August 31, 2017
August 30, 2017
There is expected to be a shortfall of two million craft workers by the year 2020.
As Labor Day approaches, the annual Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Workforce Survey reinforces an industry-wide fact: There is a significant shortage of available craft workers in the United States.
The survey, which received 1,608 responses from AGC members, showed that 70 percent of those companies are already having a hard time filling hourly craft positions. Only nine percent said they weren’t having problems filling any positions, which also includes salaried and hourly office and field jobs.
A lack of candidates is especially troublesome since 69 percent of those surveyed said they need to expand their craft hiring in the next 12 months. According to the survey, the five toughest positions to fill are carpenters (58 percent of companies have trouble finding them), bricklayers (53 percent), electricians (53 percent), concrete workers (51 percent) and plumbers (50 percent).
The average age of craft workers is 47. There is expected to be a shortfall of two million craft workers by the year 2020.
“At least in the state of Arizona, Career and Technical Education is starting to get a second wind,” Sundt Craft Workforce Development Manager Sean Ray said. “But we’re really far behind. So the work’s going to be there. Are we going to have qualified people is going to be the main question.”
A total of 74 percent of respondents said their local pipelines for supplying well-trained craft personnel were either poor or fair. In the retention category, 43 percent said they use customized learning and development programs to keep the craft workers they have.
Sundt is using several initiatives to attract and retain craft workers, including a partnership with Central Arizona College and training at our Center for Craft Excellence in Phoenix.
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August 29, 2017
Part of the work at Sun Devil Stadium this offseason included the addition of a new weight room.
When Arizona State University’s football team kicks off its season Thursday night, most of the upgrades performed by the Sundt joint-venture team at Sun Devil Stadium during the offseason will have occurred behind the scenes. But the improvements were vital nonetheless.
Our work with Hunt Construction Group this offseason in Tempe consisted of the Student Athletic Facility at the north end of the stadium and build-out of club level suites on the west sideline.
The athletic facility’s first floor includes the main lobby, weight room, loading dock and walk-in freezers. The second floor includes the locker room, plunge pool, hydrotherapy area, players’ lounge, media room, team dining area, Tillman Tunnel (which Arizona State’s players will use to enter the field) and equipment storage. The third floor has coaching staff offices, as well as the new kitchen. The roof, called the Sun Deck, is an extension of the main concourse and will be used as a beer garden on game days and is already known for spectacular views of the stadium and surrounding area.
One big addition that everyone will see is the huge new videoboard in the north end zone. The board measures 5,419 square feet, making it the eighth-largest in college football. Probably not coincidentally, it’s about 150 square feet larger than the one at the football stadium of rival University of Arizona in Tucson.
“The Hunt-Sundt team has done a great job working with us and making all this stuff happen,” Stadium Project Representative Isaac Manning told the Arizona Republic in March. “I’m really confident in their ability to deliver when they say they’re going to deliver and for us to have a natural migration so we’re not panicked and doing stuff at the last minute.”
There’s one more offseason of work to complete. After the coming season, the east side will be demolished and rebuilt, finishing off the $268 million project. The joint-venture team has worked on the stadium for the past three off-seasons.
Sun Devil Stadium was constructed in 1958. The last major renovation was in 1988.
August 23, 2017
A version of this message from Sundt Chairman of the Board J. Doug Pruitt originally appeared in the Arizona Republic newspaper. Doug’s views reflect those of Sundt Construction, where we believe in the American values of diversity and inclusion.
By J. Doug Pruitt, Sundt Construction Chairman of the Board
J. Doug Pruitt.
I strongly believe that not condemning the actions of the Alt-Right, Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, the KKK and other like-minded groups is in essence condoning those actions and inciting further violence.
Sundt Construction, where I have spent my entire 51-year career, is headquartered in Arizona, a place that soon will be a minority-majority state. Minorities comprise more than half of Sundt’s total workforce and approximately 75 percent of its skilled craft workforce.
These are good people who get up every day, come to work and are responsible, loyal employees. They are also Americans. They have kids, go to church, coach Little League, pay taxes and lead responsible lives working to make the United States a better country. They deserve our respect, not our disdain.
The march that took place in Charlottesville and the hatred that was shown was disgusting, disgraceful and un-American and should never be tolerated.
President Trump’s response was equally disgraceful and in many ways emboldened the leaders of the groups spewing hatred and instilling fear in minorities, not just in Charlottesville but across America. Those who defended the President should be ashamed.
Congress is an equal branch of government that the President can’t fire. Our Senators and Representatives should set their party politics aside to condemn the President’s actions and those of the hate groups that created the violence and death in Charlottesville.
If we don’t take a stand, we will see more of this spreading across our country because inaction condones this behavior.
Hatred and bigotry are not American and should not be tolerated. We need to come together as people of different races, sexual orientations and religious convictions and stand tall as Americans.
Enough is enough.
August 22, 2017
Sundt Project Director Joe Riccillo, HACEP Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Burt Blacksher, HACEP CEO Gerald Cichon and HUD Regional Administrator Beth Van Duyne tour our affordable housing work site in El Paso.
In an arrangement that could be the future of the industry, the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP) is making renovations to units it owns and manages. Typically, HUD owns affordable housing units and local authorities run them.
Using the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, HACEP is moving forward on its own schedule in making renovations and reconstruction on all 6,400 residential units throughout its portfolio. HACEP is able to leverage the property and its guaranteed occupancy rates with private money, financing and tax credits to run an enterprise that stays out of debt.
Some of the work is being performed by Sundt Construction. We are renovating or constructing 1,200 combined high-rise and low-rise apartments.
“There’s a lot of interest nationally about what’s going on in El Paso because HACEP made a full conversion and they’re in the black (financially),” said Project Director Joe Riccillo.
HACEP officials are meeting with their counterparts in Baltimore and Chicago to help improve affordable housing there. Our development in El Paso also received a visit from HUD Regional Administrator Beth Van Duyne last month.
“She wanted to see first-hand what was going on … what the issues were with regulations and what could be done to help affordable housing programs across the country,” Joe said.
HACEP’s use of tax credits requires that work must be complete in two years, from design to completion. If deadlines are not met, the organization faces HUD penalties for every resident who is late moving back into his or her home.
“We’ve made a commitment to HACEP that we will complete this development according to schedule,” said Project Manager Fred Briscoe. “We’ll do everything we have to do to keep that promise.”
The VIA Stone Oak Park & Ride team stands in front of its safe project.
This is the best kind of perfect score.
Sundt’s work at the Stone Oak Park & Ride for VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio recently earned a perfect safety score. Every month, our local safety task forces perform peer-to-peer inspections on projects. The inspections are long checklists of safety issues that are reviewed and scored. Noncompliance problems or hazards count against the score.
Each project is rated against a standard criteria each month. There also is a safety task force meeting each month where the photos taken during safety walks are reviewed by all task force members to make sure we capture the lessons learned.
“VIA’s perfect score was a first for the project and it is not real common on these inspections,” said Texas District Manager Eric Hedlund.
In keeping with our Safety By Choice culture, we celebrate this success and thank our employee-owners for their commitment to safety excellence.