September 20, 2013
May 29, 2013
Sundt recently presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Mike Mahoney, a general superintendent who worked on the company’s federal government construction projects before retiring earlier this month.
Mike, who started with M.M. Sundt as a concrete finisher, worked on a wide range of projects across the United States for more than 40 years. His contributions to Sundt were acknowledged during the company’s Annual Leadership Conference, where 100 of the top senior management gathered.
This is only the third time in Sundt’s 123-year history that the Lifetime Achievement award was presented.
March 6, 2013
An aerial view of the reconstructed Cordes Junction Traffic Interchange
Sundt and joint venture partner Vastco, Inc., have nearly completed reconstructing the Cordes Junction traffic interchange, located about 65 miles north of downtown Phoenix at Interstate 17 (I-17) and State Route 69. Traffic has been placed into its ultimate configuration to prepare for the final lift of rubberized asphaltic concrete pavement. Crews are currently scheduled to pave the project during the month of June followed by final striping and signage. The project is expected to be complete in July.
The Construction Manager at Risk project included the construction of seven new bridges, including a post-tensioned, cast-in-place concrete structure that was built over live traffic on I-17. The Heavy Civil team also built two separate interchanges – one for through traffic and one for local – and realigned, widened and paved several streets. The 50-year-old interchange is used by approximately 40,000 vehicles per day.
December 17, 2012
Practice missions can be analyzed from one of DAGIR’s observation towers, like the one pictured above.
Sundt has completed the U.S. military’s first fully computerized target practice range at Fort Bliss Army Post, Texas: a high-profile project called DAGIR, which stands for Digital Air-Ground Integration Range. The facility will be used to train U.S. soldiers and the armies of several U.S. allies for combat missions on the ground and from the air.
What makes the range unique is the fact that the targets are controlled digitally, which allows for the creation of unlimited combat scenarios. Sensors in the targets and the vehicles gather information that then becomes part of the review and feedback process. After soldiers complete a simulated mission on the range, they return to the After Action Review (AAR) building to view a recording and debrief with their superiors.
The $32 million heavy civil construction project included construction of 23 miles of tank trails, installation of 200 pre-cast concrete targets, and construction of six support buildings. The targets required approximately 11,000 concrete blocks, all of which were made by Sundt’s Concrete Division using an efficient assembly line approach that boosted productivity rates by more than 30 percent over what was originally projected.
October 17, 2012
Preparing the site for the Bill of Rights Monument took about a month. Sundt’s concrete team, shown above, poured and finished the foundations for each of the ten limestone slabs.
Arizona is home to the country’s first Bill of Rights Monument, and Sundt played a key role in making it happen. The stone monument, which was dedicated last weekend, is made up of 10 limestone slabs arranged on a grassy hill overlooking the State Capitol in Phoenix. Each bears a unique carved image and words from the individual amendments to the U.S. Constitution that make up the Bill of Rights. (More about the six-year effort to get the monument funded and approved can be found in this New York Times article.)
An aerial view of the Santa Teresa Rail Facility project site, which is located on a 2,200-acre parcel of desert near the U.S./Mexico border.
Trains can travel hundreds of miles at a stretch, but occasionally they need to refuel, swap containers, and undergo maintenance. Sundt is building one such facility for Union Pacific that will serve as an important point for the movement of goods along the 800-mile Sunset Route from Los Angeles to El Paso. Called the Santa Teresa Rail Facility, it is located on a 2,200-acre parcel of desert in New Mexico about two miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. The nearest sizeable city is El Paso, Texas, about 10 miles to the east.
The $400 million, state-of-the-art rail facility will incorporate fueling areas, crew change buildings, an intermodal block swap/switching yard and an intermodal ramp. Our $172 million heavy civil contract is for the project’s second phase, which involves constructing 26 buildings, installing a number of underground utilities (water, electric and sewer), concrete paving, and constructing the fuel facility and connecting it to a new fuel line. The team’s first and most significant construction milestone is the completion of the fuel facility by December 31, 2013.
“The fuel facility portion of the project is fairly complex because of the amount of mechanical piping involved,” said Sundt Project Manager Eric Weston. “We’re self-performing the majority of that work, which amounts to about $18 million of our overall contract. Sundt’s own crews are also performing the concrete paving – a package worth about $14 million.”
The project is scheduled for completion in 2014.