June 6, 2012
June 4, 2012
ISTB 4 was built by Sundt using the Construction Manager at Risk delivery method and designed by HDR and Ehrlich Architects.
Sundt is excited to announce the completion of Arizona State University’s most sophisticated research facility: the $112 million Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building (ISTB) 4. ISTB 4 is a 297,000-square-foot, eight-story building intended to encourage and enhance the university’s opportunities for collaborative, trans-disciplinary research, education and outreach. It will also serve as a tool for recruiting top scientists and engineers to ASU.
June 1, 2012
Sundt replaced seven vertical turbine pumps and installed associated process piping. The work was performed while the existing pump station was still in operation.
At the South Tempe Water Treatment Plant in Tempe, Ariz., Sundt recently finished installing a new, computerized control system that allows plant operators to manage activities from one centralized location. The work was part of a $28 million Construction Manager at Risk contract that modernized and improved the 50-million-gallon-per-day pant, which provides potable water to Tempe’s residential, commercial and industrial users.
During one of the plant’s planned shutdowns for maintenance, Sundt’s industrial construction project team worked double shifts to remove the old system and install, tie in, and test the new one – all in just six weeks.
“The plant control system needed to be upgraded,” said Sundt Project Manager Thomas Maher. “Most tasks were done manually, with employees going out into the field to turn things on and off. The new program provides a state-of-the-art control center that runs the entire plant, either manned or set to automatic mode. Installing it was stressful; six weeks is a very tight time frame. We did a lot of planning and worked double shifts to get it done right and on time.”
The South Tempe Water Treatment Plant was built over 30 years ago and was in need of improvements to make it more energy efficient and in line with today’s stricter environmental standards. The major components of Sundt’s work there included changing the plant’s programming and control system, replacing and installing 60-, 54- and 48-inch process valves, and installing new, 54-inch plant inlet flow meters. We also built a new satellite building, installed new finished water pumps, and made coagulation enhancements.
May 30, 2012
In Superior, Ariz., Sundt is installing a cooling system for Resolution Copper's shaft number 10. The project, located in Superior, Ariz., includes civil, concrete, structural and mechanical components.
Even in the specialized world of industrial construction, mining projects are unique. They are subject to stringent federal regulations as well as high, client-driven standards for safety and quality. Successful mining projects depend on detailed planning, thorough knowledge of specialty systems, piping and equipment construction and mastery of quality requirements.
That’s why mining clients choose Sundt. Our work spans the entire spectrum of mine types at all stages (greenfield, rebuild, reclaimed), and our experience includes constructing and installing rail spurs, roadwork, integrated water treatment facilities, material storage and handling systems, process equipment, crushing and grinding systems and maintenance facilities. We also provide project feasibility estimating and scheduling.
May 29, 2012
One of the new steel pedestrian bridges being placed at San Diego International Airport
Two new pedestrian bridges at San Diego International Airport were installed in a single, overnight operation two weekends ago by the Kiewit/Sundt joint venture – a major feat that took mere hours to perform after several months of planning and coordination. The structural steel bridges, each weighing slightly less than 100 tons, were built and assembled on grade in an alternate location on the jobsite – rather than in place – and then installed using a specialized dolly and 350-ton crane. The team’s innovative approach meant that the main terminal roadway was only closed over one night, rather than the several weeks that would have been required by a more traditional build-in-place approach.
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce Kari L. Louie’s recent promotion to corporate director of total rewards. In her new human resources role, Kari directs the planning and administration of our total reward programs to help ensure the achievement of Sundt’s strategic objectives. Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we wanted to get to know our new corporate director of total rewards. We recently spent a little time talking with Kari, and this is what we learned.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A wife and a mother. My mom was a stay-at-home mom and she was my role model. I looked up to her. I wanted and assumed I would grow up and be just like her.
When you are not at work, how do you spend your time?
I like spending quality time with my husband and three children. They are the most important thing to me in the world. I want to be there to watch them grow up and be a part of their lives.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
How they treat their people – the company has made a huge impact on my life. I have the unique experience of starting with the company through a high school program, Cooperative Office Education (COE), when I was 16 years old. I was fortunate that they kept me on after high school. I began my career at Sundt in human resources. That experience made such an impact on me that I began to gear my college education in that direction. The company has provided me some wonderful opportunities that allowed me to grow in both my professional and personal lives.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
To not react right away if something upsets you and make a rash decision. You might regret if you respond too quickly. It’s best to sleep on something and revisit it the next day with a clearer head.
What is your proudest professional achievement to date?
Obtaining my Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification through Society for Human Resource Management. I had been in HR for quite a number of years at this point and received other professional certifications. Prior to receiving the PHR, my background had been focused in the benefits and compensation arena. However, the PHR is a more encompassing HR certification. It was a very challenging and but rewarding educational endeavor and I felt a huge sense of accomplishment.
What’s your favorite place to dine?
Mi Nidito, a Mexican restaurant in Tucson, Ariz. They have the best Mexican food in town and people will line up and wait to eat at this tiny little restaurant in South Tucson.