March 5, 2015
September 22, 2014
This innovative water treatment construction project won AZRE’s RED Award in the industrial construction category last week.
How often do you think about the technology that powers your smartphone or tablet? Probably rarely, if ever. That’s why we’re especially pleased to announce that the often-invisible microchip – and those that make them – got some well-deserved recognition last week at the annual AZRE magazine RED Awards banquet in Phoenix. The RED (Real Estate Development) Awards recognize the best commercial real estate projects each year throughout Arizona.
The winning project in the industrial category was a global semiconductor manufacturer that has a large fabrication facility in Chandler. Sundt upgraded the facility last year with design-build partner Carollo Engineers. The $75 million industrial construction project involved completely reconstructing the facility’s water treatment plant and outfitting it with new treatment processes to treat and reuse the waste stream that is generated as part of the manufacturing process. The innovative solution (based on a combination of pretreatment, desalination and thermal concentration technologies) enables approximately 97 percent of the water that comes into the plant to be reused or reinjected rather than going to waste.
Making the most of our water resources is important everywhere, but especially in dry climates like Arizona’s. Hats off to our project partners for this well-deserved RED Award!
September 5, 2014
Sundt’s recent water treatment plant work includes the Avra Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant in Tucson, Arizona.
The City of Chandler has selected Sundt-McCarthy, a joint venture of Sundt and McCarthy Building Companies Inc., as the general contractor for the Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility Expansion and Process Improvement project in Chandler, Arizona.
“This state-of-the-art facility will help conserve valuable water resources by increasing the amount of water the City of Chandler can recycle each day,” says Sundt Vice President and Project Executive Greg Ayres.
The $120 million project includes $20 million in upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant and construction of a new $100 million expansion facility, which will utilize membrane bioreactor technology (MBR) to reduce the facility’s pollution output and sludge production. The project is expected to begin in early 2015 and be completed in late 2017.
Sundt’s additional water treatment construction work in Arizona includes the San Tan Vista Water Treatment Plant in Gilbert, Avra Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant and Biological Nutrient Removal and Oxidation Ditch facility in Tucson, Greenfield Water Reclamation South Plant in Gilbert, and the Butler Water Reclamation Facility in Peoria.
June 17, 2014
Water treatment plant projects like this one, constructed by Sundt, are on the rise around the country.
“Growth and opportunity” are good words to sum up what’s happening right now with industrial construction around the country. Water projects – particularly municipal treatment plants – are on the rise, and that upward trend is expected to continue as local governments confront the need to expand and upgrade their systems.
The power sector also continues to be strong with nearly $6 billion worth of projects being tracked through Industrial Information Resources in this sector. Mining construction is up, and so are opportunities in the oil and gas industries. In fact, this sector is experiencing a revolution thanks to new opportunities and innovations in onshore fracking. Here’s some great insight from Zeus Intelligence in one of the organization’s recent refining reports:
“Some $50 billion of gas-conversion infrastructure has been proposed in the U.S., including four large-scale gas-to-liquid (GTL) projects along with a dozen smaller-scale projects, 11 methanol proposals, more than a dozen ammonia projects/upgrades, and new direct-reduced iron (DRI) infrastructure.”
This is good news for companies like Sundt that have expertise and experience in multiple industrial construction markets. It’s also a welcome signal to consumers that the American economy is revving up again.
August 19, 2013
We’re thrilled to announce that Ashley Atkinson has joined Sundt as our newest project engineer in our Sacramento office. Ashley is assigned to the University of Nevada, Reno Cooper Court Residence Hall team, where she assists the project superintendent in providing technical information, documenting changes and coordinating materials to help ensure the project remains on schedule.
Prior to joining the Cooper Court team, Ashley worked on many prominent Sundt projects, including the City of Tempe Water Treatment Plant improvements in Tempe, Arizona, the Fort Bliss Unaccompanied Enlisted Personal Housing barracks in El Paso, Texas, and the California State University Chico Sutter Hall student housing project in Chico, California. We recently asked Ashley a few questions to get to know her better:
What brought you to Sundt?
Originally, I came to Sundt as an intern while I was a student at Chico State University. I worked on a student housing construction project for about two and a half years. After graduation I began to focus on federal government construction projects. When the project I was assigned to at Fort Bliss in El Paso wrapped up, I had the opportunity to shift to mining and industrial construction projects for a while. Now I’ve found my way back where I started: happily assigned to another student housing construction project!
What is a typical work day like for you?
I work closely with the general superintendent on field processes and Requests for Information.
What would you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
If I weren’t in construction, and I had the finances to do whatever I wanted, I would probably be working with children. Most likely it would be running a camp of some sort for kids in need – probably disabled, low-income or foster children.
Favorite type of cuisine?
I love gyros, but nothing beats Mom’s spaghetti.
Best book you read recently?
The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I am not a big reader, but those books were captivating!
Coolest app you’ve been using lately?
Map my Walk.
Favorite quote or inspirational saying?
To be old and wise you must first be young and stupid.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Being at the river, lake, ocean (pretty much any body of water) with my family and dogs. I also enjoy being a Webelos Cub Scout leader and spending time with the kids in general. Another favorite pastime of mine is playing women’s tackle football and any other sport that’s available.
Crews installing forming walls at the plant’s reservoir inlet structure
Sundt has concluded several years of work at the Val Vista Water Treatment Plant in Phoenix, Ariz., with a final project that brings the 220-million-gallon-per-day facility completely up to date. Crews added a flow split system that directs water from one of the plant’s three reservoirs solely to City of Mesa customers. The $5 million upgrade will help the municipalities track and manage their water output.
The water treatment project included the addition of new inlet and outlet structures, chemical feed equipment, and new instrumentation for monitoring and compliance. All of the excavation, piping and concrete construction was performed by Sundt’s own crews.
Last year, Sundt completed a $78 million project at Val Vista that included the installation of a new granular activated carbon filtration system.