August 3, 2018
July 24, 2018
Left to right: Matt Greenslade, MacKenzie Brock, Vanessa Lopez, Dorey Gorman, Codey Sayetsitty and Kyle Jones
The Sundt College Internship Program offers students unique learning opportunities while giving our clients real added value on the jobsite. Interns gain expertise not just in their individual roles but in several others across the project, collaborating and making big-picture connections along the way. This is probably why our internship program was voted by the interns themselves as one of Vault.com’s Best Internships in the country, alongside similar programs at top companies such as AFLAC, Boeing, and Home Depot. At Sundt, however, interns actually have the chance to get their hands dirty.
Speaking of which, one Arizona-based intern team recently completed a deck project for their client. The project involved building a 16-foot by 12-foot wooden deck on the back of the owner’s single-wide trailer, and included a safety and quality plan, materials list and estimate, and a man-loaded schedule.
The team was led by:
- Project Manager MacKenzie Brock, Concrete Division Intern (Colorado State University)
- Safety Professional Kyle Jones, Concrete Division Intern (Northern Arizona University)
- Quality Manager Matthew Greenslade, Transportation Group Intern (Northern Arizona University)
- Scheduler Cody Sayetsitty, Industrial Group Intern (Arizona State University)
- General Foreman Dorey Gorman, Industrial Group Intern (Arizona State University)
- Finisher/Carpenter Vanessa Lopez, Concrete Division Intern (Cal-Poly Pomona)
With an approved proposal in place, the interns conducted an interview with the owner to establish the conditions of satisfaction for the project. In the process, the team was thrown a curveball: they were given a change order to add a sunshade, which would make the deck usable year-round. This challenge, among many others—including stifling afternoon heat, could have led to slowdowns. But the interns used it as a chance to rally together and get the job done.
Through hard work and dedication, the team was able to successfully add the sunshade and keep the project on time and under budget. When finished, the entire project team and the owner held a Golden Shovel groundbreaking and closed out the project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. During the ribbon cutting, the team was asked, “what was your biggest project takeaway?” MacKenzie and the team replied, “Things never go as planned.”
Both Sundt and the client are lucky to have a solid team of interns who delivered a successful project with added value.
To learn more about the Sundt Internship Program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 22, 2018
Interns Brody Slaugenhoup (left) and Noah Pierce
Sundt Construction, Inc. donated its time and skills over the last few weeks to construct the William J. Dawson Memorial DEK Hockey multipurpose rink east of the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson. The Sundt team partnered with Hardrock Concrete, Concord Construction, CEMEX, Sunstate Equipment, Harvey’s Trucking, and Penhall to clear an underutilized sports field and construct the rink, which includes a foundation and slab system comprised of nearly 200 cubic yards of concrete. DEK Hockey, the manufacturer of the rink system, arrived shortly afterwards with the components for the rink. A group of volunteers, including several of our Sundt interns, helped to install the rink elements, which included dasher boards, player benches, penalty boxes and a flooring system.
June 8, 2018
Early this month Sundt poured 320 cubic yards of concrete for a pad 142 feet by 92 feet to expand training for students in the Construction and Concrete Technology programs at Central Arizona College (CAC). Sundt donated the cost of the pad’s pour. Students in the heavy equipment operator program leveled and graded the area and construction technology students built the concrete forms. Sundt and CAC formed a workforce development partnership last year. Sundt staff donate their time as adjunct instructors and funds were donated for the purchase of GPS equipment, tools and supplies for the construction technology program.
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.
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.