August 31, 2017
July 26, 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, 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.
April 28, 2017
Sundt has brought home another Associated General Contractors of America Construction Safety Excellence honor by finishing second in the Highway Division among contractors with more than a million work hours.
Last year, we won the Highway Division on our way to earning our second AGC Grand Award denoting the safest construction company in the nation. We are the only general contractor on record to win the award twice (2006 and 2016).
Safety is the first priority on all our jobsites. Our Safety By Choice program also emphasizes the “why” of safety. In addition to providing thorough training to our craft employees, we focus on the many reasons why they want and need to stay safe: their families, friends, health, livelihood and ability to enjoy their favorite activities.
“Nobody comes to work thinking they’re going to be injured, let alone planning to get injured,” said Building Group Manager Paul Sprecco, who submitted the AGC award materials. “But when accidents and injuries happen, we find that choices were made that put people or property in danger. Choices about processes, tools, systems or just trying to get it done faster. Safety By Choice is all about rewarding positive safety choices and recognizing unsafe choices, stopping the activity and adjusting the plan to eliminate the hazard.”
April 5, 2017
The San Antonio Fire Department puts on a simulated rescue for our team last year during Safety Week.
National Safety Week begins Monday and Sundt is celebrating with daily themes that cover topics including ladder safety, excavation requirements, slips, trips and falls and silica awareness.
Every year, more than 80,000 workers suffer an injury on construction jobsites across the U.S. Slips and falls are the most frequently cited safety issues by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Our Safety by Choice program focuses on both how and why workers need to be safe. We encourage our employee-owners to make good choices every day so they can go home to enjoy time with family and friends.
Our safety record is strong: Last year, we were named the safest construction company in the country for the second time by the Associated General Contractors of America. We also won the award in 2006 and are the only contractor on record to earn the award more than once. Our goal remains to support and maintain a positive safety culture while continually improving our overall record and advancing safety in our industry.
The industry is rallying around safety initiatives. National and global construction firms comprising the Construction Industry Safety Council and the Incident and Injury Free Forum have joined forces with a goal of inspiring everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety.
Please come back to our blog all week as we report on company activities and show our commitment to safety.
March 20, 2017
Our work on the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth also won a Build America Award in 2015.
Sundt’s reconstruction of the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth recently earned a Best of Precast Award from the Precast Concrete Manufacturers’ Association.
We received the award in the bridge category along with Heldenfels Enterprises, supplier of the bridge’s precast floor beams, and the Texas Department of Transportation. We were the general contractor and our concrete crews worked on the precast arches. The bridge also won a Build America Award from the Associated General Contractors of America in 2015.
The bridge is the first of its kind built with precast, post-tensioned arches and floor beams. Each arch measures 24 feet tall by approximately 160 feet long and weighs more than 640,000 pounds. The 12 concrete arches were built offsite and installed in pairs along either side of the bridge.
Reconstruction of the bridge improved pedestrian access and safety and created a landmark gateway between Fort Worth’s downtown and cultural district.
We completed the 980-foot-long bridge for the Texas Department of Transportation a month ahead of schedule. It opened to traffic Oct. 9, 2013, in time for the holidays.
The Northwest Extension is a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro light rail system in the Greater Phoenix area.
Awards are rolling in for Sundt’s Valley Metro Northwest Extension project, including two from the prestigious Build America program.
The $160 million project won in the transportation category and also earned the Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence Award, which is presented annually to projects that epitomize the principles of partnering. The awards were presented during the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) National Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month.
“These awards, which are selected by a group of our peers, represent the best projects construction has to offer,” said Project Manager Chris Elison. “It’s an honor to be recognized by other great contractors for the work we performed.”
The project is a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro light rail system in the Greater Phoenix area. The Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck JV work is the fourth project the team has finished as part of Valley Metro’s program. Scope included curb-to-curb replacement of water, sewer, storm, electrical, communication and gas utilities, roadway widening and installation of embedded double track with an overhead catenary system, train signals, three traction power substations and traffic signals. The project added three stations and a park-and-ride at Dunlap Avenue, and 6.4 miles of sidewalks, curb and gutter and pavement.
Build America awards honor AGC members who perform the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure and federal and heavy divisions. Sundt’s most recent Build America honors came in 2015 in the environmental enhancement category for the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility renovation construction project in Chandler, Arizona, and the highway and transportation renovation category for the West Seventh Street Bridge in Fort Worth.