October 20, 2017
October 18, 2017
Sundt recently welcomed new proposal specialist Nancy Arroyo to its marketing team. She provides an expertise in the construction industry of over 15 years. Nancy, based in our Irvine office, has been working with the company for the past few weeks and had the opportunity to reflect on her experience with Sundt so far.
What interested you most about working for Sundt?
Sundt’s reputation. I have been impressed with the product our marketing team puts out!
How has the transition been so far?
Like most departments, in Marketing you hit the ground running. I have been lucky to work on a couple small projects, which have helped me become more familiar with our database and file locations. Everyone has been very patient, helpful and complimentary.
What are the most important qualities you look for from an employer?
A firm that wants to help you learn more about the industry and helps you achieve your career goals, while feeling like I’m contributing on winning great projects. I also want to have fun where I work. I like a good laugh when the workload gets stressful.
What’s something unique for fellow Sundt employees to know about you?
I’m a big runner and hiker. I’ve hiked many of our national parks, as well as Peru and Canada. I’ve also run races in California, Italy, and Canada and will be running the Ragnar road race (200 mile relay) in April of 2018.
If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life (American, Mexican, etc.), what would it be and why?
Japanese. I could easily be up to my neck in sushi and be out of the predicament within an hour.
October 12, 2017
The Sundt team at the new Caterpillar Surface Mining and Technology Building near Downtown Tucson is using advanced contracting and design principles to deliver this important project.
From the outset, meeting project timelines required by Caterpillar has been critical. The project team is using the Construction Manager at Risk delivery model to allow for phased guaranteed maximum prices (GMP). This phased approach has enabled the team to start the project earlier than a traditional approach.
“In a traditional delivery method, this project would never have met the aggressive timelines needed,” said Sundt Regional Director Ian McDowell. ”Using phased GMPs will allow us to finish seven months faster than conventional contracting would have allowed.”
The building has been designed with a narrow floor plate and high ceilings, which maximizes the amount of light that reaches the interior of the building. It has also been designed with flexibility in mind. Few walled offices exist in the building, allowing for a dynamic workspace that maximizes communication among team members.
The creation of collaboration spaces throughout the building is also key to the project concept. Conference rooms of varying sizes spaced throughout the building allow for spontaneous interaction among team members. This concept of collaborative spaces has been extended to dining and exterior spaces, as monitors are installed to allow for impromptu meetings almost anywhere employees might gather.
The building entry focuses on Caterpillar’s customers. The lobby is designed to celebrate work performed around the world using the company’s equipment. Design elements in the entry incorporate meeting spaces and equipment displays and use advanced display technology to show how customers are using Caterpillar equipment.
The building exterior incorporates numerous finishes that speak to traditional Tucson design and uses elements that reflect Caterpillar’s work. The exterior has been designed to allow employees to take advantage of the beautiful Tucson weather.
October 11, 2017
Being a recent college grad can be an overwhelming experience, but having a degree like construction management can lead to a direct career path that offers financial stability and room for growth. Sundt Project Engineer Dominic Nelson and Field Engineer Daniel Kovach chimed in with their thoughts on the value of their construction management degrees.
Project Engineer Dominic Nelson (right) with fellow Sundt employee-owners at the Kellogg Drive replacement, which is part of a student housing replacement project at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Construction management degrees allow individuals the opportunity to explore multiple aspects of the building process.
“I have always been fascinated with architecture and design, but knew that I wanted to be more hands on in the process of building, so I decided to try out construction management. I enjoy the business and engineering sides that a degree in construction management allows you to experience without locking you into a certain avenue of design or business,” said Dominic.
“After researching the industry and the many different routes I could take, I decided I wanted to learn more about the construction side rather than the business side,” Daniel noted.
What was their take on how the construction management degree prepared them for their roles at Sundt?
“Classes that helped me included Small Business Management, Leadership Cohort, and my Senior Capstone Project. Each of these classes, while different, taught core values behind being an effective leader, communicator, and business developer/entrepreneur,” Dominic stated on his personal experience.
“I took all kinds of classes to help prepare me for this role with Sundt and I really credit that to the Construction Program at CSU. I took estimating classes, schedule classes, CAD design classes, MEP classes, and many others,” added Daniel.
Are you a construction management student? Sundt recruits aspiring young professionals through its College Connection Center. If you are interested in working at Sundt contact Mike Morales or follow us on our Sundt College Connections LinkedIn page.
October 9, 2017
Sundt Construction will construct a new science building for Sacramento State students and faculty.
Faculty, students and community members gathered at California State University, Sacramento to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Science Complex last month. The Design-Build project is a 96,000-square-foot, five-story facility that will centralize the College of Natural Sciences’ Biology and Chemistry departments.
The building’s design is intended to invite collaboration and interaction through clustered laboratory spaces and shared study spaces for students. The complex will have 30 glass-walled teaching and research labs; a 2,500-square-foot planetarium with 120 seats for full-dome, high-definition “sky shows;” and a retractable-roof observatory housing two telescopes.
The building is being constructed to meet U.S. Green Building LEED Gold® certification standards. Key sustainable features include a rooftop green terrace that will act as a mini-park to capture stormwater runoff and help insulate a section of the building, and outdoor benches and tables made from campus trees that were removed for a gas pipeline upgrade.
Sundt is scheduled to complete construction by fall 2019.
The theme for the AGC Safety Fair was “The Circus.” The “ringmaster” on the left is San Antonio AGC President Mike Sireno, with Sundt Area Safety Manager Mark Bakeman (middle) and AGC Safety and Health Committee Chairman Leonard De Braska (right).
For the third consecutive year, Sundt has been named Safe Contractor of the Year by the Associated General Contractors of America’s San Antonio Chapter.
Our building group had just one total day away from work and one recordable incident last year. The award was presented Oct. 6 at the AGC-San Antonio’s Safety Fair.
Our safety culture is based on the idea that choices made at work have a direct impact on the lives of our employees, their families and co-workers. “Safety by Choice” is our program designed to support a culture of safe choices by recognizing employees who choose positive safety behaviors and actions.
We are also the only general contractor on record to twice earn the AGC Grand Award, given annually to the safest construction company in the country. We won the award in 2006 and 2016.