May 15, 2018
May 11, 2018
The JV team and our subcontractors gave the Ronald McDonald House Family Room an upgrade at Banner UMC-Tucson.
Our work at Banner UMC-Tucson had a rewarding side project with unwavering support from the owner, our JV partner and subcontractors.
The team combined to overhaul the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Banner Children’s Diamond Children’s Medical Center at no cost to Ronald McDonald House Charities. The new facility, which opened last week, is a more welcoming environment for families of children who are being treated at the hospital. The room helps them feel more comfortable during a stressful time.
Prior to our involvement, the place needed a little work. Located on the fourth floor of the hospital, just outside the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the 15-year-old facility looked like a waiting room.
“The project was an overhaul of the entire space,” Project Manager Jeremy Kwapich said.
The approximately 500 square feet of renovations included work on the living room, work area, kitchen and computer space. The crews painted walls, installed millwork, countertops and shelves, replaced the lighting and flooring, added a ceramic tile backsplash in the kitchen and replaced ceiling tiles.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona CEO Kate Jensen had raised funds for the renovations and even reached out to a contractor, who suggested she speak with Sundt. She got in contact with Sundt Senior Vice President Ryan Abbott, who put her in touch with Jeremy and Field Engineer Daniel Kovach about doing the work
Kate was planning to make a few compromises to pare the budget. After the sides agreed to start work March 1, Kate asked about payment. She was floored when Jeremy and the team said everything would be covered and the new room would have what she requested.
“They never said Sundt would pay for it,” Kate said.
Jeremy said: “It was my goal to get the construction costs of the project 100 percent donated. With the help of Banner, DPR Construction and all of our subcontractors’ willingness to help such a wonderful charity, we were able to achieve the goal. The project was truly a team effort among all parties.”
The new family room allows families to rest and regroup with refreshments in a relaxing atmosphere. Gone is the hospital waiting room feeling.
Moms and dads who have children in the hospital are under an unbelievable amount of stress. The Ronald McDonald Family Room offers a little bit of respite. The newly remodeled room has soothing colors, soft lighting and comfortable seating. The room is staffed with volunteers who offer visitors a hot cup of coffee, a snack and a smile.
“The guys went to the mats to see that we got everything we wanted,” Kate said. “They wanted to make sure we were happy with everything. It was a godsend to work with them. We are really thrilled.”
May 10, 2018
Todd Lindley from Rocky Mountain Power shows what can happen when construction workers make contact with power lines.
Rarely have toys been in so much peril.
As part of National Safety Week presentations on our jobsites, Todd Lindley from Rocky Mountain Power used plastic figurines to illustrate potentially deadly situations to our team in Salt Lake City.
But this was no kids’ play; the toys had metal sticks in their hands to conduct electricity. While the meltdowns weren’t real, they were good examples of why craft professionals need to be careful around power.
“His demonstration included equipment and people coming in contact with overhead power lines and underground power,” said Area Safety Manager Jerri Dragt. “He talked about the effects of water and electricity and showed how our bodies can be a great path to ground. Electricity is always looking for the least resistant path to ground.”
Todd showed how overhead power lines can move with the time of day because of heat and wind. He talked about how to exit equipment safely when an operator mistakenly allows machinery to contact overhead power lines. OSHA regulations require people and equipment to stay 10 feet away from overhead lines. Cranes are supposed to stay 20 feet away.
His demonstration showed an equipment operator should get out of the machinery the same way a motorist does if his or car hits a transformer box. The first option is to stay in the vehicle or equipment until the line is de-energized. If the vehicle or equipment catches fire, the escape plan becomes more immediate.
“Leap as far away as possible, landing on both feet before shuffling, not running, at least 100 feet away,” Jerri said.
Todd also covered underground power, discussing blue stakes and requirements for potholing when excavating.
It was another informative Safety Week at our sites across the Southwest. But our commitment to safety never ends. It’s the top priority on all our jobsites, in our offices and when we go home. As a two-time winner of the AGC Grand Award, we stand by our safety record and commit our full attention to sending our employee-owners home safely to their families and friends every day.
May 9, 2018
One of our vendors shows the CPS Energy crew why an extinguisher with just water is bad for a propane fire.
Putting out fires at work or home requires the proper equipment. Being prepared can make the difference between life and death or, at the very least, help avoid property damage.
Our team at the CPS Energy Headquarters project in San Antonio got a firsthand look when AmPro, one of our safety equipment suppliers, put on an extinguisher demonstration earlier this week. AmPro is one of several Sundt partners who have shared their expertise during National Safety Week. This is our fourth consecutive year we have been an event sponsor.
In the demonstration of what not to do, the AmPro representative used a Type A extinguisher, filled with water, to douse a propane fire. No luck. It was a prime example of using the wrong equipment for the task.
“The reason it didn’t go out is propane fires are continuously fueled,” said Senior Field Superintendent Shawn Werner.
There are extinguishers for all kinds of fires.
Type A: materials like cloth, wood and paper.
Type B: combustible and flammable liquids like grease, gasoline, oil and oil-based paints.
Type C: electrical equipment like appliances, tools or other equipment that is plugged in.
Type D: flammable metals.
Type K: vegetable oils, animal oils and fats in cooking appliances.
We use Type A-B-C extinguishers at our sites because they contain dry chemical powder that puts out most common fires. Home improvement stores carry multipurpose extinguishers that cover Class A through Class C.
Make sure your home and workplace are armed with the right equipment in case of a fire. For more information, please visit the U.S. Fire Administration’s website.
May 8, 2018
A bolt strikes a hard hat during a presentation about the dangers of falling objects.
Everyone who walks on to one of our active job sites must wear personal protective equipment. That gear is, of course, topped off by a hard hat.
Our crew at the GO 10 project in El Paso got a first-hand look this week at why they always wear protective gear on their heads. As part of National Safety Week, they took part in demonstrations on site that showed the damage falling objects can cause.
Bolts and a 2×4 piece of wood were dropped through a tube from 20 feet high on to a hard hat. While the hat was damaged during the process, it fared much better than a watermelon that wasn’t covered in a separate drop. When the bolt landed on the melon, the plant split open, simulating what could happen if someone wasn’t wearing a hard hat.
According to OSHA statistics, falling objects caused 9.4 percent of deaths on job sites in 2016. While hard hats are necessary and helpful, we also employ a number of other methods to keep craft professionals safe. Our workers tie off when working at heights and their tools are protected from falling by using tethers or lanyards. We raise guardrail heights when work occurs above a standard height and set up barricades under areas where overhead work is being done in case something falls. Barricades are also established in areas where crane lifting operations take place. We ensure loads being lifting are secured and we maintain clean work areas to keep items from falling to a lower level.
Here’s a look at some of the other activities that have occurred at our job sites this week.
Ina/I-10: Eight employees took part in a demonstration to show how quickly they could perform everyday tasks with one hand. They were asked to put on a shirt, tie a shoe, open a bag of chips and a cup of yogurt only using their non-dominant hand. The exhibition was designed to show how tough the easiest activities are to complete when you have a hand injury.
Signal Butte: The team welcomed a 3M representative to discuss respiratory protection, including respirator selection and proper use and maintenance of the equipment.
Sacramento State Science II: Acme Safety Supply and Dewalt Tools made presentations on silica prevention and awareness and fall prevention. Demonstrations and giveaways were followed by small group discussions and questions.
Truckee High School and Truckee Elementary: The team focused on slips, trips and falls and fall protection equipment training. In 2016, 39 percent of construction deaths were caused by falls.
Sundt Chief Operating Officer Tom Case (second from left) and Corporate Director of Health, Safety and Environment Paul Levin (third from left) visit the Gilbert Light Rail Project.
Sundt has an excellent safety record, winning the AGC Grand Award twice. Our commitment to the cause was further proven this week when company leaders visited job sites as we celebrated National Safety Week.
Chief Operating Officer Tom Case and Corporate Director of Health, Safety & Environment Paul Levin stopped by four of our Phoenix-area projects to talk with the crews. While their focus was on the importance of task hazard analyses and open communication among craft and admin employee-owners, Tom and Paul also made the trip to show our company’s dedication to National Safety Week. This is the fourth consecutive year we have been a sponsor for the event, which lasts through Friday.
“We wanted to kick off the week with good conversation,” Tom said. “We wanted to be visible and spend time listening to our employees and sharing our goals for the week.”
Tom and Paul visited four sites: Gilbert Light Rail, Union Tempe, Ak-Chin Casino Expansion and a confidential client. They were joined along the way by Transportation Group Manager Jeff Williamson, Industrial Group Manager Rich Kiel and Industrial Sector Manager Greg Ayres. Their message was clear.
“Every day is a safety day and every week is a safety week,” he said. “People are working really hard under schedule pressure to finish jobs. We need to spend time making sure we get it right and we do it safely. Don’t be in a hurry. Don’t cut corners. Look out for each other.”