March 7, 2012
March 5, 2012
Sundt’s crews are excavating for the drainage structures that will be incorporated into the new C-130 parking apron. Grading work, also for the apron, is shown on the right.
Sundt’s current work at Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, N.M., is a great example of why experience matters. The $23 million heavy civil project involves building a new parking apron and taxiway for the C-130 gunship aircraft – plus extensive drainage facilities – in just 365 calendar days. As if that weren’t challenging enough, the site is in close proximity to an active runway and “arm / de-arm pad” where arriving planes are armed and de-armed with live ammunition – operations that necessarily take priority over construction and can bring the team’s activities to a halt. There are also five other contractors on site to work around and coordinate with.
“One of the main reasons Sundt was selected for the job is our experience performing military airfield paving and similar work for the federal government,” explains Project Manager Dominic Mascia. “There are about 55 pages of specifications for the concrete paving alone – covering batching and placing the concrete to the quality checks which include thickness, smoothness, strength, etc. It takes a lot to get a quality end product, which not every contractor understands. Poor quality work can lead to early and unscheduled maintenance and other more serious problems that can be both expensive and dangerous. We also have a lot of experience working in high-security military environments.”
Sundt’s ability to perform more than half of the project with its own crews offers another advantage. “We’re self-performing the earthwork, the installation of the underground utilities (storm drain and water line), the box culverts and other drainage structures, and the concrete paving,” Mascia continued. “Quality is the ultimate goal. Experience, plus self-performing a large part of the work, is a proven way to reach it.”
March 2, 2012
Golfers having fun at one of the recent tournaments held in honor of longtime Sundt employee Mike Gaines
If you could send a message to a disease, ours would be this: “Look out, ALS. We’re coming after you.” Since 2001, a group of dedicated Sundt employees and the Sundt Foundation together have raised nearly $1 million to help find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
ALS claimed the life of one of Sundt’s longtime employees, Mike Gaines, in 2002. Before he died, Mike and the Sundt Foundation worked together to establish the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events to help eradicate this terrible disease and preserve his memory. The annual events—a trap shoot in Tucson and golf tournaments in Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Antonio—raise money for the local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) chapter in each location to be used for ALS research.
The events were a huge success in 2011, raising more money than in any of the previous years with a total of $162,387. “It helps to have so many generous subcontractors, vendors, and other golfers who come back year after year,” said Aly Gartin, a Sundt employee who helps coordinate the events. Aly worked with Mike Gaines for many years and counted him among her close friends. She added, “We have been blessed to be a beneficiary of the Powers Foundation, which has donated $25,000 to the Phoenix tournament for the past few years in honor of their employee, John Walsh, whose wife has ALS.”
We expect to cross the $1 million mark with the 2012 tournaments, which will be a great honor for Mike’s family and everyone affected by ALS. Feel free to join us for a day of fun and fundraising!
2012 Tournament Dates:
Tucson – March 23, 2012
Phoenix – April 13, 2012
Sacramento – May 4, 2012
San Diego – June 15, 2012
San Antonio – October 12, 2012
February 29, 2012
Artist's rendering of Sundt's latest criminal justice project, the Porterville Courthouse in Porterville, Calif.
When you have a specialized project to build, you need a specialist. Modern criminal justice facilities – courthouses, jails, prisons and juvenile detention centers – require extensive experience to design and construct due to their unique security requirements and other complex building systems. Over the past three decades, Sundt has designed and constructed more than 100,000 detention beds in various custody levels, making us one of the leaders in this specialized market. We don’t just know how to construct modern correctional facilities; we understand the needs that must be met for these specialized institutions.
When beginning a project, we complete a comprehensive review of the design to determine any early or special procurement items that may be required. Early procurement of long-lead items such as precast sleeping rooms, electrical gear, security hardware, and security doors is evaluated to determine the appropriate acquisition schedule. This information is incorporated into the schedule to assure that materials are onsite when needed.
Through our use of innovative technology such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), issues can be analyzed and evaluated during the design phase. During construction, we use full-size mock-ups of sleeping rooms and plumbing chases to assure that all items will fit appropriately. Security electronics panel mock-ups are an opportunity to work through any dimensional, location, or other potential layout issues. Our BIM capabilities enable us to review operational and sightline issues. Room interior layout review prior to construction is invaluable in identifying and correcting issues that might cause problems in the future.
Courthouse projects are all unique, but what they have in common is a focus on value – it’s critical to virtually every courthouse project because of reduced budgets. Our expertise helps reduce the original budget and establish affordable life-cycle costs for our clients, the latter of which can be very challenging because of increased costs associated with the security requirements necessary for operating and maintaining a court facility.
Whether you’re building a courthouse, jail, prison or juvenile detention center, there is no learning curve when Sundt is the contractor.
February 28, 2012
The soon-to-be-complete Warrior in Transition barracks at Fort Sam Houston, Texas
This photo shows off something we’re particularly proud of: the nearly completed Warrior in Transition (WT) barracks at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Sundt has completed or is in the process of building five WT projects at multiple army posts around the country. These federal construction projects provide specialized services to meet the unique medical, psychological and social needs of U.S. Army soldiers who return home wounded from combat overseas.
Built to accommodate up to 360 returning soldiers, the $48 million WT barracks at Fort Sam Houston features a two-bedroom apartment-style design. Through the use of subdued lighting, residential-style furnishings and household common areas, the new WT barracks provides service members a sense of normalcy, as well as the chance to adapt to the new lifestyle they’ll experience when they return to the civilian environment. Proximity to world-class medical and therapeutic facilities, combined with a deep devotion to patient-centered care – both physical and emotional – mean our best and bravest will be treated with the respect they deserve and given the chance to return to their communities in the best condition possible.
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Tim Blood has become a senior estimator in the Sacramento office. A Sundt employee since 2008, Tim will lead the preconstruction efforts in California with a special focus on higher education, courts and correctional facility 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 Tim, and this is what we learned.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
I wanted to be a part of Sundt’s culture of long-term planning and strategic thinking.
What is your goal in your new position?
I’d like to help our industry evolve in regards to the way we deliver our services. We have a huge opportunity thanks to the advent of Building Information Modeling. We can have multi-trade prefabrication and systems integration on a large scale at a level of predictability that wasn’t possible 10 years ago. In order for this to be viable and sustainable, it cannot be done at the expense of design, long-term flexibility or quality. Shifting the majority of our work from the jobsite to a quality-controlled environment will drastically improve the quality of our projects, the speed at which they are delivered, and our ability to compete on a global scale.
I firmly believe this is the future of our industry. Making it a reality on a large scale will require the multi-disciplinary collaboration of highly effective teams, and the lines that separate owners, architects, engineers and contractors will blur as we work towards common goals. The thing I love about this is it’s something that requires the inspiration and cooperation of countless people. So, if I had to list a single goal, it would be to create relationships with like-minded folks, and play some part in helping this evolution to take place.
What motivates you?
Bringing people together to create great things.
When you’re not at work, how do you spend your time?
I’m the proud father of three busy boys ages 7, 4 and 2, so I generally spend my time playing Mario Kart on the Wii, racing Hot Wheels, riding bikes, throwing around the football, fending off attacks when I get home from work, reading stories, playing the guitar and sleeping when I find the time.
How do you alleviate stress?
I play the guitar – it’s a nightly ritual that the kids demand before bed…a win-win for all of us.
What is your must-have mobile app?
TED Talks – it’s a great way to find inspiration in your spare minutes throughout the day.
What is your favorite place to dine in California?
The Crab Cooker in Newport Beach.