May 4, 2017
April 5, 2017
A vendor demonstrates ways to eliminate silica dust at Sundt’s Las Cruces High School job site.
Small amounts of dust can cause big problems on construction sites. To further make the point, Sundt dedicated a day during Safety Week to concentrate on the hazards of silica at our job sites across the Southwest.
Silica is a mineral commonly found in many materials on construction sites, including soil, sand, concrete, masonry, rock, granite and landscaping. The dust created by cutting, grinding, drilling or disturbing these materials can contain small crystalline silica particles. Respirable silica dust can cause lung disease. It only takes a small amount of airborne silica dust to create a health hazard.
“In preparation to comply with new OSHA standards and protect our employees from exposure to silica dust, we have been testing numerous tools for drilling, grinding, chipping and cutting of concrete,” said Sundt Area Safety Manager Jerri Dragt. “The tools must either capture the silica dust or wet methods must be used to control the dust from becoming airborne.”
Workers at our Las Cruces High School Phase 2 project watched demonstrations on dust-busting products earlier this week. Many of the tools have vacuum attachments and filters, capturing the dust before it enters the air. Our Concrete Division is testing the tools with different manufacturers to see which ones best serve its needs.
There also are attachments for tools that spray water at the point of the cutting tool for saws. When chipping or jackhammering, a constant spray of water is beneficial.
The hazards of silica dust and the recommended controls are also a regular topic for our weekly safety meetings. The most important part of the discussion is eliminating the dust in the first place.
The mission of Safety Week is to collectively raise the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and to communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern. This is the third year we have served as a sponsor of the event.
September 22, 2016
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.
August 3, 2016
Sundt Concrete Division Manager Stew Grauer accepts the W. Burr Bennett Safety Excellence Award.
Here’s another solid example of Sundt’s commitment to safety: Last week, we brought home the W. Burr Bennett Safety Excellence Award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) annual conference in Minneapolis.
The award is presented each year to one general contractor and one specialty contractor that place the highest priority on safety. The ASCC has approximately 600 member companies worldwide.
Our concrete team put in more than 3.5 million hours in 2015 and had just 21 recordable injury/illness cases.
Earlier this year, Sundt also won the Associated General Contractors of America Grand Award, which is given annually to the safest construction company in the country. Combined with our 2006 award, we’re the only company on record to win the honor twice.
July 20, 2016
There’s no stopping the momentum at our GO 10 project in El Paso.
Late last month, Sundt crews and subcontractors worked for 25 consecutive hours to perform major road reconstruction on a stretch of eastbound Intestate 10 between Sunland Park Drive and Executive Center Boulevard. Work included connection of a storm drain system that ran under the interstate’s existing main lanes to accommodate new structures being installed at the intersection of I-10 and Sunland Park.
In addition to our work, one of our subcontractors demolished half of the US 85 bridge that connects I-10 and Paisano Drive. The demolition allows for a new seven-span bridge connecting the new collector distributor lanes and the Border Highway West under construction by another joint venture.
Concrete pothole repairs were also performed under closure of the eastbound I-10 lanes to allow crews to safely repair damaged sections of the interstate without working adjacent to traffic. The closure redirected motorists onto city streets to allow access to downtown El Paso. Two traffic control crews, 27 off-duty police officers and more than 10 Sundt supervisors were involved to safely install the work in less time than anticipated.
Our crews also set concrete girders on a new seven-span bridge that connects Paisano Drive to the I-10 main lanes. The structure, part of the project’s critical path, has been under construction adjacent to and over existing interstate traffic. For the past several months, crews have worked to install drilled shaft foundations, temporary soil nail walls, 35-foot-plus tall columns and bent caps to allow the beam setting. In addition to the concrete beams, steel girders are being erected simultaneously at night to essentially build the structure from the outside in.
Learning requires a strong foundation. A Sundt joint-venture team is taking care of the literal definition in Wichita Falls.
The concrete construction team began pouring the foundation last week for the Wichita Falls Independent School District Career and Technical Education Center. Almost five dozen trucks delivered more than 550 yards of concrete to use at the site. It’s going to require 3,600 yards to perform the work, which is scheduled to be completed next month.
Things got under way early with a 5 a.m. start. The placement took all day and included the crew cutting control joints to keep the concrete from cracking as it cured.
The 123,000-square-foot center will prepare the district’s high school students for college or careers. Students will receive advanced skills, certification, college credits, and the ability to explore their futures from the comfort of high school. The Construction Manager at Risk project is on track to be finished next summer.