May 9, 2014
April 29, 2014
John Carlson, Sr.
The professional contributions of John E. Carlson, Sr., a retired longtime Sundt executive who passed away in February, were recognized recently with an Arizona Transportation Legacy Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies – Arizona.
The award was presented at the organization’s annual Arizona Conference on Roads & Streets, held April 16-18, 2014, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson. Carlson’s son, John E. Carlson, Jr., accepted the award on his father’s behalf. John Carlson, Jr., leads Sundt’s Texas District, based in San Antonio.
The senior Carlson retired from Sundt as the vice president for special projects and public affairs in 1997. His 40-year career took him around the world, including to Saudi Arabia during the 1970s and to Russia, where he led a joint venture team in rebuilding the U.S. Embassy before the end of the 20th century.
Carlson was well respected in local and national construction circles, holding leadership roles in a number of industry organizations. He served as past chairman and other leadership positions for the Professional Engineers in Construction, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, Arizona District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Arizona Chamber of Commerce Southeast Region and Tucson Chamber of Commerce. He also was a chief lobbyist on industry legislation for the AGC at the state and national levels.
“Dad’s body of work, with significant U.S. and key international projects, speaks for itself,” said John Carlson, Jr. “He was one of the most respected people in our industry and in our community.”
April 15, 2014
Welcome Brandon Fink! Brandon has joined Sundt as an estimator in our recently opened San José office, where he is part of the San José State University Campus Village II; Henley Hall Institute for Energy Efficiency at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and Ohlone Community College Academic Core project teams. Brandon recently graduated from California State University, Long Beach, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in construction engineering management. We recently asked Brandon a few questions to get to know him better:
What drew you to Sundt?
I was drawn to Sundt by its reputation as a leading general contractor not in just one state, but in several states. Sundt invests in training its employees for the future. The company not only gives you an opportunity to move vertically, but also horizontally so that you can acquire new skills and responsibilities.
What does a typical day look like for you?
As a preconstruction estimator, a typical day consists of supporting company efforts to obtain new work, developing relationships with key subcontractors, performing quantity takeoffs to put into our estimate, and participating in the competitive bid process.
What would you be doing in you weren’t working in construction?
I would have either gone to school to be a pilot or joined the police academy to become a police officer. Construction has been the only thing I have envisioned for myself, career-wise, since I was a young kid. My passion for the construction industry continues to grow.
What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
Asian food – particularly orange chicken
Best book you read recently?
“2 Second Lean” by Paul A. Akers
App you couldn’t live without?
The coolest app I have been using lately is Shazam. It’s a music app that can identify a song title and artist just by placing your phone next to a speaker while the song is playing.
Favorite inspirational saying?
“The road to success is always under construction.”
What do you like to do in your free time?
I am a very social person. I have been an athlete my whole life, so I go to as many sporting events as I can. Pickup games with friends are a great way to build memories filled with laughter. I also go to the gym as much as time will allow.
April 10, 2014
Sundt is pleased to announce that Michael Miller has been hired as a project engineer working in our Sacramento office. Michael has more than six years of construction management experience and is currently working as part of the team constructing the University of California, Davis Tercero III student housing construction project and the San José State University Campus Village Phase 2 student housing project. Michael is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management.
What brought you to Sundt?
I was drawn to Sundt because of the company’s diverse range of projects and its ability to build at a high level of quality. I also was drawn by its commitment to integrity in construction, which is something I strongly believe in.
What does a typical work day for you involve?
A typical day is assisting the project manager and superintendents with submittal processing, RFIs, updating logs, and onsite tasks such as punchlists and inspection walks. I have been doing some logistics planning as well using Sketchup for the upcoming San José State University Campus Village Phase 2 project and preconstruction of UC Davis Tercero Phase IV project.
What would you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
I would most likely be pursuing a career in medicine. Growing up, I wanted to become a doctor but the challenge and excitement of constructing awesome structures lured me away from that field.
What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
Seafood – particularly crab legs and clams.
What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
“Inferno” by Dan Brown.
Favorite sources for news?
I have several apps on my phone that I check, and then I catch the local news in the morning or when I get home.
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
The best advice I’ve ever received is from my mom when she told me I should apply to work at Sundt.
Favorite quote or inspirational saying?
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Are you a dog person or cat person?
I am a dog person. I have two of my own, a miniature schnauzer and a black lab/ boxer mix.
March 18, 2014
Sundt Project Manager Sherly Bonillas receives the Women in Transportation’s New Member of the Year Award.
Hats off to Sundt Project Manager Sherly Bonillas! Last month she received the Women in Transportation‘s (WTS) New Member of the Year Award. Sherly is currently working on one of Sundt’s major transportation construction projects in the Phoenix area: the Metro Light Rail Transit Northwest Extension, being constructed with joint venture partner Stacy and Witbeck.
The WTS New Member of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievements by a new member of WTS who made significant contributions to the organization during the year. Sherly was recognized for her leadership and participation in the WTS annual scholarship fundraiser, reaching out to several companies and individuals for sponsorships and donations. She also served as a mentor to female engineering students during the 2013 Transportation You initiative by working with Metro Tech High School students.
Congratulations to Sherly for being recognized as a leader in the construction industry and for women in transportation!
Sundt is pleased to announce that Kevin Angelini has joined us as project engineer. Kevin has more than 10 years of construction trade experience and an extensive background in commercial and residential construction. He joins the Kings County Courthouse project team in Hanford, Calif., where he is responsible for overseeing project procurement. Prior to joining Sundt, Kevin worked on a $3 billion project for Intel where he oversaw the construction of a $100 million microprocessor fabrication cleanroom. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from Arizona State University.
What else is interesting about Kevin? We recently asked him a few questions to find out:
What drew you to Sundt?
Sundt’s reputation as a leader and well respected contractor in the construction industry.
What are your job responsibilities in your new position?
My responsibility is to support the field staff by making sure that they have the material they need on site when they need it. I also have the various responsibilities of an engineer: submittals, RFIs, closeout, LEED, and building relationships with the owner and design team.
Where might you be working if you weren’t in the construction industry?
I would be a cabinetmaker with a focus on architectural millwork and custom furniture.
What’s the most interesting movie you saw recently?
I really enjoyed all of the Harry Potter movies and was amazed at the author’s creativity with the entire series.
Most unusual project you ever worked on?
My most unusual project was building the FAB 42 semiconductor plant for Intel. The scope requirements of that job were far different from anything I had done before – it was a great learning experience.
Where would you most like to travel?
I would like to travel throughout Europe and see all of the different types of architecture, taste the food, and learn about the different cultures.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I spend time with my wife and two sons. We go out and enjoy going to the movies, sporting events, outdoors, boating or just hanging out around the house.
Best advice you ever received?
I guess it would be that you only live once, so work hard and play even harder. Life is short – enjoy life and live it to its fullest in whatever you do.
Who has had the most profound influence on you?
There are lots of people who have impacted my life in one way or another, but I would say it was my parents. They taught me my values, work ethic and to be respectful of other people.