March 24, 2017
March 23, 2017
Sundt Area Safety Manager Jerri Dragt.
Area Safety Manager Jerri Dragt has been with Sundt for 16 years. She is responsible for administering and managing safety matters in all areas of the company. She manages and directs Project Safety Representatives and conducts safety audits, inspections and training, provides assistance and support to site personnel concerning safety matters, and investigates and monitors accidents, incidents and claims.
She provides staff support to line management/supervision on safety and loss prevention programs, ensures each jobsite in her area maintains a safe work environment under the guidelines of the company program and governmental requirements, and assists with employee relations and safety training of field personnel.
How prevalent is the “Safety by Choice” culture at Sundt?
“Safety by Choice” has become a familiar phrase for everyone. Everyone understands the concept of going home to their families every day without injury or worse and “Safety by Choice” is a reminder of why we choose to work safe. The choices we make all day, every day determine if we get to go home to our families.
What’s the best way to measure safety at a construction company?
There are many ways to measure safety in construction, but most are lagging indicators that are not too helpful in prevention of accidents. I’m really excited about our new Sundt Construction Analytics App. As we feed it information, it will help determine which tasks have more risk and will help us understand how to reduce accidents before they occur. This is how we will get to zero accidents, which is our goal.
Who have been your best professional role models?
I have had many role models in my lifetime, the first being my parents. They owned a heating/air conditioning business for 30 years so my two brothers and I learned the meaning of work ethic very young in life. They preached safety because if one of us got hurt we were not only employees, but family. Because of them, the concept of employees being family has stayed with me throughout my career. I was given the opportunity to move into the safety field by Frank Flanders, the Plant Manager for Arizona Electric Power Cooperative. He felt I would do well in the new safety role and provided me with the training necessary to take over the Safety/Training Supervisor role when my predecessor left the company a year later. Frank believed in me and mentored me not only on safety and power plant operations, but on how to appreciate different personalities and how to work with people and get their buy-in to safety.
What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
I am addicted to Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum female detective series. There are 22 books in the series so far and I have read every one. I buy them ahead of time online so I have access to them as soon as they are released. My family knows that when one arrives they won’t see me until I’m done with the book. I love to be entertained by books. I like mysteries, self-help books and historical novels, but will read anything that looks interesting.
March 17, 2017
By Michael Morales
Sundt Talent Acquisition & University Relations Specialist
Thousands of construction management students are getting ready for summer internships. Preparing for the summer can bring on nerves, but it can also bring opportunities to showcase your talents and leave a lasting impression that will pay dividends starting your career.
Here are a few thoughts on what could ensure that you have a successful internship whether at Sundt or another general contractor.
Questions, Questions, Questions!
Mentors and supervisors agree that it’s important for interns to ask questions. This is encouraged from Day 1. How else can you continue to learn and grow in the industry? Don’t be afraid to ask. We are there to help, guide, and train you to prepare for a career after graduation.
It’s been said you hire on character and train skill. This could not be more true with our internship program. Maintain a high level of professionalism and respect for your co-workers. Help others and remember safety is our No. 1 priority. Don’t be afraid to speak up!
Little Things Can Be Big
The little things … showing up on time, listening to understand, being positive, being consistent, etc. They create the “big picture.” Don’t be the intern who is unreliable, shows up late, and has a “don’t care” attitude. Practice makes permanent, so if you are not doing these things, now is a great time to start.
I wish everyone a great summer internship. Enjoy the experience, have fun and ask questions.
March 16, 2017
Sundt Help Desk Representative Robert Ayres.
Robert Ayres was recently hired by Sundt as a Help Desk Representative. He brings to the position more than 10 years of experience in information technology, five of which were spent as a Help Desk Technician for Intel.
He’s an Arizona native who has spent his life in the Phoenix area.
What made you want to work at Sundt?
I found out about the position from the current Help Desk Lead Erica Miller. She was the one who hired me at my previous position. I didn’t know anything about Sundt until I started speaking with her about the position. The information I got made me really excited, especially with the ESOP and other great programs like tuition reimbursement.
How interesting have your first few weeks been?
My first few weeks on the job were extremely hectic. There is a lot of stuff to learn coming into a new environment, but especially in IT. Sundt uses a lot of different software for accounting, Building Information Modeling and handling projects. I was new to all of it having never worked in a construction environment so my head was spinning with all the information.
What do you do in a typical day?
My typical day starts like most people’s. I go through my email and get caught up on anything that I wasn’t able to finish the day before. I then log in to my phone and start fielding any IT requests that come in through the helpdesk line or through the email system. There are some walk-ups that happen from time to time, but the majority of our work comes in through the other methods. My tickets mainly consist of helping people install software on their computer or helping people gain access to their projects.
What’s your favorite thing to do away from work?
I love to go to movies when I get a chance. Science fiction or action style movies are usually my favorite so you can normally find me at a premiere of one of the new Marvel movies or Star Wars/Star Trek. I am a fan of manga/anime. I love watching sports. I’m a rare Arizona native, so I root for all of our local teams. I also enjoy playing video games. The new Zelda game just came out, so that will probably be taking up the majority of my free time for now.
Where do you like to travel?
My favorite place so far has to be Alaska. I went there on a cruise last summer. It’s a completely different world especially after living in Phoenix all my life. You know things are different when the high temperature is 63 in the middle of June. The scenery was amazing, and I got to see wildlife I’ve never seen like Bald Eagles swooping around and Beluga Whales breaching the ocean. Just an overall amazing experience.
March 15, 2017
It’s shaping up to be another great year for college graduates to enter the work world at Sundt.
For the third consecutive year, our company has been named one of the country’s Top Entry Level Employers by CollegeGrad.com. The website surveyed more than 400 of the top employers across the country to compile its list.
“We rely on the many talents and enthusiasm that interns bring to Sundt,” said Talent Acquisition & University Relations Specialist Mike Morales. “We also have a strong track record of hiring them as employee-owners when their internships are completed.”
The survey found that planned hiring nationally for 2017 is the highest since the survey began more than 15 years ago. The Top Entry Level Employers list represents more than 135,000 jobs for the Class of 2017.
CollegeGrad.com is the No. 1 entry level job site on the Internet and the leader in the field of entry-level job searches since 1995.
Sundt is always in search of the best talent regardless of experience. Check here for more information on starting or continuing a career at Sundt.
Pepperdine’s Outer Precinct Hall will have 458 on-campus beds.
Upperclassmen are getting new first-rate housing at Pepperdine University.
The Outer Precinct Residence Hall will be a 120,000-square-foot student housing facility with 458 on-campus beds, most of which will be four-bedroom suites sharing two bathrooms. The primary residents will be juniors, many of whom are returning from study-abroad programs.
“We feel privileged to have the opportunity to work for such a well-respected university,” said Vice President and Southern California Regional Director Robert Stokes.
The project is being designed to a LEED Silver equivalent and is scheduled to be finished in August 2018. Conditions in Malibu are so nice (average high of 77 in July and low of 48 in January) that air conditioning for the housing complex will only be installed in community spaces. The housing units will have windows for natural ventilation and radiant heating in the floors to take advantage of the area’s temperate climate.
Two older dorms were removed to make room for the new building. Over the past 40 years, the former dorms were homes to some people who now work in the campus construction office.
“One thing the university understands is that this is more than just student housing,” Robert said. “This is where people make lifelong relationships. The university considers this to be a pivotal project that will help grow the Pepperdine family.”