December 23, 2011
December 19, 2011
Sundt Project Director John Alberghini gives $1,000 from the Sundt Foundation to a representative of the Toys for Tots program at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Many of our service members face tough times during the holidays. Long separations from their families, emotional and physical battle wounds, and even financial struggles can make this joyous time of year more challenging than it should be for those who dedicate themselves to keeping our country safe.
“Some of them come home from a long tour of duty overseas and don’t even have money to buy gifts for their kids, or food for Christmas dinner,” says Dan Arana, operations manager for Sundt’s Federal Division. Dan, whose own family benefitted from the kindness of others when he was growing up, has made it his personal mission to identify and help meet the needs of our men and women in uniform at each of the military installations where Sundt has a current construction project. “We want them to know that people care about them. It makes their holidays brighter, and it makes us feel good to help.”
Dan and his fellow Federal Division employees worked to put together the following holiday-themed activities to benefit military families this year:
At Marine Corps Base Camp Yuma, Ariz., they gave 40 $50 gift cards to the Officers’ Spouses’ Club and 60 $50 gift cards to the Marine Corps Community Service, totaling $5,000 all together. The organizations will distribute the commissary gift cards to young Marines and their families to help feed them over the holidays. This was in addition to 60 $50 commissary gift cards Sundt gave to the Marine Corps Community Service to help Marines and their families at Thanksgiving.
At Fort Sill, Okla., Sundt recently held a barbecue to celebrate two successful projects and used the opportunity to encourage a number of its subcontractors to match the Sundt Foundation’s $3,000 grant to the Armed Services YMCA (see below). An additional $1,856 was raised from a number of subs and suppliers, bringing the total to $4,856. The check was given to the organization during the week of Thanksgiving, and was reported to be a huge help.
Federal Division employees working at Fort Sill also sponsored four military families for Christmas, which involves purchasing gifts for their families as well as toys for a “Holiday Joy” event that took place on Dec. 20.
The Sundt Foundation joined in the Federal Division’s generosity by awarding $10,000 in grants to the following non-profit organizations that lend a helping hand to military families:
- $3,000 – Armed Services YMCA – Fort Sill, Okla.
- $2,000 – Hope for our Warriors – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
- $1,000 – Operation Santa Claus – Fort Bliss, Texas
- $1,000 – Santa’s Workshop – Fort Hood, Texas
- $1,000 – Toys for Tots – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
- $1,000 – USO of North Carolina – Camp Lejeune, N.C.
- $1,000 – Returning Heroes Home – Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Sundt also gave $5,000 to the following organizations at Fort Polk, La.:
- $1,000 – Fort Polk Army Community Service (ACS) Baby Center
- $1,000 – Fort Polk ACS Emergency Food Voucher
- $1,000 – Fort Polk ACS Survivor Outreach
- $1,000 – Fort Polk Child Development Center
- $1,000 – Fort Polk Youth Services
December 14, 2011
To help create a future with less waste and reduced energy consumption, Sundt has made going green and developing eco-friendly building practices a focal point for the company.
Our commitment to sustainability has led us to become one of the most eco-friendly construction companies in the Southwest. Whenever possible, Sundt uses green construction techniques that reduce energy costs and lower the consumption of raw materials.
A few points that distinguish Sundt as an eco-friendly builder are:
- Of the handful of projects in Arizona that have received LEED Platinum Certification, the highest level of certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council, two of them were built by Sundt.
- Sundt employs more than 175 LEED-accredited professionals.
- With an extensive jobsite and office recycling program, Sundt uses recycled materials whenever possible.
- Sundt has made a number of upgrades to modernize its fleet of heavy equipment. This includes the purchase of one of the first hybrid mechanic trucks in the industry, the use of water trucks with smaller engines to limit fuel consumption, and the introduction of several hybrid sedans to the Sundt fleet.
In the long run, the rewards of going green far outweigh the costs. With countless benefits including a healthier environment, less waste, and reduced maintenance and operating costs, Sundt recognizes that eco-friendly building is not only the logical choice, but will soon become a requirement and a way of life.
December 13, 2011
The completed PSAP will begin serving the City of San Antonio and surrounding Bexar County in January.
Sundt and a joint venture partner have completed a state-of-the-art, mission critical facility for the City of San Antonio known as the Public Safety Answering Point, or PSAP. The 40,000-square-foot fire, emergency services and police dispatch center will replace the city’s current 911 call center when it is brought online in January.
The single-story, concrete structure was designed to have a high degree of “survivability,” meaning that it can withstand natural disasters. All of the electrical, mechanical and communications systems are fully redundant so that the facility will never lose power or communication abilities. To manage the project’s complexities – identifying clash interfaces, scheduling and estimating – the team made extensive use of Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Installing the PSAP’s sophisticated communications systems presented the biggest challenge to the project team. They had to coordinate all of the electronics, telephone and computer equipment that run to the center’s 115 dispatch stations to that they function perfectly without interfering with one another. The schedule was also critical: the facility needed to be complete in time to allow the city to disable the former call center and transfer emergency response services to the new PSPAP without interruptions.
“The city asked us to build this project because they realized how complex it is, and they want it done right,” said Sundt Project Manager Ben Martin. “We understand that the building systems must function flawlessly on demand. There is no room for failure. People’s lives are depending on it.”
December 9, 2011
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to welcome Chuck Salt to the team as an area manager. Based out of our Tempe office, Chuck will serve as an area manager with a focus on mission critical facilities and corporate office 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 Chuck, and this is what we learned.
What’s your goal in your new position?
I hope to expand mission critical facilities projects to support Sundt’s growth goals for 2020.
What motivates you?
The challenge of accomplishing something significant with my team.
If you could build anything, what would you build?
I’d love to build 100 data centers.
If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing?
I would be working with other parents of autistic children in some capacity.
When not at work, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time with my kids, CJ (5) and Sarah (3), and enjoy hiking, biking, some golf, and keeping up with NASCAR and the Florida Gators.
How do you take your coffee?
With two creams!
What’s your favorite place to dine?
Rudy’s in San Antonio, hands down.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
Visiting every NASCAR track in the world.
A BIM image used during the construction of ISTB 4 at Arizona State University in Tempe
In the ever-changing world of construction, Sundt is at the forefront in the creation and implementation of new, cutting-edge building technologies.
Of the many tools being used by Sundt to improve quality, sustainability, and efficiency, one of the most significant is BIM (Building Information Modeling). BIM allows architects and contractors to see projects as multi-dimensional 3-D and 4-D computer models, which helps resolve construction obstacles and identify cost implications in the design phase instead of during construction. Sundt is using BIM extensively during construction of Arizona State University’s Interdisciplinary Science Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) in Tempe.
Sundt is also using a cutting-edge parametric estimating program – what some are calling “the future of conceptual estimating” – that has the capability to create a 3-D model for any construction project with little more than the owner’s ideas and the square footage requirements of the project. We’ve taken the program to a whole new level by integrating it with proprietary information from our extensive project database, which allows our project teams to estimate the amount of energy a building will use based on its orientation, design, function, and construction materials. These early calculations of building efficiency are crucial in developing future LEED-certified projects, making the program a key technology in green building design.
As a company that prides itself on being a leader in new, cutting-edge construction technologies, Sundt is committed to continuing its development of innovative techniques and tools for our clients and their projects.