December 13, 2011
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.
December 7, 2011
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.
December 5, 2011
Sundt’s recreation of “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” was taken at ISTB 4 at Arizona State University in Tempe.
After a full day on the job, what could be better than having a little fun with your colleagues…and demonstrating a few construction safety tips at the same time? That’s what these Sundt employees did recently at the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) at Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, a $112 million project scheduled for completion this spring. If the scene looks familiar, that’s because it’s a recreation of one of history’s best-known construction photographs, Lunch Atop a Skyscraper. The iconic image was taken by Charles C. Ebbets in 1932 during construction of the RCA Building (now known as the GE Building) in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.
“Lunch Atop a Skyscraper” taken by Charles C. Ebbets in 1932
In the original photograph, 11 workers sit side by side on a girder beam eating their lunches as their feet dangle hundreds of feet above the ground. Look at little closer and you’ll see that there were few, if any, construction safety procedures in place back then. Although the men are at the 69th floor level, not a single one of them is tied off. No one is wearing a hard hat or vest, and two are smoking. Another sign of the times? There’s not one woman in the group.
Sundt’s employees had a lot of fun recreating this telling piece of Americana, this time using all of the right personal protective equipment. Thanks to photo editing software, our group looks to be perched high above the ASU campus when in fact they’re only eight feet above the ground. Even so, they’re all tied off and are wearing hard hats and steel-toed work boots. Our photo also includes one female employee as well as a bit of modern technology: the two men on the left are using a Remote Office Construction Kit (ROCK), which is a rugged tablet PC used to store drawings and other project files for easy access and updating in the field.
December 2, 2011
The new West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas will be the only one of its kind in the state.
Developing innovative ways to build complex projects is one of Sundt’s specialties. Case in point: the $24.1 million reconstruction of the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas, a new landmark gateway between the city’s downtown and new cultural district that will feature two, 10-foot-wide pedestrian walkways and 12 precast concrete and stainless steel arches that run the length of the 980-foot-long structure.
When the first phase of construction begins in January 2012, Sundt will keep the current bridge open and operational while constructing the concrete arches offsite – with its own concrete crews. In the spring of 2013, the precast arches will be placed on both sides of the old bridge at night. Once they’re all in place, the old bridge will be closed and demolished and the new bridge will be built in its place – in just 150 calendar days. Area Manager Chris Cedar calls this phase of the project “tight, but do-able” with lots of manpower and planned overtime shifts. In fact, his aim is to open the new bridge earlier than its scheduled completion date of November 2013.
Using Building Information Modeling, or BIM, will help the team manage the project’s complexities, particularly the construction of the arches, because they contain many structural and lighting elements that have the potential to clash with one another if not planned precisely. BIM is a high-tech replacement for construction drawings on paper. Using multi-dimensional computer models, constructability issues can be identified and resolved before construction begins.
Approximately 300,000 pounds of polished stainless steel within the arches and bridge superstructure will be illuminated at night with embedded lighting, making the West 7th Street Bridge a one-of-a-kind in the state of Texas.
Sundt is pleased to announce that one of its own, Dan Osterman, has been elected governing council representative for the Southern Arizona Branch of the Arizona Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating and promoting the benefits of sustainable, energy-efficient buildings across the state.
Best known for its internationally-recognized Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, the USGBC is one of the nation’s leading advocates of sustainable construction and green-friendly policies. With 79 chapters nationwide, its mission is to transform the built environment within a generation.
Dan is a Preconstruction Project Manager with an extensive “green” resume, having provided leadership both at Sundt and within the industry. In 2002 he became the first LEED Accredited Professional (AP) in Sundt’s Building Division, and he was recently named chairperson of the company’s Sustainability Committee. During his three-year term as a governing council representative with the Southern Arizona Branch of the Arizona Chapter of the USGBC, which begins in January 2012, he will be responsible for providing fiduciary and strategic oversight and generative strategic guidance to the branch.
Thanks to Dan for helping pave the way to a greener future!