September 10, 2018
February 7, 2018
Repeat business is the best praise a client can give, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has given Sundt Construction the ultimate compliment by bringing us back for another project. Sundt just completed its second job with the university, the Embry-Riddle Student Housing Phase 2 project, right on time for the fall semester. The new three-story, 73,000-square-foot residence building will house up to 282 students. And these are no coach-class accommodations; students will enjoy roomy, four-person semi-suites enhanced by comfortable lounging, gathering and social areas.
Embry-Riddle is the largest, fully accredited university system specializing in aviation and aerospace, and just last year Sundt finished the Prescott campus’s 52,500-square-foot STEM Education Center and Planetarium. According to Senior Project Manager Josh Anderson, Sundt was selected again for the residential building because “we keep meeting budget and schedule.” Now, this is easier said than done, as a student housing job of this magnitude in the current market is usually a 14- or 16-month job. “We got it done in 10 months, though,” said Josh, “and in the process, we performed over $1 million worth of value engineering.”
The timeline was narrow, labor was tight in a busy local market, and Prescott’s mile-high elevation meant dealing with rain and snow. But Sundt’s trademark teamwork, including some solid showings from our subcontractors, made for a successful finish. “We’re glad to help the university get closer to their goal of being able to house all students on campus,” Josh said. “Embry-Riddle has treated us really well, and we hope to continue working with them in the future.”
January 10, 2018
Craft professional Jimmy Venegas and a resident at Grandview Terrace.
Our Grandview Terrace Senior Living campus renovation for Sun Health took place in resident corridors and the fitness center, salon, front entry, kitchen and dining areas. More than 300 residents were living in our construction zone in Sun City, Arizona.
The work required forethought to ensure that residents were kept informed and safe during the process. Creative thinking and teamwork with Grandview staff made sure those goals were realized. Early on, our team worked with Grandview to create a communication plan that let residents know where we were working and what we were doing. The plan included signs in hallways detailing upcoming work, instructions on walls showing how to call for an escort and opportunities for residents to provide feedback.
Taking it a step further, community members who needed to get through active construction zones were assisted by our Sundt Concierge Ushering Service. Team members walked residents through the work area, clearing potential hazards and making sure everyone was safe.
Following up, when renovations were complete on a floor, Project Manager John Lewis, Superintendent Max Sperry and their team visited each resident and delivered Sundt goodie bags to thank them for letting us into their home.
“Thanks for the good memories and for the cookies and can holder,” one resident wrote to the team. “It has been a pleasure to interact with the Sundt crew. I applaud your professionalism, safety and accommodating work ethic.”
The partnership with Sun Health is working. The company has brought us on board to perform work at The Colonnade, an assisted living and memory care facility in Sun City.
November 22, 2017
Our team hung a functional helicopter in the lobby of our project at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical College in Prescott, Arizona.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a high-flying place. Often referred to as the “Harvard of the Sky,” the school is the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, with 125 locations worldwide.
We recently completed work on a classroom and laboratory facility on the school’s Prescott, Arizona campus to support the university’s STEM program, which has become equal in numbers to its aeronautical program. The project features a 52,570-square-foot facility that houses classrooms, laboratories and a domed auditorium/planetarium.
In an effort to reflect the university’s aeronautical roots and theme, we were contacted late in the project by the University’s Development team with a question: “What if we hung a functional helicopter in the two-story lobby of the building?”
Our on-site team went to work planning structural support, ways to erect the craft and how to disassemble it, bring it through entry doors and reassemble it in the lobby.
The team worked on structural supports for the final installation as well as temporary means to hoist the helicopter. We worked with Universal Helicopter to disassemble the craft off the shipping truck and transported it through the finished curtain wall systems. We then reassembled and hoisted the craft into position with a slight modification to the tail section support to capture the tilted position of a flight trajectory.
Equally pronounced in the lobby is the propeller donated by Raisbeck Engineering and Hartzell Propellers, which we also installed. It’s impossible to miss the Swept Blade Turbofan prototype. With a look like something out of a sci-fi movie, its performance is just as striking.
The features further engage the aviation community, students, staff and locals in the University’s mission. Keep ’em, flying, Embry-Riddle!
August 31, 2017
Sundt’s Transportation Group is turning the two-lane roadway into a four-lane divided highway in Central Arizona.
It’s a smart way to build a road.
Sundt is using Intelligent Compaction (IC) for the first time on our Thousand Trails Road improvements for the Arizona Department of Transportation. IC is the compaction of road materials such as soils, aggregate bases or asphalt pavement materials, using vibratory rollers equipped with an integrated measurement system, an onboard computer reporting system and global positioning system-based mapping.
Compaction is necessary to attain high quality and uniformity of pavement materials, ensuring longer-lasting performance.
“Using IC on the project gives us the ability to monitor compaction efforts in real time and let us know when it has obtained the required compaction on the aggregate base course (what’s under the surface layer) as well as the asphalt,” said Senior Project Manager Eric Weston.
Our Transportation Group is turning the two-lane roadway into a four-lane divided highway in Central Arizona between Camp Verde and Cottonwood. The job site is about 20 miles from the award-winning Cordes Junction project we completed in 2013.
The project team will replace the barrier on an existing bridge for future westbound lanes, construct a new bridge for future eastbound lanes and build a new multi-modal pathway. The work consists of seven roundabouts, earthwork, aggregate base, asphaltic concrete pavement, bridge construction, drainage improvements, curb and gutter, sidewalk and other related work.
“The biggest challenge so far has been dealing with traffic on State Road 260,” Eric said. “During the day, SR260 is very busy with local as well as vacation traffic to Cottonwood and Sedona.”
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, shows that 70 percent of those companies are already having a hard time filling hourly craft positions. Only nine percent said they aren’t having problems filling 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 2 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.
For information on a career with Sundt, please visit http://www.sundt.com/careers.