September 22, 2017
September 20, 2017
Sundt Accounting Manager Lisette Guevara.
Accounting Manager Lisette Guevara has been in the construction industry since 2003. She joined Sundt seven years later and became Payroll Supervisor in 2012 before being promoted to her current position in 2016.
She earned both her bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Arizona.
Lisette has a 6-year-old daughter, teaches catechism at her church on Sundays and does volunteer work in her spare time. She’s a big Dallas Cowboys and University of Arizona basketball fan.
What are your main duties as accounting manager?
I assist the controller in managing the different areas within the accounting department and help resolve issues. At the moment, I am also involved in projects to move all accounting functions into our new systems.
What’s the best part about your job?
I enjoy assisting our employee-owners in resolving issues and providing useful information they may need at the project level.
Do you have a favorite book or movie?
Yes. My favorite movie is “Gone with the Wind.” I enjoy the classics. My favorite book is “The Shack.” A person left the book on my doorstep when I was going through a tough time after my brother passed away and it definitely helped me.
What’s your most valued possession?
My rosary that was given to me by my godmother. It’s made of rose petals and I’ve had it for about 15 years and it still smells like roses.
Cat person or dog person?
Definitely a dog person.
September 19, 2017
The Gilbert Road Extension will include one of only two roundabouts on a light-rail project in the country.
Sundt has a wealth of experience working on light-rail projects for Valley Metro in the Greater Phoenix area. Still, there’s a first time for everything.
Our joint-venture team completed the award-winning Northwest Extension last year. In 2008, the team finished more than half of the original 20-mile starter section of the Valley Metro Light Rail transit system, plus the system’s maintenance and operations facility.
But our work on the Gilbert Road Extension in Mesa, Arizona has a new wrinkle. Part of the scope is constructing a roundabout to create better traffic flow and eliminate the need for expensive traffic signals. The roundabout will be the first of its kind at a four-way intersection in a light-rail system and only the second overall in the United States.
The roundabout will be located at the busy intersection of Main and Horne streets and will allow cars, bikes and pedestrians to move freely. When a train is present, east- and westbound traffic will remain free-flowing without a traffic signal.
“A typical roundabout provides cost savings when eliminating the traffic signals required at conventional intersections. The cost of signals can range between $500,000 and $750,000,” said Preconstruction Manager Jeff Hamilton. “A roundabout on a light-rail project has more complexities associated with controlling a portion of what would typically be a free flowing intersection in all directions.”
Because the train will take priority in the east- and westbound directions of Main Street, north- and southbound traffic on Horne has to be controlled with a signalized gate.
“This was a challenge in the design phase,” Jeff said. “The preconstruction team worked with traffic engineers to produce a final design that accounted for the space needed to build a functional roundabout with the appropriate radii that would stack enough vehicles in the cue for north- and southbound and still provide free-flowing movements east- and westbound when a train was present.”
The $113 million Gilbert Road Extension includes 1.9 miles of track, two stations, one park and ride transit center. Guideway and track construction should begin this winter and substantial completion is scheduled for the end of 2018, targeting a May 2019 opening.
September 18, 2017
For the second consecutive year, Sundt has earned a Candidate Experience (CandE) Award, given by the Talent Board to companies that leave positive impressions on candidates during the recruiting phase. More than 200 companies registered to participate in the North American CandE Awards program, which collected the thoughts and experiences of more than 180,000 job candidates.
Winners were identified based on their job candidates’ satisfaction survey scores. The most vital questions focused specifically on the likelihood that the candidate would reapply to the organization, whether the candidates would refer other job seekers to the organization and the candidates’ overall ranking of their experience.
Talent Board is a non-profit organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience. The organization, CandE Awards program and its sponsors are dedicated to recognizing the candidate experience offered by companies throughout the recruitment cycle.
“We’re honored to be recognized for the second consecutive year by the Talent Board as a leader in talent acquisition and the candidate experience,” said Director of Administrative Workforce Development Trevor Gelder. “Each time we have an opportunity to engage with a candidate, we take personal responsibility to ensure it’s a memorable experience and it’s refreshing to know these efforts are appreciated by those interested in working at Sundt.”
Other awardees include American Airlines, AT&T, Delta Air Lines, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Southwest Airlines, Verizon and Volkswagen Group of America. We are one of only two general contractors on the list.
We will receive the award at the North American CandEs Symposium and Awards Gala on Oct. 2 in Nashville.
September 15, 2017
Sundt Senior Virtual Construction Engineer Eric Cylwik speaks to a class at Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction.
Sundt Senior Virtual Construction Engineer Eric Cylwik recently went back to school to share some of the many ways technology can improve the way general contractors serve their clients.
Eric spoke to an upper-level class at Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction about the many advantages Building Information Modeling (BIM) can provide on a project. BIM involves generating and modeling both the physical and logistical characteristics of a building.
“I am convinced that the best way to learn a subject is to teach it,” Eric said. “The complicated subject of how BIM interfaces with every individual on a project is a difficult story to tell in under an hour, so it really forces me to refine how I approach technology. Engaging with the students is also an excellent opportunity to meet new people entering the industry. Ultimately, they’re the ones who will be using all of this technology.”
The fundamental idea Eric teaches the upcoming generation of builders is that technology will inevitably be the backbone of the construction industry.
“My background is in digital visualization, so I love being able to dive in to the technical details of how 3D models are created from photogrammetry and the puzzle of building complicated geometry in 3D,” Eric said. “Constructors take on significant risk with the selected means and methods for any project, so it is always a challenge to select the correct modeling tool to visualize that risk.”
Eric is quickly becoming popular on the college speaking circuit. He will be presenting to a class at the University of Arizona in November.
Sundt Virtual Construction Application Developer Ryan Haines.
Sundt Virtual Construction Application Developer Ryan Haines is a Phoenix native and has enjoyed traveling across the U.S. and abroad. He grew up around construction, working for his father’s local general contracting company during summers while in school.
Ryan studied mathematics at Arizona State University, where he had his first experience in computer programming. He has enjoyed pairing these unique experiences at Sundt through construction technology.
What does a Virtual Construction Application Developer do?
Application development for virtual design and construction (VDC) is about efficiency and innovation. To build and consume large 3D models for our construction projects requires sound standards. It also means transferring many thousands of data points, from model creation to quality control in the field. This is where custom digital tools produce efficiency gains.
How does what you do help the construction team once it starts work on a project?
My focus is for our VDC teams to deliver potent results from 3D models. In the Building Group, this means having the right tools to effectively coordinate mechanical, electrical and plumbing design. In Industrial, we are able to track piping components in the 3D model for quality control upon field installation. In Transportation, our VDC teams and estimators can extract phased material quantities based on project schedule. Ultimately, we are providing ways to leverage digital information to mitigate risk and minimize rework.
What does it say about the company that we have the flexibility to put people in departments that better suit their work?
Sundt cares about its employee-owners and is willing to align skills and interests with business needs. Sundt is known for being innovative, and that only continues as we leverage great technology on our projects.
What are your hobbies away from work?
I love being outdoors, including hiking, hunting and fishing. I also like to work with my hands doing welding or helping others with small building projects. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, including my little nieces and nephew.
What the best advice you’ve received from a mentor or coworker?
Trust God. This advice has already paid great dividends in my life.