September 16, 2016
July 20, 2016
In her job as Project Executive for Sundt in our Irvine, California office, Betty Lynn Senes leads project pursuits, provides oversight of the design and construction process and ensures that teams have the resources they need to meet the daily demands of the project, achieve interim milestones and successfully complete their work.
With 28 years in the construction industry, Betty Lynn brings a diverse skill set in collaborative deliveries, team-building and problem-solving. As a past Vice President of Operations and former Project Director, Project Manager, Estimator and Business Developer, she understands the critical combination of technical competency and relationship skills that drive reliable commitments and outstanding performance.
Betty Lynn took some time to answer a few questions not long after starting with Sundt.
What interested you about working for Sundt?
The firm I came from and Sundt have both worked in the California State University System. I keep in touch with a few folks in the CSU Chancellor’s office, and they always spoke highly of (Regional Director) Robert Stokes and of Sundt. I also had interaction on some Cal Poly Pomona projects. Sundt was awarded the student housing project there, and a second, adjacent project came up. Sundt was not proposing and my firm was. As we’d be sharing a “party wall” and joint laydown area, I asked Robert and (Project Manager) Mary Homan to meet with us to discuss how we’d be good neighbors. They did and I was impressed with their approach to their student housing project. We also did a joint Building Information Modeling/Virtual Design and Construction program for the Chancellor’s Office with Sundt, during which time I got a chance to see (Senior Virtual Construction Engineer) Howdy Atkinson and (Director of Construction Technology) Dan Russell in their element … impressive. The other factors were Sundt’s commitment to continual learning, and the fact that I had met women from Sundt, such as (Senior Vice President and Building Group Manager) Teri Jones and Mary Homan, who were clearly making a difference in our industry.
What are the company’s priorities in Southern California?
We are very fortunate to have built many higher-education construction projects, both public and private, in Southern California. Our newly expanded Los Angeles/Orange County office is poised to grow, and expand our markets with the experience of our people. Our priorities are to be very focused in our pursuits, to take on profitable work with good owners and to exceed their expectations. With this, we’ll expand Sundt’s great name throughout LA/OC. We hope to build the same reputation in our area that Sundt has earned in Arizona: a quality firm built by trustworthy, competent people who excel in their field.
What does Sundt do to set itself apart from the competition in the Los Angeles area?
Sundt has a reputation for top-quality people working collaboratively and keeping our commitments. These factors, along with the consistent, positive experience of working with Sundt, and the tools that enhance our ability to communicate and manage, such as our conditions of success meetings and parametric estimating, are elements that set us apart.
How does the future look for success in the region?
The Southern California market is still very active. We see a number of schools and community college districts with successful bond measures that provide funding for facilities projects. The California State University and University of California systems are planning work for the future, and private institutions continue their expansion plans. The UC system has an initiative under way to expand student housing on multiple campuses. In addition, many other civic, healthcare and hospitality clients have projects in the pipeline.
The company has had a lot of success with the university housing market in Southern California. What projects do we have going on there at the moment?
We are working on four student housing projects in Southern California: one at San Diego State University, one just completing at CSU Channel Islands, one at Pepperdine University, and our fourth, in preconstruction, at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP). All are being delivered collaboratively, under CM at Risk or Design-Build. The largest one, at CPP, has grown to about $150 million. It includes a 35,000-square-foot dining commons and two eight-story student residence towers to house 980 students. Student housing is a very active market.
How exciting is it to come to work every day in such a dynamic area?
Knowing the potential we have to expand our client and subcontractor relationships, and after meeting so many professional and talented Sundt employee-owners, I’m “all in.” I look forward to contributing by developing great client partners and relentlessly executing our plan to exceed their expectations.
April 27, 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.
January 20, 2016
It seems like a project made for HGTV. In need of an overhaul on the new site of its Regional Communications Command Center, El Paso County’s 911 District needed to find a trustworthy contractor to gut and remodel its mission-critical facility.
No, it won’t be the Property Brothers.
The district chose Sundt to handle the $16 million Construction Manager at Risk project after purchasing an existing building that needs a lot of TLC. Having history in the field will help us meet the challenges that lie ahead. We have successfully finished 911 centers in Deer Valley, Arizona; San Antonio and Tucson.
“There are several surprises that await in the constructability,” said Project Director Joe Riccillo. “We are removing about 20,000 square feet of slab to create a raised flooring system on the call floor, and we are adding joists to the building in order to support the new mechanical units on the roof, which we will have to peel back the deck in order to install. We are sure the existing building has a few surprises in store for us. Resolving these items quickly will be key.”
Many issues are better anticipated because of our experience with similar projects. The district provides 911 service for more than 800,000 people living and working in El Paso County.
“We are trying to coordinate the call floor slab removal with the new plumbing installation, a Lean process if you will, by coordinating the demo contractor saw cut with plumbing layout and concrete sub replacement,” Joe said. “One saw cut, install and one concrete replacement.”
We have a year to reach substantial completion on this Fixer Upper. By the time work is complete, this will be a Dream Home for El Paso County’s 911 District and a facility that best serves a growing community.
August 26, 2015
Starting today, people will be jetting into and out of the new San Diego International Airport Rental Car Center on their way to fun in the sun in Southern California.
An Austin/Sundt Joint Venture served as Construction Manager at Risk for the project, which shifts rental car facilities to a centralized location on the north side of the airport. The project is a 2 million square-foot structure that houses rental car companies representing 16 brands, a customer service building, quick-turn-around car prep facility and ready/return area for more as many as 5,400 vehicles.
Sundt CEO Dave Crawford, Concrete Division Manager Stewart Grauer, Regional Director Jon Wald, Growth and Strategy Officer Jeff Perelman and Operations Manager Sean Lynch attend the ribbon-cutting on Jan. 15.
A ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the facility was held Jan. 15. Work started on the project in 2013.
The center is the first major component of the airport’s long-range plan to reduce traffic congestion and bring passengers closer to Interstate 5 and commuter rail lines. The facility also helps improve air quality by removing multiple shuttle vans from the streets and simplifies the trip to and from a single, centralized rental car lot for passengers.
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO Thella Bowens said in June that the new facility would cut the number of rental car shuttles from 81 to 16 and all would use alternative fuels.
The center has two customer lobbies, five interior and exterior public art installations, and space for a restaurant that will seat about 300 people. It uses an innovative “mini-mall” concept for rental car companies.
“It gets away from the linear customer service counters, where all the rental car companies are side-by-side, and allows them to have their own tenant space, like a shopping mall,” Airport Authority Director of Design and Construction Bob Bolton told Construction Today. “You walk through a storefront into their tenant space, which has seating and customer service facilities and their identity. It could be like walking into an Apple store.”
The facility was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification under the U.S. Green Building Council program.
We are pleased to announce that Sundt has been selected as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the redevelopment of the Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, Arizona. Once completed, the project will replace most or all of Pima County’s current animal care center which was originally built in 1968. At that time the County had less than a third of its current resident population and animal control facilities did little more than warehouse stray animals.
The project is in the design phase, and may include construction of new kennels, a surgery suite, laboratory, clinics, administrative and law enforcement offices, and a community room. Voters authorized the project in November 2014, and construction is budgeted at $15 million of the overall $22 million project cost.
“Our team has developed a plan to ensure the center remains operational while under construction, so every animal continues to receive the care it needs,” said Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington. “This project will provide additional space for the more than 24,000 animals that come through these doors each year, improving their lives by reducing stress, aggression and disease transmission due to overcrowding.”