November 9, 2011
November 8, 2011
Sundt employees placed the concrete foundation for the new playground equipment at Mesa Verde Elementary in Tucson.
Friends and family of Christina-Taylor Green, the youngest victim of the shooting rampage that occurred in Tucson last January, now have a place where they can remember her and be inspired by her short life. The Christina-Taylor Green Little Hands Playground at Mesa Verde Elementary school was built with contributions from a number of organizations, including $13,000 worth of concrete construction donated by Sundt’s Concrete Division and coordinated through the Sundt Foundation.
The project was organized by the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation as a living memorial and much-needed improvement to the aging playground, which hadn’t been upgraded since the school was built 35 years ago. Christina-Taylor was a third grader there when she lost her life last January during a public “meet and greet” event with Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The new climbing structures and playground equipment rest on a floor of rubber tiles (for improved fall protection) and are canopied by an expansive shade structure. Volunteers from Sundt poured the 2,500-square-foot, four-inch-thick foundation, which includes a four-inch curb around the perimeter to frame the rubber tiles. They also installed the aggregate base course sub base and water-cured the slab to prepare it for the tile adhesive.
“Sundt was privileged to be part of this project,” said Sundt Foundation Vice President Tom Crohurst. “We hope the playground brings joy to many children, just as Christina-Taylor Green did to those who knew her.”
November 2, 2011
Sundt Construction, Inc. is pleased to welcome Tyler Smith to the team as a field engineer. Based out of our Sacramento office, Smith will aid in project management efforts in California (learn more here). Since Sundt believes that our people are the core of what we do, we take a vested interest in each of our employees and wanted to get to know our latest addition. We recently spent a little time talking with Tyler, and this is what we learned.
What is it about Sundt that led you to want to start your career here? I chose Sundt for its reputation as one of the leading general contractors in the country. Additionally, I chose to begin my construction career here because of its rich history and the company’s efforts to invest in its employees.
If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing?I would probably be working for a non-profit group as an advocate for children with special medical conditions.
When not at work, how do you spend your time? I like to spend time with family, friends and my girlfriend. I also enjoy watching football and baseball. I root for the San Francisco Giants and 49ers, as well as the Texas Longhorns.
What’s your favorite place to dine in Sacramento? I really like sushi, so Blue Nami in Roseville is probably my favorite place to eat.
Where in the world would you most like to visit? I would like to visit Australia and New Zealand, as well as Europe.
Who has inspired you most? My parents have inspired me the most because they never let me down and always pushed me to work hard and never give up.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? My mom always told me growing up that the word “can’t” is not part of my vocabulary. It was the best advice in that it gave me the mindset that I can achieve anything I put my mind to.
Managers in Sundt’s Tempe office wore pink shirts to work on Monday, Oct. 31 to show their support for breast cancer awareness. They are gathered around the company’s 1970 El Camino SS, which is rolled out for charity fundraisers and community events.
Why do all of these Sundt employees have a rosy glow? They’re managers who were delivering on their promise to wear pink on Monday, Oct. 31 if Sundt employees met their goal of raising $2,500 for breast cancer research through the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, which took place in Phoenix last Saturday, Oct 29.
Thanks to the Sundt team’s overwhelming success, pink shirts were seen throughout the company on Monday. The 53 walkers didn’t just beat their goal – they crushed it by raising $4,065 which is more than triple last year’s total of $1,250. Included in this total is $900 from the Sundt Foundation, which contributed $50 for each of the 18 walkers who are Sundt employees.
“I’m really thrilled about how many people participated and how much money we were able to raise this year,” said Ellisa De Rosa, Sundt’s Corporate Director of Office Services and Facilities and the organizer of the team of walkers, called ‘Sundt Supporters.’ “More Sundt employees walked than last year and the year before that, including several executives who participated for the first time. It was a lot of fun, and the feeling you get is pretty powerful because you know you’re doing something important for a good cause.”
More than 11,000 people from the Phoenix area participated in this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, raising over $700,000.
November 1, 2011
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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.’