Downtown Phoenix and Tempe.
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!