August 5, 2016
August 1, 2016
Dan Haag, Sundt’s Chief Administrative Officer, recently was named to the Arizona Business & Education Coalition’s Board of Directors. The coalition sustains collaboration between business and education leaders to help students by educating and building political will toward improvement and investment in K-12 with links to pre-kindergarten and higher education.
Dan recently took time to discuss the organization’s mission and the importance of public education in Arizona.
How did you get involved with the Arizona Business & Education Coalition?
Sundt has a history of being engaged as an advocate for education and I am following in those footsteps.
What does the organization hope to accomplish?
Our education system needs to be aligned with the needs of employers. This is in the best interests of the students (being employable), the school systems (being value added) and employers (having the talent needed to achieve business objectives).
How vital is a strong public education system to our state’s future?
Our economy is driven by our ability to have talented people available for our current businesses to be successful and to be attractive to new businesses we would like to have in Arizona. Our reputation for having powerful education systems which meet the needs of business is a key factor in attracting new business to Arizona. Also, strong education leads to better employment opportunities for graduates and better incomes that come along with those opportunities.
What’s the state of public education in Arizona?
While some advances are being made in education in Arizona we have a ways to go to be a leader in education in the United States. We need to set our standards high and have a strategy that delivers public education at a level that is best for all involved.
What about vocational programs?
Career and technical education will play a greater role in our future. Only around 30 percent of all jobs require a traditional four-year degree and not everyone is a fit for that. Greater emphasis in CTE will lead to having a higher qualified workforce and an employed population making higher compensation.
How much of a desire do you see among Arizona residents to improve public education?
It varies depending upon the segment. Our opportunity is to communicate and educate Arizona residents on what is needed, why it is needed and why this is great for our state and for all Arizona residents in the long-term.
July 26, 2016
California State University, East Bay Warren Hall Replacement Building.
Sundt was well-represented when industry honors in Arizona and California were awarded in July.
The list includes two of the Engineering-News Record’s California Best Projects 2016: Best Project in Southern California for California State University, Channel Islands Sierra Hall and an Award of Merit in Northern California for California State University, East Bay Warren Hall Replacement Building. A panel of industry judges reviewed 90 projects from California and Hawaii in the competition.
The American Institute of Architects California Council presented its Merit Award for the John M. Roll United States Courthouse in Yuma, Arizona. The award is based on design excellence, and 21 winners from among 250 entries were chosen. We worked with Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects on the project.
The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute recognized our joint-venture team for work on the San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center, the largest concrete building in the city. The CRSI Honors program has recognized excellence in the design and construction of concrete buildings and bridges for more than 40 years.
Also in San Diego, the local chapter of the American Society of Professional Estimators named us the 2016 Member Firm of the Year. The honor is given to the firm that best embodies “outstanding achievement in recognition for continuing service and dedication in fulfilling the mission and fundamental purposes of the organization.” Senior Estimator Paul Chang has provided leadership to the organization by serving on the chapter board of directors for several years.
July 7, 2016
With the goal of encouraging greater diversity in our industry, Sundt supported and participated in the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction’s 5th Annual Red Rose Bowling Tournament this month at Kyrene Lanes in Chandler, Arizona.
The annual tournament brings together general contractors, subcontractors, vendors and supporters to raise money for the Lodine Robinson Endowment Fund, a scholarship program for women seeking certifications and degrees in construction-related pursuits in Arizona secondary education.
This was the third year Sundt took part in the event, with sponsorships from the Legal Department and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Case. Our team, called the Sundt Legal Pin Heads, featured staff from Legal and the Building Division.
Melanie Healey from our Total Rewards team will serve as NAWIC’s President next year.
June 15, 2016
Az Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ’s Most Admired Companies competition has been around for seven years and Sundt has made the list every time.
We won this year for Leadership Excellence, one of five categories in the competition. The program also recognizes organizations that excel in workplace culture, social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation. More than 150 companies submitted nominations.
Our approach to leadership focuses on five key elements:
- Provide Inspiration Through Vision
- Lead by Example
- Believe our People Make the Difference
- Have Best in Class Expectations
- Challenge the Status Quo.
With several projects about to get started in Arizona, Sundt Construction is ready to add skilled craft workers to its roster of employee-owners.
We’re seeking experienced craft workers for transportation and industrial projects in Mesa, Gilbert, Maricopa and Tucson. Anyone interested is invited to attend a job fair June 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center for Craft Excellence (2630 S. 20th Place, Phoenix).
We’re looking to hire Heavy Equipment Operators, Laborers, Pipe Layers, Grade Checkers, Water Truck Drivers, Finishers, Carpenters/Form Setters, Concrete Laborers, Ironworkers, Pipe Fitters, Welders, Mechanics, Lube Men and Dirt and Pipe Foremen. We offer a great working environment along with excellent benefits and competitive pay.
Profiles and applications can also be submitted by visiting our website.