March 1, 2017
February 24, 2017
Works gets started on Sundt’s $33 million project fir the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso.
Affordable housing in West Texas is getting a helping hand from Sundt’s $33 million project for the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso (HACEP).
We’ve started work on reconstruction of the Sherman Community as part of HACEP’s overall $1 billion initiative to revitalize El Paso’s affordable housing communities. The Sherman Apartments were built in 1953 and are one of the larger communities in HACEP’s portfolio.
Sherman-North will be a full reconstruction that will include demolition of 21 low-rise buildings. Once rebuilt, the project will contain 178 units. Westfall is going from nine units to 90. The week before Thanksgiving, the project team purchased and delivered turkeys to 161 families in both complexes who had to be relocated before the new work began.
The reconstruction of Sherman-North is part of HACEP’s project to revitalize all affordable housing communities in its portfolio through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program. Nearly 6,000 of HACEP’s homes in El Paso are being revitalized.
Once construction is complete by the end of the year, the community will have playgrounds, an athletics court and picnic areas.
February 16, 2017
A team from Cal State University Sacramento won the concrete competition at ASC.
For the seventh consecutive year, Sundt made an investment in the future of the industry by supporting the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition in Sparks, Nevada earlier this month.
ASC is the professional association for the development and advancement of construction education, where sharing ideas and knowledge inspires, guides and promotes excellence in curricula, teaching, research and service.
“The ASC competition is a great opportunity for Sundt to get to know some of the brightest college students in the country,” said Sundt Vice President of Concrete Operations Sean Lynch. “We’re proud to play a role in educating the next generation of problem-solvers and construction leaders.”
We sponsored the concrete solutions category of the Regions 6 (Rocky Mountain) and 7 (Far West) competition. A team from California State University Sacramento won.
Our team put real-life issues before squads of college students who were tasked with developing the best approaches to solving the problems. The objective was to provoke critical thinking, display technical and presentation skills, promote teamwork and enjoy the experience.
The teams focused on the six-story, cast-in-place Sun Stone parking structure at San Diego State University, which is located next to two six-story student housing towers that were to be constructed concurrently with the garage. This problem statement focused on self-perform concrete and the teams were assigned to build the frame of the garage (e.g. slab on grade, walls, columns and decks).
The event was attended by students from dozens of colleges and universities. The conference is also a good venue for us to recruit interns who eventually could become important contributors as employee-owners.
Our concrete group was represented by Dinesh Reddy Allam, Shawn Blubaum, Kira Bruun, Michael Canter, Jesse McDonald, Tyler Menard, Gates Molitor and Carolina Silvas. Michael Morales ran our booth at the job fair. Tom Case and Dan Haag attended from our executive team.
February 15, 2017
Sundt Graphic Design Specialist MC Herrera.
Sundt Graphic Design Specialist MC Herrera joined the company in January, moving from Austin to Tempe. She was born and raised in San Diego and has been a full-time graphic designer for five years.
This isn’t her first time living in Arizona: She attended Northern Arizona University from 2008-10 before graduating from The Art Institute of California – San Diego in 2012.
What made you want to work at Sundt?
I have a friend who works for Sundt and she has always said positive things. After learning more about the position and the company, I knew this was a place I wanted to be. I joined Sundt because I knew I would be challenged as a designer, but I would still be having fun. The ESOP was also another reason why I decided to join the company. Not every company has that available so it made Sundt stand out from others I was considering.
What does your job entail?
I’m helping the proposal team in creating and updating graphics. Secondly, I will be creating internal/external marketing collateral as well as website building, video-editing and logo design for our joint venture projects.
What inspires you when you’re designing?
I like seeing what other designers have done. If I see something cool while surfing the internet or get nicely designed junk mail, I save it! When I start a project, I use this as inspiration and it sparks multiple ideas that then turn into a campaign. I’m always sketching. While an idea might not be the best for one project, it might work for another.
How much of change is it to enter the construction world?
It’s definitely a new world to me but I’m a sponge and soaking in every detail.. So far it has been really fun and my team has been awesome in bringing me up to speed as I learn. I feel like I’m getting challenged in my design skills and it’s allowing me to grow as a designer. Everyone at Sundt is available if you have any questions so it’s not such a scary world.
You recently moved to the Phoenix area from Texas. Do you have some favorite activities there?
I’m scouting the city by checking out new places to eat, shop and take my dog. I am also a few hours away from my hometown of San Diego, so I see myself spending a few weekends back at home or cheering on the San Diego Padres during spring training in Peoria (let’s not talk about the Chargers). I’m also pretty stoked to head up to Flagstaff and check out my old stomping grounds at NAU.
What are some of your hobbies away from work?
I like to binge-watch on Netflix. I just finished watching Abstract: The Art of Design and I’m counting down the days until Season 5 of Orange is the New Black.
February 10, 2017
Formerly known as University Square, the project will include a 12- and 20-story tower.
Sundt is transforming a parking lot into a 407-unit residential and retail mixed-use development in Tempe, Arizona. The project will cover a city block near the Arizona State University campus.
“This project will add a vibrant community within walking distance of Tempe’s thriving downtown,” Sundt Vice President and Regional Director Marty Hedlund said. “This is an exciting new development for our city.”
The yet-to-be-named project, previously known as University Square, will feature a cascading design with shorter portions of the building facing University Drive and 7th Street and taller elements located mid-block. The first tower will be 20 stories and the second will be 12 with primarily studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The second tower will face 7th Street with 22 walk-up city homes and flats wrapping the first four stories. The project also includes more than 31,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
Residents will enjoy top-of-the-line amenities including a shared fifth-floor deck with resort-style swimming pool, barbecue grilling area and outdoor lounges with cabanas and fire pits. There will also be a state-of-the-art fitness center, dog walk and a bike workroom with storage for more than 450 bikes.
Sundt Project Manager John Lewis.
Project Manager John Lewis has been with Sundt since 1996, filling a variety of roles: Field Engineer, Project Engineer and Superintendent.
Born in Tacoma, Washington to a military family, John moved every couple of years, setting him up for a career of going from one jobsite to another.
How did you get involved in construction?
I started in architecture at Arizona State University and quickly learned that I would rather be building and managing projects than drawing and designing them. After two short years of architecture school I changed my major to construction management. One of the best decisions I ever made!
What was it about Sundt that convinced you to work here?
My first intention, some 20 years ago, was to get an internship. I heard from several people that Sundt was a good company that specialized in several kinds of work. Once on board, I quickly learned that Sundt is a good company with a great reputation in the community. It was also nice to see that several employees had been with the company for many years, a testament that Sundt has created a good culture with good people that I wanted to be a part of. The ESOP was also a good motivator to join the Sundt team.
Which project are you working on?
I’m currently working on the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in downtown Phoenix. I’ve had the good fortune to be able to work on this campus for the last five years. The project is a 10-story research/administrative labs, roughly 245,000-square-foot cast-in-place concrete structure. The copper façade matches the previously completed phases. It’s a must-see project in the downtown area.
What do you like to do when you’re away from work?
The family and I enjoy travelling; we try to take a significant trip each year. We also enjoy spending time at the kids’ sporting events. My son plays competitive basketball and my daughter is in competitive cheer and volleyball. We also enjoy camping up north as well as at the sand dunes in California.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Treat people like you want to be treated. As we all know, in this business, the likelihood of dealing with the same person sometime down the road is inevitable. There are many occasions where I see someone years later and they always have something nice to say because even in cases when interactions are not positive, I’ve always treated them with respect.