September 22, 2016
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.
July 6, 2016
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.
June 29, 2016
Sundt crews poured 14,000 cubic yards of concrete on the San Diego State University South Campus Plaza project.
Sundt’s ability to self-perform concrete construction is providing client value in San Diego. Our crews have successfully completed two large concrete jobs in the area, most recently the San Diego State University South Campus Plaza.
“We can control safety, quality and schedule a lot better when we self-perform,” said Project Manager Mike Canter. “It provides an overall better team approach.”
In this case, that approach started with the San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center. The team placed 97,500 cubic yards of concrete on the 24-acre site in just 12 months, the equivalent of pouring about an acre a week. The center, the largest concrete building in the city, opened in January.
That project segued into South Campus Plaza, where concrete work began in February 2015 and lasted 14 months. While the concrete portion is complete, the rest of the project is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year.
South Plaza is a $143-million student housing and retail project. We are serving as design-build contractor for the project, which includes two residential buildings above ground-floor retail and an adjacent parking structure. The residence halls will house 608 beds in double-occupancy student rooms, 32 single-occupancy student rooms, three staff apartments and three visiting scholar studios. Designed to achieve LEED Silver certification from the United States Green Building Council, the project spans nearly 350,000 square feet.
Crews poured 14,000 cubic yards on the project, which included a six-story parking garage with a 20,000-square-foot footprint on a constrained site.
Extensive outreach with the local business community enabled Sundt’s GO 10 crew in El Paso to move traditional nighttime work to the day, saving time and increasing safety.
Our concrete construction team set 10 precast girders, each weighing around 41,000 pounds, in just three and half hours with minimal disruptions to the public. We partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation to close an Interstate 10 off-ramp and frontage road during peak hours after we worked with local business owners to get their approval. Setting girders during the day is often easier than at night because of improved visibility.
Extensive planning for staging more than 400,000 pounds of precast concrete girders, crane placement and crew activities allowed us to open the ramp and frontage road more than four hours earlier than during a night operation.
GO 10 is an infrastructure reconstruction of Interstate 10 on El Paso’s west side. The project extends 5.75 miles and has four major components: construction of collector-distributor lanes through the corridor, improvement of I-10’s direct connection with Paisano Drive/Border West Expressway, addition of lanes to the interstate in both directions and reconfiguration of ramps and overpasses at three exits.
Collector-distributor lanes disburse traffic, making it easier for motorists to merge on to the interstate.