April 9, 2012
April 4, 2012
BIM model of how the shoofly will move the existing roadway during construction of the new bridge
It’s not every day that you get to see an innovative bridge construction project in action. But thanks to a live construction cam recently installed at the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Ore., that’s exactly what you can do. Sundt and joint venture partner Slayden Construction recently teamed up on the $160 million reconstruction of the aging structure using an innovative ‘shoofly’ method that is faster, safer and less expensive than what was originally called for in the project’s Environmental Impact Statement. The approach will shorten the project schedule by approximately one year and reduce the cost by $5 to $10 million.
The 86-year-old Sellwood Bridge stretches 2,000 feet across the Willamette River. Rather than rebuilding it in sections and shifting traffic back and forth between the old structure and newly completed segments, the team will create a ”shoofly” (detour) bridge to keep traffic flowing throughout the project. The approach involves lifting the old bridge deck and truss with hydraulic jacks and moving it to one side, then placing it on a set of temporary piers and connecting it to temporary approach spans so that traffic can continue to use it while the new bridge is constructed.
April 2, 2012
Fort Hood Warrior in Transition Barracks
Sustainable building isn’t just for the private sector. More and more federal construction projects are now requiring third party sustainable certifications on new building projects. The new Warrior in Transition (WT) Barracks at Fort Hood, Texas is one of them. The Fort Hood WT incorporates a number of sustainable features, which will help it achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The facility has public transportation access and features special parking for low-emitting/fuel-efficient vehicles. Inside, the nearly 193,000-square-foot, five-story building utilizes an energy efficient HVAC system and Energy Star equipment to reduce energy usage by 30 percent or more.
Other sustainable features include on-site renewable energy, a cool roof, and native and draught tolerant landscaping, which will reduce irrigation needs.
During construction over 75 percent of all construction waste was recycled and diverted from local landfills.
When complete later this month, the Fort Hood WT Barracks will house 320 personnel in shared living modules consisting of separate bedrooms with shared bath and kitchen areas.
March 30, 2012
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to welcome back Gary Graham as a senior estimator in the Tempe office. Originally joining the Sundt team in 2007, Gary brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his role, where he will lead estimating efforts for industrial construction projects throughout the Southwest. (Learn more here). Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we wanted to get to know our returning team member. We recently spent a little time talking with Gary, and this is what we learned.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grow up?
I wanted to be an airline pilot.
When you’re not at work, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy camping and fishing, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Who has inspired you the most?
My father. He is an incredible man.
How do you alleviate stress?
I love fishing. I find it incredibly peaceful.
What is your all-time favorite book?
Any Dirk Pitt Adventure by Clive Cussler.
What’s one thing on your bucket list?
To attend a Formula 1 race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium or at Monza in Italy.
March 28, 2012
Sundt employees who spent 20 years or more with the company are named on concrete stands erected outside of our corporate headquarters in Tempe, Ariz.
Sundt is known for its outstanding people, many of whom spent decades of their lives helping build our great company. We celebrated former Sundt employees with 20 years or more of service yesterday at an event at our corporate headquarters in Tempe, Ariz. The smiling crowd of nearly 150 people included retirees from as far away as Colorado and Arkansas, a number of guests, and company officials.
Concrete stands, bearing plaques inscribed with the former employees’ names, were erected outside of the building and unveiled during the event.
Notable attendees included former CEO J. Doug Pruitt, who retired last year after a 45-year career with Sundt. The Tempe headquarters has been named the J. Doug Pruitt building in honor of his many years of company leadership. Another notable honoree was Father Al Schifano, a former Sundt employee who went on to pursue a second career as a Catholic priest. Father Schifano gave the blessing at yesterday’s celebration, where he made people laugh with his favorite comment about how he “left Sundt to go work for a different carpenter.”
The festivities and warmth at yesterday’s event were a good reminder of what’s important in life. When we reflect on our careers are Sundt, the relationships we built with each other matter just as much as the projects.
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to announce that Tom Auay-Fuay (pronounced Away-Fay) has joined our team as a preconstruction project manager in the Tempe office. With more than two decades of industry experience, Tom will assist in the preconstruction efforts in the Southwest with a special focus on mining and industrial 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 Tom, and this is what we learned.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here?
The company culture of Sundt is incredibly unique and something I knew I wanted to be a part of. The people here are truly wonderful and innovative; it already seems to be a great team.
When you’re not at work, how do you spend your time?
I’m the proud father of three beautiful girls ages 4, 9 and 12, so I love to spend as much time with them as possible. I also really enjoy mountain biking in my free time.
Where in the world would you most like to visit?
I’d love to see Rome or Egypt.
If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing?
Driving fast as a Formula 1 racecar driver.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
When a problem arises you must first look at yourself to see if the problem lies within.