February 21, 2018
February 16, 2018
Our student housing work at UC Santa Cruz is adding a million square feet of space across eight buildings.
We’re adding something to our California resume: the largest student housing project we have undertaken in the state.
We are starting preconstruction on Student Housing West at the University of California, Santa Cruz, a more than $400 million project that includes a million square feet of space across eight buildings. The project will provide 3,000 new beds for upper-division undergraduate, graduate students and students with families. All units will be set up like apartments.
The public-private partnership (P3) is being financed, designed, constructed, operated and maintained through the Capstone Development Partners team. This is one of the first student housing projects in the University of California system using the P3 method. We are also working with Capstone on student housing at the University of the Pacific.
“This project is a significant addition to our building resume in California,” said Sundt Regional Vice President Cody Pearson. “As a higher education student housing builder, Sundt is proud to be part of this transformative project.”
The project will include social amenity spaces, a small market/convenience store, parking, child-care facility, infrastructure and potential pedestrian bridge. As part of its sustainability features, the project will have a wastewater treatment plant. The project also includes redeveloping a parking lot and family student housing complex.
Construction will take two phases; the first group of beds will be finished in August 2021 and everything will be complete by fall 2022.
February 15, 2018
Project Manager Scott Miller was recently named one of the Southwest’s Top Young Construction Professionals by Engineering News-Record, a weekly magazine that provides news, analysis, data and opinion for the construction industry worldwide. The awards are given to people younger than 40 in the architecture, engineering and construction community.
Scott has been an employee-owner with Sundt for 11 years.
What was your first thought when you learned you won the award?
I appreciated the acknowledgment knowing a lot of what I’ve accomplished had more to do with dedication and hard work than innovation and ideas. It’s great to know that a well-respected publication is able to identify people on an individual basis and give them deserved recognition.
What has been your biggest accomplishment (individual or team) since joining Sundt?
It was by far completing the replacement of the runway in Minot, North Dakota. Our project was completed between two winters and we finished nine days early. The runway was shut down and the displaced B-52s were in the air on their way back as we were doing the final sweep of the landing surface. Most of the team worked constantly during the summer to make sure we finished on time.
How open has Sundt been to allowing young professionals to bring their ideas to the table?
Sundt and our leadership have always been open to allowing people at any level in the company to bring a new idea forward. They also let those who bring a new idea drive it to success to give people a sense of ownership in what they’ve developed.
How important is the role being played by technology in both the preconstruction and construction phases?
It becomes more important every day as we discover more efficient ways of doing things and our clients expect more from us than just a finished product. Technology helps keep us on pace with our competitors and streamline tasks that can drain countless hours from our employees’ workday.
What do you see in your future as a Sundt employee-owner?
I expect my role to keep expanding as I gain more experience managing projects and larger teams. I believe others feel the same way, which will allow me to be satisfied with what I accomplish throughout the remainder of my career.
February 14, 2018
A team from Sacramento State won our concrete problem competition.
It’s a competition that has enabled us to find some of the best young talent in construction. It’s important enough for us to sponsor for eight consecutive years and our Chief Operating Officer attends to meet with dozens of university students.
This past weekend, a team of Sundt employee-owners participated in the Associated Schools of Construction’s (ASC) Regions 6 & 7 competition. ASC is the professional association focused on the development and advancement of construction education, and we are one of only two contractors who sponsor the event at the Platinum Level. As part of our sponsorship, each year Sundt submits a concrete “problem” for the participating teams to solve. This year’s competition included teams from 13 universities.
Solving the Sundt-provided problem required teams to provide a complete execution plan – including scope, cost, schedule, logistics and safety recognition – for the structural concrete components of a high-rise hotel tower in the Southwest. We awarded bonus points for identifying and providing solutions for complexities within the project.
The students had 12 hours to produce a quantity take-off, budget and safety recognition plan, and drew numbers to determine the order in which they would present the rest of their plan (schedule, logistics, execution strategy and risk analysis) the next day. Teams could have six members working on the problem and three alternates. The final six had to be selected prior to the problem presentation meeting on the first morning.
Sacramento State won the competition with an all-around impressive performance and by creating a safety recognition plan that was detailed, affordable and effective.
“It was something we would implement on our own projects,” said Project Executive Chandra Reilly, one of Sundt’s representatives at the conference in Sparks/Reno, Nevada.
Five of the top six teams had scores within one point of each other, and only a tenth of a point separated our second- and third-place finishers, Arizona State and Virginia Tech.
The advantages of self-performing concrete, which include control of cost, quality and schedule, benefit every division of our company, and we wanted to make sure our panel reflected a diverse set of perspectives. To that end, our problem creation team and judging panel consisted of employee-owners from concrete, building and transportation.
“We have committed to giving detailed feedback to all the teams so they can grow and build off this experience for future competitions and their careers,” Chandra said.
Our Concrete Division has a long history of emphasizing safety on the jobsite. As a company, we have won the Associated General Contractors of America Grand Award twice, an achievement which left a strong impression on some of the more than 1,400 students who attended the competition from campuses across the nation.
“We had several students compliment us on the way we addressed safety at our company, to the point where they said that even though they already had several full-time job offers they’d still like to talk to us, because it struck such a strong chord with them,” Chandra said.
February 8, 2018
We’re working with Trinity Hughes Construction to build a $34.3 million Health Science and Human Services Building at Midwestern State University.
A strong track record helped by a proven joint-venture arrangement has us providing solutions for another client in Wichita Falls, Texas.
We’re teaming with local contractor Trinity Hughes Construction to build a $34.3 million Health Science and Human Services Building at Midwestern State University. The facility will house many programs in the Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services. The team will build updated facilities and space for the College of Health Sciences and Human Sciences Department including Dental Hygiene, Social Work, Radiologic Sciences, Respiratory Care and the Wilson School of Nursing.
This is our first project for Midwestern State. Trinity Hughes teamed with the university in 2015 to construct the Jesse Rogers Promenade, a 10,000-square-foot decorative pathway.
“Working with Trinity Hughes is seamless,” Sundt Project Executive Bob Aniol said. “They operate with similar values and have a high focus on safety.”
Founded in 1922, Midwestern State University has more than 6,000 students and is one of 36 public institutions of higher learning in Texas.
“Midwestern State needs to maximize its health-care program to create a great learning environment to grow the school of Heath Sciences and Human Services, which is one of the largest programs on campus,” Bob said.
Midwestern State’s expectations are clear. All it takes is teamwork and we have that covered.
“They want a quality building for a fair price,” Bob said.
While this is our first work for the university, we have made news in Wichita Falls for success on a couple of high-profile projects.
“The university is familiar with us through our reputation for doing the Wichita Falls Municipal Airport and the Wichita Falls Independent School District Career Education Center,” Bob said.
Preconstruction started last year at Midwestern State and construction begins in December. Completion is scheduled for May 2019.
It didn’t take long for John Carlson to decide what he wanted to do for a living. It all happened around age 2.
That’s when John’s father, John Sr., took him to a construction site for the first time. The big equipment, huge piles of dirt and non-stop action fascinated the youngster. That love of construction has never waned.
Sundt Corporate Strategic Business Officer John Carlson.
“I was exposed early on. I remember building little dams in the stream at 3 or 4 years old,” said John, who’s now our Corporate Strategic Business Officer. “Dad worked on dams, and friends and relatives used to tell me, ‘you’re going to be just like your dad.’ It was in my blood.”
John’s father had a huge influence on his son’s life. John Sr. worked for Sundt for 40 years. John still has the three-page typed recruitment letter his dad received in 1956 from Thor Sundt, a member of the company’s founding family, while he was with the Army Corps of Engineers building dams. The two had met as West Point classmates and served in the Korean War together.
John Sr. held many roles during his decades with our company, including positions in the field, estimating, as a board member and executive, and a contract negotiator for projects we performed in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s and ’80s. He worked on our London Bridge relocation project in Arizona, served on the Associated General Contractors of America Board and did national lobbying for the industry for a number of years. He retired as Vice President for Special Projects and Public Affairs in 1997, and passed away in 2014.
The younger John has been with us for 35 years, starting as a Laborer. He has worked his way through the ranks as a Laborer, Foreman, Surveyor, Quality Control Technician, Mechanic’s Helper, Field and Project Engineer, Project Manager, Estimator, Business Development Manager and Division Manager.
John Carlson, Sr. spent 40 years working for Sundt.
John graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Construction Management. Tedd Jones, Sundt’s President at the time, told him he should leave Sundt upon graduation and get different experiences with another contractor. John took the advice and eventually worked his way back to Sundt, and has worked in eight states and on one overseas assignment.
John and his father never worked on a project together; John said the closest they came was when he turned down an opportunity to work on the U.S. Embassy project in Moscow. But his dad’s influence was always there.
“My dad was well-liked and respected nationally,” John said. “It opened a lot of doors.”
John still had to keep those doors open himself.
“As a “boss’ kid,“ some people would look at you as if you don’t work hard,” John said of having a well-known dad in the industry. “I always felt I had to prove myself.”
John once moved 11 times in 13 years with the company, going most anywhere we asked. He’s found a home in Texas, where he’s been for the past eight years. John finds strategic business opportunities for all our operating groups with an emphasis on alternative delivery methods.
He also works on industry advocacy to influence policy and help shape legislation, the same as his dad years ago.
“Sundt is like a family,” John said. “We all have to pull our own weight.”
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