November 15, 2011
November 11, 2011
On Oct. 1, Mike Hoover and his colleague Eric Hedlund were promoted to serve the company as dual chief operating officers (more here). Mike began working for Sundt as a laborer after finishing high school in 1978. He also held intern positions with Sundt while attending the University of Arizona. He joined the company full-time in 1988 and has held a variety of positions since then including division manager, chief estimator, project manager, project superintendent and project engineer. In his new role, he oversees the company’s heavy civil, mining and industrial, concrete, masonry, and safety/quality groups. We recently asked Mike a few questions to learn more about who he is and what he cares about outside of his busy role at Sundt.
What’s your favorite book or movie? I haven’t seen many movies lately, but one I did see that I really liked was “Gran Torino” by Clint Eastwood. My favorite books are the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?I like spending time with my kids and playing golf. I also enjoy being at my cabin in the White Mountains, east of Phoenix.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I played a lot of sports as a kid, but I always wanted to be a professional golfer.
Who would you most like to meet? I would really like to meet Arnold Palmer, the golf pro. I really admire what he has done for the game of golf.
What has kept you with Sundt all these years? Sundt’s a great company. My father worked here and I’ve always had a lot of pride in this company. We have a great reputation in the industry and we treat people fairly. It’s a great place to make a career in construction.
November 9, 2011
Artist's rendering of Sundt's $48 million Warrior in Transition (WT) barracks project at Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Sundt would like to take a moment today, Veterans Day, to salute the brave men and women of the United States armed forces who have put their lives on the line for our freedom. Their sacrifices and hardships are difficult for most of us to imagine, but nonetheless we are deeply grateful for their selfless service.
When our service members return from overseas combat, whether it’s to prepare for their next mission abroad or to return to civilian life, they often bear physical and emotional scars that require special care. That delicate transition is being made a little easier thanks to the treatment available at the Warrior in Transition (WT) barracks that have been completed at a number of military installations around the country.
Sundt will soon complete one such facility at Ft. Sam Houston, home of the San Antonio Military Medical Center, which reflects our pride in our service members. Built to accommodate up to 360 returning soldiers, the $48 million WT barracks feature 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.
In addition to our current project at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Sundt has completed a $30 million WT project at Fort Bliss, Texas, and has three others underway: at Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Polk, La.; and Fort Sill, Okla. These are some of the most meaningful projects we undertake as a company because they allow us the chance to give back to the men and women in uniform who have given so much to all of us.
November 8, 2011
Sundt employees placed the concrete foundation for the new playground equipment at Mesa Verde Elementary in Tucson.
Friends and family of Christina-Taylor Green, the youngest victim of the shooting rampage that occurred in Tucson last January, now have a place where they can remember her and be inspired by her short life. The Christina-Taylor Green Little Hands Playground at Mesa Verde Elementary school was built with contributions from a number of organizations, including $13,000 worth of concrete construction donated by Sundt’s Concrete Division and coordinated through the Sundt Foundation.
The project was organized by the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation as a living memorial and much-needed improvement to the aging playground, which hadn’t been upgraded since the school was built 35 years ago. Christina-Taylor was a third grader there when she lost her life last January during a public “meet and greet” event with Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The new climbing structures and playground equipment rest on a floor of rubber tiles (for improved fall protection) and are canopied by an expansive shade structure. Volunteers from Sundt poured the 2,500-square-foot, four-inch-thick foundation, which includes a four-inch curb around the perimeter to frame the rubber tiles. They also installed the aggregate base course sub base and water-cured the slab to prepare it for the tile adhesive.
“Sundt was privileged to be part of this project,” said Sundt Foundation Vice President Tom Crohurst. “We hope the playground brings joy to many children, just as Christina-Taylor Green did to those who knew her.”
November 2, 2011
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to welcome Tyler Smith to the team as a field engineer. Based out of our Sacramento office, Smith will aid in project management efforts in California (learn more here). Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we take a vested interest in each of our employees and wanted to get to know our latest addition. We recently spent a little time talking with Tyler, and this is what we learned.
What is it about Sundt that led you to want to start your career here? I chose Sundt for its reputation as one of the leading general contractors in the country. Additionally, I chose to begin my construction career here because of its rich history and the company’s efforts to invest in its employees.
If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing?I would probably be working for a non-profit group as an advocate for children with special medical conditions.
When not at work, how do you spend your time? I like to spend time with family, friends and my girlfriend. I also enjoy watching football and baseball. I root for the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, as well as the Texas Longhorns.
What’s your favorite place to dine in Sacramento? I really like sushi, so Blue Nami in Roseville is probably my favorite place to eat.
Where in the world would you most like to visit? I would like to visit Australia and New Zealand, as well as Europe.
Who has inspired you most? My parents have inspired me the most because they never let me down and always pushed me to work hard and never give up.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? My mom always told me growing up that the word “can’t” is not part of my vocabulary. It was the best advice in that it gave me the mindset that I can achieve anything I put my mind to.
Managers in Sundt’s Tempe office wore pink shirts to work on Monday, Oct. 31 to show their support for breast cancer awareness. They are gathered around the company’s 1970 El Camino SS, which is rolled out for charity fundraisers and community events.
Why do all of these Sundt employees have a rosy glow? They’re managers who were delivering on their promise to wear pink on Monday, Oct. 31 if Sundt employees met their goal of raising $2,500 for breast cancer research through the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, which took place in Phoenix last Saturday, Oct 29.
Thanks to the Sundt team’s overwhelming success, pink shirts were seen throughout the company on Monday. The 53 walkers didn’t just beat their goal – they crushed it by raising $4,065 which is more than triple last year’s total of $1,250. Included in this total is $900 from the Sundt Foundation, which contributed $50 for each of the 18 walkers who are Sundt employees.
“I’m really thrilled about how many people participated and how much money we were able to raise this year,” said Ellisa De Rosa, Sundt’s Corporate Director of Office Services and Facilities and the organizer of the team of walkers, called ‘Sundt Supporters.’ “More Sundt employees walked than last year and the year before that, including several executives who participated for the first time. It was a lot of fun, and the feeling you get is pretty powerful because you know you’re doing something important for a good cause.”
More than 11,000 people from the Phoenix area participated in this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, raising over $700,000.