October 2, 2012
October 1, 2012
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Clark Garrett has joined us a quality manager in the Tempe office. He will maintain standards for federal construction occurring at French Creek, a North Carolina Marine Corps satellite campus of Camp Lejeune where Sundt has multiple projects. 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 Clark, and this is what we learned.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
What’s your all-time favorite film?
That’s a lengthy list – one would be ‘Last of the Mohicans,’ which was filmed in the area where I grew up.
What is something you do on a daily basis?
Review the stock market.
Who has inspired you most?
Both John F. Kennedy and my father have been huge inspirations in my life.
What is your proudest professional achievement to date?
I helped build a Cisco Campus outside Raleigh, NC – its completion was a great achievement for all of us.
What motivates you?
A sense of accomplishment; did I achieve my goal? I strive to be able to answer ‘yes’ each time.
If you could build anything, what would you build?
A nuclear power plant- well, another nuclear power plant.
If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing?
Power plant engineering and operations.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
It truly all came down to timing. There was the right position available, at the right time, on the right project. It all worked itself out for the best.
What’s your goal for your new position?
To achieve a successful completion of my present project with full documentation. Can’t wait!
September 28, 2012
Rosie’s House offers free music education to low-income children in inner-city Phoenix. The organization’s programs are supported by grants such as the one recently provided by the Sundt Foundation.
Of the many nonprofit organizations funded each year by the Sundt Foundation, many work to improve the lives of children. One that does particularly interesting and compelling work is Rosie’s House, a free afterschool music academy for disadvantaged children in inner-city Phoenix, Ariz. The nonprofit’s philosophy is that music education can be a catalyst for changing children’s lives because it builds a person’s heart, mind, character, home, community and future.
Sundt recently gave Rosie’s House a $1,500 grant, which will fund a piano group class for six new students from low-income families. Sundt Foundation board member Lisa White had the opportunity to drop the check off personally and was impressed with what she saw.
“I am so glad we were able to provide them the funds to accomplish their goals. The grant money will make a huge impact on the lives of six children.”
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. Employees can also direct their donations to charitable organizations that benefit members of the military and their families.
September 26, 2012
The Muir College Apartments project at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) was certified LEED Gold after being completed by Sundt in 2011.
ENR, one of the construction industry’s leading publications, ranked Sundt number 30 on its Top 100 Green Contractors list that was published earlier this month. It’s a distinction that means a lot to us because we have cultivated a culture of sustainability rooted in the belief that construction firms have both the opportunity and responsibility to affect positive change in the environment. With commercial buildings accounting for a third of all energy, water, and materials consumption in the U.S. and generating a similar proportion of pollution, our philosophy is based upon the principle that what is good for the environment can also be good for business.
The ENR report shows that our beliefs are shared by clients. Even in a sluggish economy, they care about projects that make use of environmentally friendly practices and materials, particularly when those features translate to reduced operating costs and lower long-term maintenance budgets. They turn to Sundt because we have the necessary experience and expertise.
“Sundt has built five projects that are LEED Platinum certified (including the first one in Arizona) and five that are pending Platinum certification. Not many contractors can say that,” said Sundt Preconstruction Project Manager Dan Osterman. Dan has an extensive green resume, including his current position as board member of the both the USGBC Arizona Chapter – Southern Branch Governing Council and the USGBC Arizona Chapter. USGBC is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating and promoting the benefits of the sustainable built environment from the local to the international level. He also leads Sundt’s Sustainability Committee, which includes representatives from each of the company’s construction specialties.
September 24, 2012
Last year’s “Fun Shoot” in Tucson raised over $5,000.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a little hard work, determination … and fun. Since 2001, a group of dedicated Sundt employees and the Sundt Foundation together have raised more than $1 million to help find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
ALS claimed the life of longtime Sundt employee Mike Gaines in 2002. Before he died, Mike and the Sundt Foundation worked together to establish the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events to raise money for ALS research. The annual events— golf tournaments in Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Antonio, and a trap shoot in Tucson—raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
So far this year the events have raised more than $121,000, putting the grand total given to MDA at $1,057,973. There’s still time to sign up for the golf tournament in San Antonio and the trap shoot in Tucson, which will take place on October 12 and October 26, respectively. Please join us – you’re guaranteed to have fun while helping find a cure for ALS.
Prior to the completion of the project, the schools’ swimming, diving and water polo teams had to practice and compete at nearby facilities.
Three high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District east of San Diego, Calif., now have their own aquatic centers for competitive swimming, diving and water polo, following Sundt’s completion of a $13.8 million project. It was our second project for the district, which raised the money for the pool facilities through a recent bond election. The aquatic centers are located at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, West Hills High School in Santee, and Steele Canyon High School in Spring Valley.
“The Granite Hills facility was in the planning stages for more than 20 years, so it was a real dream come true for many people,” said Sundt Project Manager John Foster. “The school was opened in 1960, but its new aquatic center houses the most modern pool money can buy.”
Granite Hills now has a 50-meter pool with 19 lanes plus six basketball courts and 12 tennis courts. The other two schools have 25-meter pools containing ten lanes each. All three aquatic centers are equipped with bleachers, diving boards, state-of-the-art timing equipment and scoreboards, and a pool building that houses the mechanical room, restrooms with lockers, offices, team rooms, storage rooms and a snack bar area. One of the pools is solar-heated and the others are equipped for solar heating in the future.