July 18, 2012
July 17, 2012
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.
July 13, 2012
Lindsey Blum is one of 16 college students currently employed by Sundt through our internship program. The program recruits engineering students from colleges and universities near our offices and assigns them to construction projects that match their interests and skills. Many interns also get connected with Sundt through the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) annual construction competition, in which Sundt sponsors the Concrete Solutions Problem and serves as a judge for that particular event. Sundt employees help coach students who compete in the event’s other “problem areas,” which involve every segment of the construction industry.
According to Paul Jentlie, Sundt’s corporate recruiter, Sundt’s internship program is a great way for those entering the field to gain relevant work experience while becoming familiar with Sundt’s culture. It’s also a good opportunity for Sundt to observe their work and see if they would make a good addition to our team after graduation.
Lindsey has joined us as an engineering intern in the Tempe office. She is working at one of Sundt’s mining projects for the summer, assisting with the schedule, safety, equipment tracking and execution. 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 Lindsey, and this is what we learned.
What motivates you?
My aspiration to learn new things and my constant desire for improvement. Both assist in motivating me to always work towards achieving my goals to the best of my potential.
What is your proudest professional achievement to date?
Being that I am still in college and have not yet begun my career full time, I would say that my proudest professional achievement to date is having been a team leader for the Northern Arizona University 2011 Region 6 Commercial ASC Competition, and working together as a team to take second place.
Who has inspired you most?
Professor David Grider, who recently retired from Northern Arizona University, has had a great impact on my life and ultimately inspired my decision to be in construction. I had originally declared my major as nursing. I was taking one construction management course of Professor Grider’s with the sole intention of being the grader for his course the following semester. It wasn’t long before this class became my very favorite. I was absolutely enthralled by the things I was learning. Over the remainder of that particular semester, and the time that followed, he has served as an advisor, mentor and friend helping me to make one of the best and most beneficial life choices to switch my career path, and pursue a major and ultimately a career in construction.
What’s your all-time favorite film?
The Magnificent Seven
When you’re not at work, how do you spend your time?
When I’m not at work I spend my time with my family and friends or in the great outdoors. I love hunting, fishing, archery, hiking, camping, snow shoeing, etc. These activities not only make me happy, they help to alleviate the stresses of work.
July 11, 2012
Americans should be seeing more transportation improvement projects soon as increased federal funding becomes available.
Given the state of the economy, it seems like Americans have to look a little harder than usual for good news these days, but some came our way recently when Congress passed the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (H.R. 4348). The bill authorizes new investment in federal highway and transit projects through September 30, 2014 – providing much-needed improvements in our national infrastructure and much-needed jobs for our struggling industry.
Many in the construction and transportation industries worked hard to urge legislators to approve the measure, and we at Sundt applaud them for their good work.
Steve Sandherr, Chief executive officer of AGC of America, noted, “The passage of the twenty-seven month transportation bill ends nearly three years’ worth of temporary extensions that have made it increasingly difficult for state and local officials to plan for, fund, and execute major new infrastructure projects. The new highway and transit bill should allow construction to finally begin on many long-delayed, vital projects. In addition, this bill will make it easier for a host of long-contemplated projects to move through a regulatory review process that until now was hopelessly inefficient.”
We agree, and we’re glad to see Congress moving ahead with initiatives that will benefit all Americans now and for many years to come.
July 9, 2012
The 57,800-square-foot elementary school is a new, attractive focal point for the surrounding neighborhood.
A K-12 school construction project recently completed by Sundt in South Central Los Angeles is bringing major benefits not only to the 650 students who will attend classes there, but to the surrounding neighborhood as well. The Los Angeles Unified School District’s South Region Elementary School #9, located in South Gate, Calif., is a $21 million, 57,800-square-foot facility built on a 3.9-acre site that used to house several aging homes, a bar and an adult entertainment business.
“The area was pretty blighted, so the school is a huge improvement for the neighborhood,” said Project Manager Chris Dillard. “A number of teachers and neighborhood residents stopped by during construction to compliment the building and say how happy they were to see it being built. They’re especially excited about the amenities like wireless internet access throughout the campus.”
The concrete-and-steel structure has a sleek, modern design that will serve as an attractive focal point for the neighborhood while helping to relieve overcrowding in nearby elementary schools. Students and staff will enjoy a full range of recreational facilities including tetherball and handball courts and ball fields, as well as state-of-the-art communication and access control systems. To save energy, the school’s lighting is motion-controlled, and up to 25 percent of its electricity will be supplied by solar panels doubling as sun shades in the parking lot.
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Justin McCapes has joined us as a field engineer in our Sacramento office. He will be working at the Tercero student housing project where he will be responsible for processing information requests, ensuring jobsite safety and serving as a liaison between Sundt and project owners, design professionals and subcontractors (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 Justin, and this is what we learned.
If you could build anything, what would you build?
I would love to build a high-rise building. This type of construction is something that I’ve always been fascinated by and it’s different from any other type of project that I’ve been a part of.
How do you alleviate stress?
Working out always seems to relieve stress for me. I enjoy lifting weights, taking cardio classes and I’ve recently gotten involved with CrossFit.
When you’re not at work, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going camping, cooking, barbequing and going on trips to our family beach house.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
To travel! I’m a big fan of traveling. So far I’ve been to Spain, Italy and Greece. I really enjoy seeing the different cultures and the many famous historical sites that the world has to offer. The places I’d like to visit first are Germany, all of the UK, Australia, France and South America.
Who has inspired you most?
My father. I’ve worked for my father (who is a superintendent for a general contractor) throughout the last ten years. Watching him succeed and seeing his exceptional work ethic has really inspired me to work hard and always do my best.