March 16, 2017
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.
March 8, 2017
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.”
March 6, 2017
A chihuahua tries on a hard hat at the groundbreaking for the Pima County Animal Care Center.
When the Pima County Animal Care Center was built in Tucson in 1968, the region’s population was around 300,000. The county has since climbed to more than a million residents and accompanying that growth has been a dire need for a larger center for stray and abandoned pets.
The original center was built to accommodate 300 dogs and 100 cats at a time. Staff takes in about 400 animals a week and has around 800 on site at any time. In 2016, staff at the center provided care for more than 24,000 animals.
The new cat adoption area will be three times the size of the current one.
Recent demand for services caused Pima County to put up a temporary tent shelter adjacent to the animal care center but stopgap measures are about to change. Last month, Sundt started work on a new larger Pima County Animal Care Center that will meet the region’s needs and provide the best possible care for its occupants.
“Our team is pleased to help PACC in modernizing and improving its facilities. PACC will be able to give the animals the space they need to thrive while waiting for permanent homes,” said Sundt Project Director David Ollanik.
Early work includes installing utility trenches and constructing the new facility’s foundation.
When completed, the shelter will more than double the size of the existing facility; the cat area will grow to three times the space set aside in the current building. The new facility will also have improved natural light and ventilation.
The first phase of the project, which will open in December, includes a larger veterinary clinic, a recovery area for pets that receive medical treatment, and administrative offices. During the second phase, which should be complete in fall 2018, the existing building will be partially razed and remodeled.
March 3, 2017
Today marks the kick-off for Women in Construction Week, a week dedicated to the women who helped pave the way for diversity in our industry.
During WIC Week, organizations and chapters across the country participate in jobsite tours, events, community building projects and more to further the National Association of Women in Construction’s (NAWIC) goal to support the success of women in the industry. In Phoenix, anyone interested can participate in a jobsite tour of the Ryan Companies Arizona Oncology Building project, which recently underwent a mid-schedule expansion.
There will be two panel group discussions with high school construction crews at Peoria High School and MetroTech, both technical programs aimed at providing skill-based education to local youth. If golf is your game, sign up to be a mentor or join a team at the wrap-up event on March 12, the 9 and Wine, an event that teaches women in our industry how to network and market themselves through the universal game of golf.
Check out Facebook and Twitter and search #wicweek for the exciting events in your area or visit www.nawic.org to reach out to your local chapter.
Sundt Project Manager/Estimator Thiago Bezerra.
Project Manager/Estimator Thiago Bezerra is the latest addition to Sundt’s Salt Lake City office.
Thiago, who holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Utah Valley University, brings a diverse background of experience to projects, having worked with public and private clients as well as federal, state and local agencies. He has been heavily involved in all aspects of project operations, including design, estimating and management. His experience in transportation projects will be beneficial in Utah, which has an active heavy civil market.
What are your main duties?
I work with the preconstruction team estimating projects. I’ll eventually transition into a project management role. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity. In our industry, not many of us are able to be involved with a project from its infancy through completion. It’s a very valuable experience.
How exciting is it to be part of expanding our efforts in Utah?
Utah will greatly benefit from Sundt’s experience and innovative approach to challenging projects. I look forward to partnering with local clients, subcontractors and suppliers to develop and build projects that will better our communities. Utah has one of the most competitive transportation markets in the nation. There is no doubt that once we have the opportunity to share Sundt’s culture and values, we will become a preferred contractor as we have done in so many other states.
How did you get your job at Sundt?
I was contacted by JP Jaramillo from Sundt’s Talent Acquisition team, and I’m thankful he was able to introduce me to Sundt.
Where do you like to travel?
Our family has been privileged to visit many wonderful places. Among our favorites are: Prague, which has amazing grand medieval architecture. The Netherlands, where traditions blend perfectly with a modern and progressive society. The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico has the best food in the world; when you marry that with its natural beauty and adventures, you get paradise. And Southern Utah is pretty spectacular. But traveling anywhere and being able to experience and learn from other cultures is a blast no matter where you go.
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
Over the years I have been very fortunate to be around inspiring people who help me develop personally and professionally. With that being said, I have received a lot of valuable advice. One of my very favorite pieces of advice, which I try to live daily, is “Take control of your life; choose your own present and destiny.”