July 31, 2012
July 27, 2012
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Bob Burke has joined us as a senior project manager at our Tempe office. With more than two decades of industry experience, Bob will assist in efforts for major power projects throughout the Southwest. (Learn more here). Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we wanted to get to know our latest addition. We recently spent a little time talking with Bob, and this is what we learned.
What’s your goal for your new position?
I hope to help Sundt become a national player in the power business.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always enjoyed math and science which headed me towards being an engineer.
What’s your favorite book?
Anything and everything written by Ernest Hemingway.
Where in the world would you most like to visit?
I’ve started the initial planning to visit the Three Gorges Dam in China – I can’t wait!
Who has inspired you most?
My high school physics teacher, Jim Fisk.
How do you alleviate stress?
A good glass of cabernet always helps.
How do you take your coffee?
Black…is there any other way?
What’s your all-time favorite film?
“Casablanca” with Humphrey Bogart.
July 25, 2012
Pediatric patients participating in a free health education class at El Rio
Southern Arizona children with asthma are breathing a little easier thanks to a $10,000 Sundt Foundation grant to the El Rio Health Center Foundation in Tucson. The non-profit organization raises awareness and funds for the El Rio Community Health Center, which serves 900 people per day, more than three quarters of whom live at or below the federal poverty level.
The health center used the funds to purchase equipment for its Children’s Asthma Intervention Program, which is provided free to participating families. The equipment included nebulizers, peak flow meters, spacers and pillow/mattress covers. El Rio has reported a marked increase in children participating in the program. Its goal – to aid 100 asthmatic children ages 3-18 in one calendar year – was recently surpassed when 127 children were cared for in a ten-month period.
“We are so very thankful for the ongoing support of the Sundt Foundation,” said Rachel Rivera, El Rio’s major gifts officer. “The $10,000 special grant was a joyful surprise. It will give El Rio three full years of funding.”
The Sundt Foundation raises money primarily through contributions from Sundt employees, which are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company. Since its inception in 1999 the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $5 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Most grants are awarded in communities where Sundt has an established office, or to charitable organizations associated with military installations where the company has a construction project underway. The special grant to El Rio was financed by the sale of several pieces of western artwork that were formerly displayed in Sundt’s Tucson office.
July 23, 2012
Sundt is remodeling part of the airport's existing terminal building to add new communication infrastructure, plumbing, electrical work and a temporary baggage area, in addition to other improvements.
Sundt’s third project at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, Ariz., requires the kind of expertise that only an airport construction specialist can provide. The busy facility, which remains open throughout the 16-month project, serves thousands of annual passengers traveling to and from 40 destinations across the U.S.
“Working in an occupied facility is our biggest challenge,” said Sundt Project Manager Chris Tinney. “We developed a detailed plan that works around flight schedules in order to preserve the passenger experience for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway’s customers. Phased turnovers and focusing on teamwork are also important keys to success. Fortunately, we have a lot of experience doing this kind of challenging work, and we’re known for doing it well.”
Sundt’s $9.6 million, Construction Manager at Risk project involves remodeling part of the existing terminal building to add new communication infrastructure, plumbing, electrical work and a temporary baggage area. Sundt’s crews are also constructing a 30,000-square-foot expansion to the terminal, adding two additional gates for departing passengers, a new exit vestibule, and concession space. To ready the site for construction, the team demolished an existing building and parking lot, reworked underground wet and dry utilities, and improved an adjacent roadway.
The project began in August 2011 and is scheduled for completion this December.
July 18, 2012
An interior courtyard at PECOC, Pima County's new emergency management center. The facility will be brought on line this fall.
Being redundant isn’t usually a good thing, unless you’re talking about an emergency response center that’s designed never to lose power or communication abilities. In that case, complete redundancy is the highest of compliments.
Sundt is nearing completion of one such facility for Pima County, Ariz.,: a $14.6 million emergency response center known as PECOC (Pima Emergency Communications and Operations Center) that will greatly improve communication and coordination between various public safety agencies in the county and City of Tucson. PECOC is being touted as a major improvement over older facilities of its kind because it provides centralized communications, dispatch, and public safety answering points to meet a variety of critical needs for the community. Fully redundant systems ensure that the mission critical facility is always functional – even in the case of a power outage, damaged fiber optic cables, severe weather event or other emergency. PECOC will go live this fall.
Sundt’s $14.6 million contract included a partial building demolition, remodeling, and building a 13,400-square-foot addition to an existing building. The completed 63,000-square-foot facility will house the 9-1-1 call center and dispatch operations of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and a consortium of fire districts that serve unincorporated Pima County, plus the Pima County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center. Backup dispatch facilities for the City of Tucson Police and Fire Departments and a backup Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition center for Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department Operations will be housed there as well.
Sustainability is one of the project’s top priorities. In order to help PECOC achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, an energy-efficient overhead HVAC system with raised flooring is being used to heat and cool the facility. The team has recycled more than 75 percent of the project’s construction waste, including saving rocks that were in the original landscape and reusing them to create new gabion walls. Masonry walls inside the building were built by Sundt’s own crews.
PECOC is outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and security features including radio communications equipment and telecommunications infrastructure for a new regional public safety voice communications network, for which Sundt will install all of the cables. PECOC also includes high security fencing, a controlled access system and seismic bracing to prevent earthquake damage.
The Warrior in Transition barracks at Fort Sill includes outdoor seating areas where residents can gather and socialize.
Sundt is in the final stages of two federal construction projects at Fort Sill Army Post in Lawton, Okla., both of which will help soldiers perform their jobs and serve our country. One of the projects is a 90,000-square-foot Advanced Individual Training (AIT) barracks that accommodates up to 900 soldiers. AIT barracks house army recruits as they complete training for their chosen fields.
The other facility, a Warrior in Transition barracks (WT), is specially designed for soldiers recovering from physical and/or emotional trauma following overseas deployment. The 41,700-square-foot building houses up to 72 people and includes a number of unique features to aid healing and prepare soldiers for their next assignment, or a return to civilian life.
Sundt’s contracts for the two projects total more than $55 million.