June 12, 2017
April 13, 2017
Interns Isaiah and Dalton at the Signal Butte site in the Phoenix area.
Sundt’s Intern Class of 2017 is settling in at job sites across the Southwest, the result of many months spent recruiting top college students.
We send Talent Acquisition/University Relations Specialist Mike Morales to more than a dozen campuses during the fall and winter to participate in job fairs and conduct interviews with potential interns.
Ana shows her heavy equipment skills on the Ina Road-I-10 project in Tucson.
While our recruitment efforts mainly focus on the Southwest – we have a combined 29 interns from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona – there are four students in this class from the relatively small University of Wisconsin-Stout. Part of the Wisconsin state system, the school has 9,600 students.
We also have four students from the University of Texas-El Paso and three apiece from Chico State University in California, Northern Arizona University and Texas A&M University.
About 75 percent of our interns are Construction Management and Civil Engineering students. Other fields of study include Mechanical, Industrial or Electrical Engineering and Architecture.
Our summer interns work until August, when many return to school. Several past interns have been hired at Sundt as employee-owners after graduation.
We’re already recruiting next year’s intern class to ensure we get the best candidates.
“A few weeks ago, (Operations Manager) Jim Pullen and I met a student from Arizona State University who came highly recommended,” Mike said. “We’re looking forward to having her on the team in 2018.”
Interns Amy and Wesley at the Banner-UMC site in Tucson.
April 7, 2017
Old Main on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.
Sundt’s work on the University of Arizona Old Main Renovation and Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix Sun Devil Fitness Complex has earned 2017 Arizona Leader Awards from the United States Green Building Council Arizona.
The winners will be honored at the Heavy Medals Awards Luncheon next Wednesday in Tempe. The awards recognize statewide innovation and leadership in green buildings and celebrate teams for their efforts to accomplish LEED certification.
Old Main Renovation is the winner of the Building Performance award. We successfully merged the existing structure, constructed in 1891, with safety upgrades, a new mechanical system and replaced plumbing, lighting and electrical systems.
The project has earned many honors, including three from the Design-Build Institute of America (National Awards of Excellence and Merit and the Western Pacific Region Merit Award), the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award, a Historic Preservation Award from the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission and the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award.
USGBC Arizona awarded Sun Devil Fitness Complex the Community Champion award. The award recognizes a LEED-certified project that addresses the needs of an underserved community and meets the USGBC’s vision of healthy and sustainable buildings. The complex is a five-story, 70,000-square-foot student recreation center that features an indoor track, rooftop swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, student lounge and more.
Arizona State University’s Downtown Fitness Complex in Phoenix.
February 15, 2017
Sundt Senior Project Engineer Chris Elison.
Sundt Senior Project Engineer Chris Elison has been with the company for nine years, getting a job after serving an internship as a student at Arizona State University. He graduated from ASU in 2008 with a degree in Construction Management.
Chris was Acting Project Manager on the Valley Metro Northwest Extension, a light-rail project that recently won two Build America Awards, considered the Oscars of the construction industry.
He and his wife were married in 2013 and celebrated the birth of their first child in January. Chris was born in Philadelphia and raised in Minnesota before moving to Arizona to attend college.
The project you just completed, the Valley Metro Northwest Extension, won two Build America Awards for the joint venture team. How did the team earn those honors?
The project was highly complex in an urban environment, but as a team we took the time to understand the needs and expectations of Valley Metro, the City of Phoenix and local stakeholders. In order to complete the project, innovative techniques and outside the box thinking were used, including GPS/Building Information Modeling on the excavator for utility work and the creation of a smart phone app to help distribute information to the community. We were able to finish the project ahead of schedule and on budget. In addition, the team had a highly successful partnership due to partnering sessions, team building and being co-located.
What’s your next project?
I will be on the Gilbert Road Light Rail Extension working with Valley Metro and Stacy and Witbeck again. It is a 1.6-mile extension running from the current end of the line in Mesa to Gilbert Road on Main Street.
What’s the most interesting thing about working in construction?
Every day poses a new and interesting challenge and no two days are alike.
You and your wife had a baby not that long ago. How has that changed your life?
It has changed my perspective on life and my priorities have changed. I put my daughter’s needs before my own. We are also very, very, very tired.
Where do you like to travel?
My wife and I are big fans of warm weather, beaches and umbrella drinks. These are some of the reasons we chose to have a destination wedding in Mexico, one of our favorite places. Some of our other favorite places include Hawaii, Jamaica and St. Lucia. We also enjoy cruising the Caribbean.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
I remember my dad telling me, “Establishing trust is a long journey, losing trust is a short trip and earning that lost trust back is a lifetime.”
February 10, 2017
Formerly known as University Square, the project will include a 12- and 20-story tower.
Sundt is transforming a parking lot into a 407-unit residential and retail mixed-use development in Tempe, Arizona. The project will cover a city block near the Arizona State University campus.
“This project will add a vibrant community within walking distance of Tempe’s thriving downtown,” Sundt Vice President and Regional Director Marty Hedlund said. “This is an exciting new development for our city.”
The yet-to-be-named project, previously known as University Square, will feature a cascading design with shorter portions of the building facing University Drive and 7th Street and taller elements located mid-block. The first tower will be 20 stories and the second will be 12 with primarily studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The second tower will face 7th Street with 22 walk-up city homes and flats wrapping the first four stories. The project also includes more than 31,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
Residents will enjoy top-of-the-line amenities including a shared fifth-floor deck with resort-style swimming pool, barbecue grilling area and outdoor lounges with cabanas and fire pits. There will also be a state-of-the-art fitness center, dog walk and a bike workroom with storage for more than 450 bikes.
Sundt Project Manager John Lewis.
Project Manager John Lewis has been with Sundt since 1996, filling a variety of roles: Field Engineer, Project Engineer and Superintendent.
Born in Tacoma, Washington to a military family, John moved every couple of years, setting him up for a career of going from one jobsite to another.
How did you get involved in construction?
I started in architecture at Arizona State University and quickly learned that I would rather be building and managing projects than drawing and designing them. After two short years of architecture school I changed my major to construction management. One of the best decisions I ever made!
What was it about Sundt that convinced you to work here?
My first intention, some 20 years ago, was to get an internship. I heard from several people that Sundt was a good company that specialized in several kinds of work. Once on board, I quickly learned that Sundt is a good company with a great reputation in the community. It was also nice to see that several employees had been with the company for many years, a testament that Sundt has created a good culture with good people that I wanted to be a part of. The ESOP was also a good motivator to join the Sundt team.
Which project are you working on?
I’m currently working on the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in downtown Phoenix. I’ve had the good fortune to be able to work on this campus for the last five years. The project is a 10-story research/administrative labs, roughly 245,000-square-foot cast-in-place concrete structure. The copper façade matches the previously completed phases. It’s a must-see project in the downtown area.
What do you like to do when you’re away from work?
The family and I enjoy travelling; we try to take a significant trip each year. We also enjoy spending time at the kids’ sporting events. My son plays competitive basketball and my daughter is in competitive cheer and volleyball. We also enjoy camping up north as well as at the sand dunes in California.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Treat people like you want to be treated. As we all know, in this business, the likelihood of dealing with the same person sometime down the road is inevitable. There are many occasions where I see someone years later and they always have something nice to say because even in cases when interactions are not positive, I’ve always treated them with respect.