September 2, 2011
August 25, 2011
Rendering of the Sellwood Bridge, a Slayden-Sundt heavil civil construction project near Portland, Oregon.
It’s been a big summer for Sundt’s heavy civil construction team. For starters, the construction company’s Heavy Civil Division was recently selected for two new projects at the Fort Bliss military installation in El Paso, Texas: the Scout Reconnaissance Crew Engagement Range Complex project and the Beaumont Army Medical Center Site Infrastructure Improvements project.
Additionally, the Division is excited about Sundt‘s recently opened satellite office in El Paso, located just 10 minutes from the airport and easily accessible from Interstate-10. Home to about 70 Sundt employees, the El Paso office will support the newly awarded heavy civil construction projects at Fort Bliss, other Sundt projects already underway at the military installation, as well as future opportunities for various company divisions in the West Texas and New Mexico markets. Fred Stone and his staff have been instrumental in the development of owner and subcontractor relationships in the region and will continue to lead Sundt’s efforts there. The company has also welcomed new local talent aboard, including Project Superintendent Ron Parks, who brings decades of scheduling experience and local knowledge to the staff.
Lastly, the heavy civil construction team is looking forward to launching two other projects it was awarded during the past two months: W. Seventh Street Bridge project in Fort Worth, and the Sellwood Bridge project in Portland. Construction on both the Texas and Oregon bridges will launch in 2012.
August 22, 2011
“Today’s marketplace is incredibly competitive in every industry around the globe. The difference between success and failure is talent, period.” - Indra Nooyi, CEO, Pepsico
“Only those companies that win the hearts and minds of their top talent will be able to deliver value over both the short and long term.” - Deloitte, 2008
At Sundt Construction, we believe that our people are our company – which means each employee’s skills, growth and development are directly tied to Sundt’s skills, growth and development. Featured in our online resource library, this white paper further explores how establishing a talent-driven culture is the key to any company’s success. Read it here.
August 16, 2011
Time and money are top priorities in construction, and parametric estimating tools can prove instrumental in the overall success of a project because they help create a precise picture of what a budget can buy during the initial conceptualization. Through the use of advanced parametric estimating software, what was once a laborious series of drawings and abstract conversations has become an efficient and succinct way to analyze initial and operating costs dependent on site orientation, systems and materials.
Having been quick to adapt, apply and tailor these construction technologies for use in recent years, Sundt Construction has become an industry leader in parametric estimating. But not everyone understands the benefits. To help, Sundt’s resident expert Wayne Einbinder, vice president and director of the Special Projects Division, offers a look at 5 need-to-know facts about parametric estimating and how it is changing construction.
1. Parametric estimating can reduce the estimating process by 80 percent. It also provides more accurate cost-build estimates to be produced with less exertion involved. Tools like Dprofiler, software that Sundt employs in a unique fashion, allow for the creation of digital estimate models based on previously realized factors. A simple click and drag of the mouse within the 3D building model can produce precise estimates in real time.
2. Parametric estimating can produce more accurate results than detailed quantity take-offs during the early design phases. Prior to parametric estimating technology, each line item had to be laboriously measured, creating longer estimating timelines and greater potential for error as only what was drawn was estimated. Now with parametric estimating, all line items are intertwined by algorithms that work in real time so that when the height, footprint or number of stories is modified, the costs of all impacted line items are adjusted immediately.
August 12, 2011
Sundt Construction employees build communities in more ways than one – through construction projects, but also through their support of community organizations by way of their own nonprofit entity, the Sundt Foundation. In addition to the financial contributions employees make to the Sundt Foundation, many staff also volunteer their time and talent.
Last weekend, members of the San Antonio branch of the Sundt Foundation volunteered to build handicap ramps to benefit the San Antonio STAR Soccer Complex and Morgan’s Wonderland parks. The San Antonio team members constructed ramps for two full-size portable classrooms at the STAR Soccer Complex. The portables will be used for storage of grounds and maintenance equipment of both parks. The ramps were built in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Break room in the Richard E. Arnason Justice Center, also known as the East Contra Costa Courthouse
The recently completed Richard E. Arnason Justice Center is a testament to the benefits of alternative project delivery methods, particularly when it comes to building complex projects. The $42 million courthouse facility included a number of challenges that Sundt was able to navigate successfully, thanks to the flexibility and innovation inherent in the Construction Manager at Risk (CM at Risk) approach. The three-story, 73,500-square-foot facility includes seven courtrooms, judges’ chambers, administrative space, a library, conference rooms, and in-custody detention areas. The project is located in the City of Pittsburg, Calif., roughly halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento.