August 31, 2017
August 9, 2017
There is expected to be a shortfall of two million craft workers by the year 2020.
As Labor Day approaches, the annual Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Workforce Survey reinforces an industry-wide fact: There is a significant shortage of available craft workers in the United States.
The survey, which received 1,608 responses from AGC members, showed that 70 percent of those companies are already having a hard time filling hourly craft positions. Only nine percent said they weren’t having problems filling any positions, which also includes salaried and hourly office and field jobs.
A lack of candidates is especially troublesome since 69 percent of those surveyed said they need to expand their craft hiring in the next 12 months. According to the survey, the five toughest positions to fill are carpenters (58 percent of companies have trouble finding them), bricklayers (53 percent), electricians (53 percent), concrete workers (51 percent) and plumbers (50 percent).
The average age of craft workers is 47. There is expected to be a shortfall of two million craft workers by the year 2020.
“At least in the state of Arizona, Career and Technical Education is starting to get a second wind,” Sundt Craft Workforce Development Manager Sean Ray said. “But we’re really far behind. So the work’s going to be there. Are we going to have qualified people is going to be the main question.”
A total of 74 percent of respondents said their local pipelines for supplying well-trained craft personnel were either poor or fair. In the retention category, 43 percent said they use customized learning and development programs to keep the craft workers they have.
Sundt is using several initiatives to attract and retain craft workers, including a partnership with Central Arizona College and training at our Center for Craft Excellence in Phoenix.
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April 12, 2017
The Otay Ranch Senior Living Facility will have 85 units for assisted living and 26 for memory care.
The number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to double to more than 98 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older group’s share of the total population will rise to nearly 24 percent from 15 percent.
That aging population is driving the need for more assisted living and memory care facilities. Sundt has built more than half a dozen senior living projects in Arizona, California and New Mexico. We won an award for similar work from the North American Industrial Office Properties Association Arizona Chapter.
This summer, we started construction on the Otay Ranch Senior Living Facility, a $20 million project in Chula Vista, California. The community will have 85 units for assisted living and 26 for memory care. The 105,000-square-foot project is located in the Otay Ranch Community.
“With our portfolio of modern senior living facilities, we are confident seniors in our community will be proud to call Otay Ranch home,” Sundt Vice President and San Diego Regional Director John Messick said.
Amenities include a dining room and bistro, movie theater, fitness room, arts and crafts center, barber/beauty salon, activity space and courtyards.
“We have a solid performing team to manage this project,” said Project Manager Brandon Drury. “It’s exciting to see this kind of synergy. Our combined experiences allow us to anticipate and solve issues with tenacity.”
Construction is expected to be complete next summer.
January 20, 2017
The White Tanks project was once a massive area of dirt and mud.
Choosing a new project delivery method kept the Maricopa County Flood Control District from seeing its budget wash away during work on the White Tanks Flood Structure in Buckeye, Arizona.
In the past, the District constructed similar projects using Design-Bid-Build and sometimes faced change orders that nearly doubled initial bid values because of outside agency inspections during construction.
It’s now a flood control project that is coming in on time and on budget.
On White Tanks, the District decided to try Construction Manager at Risk and selected Sundt. Our Transportation Group partnered with agencies including the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the National Resources Conservation Service to write specifications exactly as the District expected, lowering the chances of costly change orders.
“It worked well,” said Preconstruction Manager Jeffrey Hamilton. “The only change order relating to additional cost was because of a flood event, and the District had a contingency to cover that.”
The joint venture with Rummel Construction consists of widening and extending an existing flood structure and adding upgrades, including an architecturally enhanced auxiliary spillway, drop inlet structures and principal outlet structures. While the initial contract value was $25.3 million, the team is looking to bring the cost down by about $1 million.
We’re delivering client value in many other ways, too, including using drone technology to provide required survey information to verify completed work for our payment purposes.
“This would be a difficult and costly task with a survey crew,” Project Manager Ryan Vlach said. “We found a drone company that was able to fly the site and provide the necessary information at a fraction of the time and cost.”
Preconstruction ended in January 2016 and construction began the next month. Even with a small change order extending the contract until August, the team intends to finish work by June.
October 28, 2016
Sundt Master Mechanic Daniel Wayne.
Daniel Wayne is a Master Mechanic who has been with Sundt for 25 years. He’s the rare Arizona native who enjoys cold weather, which is good since he’s working on an Industrial project in northern New Mexico.
How did you get into construction?
After high school, I went to a tech school in Provo, Utah, and ended up working for Empire Machinery. That’s how I got into construction, working on equipment.
What has kept you at Sundt for 25 years?
The people I work with, and the company has been good to me. There’s a lot of teamwork. The company gives you all the components to succeed no matter what your field is.
What are the most enjoyable parts of the job?
Going from place to place. I’ve had a supervisor call on a Friday and ask if I wanted to meet new people. I would ask where he wanted me to go on Monday.
How much have you seen the industry change over the years?
We’re putting more of an emphasis on safety. We’re also seeing lots of younger people coming in over the past 10 years. I tell them to come to work on time, do good work and they’ll always have a job.
How many different locations have you worked?
Mostly Arizona and California. I spent the last six years in Texas.
What has been your favorite project to work on and why?
That’s hard to say. I’ve enjoyed all the jobs. I liked working at the Page (Arizona) Airport Apron. My family came up in the summer so my kids and wife were with me.
How important is the company’s employee-ownership culture?
It’s one of the reasons I’ve stayed with the company so long. It’s good to know your family is taken care of when you retire.
Business Development Representative Kay Lumley.
After numerous promotions, Kay is excited to be part of the business development team that’s responsible for acquiring work in the transportation field.
How did you move into business development?
I started straight out of high school at 18 as a Project Secretary where I assisted several different projects. After about two years, I got promoted to Project Administrator and completed design jobs, routed contracts, processed invoices and completed project closeouts. After a short time doing that, I received an opportunity as an Administrative Assistant for Federal work. I spent five years there and was promoted to Business Development Coordinator and began assisting in proposals. From there I moved to the Marketing Department crafting proposals and working mainly with the Transportation team. After about a year and a half, I left marketing to go back to Business Development for Transportation.
What are your main duties now?
Assisting Project Directors and the Business Development Manager in pursuits, pre-win activities and proposal write-ups.
What have you learned about the business development part of the industry?
When I started at Sundt I had no idea what Business Development was. The company gives me the opportunity and tools to succeed while interacting with owners, developers and other contractors to show how good a contractor Sundt is. In BD, you get to be the face of Sundt; you get to start the whole process of winning a job. The satisfaction of getting the call notifying you of a job award makes all the hard work worth it.
What are some of your family’s favorite things to do in the Phoenix area?
My husband and I have two young daughters and live in the far North Valley. We don’t get to see each other much due to our crazy schedules, but when we do get together we enjoy camping and just relaxing outside as a family.