May 4, 2012
May 2, 2012
Wayne Einbinder at the ACE conference
How do you measure the success of a project? One of the most obvious, and important ways is to compare the final cost with the original budget. Most owners would agree; projects that finish under budget – without compromising quality – are the very definition of success. The key to that success is almost always a collaborative approach – like Integrated Project Delivery (IDP) – in which every member of the project team is able to contribute his or her talent and experience toward the common goal of best value.
Sundt’s recently completed research facility project at Arizona State University (ASU) is a great case in point, as Wayne Einbinder, Sundt’s Director of Special Projects, explained yesterday in a presentation to ASU’s Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE).
ASU’s Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with sophisticated systems to support cutting edge research and education. By all standards, it is one of the university’s and Sundt’s most successful projects for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the team was able to shave millions off of the project budget without reducing quality – an achievement that was directly attributable to the Integrated Project Delivery process.
“A program was developed by ASU independent of budget; it was estimated at $160 million and 310,000 gross square feet,” Wayne explained. “The project budget was later established at $134 million at 284,000 gross square feet, which was disappointing to the users who wanted their original scope. Through the IPD approach, the team was able to add back almost all of the scope in both building area and systems, and yet still meet the mandated budget. Then the economy fell off the cliff in 2008, and the client put the project on hold. A year later, we were able to utilize the same team, with the owner receiving an additional 20 percent off the original proposal, proving that design-bid-build is not necessary to receive the savings that result from market correction.”
May 1, 2012
The recently completed Warrior in Transition project at Fort Polk
When U.S. Army soldiers return home wounded from combat overseas, they often need specialized services to help them heal and return to military or civilian life. They may stay for days, weeks or even months in specialized Warrior in Transition (WT) complexes that are specially designed to treat their unique medical, psychological and social needs.
With five WT projects either complete or under construction, Sundt has become a recognized expert in this unique kind of federal construction project. Our most recently completed WT facility is at Fort Polk, near Leesville, La. The $17.2 million project included site work and the construction of a 67,000-square-foot barracks building to house 112 soldiers in apartment-style units.
April 27, 2012
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce Ted Aadland as an area manager in the Northwest. Based out of Portland, Ted will help grow the company while overseeing existing projects and procuring new work in Oregon, Washington and the surrounding region. (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 Ted, and this is what we learned.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
It changed many times over the years. My dad made me clean up his construction projects on weekends, so the last thing I wanted to do was go into construction. I remember that I had a yearning to go to sea – I wanted to be a captain of a ship someday. But alas, I went to work for my father in the construction business after high school and soon realized it was what I was meant to do.
What is your favorite book?
Either “The Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cooking” or “The Devil in the White City.”
When you are not at work, how do you spend your time?
With my family! I was blessed to marry the love of my life – she wears many hats: wife, mother, lover, nurse, business partner, cook, and best friend. We have two daughters and two grandsons. We ski, both snow and water, and we love to travel together.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
I have received great advice from a number of very smart people about life, family and religion. The best advice I have received about the construction business was that we are in the people business, and managing and motivating people is our primary job. We then use their talents to build.
What is your proudest professional achievement to date?
Serving as the national president of the Associated General Contractors of America was a great honor and a privilege.
April 25, 2012
Sundt employees worked alongside other volunteers to help build townhomes for Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona.
Through a volunteer event supported by the Sundt Foundation, several Sundt employees recently donated their time and building expertise to Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona (HFHCAZ), a nonprofit organization that helps low-income families fulfill the dream of home ownership. The volunteers painted, installed shelving and trim, and performed a variety of other tasks to help complete five, two-story townhomes in Surprise, Ariz.
Each Habitat family invests at least 400 hours of “sweat equity” in the construction of its new home and the homes of others. Sundt believes that helping others is one of the most important things we can do, as a company, to fulfill our commitment of giving back to the communities where we live and work.
The newly expanded Cal Poly Recreation Center is used by more than 5,000 people per day.
There’s no excuse for being a couch potato at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, now that Sundt has completed a $51 million project that updated and expanded its student recreation center. Students and university employees now have a number of new fitness features to enjoy, including six racquet ball courts, two basketball courts, a multipurpose athletic court, 19,000-square-foot leisure pool, 1/8-mile indoor track, three sand volleyball courts, lobby and workout rooms.
They can also feel good about the rec center’s sustainable features. The project is pending LEED Silver certification thanks in large part to an innovative HVAC system that makes use of both evaporative cooling and chilled/heated water to regulate indoor air temperatures. The system will save a considerable amount of energy over the lifetime of the building.