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Eric Hedlund has been with Sundt for more than two decades, making him a prominent figure and well-known thought leader in the construction industry. On Oct. 1, he and his colleague Mike Hoover were promoted to serve the company as dual chief operating officers (more here). While we know a lot about Eric from a professional standpoint, we wanted to take a moment to get to know him better personally. So we asked our new COO a few questions, and here’s what we learned:
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I really liked basketball. I wanted to be on the Olympic basketball team! But in terms of a career, when I graduated from high school, I didn’t even know what a career in engineering would be like. I used college to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I liked math and science, and engineering was a natural extension of those. However, as I worked on engineering internships in college, construction quickly became my passion.
What’s your favorite book? My favorite books are the “Jack Ryan” books by Tom Clancy.
How do you like to spend your free time? Playing golf, reading and exercising.
If you could build anything, what would you build? I would love to have been part of the movement of the London Bridge. I think that project would have been a lot of fun to work on. I also enjoy research labs; the ones we’ve built have been really fascinating for me. If I could build anything, I would want to be involved in a very technical research building that’s purpose is to do research for the betterment of mankind.
Where in the world would you most like to visit? Scandinavia, because my family roots originate there.
What is it about Sundt that has led you to make your career here? The quality of the people and the philosophy of the company. It fits very well with my personal approach of being team-based and focused on the greater whole. Each individual benefits from making the whole team successful. That’s the defining element of the ‘Sundt Experience.’
Sundt employees are extremely committed to our nonprofit, the Sundt Foundation, which has awarded more than $4.5 million in donations since its founding in 1999. In light of the companywide enthusiasm for giving back to the communities in which we work, we are especially proud to announce that the Foundation recently raised more than $50,000 through an art auction to fund five special grants for organizations in the Tucson area.
By auctioning the western-themed artwork from our former Sundt Tucson office that wasn’t a fit with our new building’s contemporary design, we were able to award $10,000 grants to each of these local organizations: The American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter, Candlelighters Child Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona, El Rio Community Health Center, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the University Medical Center Foundation.
We’re also very excited to know how some of these grants will be used to impact lives:
- El Rio Community Health Care Center wrote to tell us that its team members were surprised and overjoyed by the fact the grant is three times the amount they requested. The funds will be used to support the center’s children’s immunization, asthma and dental programs.
- Rather than buying food, the Community Food Bank let us know it is allocating this grant money to pay for four or five semis to truck in a recent donation of 120,000 to 150,000 pounds of high-quality nutritious produce for low-income families.
- Candlelighters Child Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona says it will use the money to rent a better facility for its 2012 summer camp for kids with cancer. The team had been scouting location options to replace the DIY setup of years past, and noted this well-timed grant is exactly what is needed to help it rent a new space!
You can learn more about these special grants here.
Think Pink: Construction workers on biotech health care project show support for breast cancer awarenessOctober 26, 2011
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which means everyone is thinking pink – even construction workers on the job site. Yesterday, Sundt workers on the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) joined project partners, staffers and others from the University of Arizona to form a pink ribbon out of hard hats in a breast cancer awareness event on the College of Medicine – Phoenix campus.
EMCOR Group, Inc., a Fortune 500® leader in mechanical and electrical construction, energy infrastructure and facilities services for a diverse range of businesses, organized the event with workers from its University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors, Inc. subsidiary helping form the ribbon at the HSEB job site.
Representatives of the College of Medicine – Phoenix and University of Arizona Cancer Center also donned EMCOR Pink Hard Hats on the construction site of the education building, which will be home to the expanded downtown Phoenix medical school and other health education upon completion in 2012. The event was part of EMCOR’s “Protect Yourself. Get Screened Today” campaign and more than 170 employees from the organizations formed themselves into the shape of a giant human pink ribbon, the international symbol of breast cancer awareness.
This health care project is a joint venture between Sundt and DPR Construction. Los Angeles-based CO Architects, specialists in architecture for education and health care, is the design and executive architect for HSEB, working with the Phoenix office of Ayers Saint Gross, which serves as the associate and master plan architect.
To see more photos from this event, please visit our Sundt Facebook page.
Beyond the projects on the job site, Sundt works hard on a mix of projects that build relationships among its team members as well as joint-venture partners, subcontractors and people looking to launch or continue their construction careers with our company.
Recently, Sundt’s Talent Acquisition Department met with representatives from state, local, and non-profit agencies at our Phoenix office for an informational luncheon focused on diversity recruitment and hiring. For many years, Sundt has been sending out letters to agencies and organizations noting our diversity hiring goals; however, as a leader in diversity, we realized that we needed to take our initiatives to another level and make closer relationship-building-focused connections with the representatives of these constituencies. Networking meetings and luncheons like this one are among the many ways we work with agencies and organizations to support our efforts to recruit and hire greater numbers of women, veterans, African Americans and other minority candidates seeking jobs in the construction industry.
Among the attendees at this luncheon were Danny Meehan of DES Veterans’ Business Services; DJ Randal of Maximus; Tamara Floyd of OIC; Nina Lindsay of St. Joseph the Worker; Micah Peterson and Teddy McDaniel of the Greater Phoenix Urban League; Michelle Harrison of AWEE; Daniel Adonis of the Maricopa Skill Center.