October 4, 2017
September 29, 2017
CPS Energy’s headquarters buildings are getting a major makeover by our Sund team.
There’s more than one way to skin a building. In the case of CPS Energy’s Headquarters in San Antonio, Sundt is taking the safest approach.
Our work involves removing the exteriors of two buildings, one 11 stories and the other 14. The 1979 brick structures cover about 460,000 square feet and are located adjacent to the iconic San Antonio River Walk. CPS is the nation’s largest municipally owned energy company.
“This is a high-traffic pedestrian and riverboat area that begins the southern portion of the Riverwalk known as the Museum Reach. It’s the location of many of San Antonio’s popular museums, which are just north of our site,” said Regional Director Todd Calder.
The River Walk is the city’s biggest attraction. An estimated 11.5 million visitors visit the maze of restaurants, shops and attractions each year, creating an annual economic impact of $3 billion, according to a San Antonio Center City Development and Convention & Visitors Bureau study.
With safety as our top priority, we will be using a contained scaffold system to CPS; it will function as a cocoon-like barrier to ensure that debris doesn’t escape the jobsite or have adverse effects on the River Walk or downtown neighbors.
Completing projects safely, without sacrificing quality or efficiency, is part of our culture. Our Safety by Choice program and two AGC Grand Awards are proof.
“This solution, coupled with our safety culture and commitment, was a huge factor in CPS selecting Sundt,” Todd said.
Our Transportation Group’s efforts on another San Antonio project, the nearby San Pedro Creek, was another factor in securing the CPS work. We are working closely with the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) on both projects, as SARA governs the primary rivers and creeks in Bexar County.
“The ongoing success of San Pedro Creek showed CPS that our team was capable of being a great partner in working with a large group to positively portray the project and to assist in informing the public of the upcoming and ongoing changes,” Todd said.
September 28, 2017
Sundt Senior Project Superintendent Bill Marconi.
Bill works out of our San Diego office for the California Building Division. He has a diverse resume with experience across many markets, including hospitality, retail, multi-family, public works, office buildings, parking structures and technology centers, with values up to $120 million.
What interested you most about working for Sundt?
Its culture and the great reputation it has in the construction industry.
What does a Senior Project Superintendent do?
I look at a project from a 15,000-foot level, identifying all major obstacles to ensure our team and the project continue moving forward. I’m responsible for managing all field operations on the project, assigned in order to achieve a timely and profitable completion. I supervise Superintendents, Foremen and the field labor force, including laborers and craft workers.
Which project are you working on?
I’m working at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, where Sundt has been hired as a CM Multi-Prime to manage construction of a new math and science building.
What are your hobbies away from work?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I like to stand-up paddleboard, kayak, ride my carveboard and bike, hike and listen to live music.
What’s your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is the “The Godfather.” It was an epic movie with a great director and all-star cast. I still have the VHS box set of the series. It’s good to watch on a rainy day.
September 27, 2017
One of the many benefits available to Sundt employee-owners is the ability to help people in communities where we do business through the Sundt Foundation. Operations Administrative Coordinator Lisa White has taken full advantage of those opportunities since the day she started almost 11 years ago.
Lisa started giving back on her first project with the company, transportation work in Apache Junction, Arizona. Her team started a “Pack with Pride” program that provided children duffle bags with their names embroidered on them. Each bag contained a pillow, lap quilt and stuffed animal for the kids to use as they navigated through the foster care system.
Operations Administrative Coordinator Lisa White is a key member of Sundt’s Thirst-Aid team that supplies bottled water for the homeless in Phoenix.
“Being able to work for a company that recognizes the need to be present in the communities where we work gives us all the opportunity to give back,” Lisa said.
Building on that experience, Lisa and a few volunteers started the company’s Thirst-Aid initiative, which provides water to the less fortunate in Phoenix. She got the idea after volunteering at Andre House of Hospitality, a ministry in Downtown Phoenix that provides meals, water, clothing, laundry service, showers and blankets to the homeless.
“I know something we take for granted could be a life or death situation for the less fortunate in our community,” Lisa said. “Most of us are not aware of the needs in our community because we all lead busy lives, and until someone raises awareness these basic needs go unnoticed.”
Lisa and her team started Thirst Aid in 2010 with the hope of collecting 2,880 bottles. The initial drive ended up collecting nearly 50,000 from our company and industry partners, and the campaign passed a million total bottles last year.
“I see myself as the messenger and from there the word spreads so much that our subcontractors, vendors and suppliers all want to contribute,” Lisa said.
Participating in Sundt Foundation activities came naturally to Lisa. Giving back has been an important part of her life.
“Attending parochial schools, community service was one of our core missions,” she said. “If there was a need in our community, we came together as team to help. These values stick with you because the rewards are endless.”
The Sundt Foundation has made almost $8 million in grants to non-profits since it formed in 1999. Our employee-owners have also put in countless volunteer hours in the communities where we work. For more information about a career with Sundt, please visit http://www.sundt.com/careers.
September 25, 2017
Sundt’s project at Truckee High School is expected to be complete in winter 2019.
Truckee High faculty and Sundt Construction team members recently signed a red steel beam to signal the topping out of the high school’s modernization and improvement project. The team then hoisted the final steel roof beam into place, starting the next phase of construction.
The improvements at Truckee High School in Northern California include new classrooms, elective and administration spaces and locker rooms. Both the high school and Truckee Elementary School will also undergo façade enhancements, technology and mechanical upgrades, site work and ADA upgrades as a part of the $114 million bond passed in November 2014.
The next phase is to complete the metal decking, start the first floor concrete encasement of the moment frames and prepare the subgrade. The team will also be focused on exterior framing and installing a temporary roof before the winter weather season begins. The jobsite already had a snowy day last week.
“A tremendous amount of work was completed on site to get us to this point,” said Project Director Tim Blood. “Building in snow country has some unique challenges, one of the biggest being a small window of time (May 1 to Oct. 15) to complete underground and site work.”
This entailed the abatement and demolition of three existing structures; installation of new water, sewer and gas utilities that serve the high school; and eight acres of site demolition, grading, new parking and site development.
Sundt also built an emergency exit in the existing high school since the new STEM expansion is being constructed where the previous exit was located. All of this work occurred before the first piece of steel was erected.
“That speaks volumes about the amount of coordination and collaboration that took place among our team, the architect, the school district and the subcontractors involved,” Tim said.
The project is scheduled for completion by winter 2019.
Sundt employee-owners in our San Diego office show off eight consecutive years of Best Places to Work Awards from the San Diego Business Journal.
Sundt has earned two more awards for our positive work environment and reputation.
AZ Big Media named us one of the Most Admired Companies in Greater Phoenix, a program that recognizes the contributions and impact of Arizona employers.
Other winners included American Express, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Charles Schwab, Lovitt & Touché, United Health Care and Ventana Medical Systems.
We also ranked fourth in the San Diego Business Journal Best Places to Work in the mega company category. The honor marks the eighth consecutive year we have finished in the top 10 in the competition.
To qualify for the award, companies across San Diego County completed a survey detailing their policies, practices, benefits and demographics. The second part of the competition featured an employee engagement and satisfaction survey, which included 78 in-depth statements that employees were asked to respond to on a 1-5 scale of “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree.” The section also included two open-ended and seven demographic questions.