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May 30, 2018
New Sundt employee-owner Meagan Garcia started full-time with last month after spending a year as an intern. Growing up as an Army brat, she lived all over the world, including going to high school in Italy. She’s now settled in San Antonio, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Construction Science and Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is working on our CPS Energy Headquarters project.
What interested you about construction?
I was going to architecture school for a while and I think when everyone gets to a certain point in that curriculum you either want to be more a part of the design process or the building process. Although both are equally important, I was more interested in “how” things were put together versus “why.”
How did you get your internship with Sundt?
I got an internship position by being invited to a National Association of Women in Construction event, where I met one of Sundt’s talent acquisition employees and mentioned I was interested in an internship. The rest is history!
When did you know you wanted to work here?
I knew I wanted to work here when I was graciously welcomed to the company and constantly involved and motivated. You need to feel comfortable in your surroundings to learn, and if your job can teach you, motivate you and inspire you, then that is a good place to be! I also knew I wanted to work here once I found out how open the company was to providing continuous training opportunities. Not many can say they have experienced that, especially as an intern. I am a true nerd – I value education and love to learn and I think this is one of the many things that makes Sundt a great place to work.
Where did you get the idea to go up on the crane at the CPS Energy project to have your photo taken?
As we were erecting our tower crane, the “I climbed a tower crane once” stories came about and I wanted to give it a try. If you get to do something as fun as climbing a tower crane, you need a photo and a sign. The sign honestly wrote itself—feeling “on top of the world” because I was 300 feet up and because I am just loving it here at my first project!
What was that experience like?
I loved climbing up and hated climbing down—probably because the excitement was gone after I got to the top. The view and the experience was like no other. I am so glad I had the opportunity to do it! And if anyone is wondering, yes, you can feel it move back and forth once you get about 200 feet up. Good thing I am not afraid of heights—or a challenge! Ha!
After something that nerve-racking, what’s next on your bucket list?
To be honest, I have not given that much thought. I am just happy to be a new graduate and can’t wait to see what is next.
May 25, 2018
The University of North Texas project will add 26,000 gross square feet to the existing building on the UNT Discovery Park campus.
The University of North Texas (UNT) needs a larger facility to expand its Biomedical Engineering program. We have a strong resume working with colleges and universities on similar projects. It’s a pairing with purpose.
We are just getting under way, with a 12-month construction timeline. The project will add 26,000 gross square feet to the existing building at the UNT Discovery Park campus.
“Sundt’s resume in higher education, with emphasis on the health and sciences projects, made this connection perfect,” Project Manager Holly Horsak said.
One of the nation’s largest public research universities, UNT has an enrollment of more than 38,000. The university grew from a private college to a large public research university. It’s the fourth-largest university in North Texas and the biggest in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“UNT is 128 years old with 10 colleges and two schools and are experiencing record-breaking enrollment growth,” Holly said. “We want to grow with them.”
Coincidentally, our company was also founded in 1890. This project, which expands our university work in Texas, could create a match both sides find beneficial for many years.
“We are really excited to have been chosen for this project and are looking forward to building a long-lasting relationship with UNT,” Holly said.
May 18, 2018
Project Manager David Musch recently earned a Top Young Professional award from Engineering News-Record Texas & Louisiana for his dedication to improving construction processes and outcomes. David is the Continuous Improvement Leader for Sundt’s Building Group – Texas District and was part of the first class in the country to complete the Associated General Contractors Lean Certification program.
David grew up in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton, and attended Loyola University in New Orleans on a baseball scholarship. He has been with Sundt since 2014. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and fishing. He and Lindsey, his wife of 10 years, have two daughters, Lily (8) and Ivy (5).
What was your first thought when you learned you won the award?
It caught me off guard. I didn’t have any expectations to win. I am very honored to have been chosen. I work hard and am passionate about my career, so it feels good to be recognized.
What has been your biggest accomplishment since joining Sundt?
Sundt has given me great opportunities to learn and develop my career. I have been a Continuous Improvement Leader since 2015 representing the Texas Building District. I received my CM-Lean certificate and was recently asked to be a member of the group that promotes education and training for Lean. I was the Project Manager from pre-construction through operations on the Wichita Falls Independent School District Career and Technology Center. We worked very hard over the course of two years to deliver the project on time and under budget.
Which project are you working on now?
CPS Energy Headquarters in downtown San Antonio. It is a difficult and complex project with a high profile client and exposure in the city. We have a great team and the client has been very receptive to our performance. We are still in the early stages of the project, with about two months remaining on the demo schedule. We also have a large self-perform concrete element, so this will be a great project for our local resume.
How open has the company been to allowing young professionals to bring their ideas to the table?
There has been a lot of change during my time with Sundt. As a company, we are always looking for ways to improve our performance. This type of environment is great for young professionals to expand their careers and push the envelope with technology and process improvement.
What do you see in your future as a Sundt employee-owner?
I look forward to the challenge of expanding my leadership and role in operations.
May 16, 2018
As Phoenix’s summer temperatures hit triple digits, many homeless and disadvantaged people suffer from thirst and heat-related illness. Today, Sundt employee-owners and industry partners donated 296,252 bottles of water to assist the Phoenix-area’s homeless during our annual Thirst-Aid drive.
The water was loaded onto a semi-truck and delivered to St. Joseph the Worker, a nonprofit that has aided the homeless and underserved population for almost 30 years in Greater Phoenix. St. Joseph partners with the Human Services Campus, a collaboration of 12 homeless service providers, to distribute the water.
If you would like to contribute, visit St. Joseph the Worker’s website to make a donation.
A crane puts the 145,000-pound auger cast pile drill rig into place at the Canopy Hilton River Walk site.
We will use every bit of our skill to successfully build the Canopy Hilton River Walk, a 22-story hotel in downtown San Antonio on a zero lot line. We crossed one of our first big milestones May 6 when we placed the drill rig into the 20-foot-deep excavation hole.
Our team arrived by 5:30 a.m. and started the process of placing traffic barricades that closed Commerce and St. Mary’s streets. The 500-ton crane and its eight supporting semis carrying rigging and counterweights arrived at 6:30 a.m. and were positioned. An hour later, the auger cast pile drill rig, which weighs 145,000 pounds, arrived and parked at its lift position. It took three hours to position the crane in the intersection, place the outrigger dunning mats and set counterweights.
The operation took weeks of coordination, especially given the tight surroundings. Tall buildings, including a 24-story hotel across the street, fill the area, and the process of coordinating the closure of two busy downtown intersections took planning and constant updates to all stakeholders in the immediate area. Stakeholders included several hotels, businesses, and a church one block to the north.
“The team put a great deal of time and effort into this operation,” said Project Engineer Anthony Pallini. “We spent months planning the logistics with numerous entities in order to make sure that we were not missing key components of the undertaking. It was truly a Sundt team effort as the Texas Building District and Concrete Division relied on each other’s strengths to develop and execute the critical lift.”
Pedestrians are always around, but during the lift, foot traffic was kept away from the jobsite.
“When you shut streets down and put a crane in the middle of a busy intersection it’s going to attract people,” Senior Project Manager Fred Galvan said. “Also on a Sunday morning, we had to consider there’s a church one block down and the worship service occurred during our operation.”
The drill rig will be removed in June and the same process to install will be reversed using lessons learned from this first phase. In July, the project tower crane will arrive and take three days to put together. The hook height of the tower crane will be 306 feet, giving us two cranes in the San Antonio skyline. The second is located at the CPS Energy Headquarters project.
Click here to watch the project’s progress.