May 20, 2015
October 29, 2014
Name: Cole Ficklin
Project: Compiling historical cost data for concrete construction projects – Tempe Headquarters
Major: Construction Management
School: Brigham Young University – Idaho
Anticipated Graduation Date: December 2017
Why did you decide on Sundt for your summer internship? I had heard from a several people that it was a great company to work for, and the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) really interested me also.
What does a typical day look like for you? I find bid information from different jobs and put it into a spreadsheet that will give estimators and reviewers a reference for what a similar job cost in the past.
What’s your favorite type of cuisine? I am a big fan of classic American food: steak and potatoes.
What is a book you have read recently? “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara. It’s a fantastic historical novel about the battle of Gettysburg. It was written using the letters and communications of people who were actually there.
Favorite quote/inspirational saying? “We’re burnin’ daylight.” – John Wayne
What do you like to do in your free time? I like to hang out with my wife. She’s pretty awesome. Also, I like to go off-roading/shooting.
October 8, 2014
Minot AFB is home to one of the only two squadrons of B-52s in the nation, making the swift completion of the project all the more improtant.
B-52 bombers are once again landing at Minot Air Force Base in Minot, North Dakota, thanks to the recent completion of a new, $33 million runway. Sundt performed the heavy civil construction project in just six months while the base remained operational – a feat that was crucial in maintaining national security, as the base is a strategic part of the Air Force Global Strike Command and home to one of only two squadrons of B-52 Bomber aircrafts in the U.S.
Requiring approximately 42,000 cubic yards of concrete and 36,000 tons of asphalt, the newly replaced section of airfield, designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, stretches 8,900 feet long and includes new lighting and storm drain systems on both sides of the runway.
For more details about the project, click here.
August 27, 2014
Sundt is placing 61,000 cubic yards of concrete for the new Army hospital at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
A new Army hospital is underway at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, but before construction begins on the facility itself, Sundt’s craft work force will place more than 61,000 cubic yards of structural concrete. Their work will provide the foundations for seven new buildings including the main hospital building, central utility plant, rotunda entrance, two clinics, an administration building, and a clinical investigation building. The project team has placed 11,670 cubic yards of concrete so far, and is expecting to complete the remainder of the concrete construction by summer 2015.
“We’re pleased to have overcome several challenges arising from working in multiple buildings at the same time and completing an accelerated schedule for our client, Clark McCarthy Health Partners II, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” says Sundt Project Engineer Brandon Van Haveren. “The team is also proud to celebrate our safety record – one year and over 125,000 man hours without a recordable or loss time incident.”
July 21, 2014
Artist’s rendering of the new South Campus Plaza at San Diego State University
Sundt has been hired by San Diego State University, a longtime education construction client, to perform preconstruction services for a new, high-profile addition to the campus called South Campus Plaza. Located adjacent to the recently completed Aztec Student Union, also constructed by Sundt, South Campus Plaza will serve as a new gateway to the campus.
The project will consist of two mixed-use residential buildings and one parking structure. Building One will include approximately 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space fronting busy College Avenue, plus surrounding public spaces. The residences will be located on levels two through six.
Building Two will include 14,600 square feet of retail space and residential units on levels two through six. The residential levels of both buildings will include study rooms, laundry rooms, multi-purpose and breakout rooms, learning centers, tech conference rooms, community kitchens, and offices. Large exterior terrace areas are located on the second level of both residential buildings. They add to the living experience by providing gathering areas and flex spaces for the university and its residents.
The parking garage will be a six-story, cast-in-place concrete structure with approximately 301 parking spaces. A feature stair at the southeast corner with a horizontal sunshade at the top level will signify the main entry into the parking garage from the residential towers.
An aerial photo showing the area of the airport currently under construction
As everyone knows, airport construction projects that take place during peak travel times often cause major headaches for airport operators and travelers alike. When Wichita Falls Municipal Airport in Wichita Falls, Texas embarked on the construction of a new terminal building in September 2013, they wanted to minimize disruptions to travelers by having the project complete before the beginning of the busy 2014 holiday travel season.
It seemed impossible, but Sundt and its joint venture partner, Trinity Hughes, are making sure the airport gets its wish – even with a recent $6.2 million scope addition. The new work includes the demolition and reconstruction of an existing taxiway along with a new apron to bring planes to the new terminal. Sundt’s own crews will perform the concrete paving work to ensure that the project is complete on time and to a high degree of quality.
Flights in and out of the new Wichita Falls terminal are expected to begin the week before Thanksgiving.