April 27, 2012
April 25, 2012
Sundt employees worked alongside other volunteers to help build townhomes for Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona.
Through a volunteer event supported by the Sundt Foundation, several Sundt employees recently donated their time and building expertise to Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona (HFHCAZ), a nonprofit organization that helps low-income families fulfill the dream of home ownership. The volunteers painted, installed shelving and trim, and performed a variety of other tasks to help complete five, two-story townhomes in Surprise, Ariz.
Each Habitat family invests at least 400 hours of “sweat equity” in the construction of its new home and the homes of others. Sundt believes that helping others is one of the most important things we can do, as a company, to fulfill our commitment of giving back to the communities where we live and work.
April 23, 2012
The newly expanded Cal Poly Recreation Center is used by more than 5,000 people per day.
There’s no excuse for being a couch potato at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, now that Sundt has completed a $51 million project that updated and expanded its student recreation center. Students and university employees now have a number of new fitness features to enjoy, including six racquet ball courts, two basketball courts, a multipurpose athletic court, 19,000-square-foot leisure pool, 1/8-mile indoor track, three sand volleyball courts, lobby and workout rooms.
They can also feel good about the rec center’s sustainable features. The project is pending LEED Silver certification thanks in large part to an innovative HVAC system that makes use of both evaporative cooling and chilled/heated water to regulate indoor air temperatures. The system will save a considerable amount of energy over the lifetime of the building.
April 18, 2012
The expanded recreation center at the University of Arizona is the first LEED Platinum building on campus.
Earth Day is a great time to celebrate how the construction industry is contributing to the green movement. Sustainability and green building have stepped into the mainstream in both the public and private sectors, and even with the U.S. military. Sundt is proud to be at the forefront of this effort. We have a proven track record of helping our clients achieve their sustainability goals in order to get the buildings they want with the environmentally friendly features we all need.
Green construction benefits the owners, the building’s future occupants, and, of course, the environment. It looks far beyond reducing energy use and improving air quality. Green construction takes a “big picture” approach, focusing on the interrelationship of the various building systems – plumbing and HVAC, electrical, structure, exterior building envelope construction, and interior finishes – rather than considering each one independently.
Sundt has aided the sustainability efforts of many of our clients by constructing green facilities and sharing lessons learned. In several cases, we’ve exceeded clients’ sustainability goals by proposing and implementing creative strategies to improve the performance of their buildings. Below are a few recent projects that exceeded initial LEED certification goals:
- Arizona Game & Fish Headquarters – Silver to Platinum
- University of Arizona Recreation Center Expansion – Silver to Platinum
- Dial Corporate Headquarters and Research & Development Facility – certified to Silver
There’s still a long way to go toward securing our planet’s future, but there’s also a lot to celebrate. Happy Earth Day!
April 17, 2012
An aerial view of the new Cordes Lake Bridge over I-17 showing the recent installation of the precast concrete girders.
Sundt and joint venture partner Vastco, Inc., are reconstructing Arizona’s busy Cordes Junction traffic interchange at Interstate 17 (I-17) and State Route 69 (SR 69), about 65 miles north of downtown Phoenix. The 50-year-old interchange is used by approximately 40,000 vehicles per day, most of which are just passing through on their way to smaller towns in northern Arizona.
In order to alleviate congestion and improve safety, the Heavy Civil project will:
- create two separate interchanges: one that has a high-speed off-ramp from northbound I-17 to northbound SR 69 for through traffic, and a diamond interchange that has a system of on- and off-ramps designed for slower, local traffic;
- realign, widen and pave several local streets associated with the interchange;
- construct seven new bridges, including one of Sundt’s specialties: a post-tensioned, cast-in-place concrete structure that will be the most challenging aspect of the project. In order to avoid road closures, it will be built over live traffic on I-17. Vastco/Sundt’s expertise with this kind of road and bridge construction is a major reason the team was chosen for the job.
The $51 million, Construction Manager at Risk project will be complete in the summer of 2013.
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Shawn Yeager has joined us as a senior estimator in our Tempe office. Shawn brings more than 10 years of industry experience to his new role, in which he will lead preconstruction efforts in Arizona with a special focus on industrial and mining projects. (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 Shawn, and this is what we learned.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
Being that Sundt is a 100-percent employee-owned company, it is clear how valued the people are. I wanted to be a part of a company that cares about me as a person while simultaneously putting me in the perfect position to capitalize and grow with re-emerging industrial markets.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Opportunity rarely knocks twice.”
What motivates you?
My wife and kids.
How do you alleviate stress?
I love to go fly fishing! It gives you a goal to focus on while calming you at the same time – it’s great!
What is your all-time favorite film?
If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing?
I would be raising horses somewhere beautiful.