January 24, 2017
January 22, 2016
Dave Crawford’s contributions to the construction industry earned him this year’s Engineering News-Record Southwest Legacy Award.
Dave Crawford worked his way up from laborer to President & CEO at Sundt. His impressive resume, innovative leadership and more than 48 years in the industry earned him this year’s Engineering News-Record Southwest Legacy Award.
Dave retired as Sundt’s CEO last October. He served as President & CEO for four years; he was CEO in his final year before retirement.
The Legacy Award is given annually by Engineering News-Record (ENR) regional editors to an individual in their regions who has achieved a lifetime of service, both to the AEC profession and the community. Nominees must have demonstrated significant lifelong contributions to the industry as a whole and to their chosen professions. ENR is the leading publication covering the construction industry.
Dave was a key participant in drafting, lobbying, education and passage of legislation permitting alternate project delivery methods and qualifications-based selection for public owners in Arizona. He participated as a national speaker on the topic and was involved on a federal basis in accelerating the movement toward teaming solutions to facilitating design and construction in the industry.
He has been involved with the community by serving on boards for Greater Phoenix Leadership, CEOs Against Cancer, the Real Arizona Coalition, YMCA of Phoenix and Expect More Arizona. Under Dave’s leadership, the Sundt Foundation topped $7.2 million raised to help underserved people. We also established a Center for Craft Excellence, which focuses on bettering our craft employee-owners through skills training and continuous improvement.
Dave is a former chair of the Design Build Institute of America and was active in the Associated General Contractors of America, the Alliance for Construction Excellence, the American Concrete Institute, the Arizona Builders’ Alliance and the Lean Construction Institute.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona.
October 5, 2015
Dave Fleming, Sundt’s Vice President and Corporate Director of Dispute Resolution and Corporate Director of Ethics and Compliance, recently earned the American Institute of Constructors Stephen P. Byrne Award. The honor is given annually to an individual who supports the advancement of constructor certification.
Dave’s primary responsibilities at Sundt are contract oversight and strategic support for the company’s operating divisions. Prior to his current position, he served as Operations Manager for the company’s Texas and Federal projects. He has worked at Sundt since 2003 and prior to that spent eight years consulting for the company. Before joining Sundt, Dave was Executive Vice President of Operations for a Texas-based contractor.
Dave has spent 40 years in the industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction from Texas A&M University.
How surprised were you to win the award?
This award was a total surprise to me when I was informed by AIC. I never expected the award because I was just doing what was right and helpful to the industry and for student-level certification of construction graduates.
What do you believe were your best qualifications to be considered for the award?
I had been working very hard on transforming the student AIC testing, called the AC or Associate Certification, which is given twice annually at more than 75 colleges and universities within the U.S. and in the past was given internationally at universities with Construction Education programs. The testing helps universities obtain their certification requirements for higher education.
You knew Stephen Byrne. How much more meaningful does that make this honor?
Steve and I were classmates at Texas A&M in the mid-’70s. We knew each other a long, long time. Steve was a very big advocate of AIC and the certification of construction programs. He sat on certification reviews for many colleges in his years of service. He understood clearly that students in construction were the first level on making our industry a professional level of membership. He taught at A&M for many years after a successful business career in the Austin area. Steve talked me into becoming involved with AIC at a national level and I am a better person for his leadership in this area. We lost Steve suddenly three years ago and AIC and I lost a great friend. To have been named to receive this award given in Steve’s name is a great honor, and I hope to live up to helping more construction students and professionals achieve their personal goals as a result.
While this is an individual award, it also says something about the team with which you work. How much did having great co-workers assist you in winning?
It starts, as it should, at the top. CEO Dave Crawford and former CEO Doug Pruitt promoted professionalism in the company. They have encouraged all employees to advance their careers by obtaining more education and professional certifications. Sundt has led the nation in numbers of people who have obtained their AIC Certified Professional Constructor designation. If you’re a builder, you should want to achieve the CPC, just like Engineers want to be Professional Engineers or Architects want to be Registered Architects. Many Sundt employees have obtained this level of designation, and many of them started in field operations and are now superintendents. The CPC is for any industry person willing to study and pass a CPC exam. I am very proud of the professional builders at Sundt who elected to obtain CPCs and have taken the time to obtain those personal credentials they will carry for their entire careers.
How much does winning an award like this inspire you to keep doing what you’re doing?
Being nationally recognized as a leader in our industry is a rare event and makes me want to leave this place better than when I came. I will continue to work to improve the industry and Sundt in this area until I am done and sit down to toast a drink and look back at all the years of trying to help improve the program, the industry and Sundt as a company.
How much pride do you take in representing Sundt as the Stephen P. Byrne Industry Achievement Award winner?
I am just the representative of all Sundt CPCs who have been on this journey. I thank Doug and Dave for the motivation for every Sundt person who has obtained certification and look forward to our current President, Mike Hoover, and others continuing the effort in education and personal excellence in the future. Sundt is a great place to be. Having helped Sundt since 1991, it shows that my 20-plus years of consulting and as an employee has been a great journey. Learning from good people is a lifelong adventure at Sundt.
September 24, 2015
Dave Crawford (left) accepts his award from Phoenix Business Journal Publisher Ray Schey.
Our company is getting a lot of appreciation in the Phoenix area.
We are among the Most Admired Companies chosen by Az Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ, the sixth consecutive year we have earned the honor. There were 40 companies named, including American Express, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Charles Schwab, GoDaddy, Lovitt & Touché, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona and Vonage.
The Most Admired Companies program recognizes organizations that excel in workplace culture, leadership, social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation.
Our CEO Dave Crawford is one of the Valley’s Most Admired Leaders named by the Phoenix Business Journal. He is featured on the cover of the magazine’s September/October issue.
The Phoenix Business Journal celebrates Valley leaders every year for the work they do with their organizations and the community. A total of 25 men and women from across numerous industries were honored.
Dave has been in the construction industry and affiliated with the Sundt family of companies since 1968. He was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Sundt Construction in 2011 and is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in Arizona, Colorado and Texas.
November 11, 2014
Our work involves much more than construction. It’s also about building relationships with clients that last long after the project is done.
In Downtown Phoenix, our joint venture with DPR Construction has already completed the Health Sciences Education Building and is making steady progress on the neighboring Biosciences Partnership Building. Both are University of Arizona projects and shining examples of preparing today’s medical students for careers filled with discoveries that benefit humankind.
Sundt and DPR have also been sponsors of the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix Golf Tournament for the past four years. The event has raised more than $103,000 for scholarships to assist medical students over that time.
Sundt President & CEO Dave Crawford accepts an award for the company’s support of the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix Golf Tournament.
During this year’s event at Legacy Golf Club on Sept. 11, the College honored Sundt President & CEO Dave Crawford and DPR Southwest Regional Leader Dave Elrod for their dedication to the future of medicine. The College’s mission is to inspire and train exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and healthcare in Arizona and beyond.
“The golf tournament is a great way of giving back and celebrating a good project,” Crawford said. “It’s nice to think we’re all involved in developing young people and turning them into medical experts who will go back into the community.”
Elrod said: “If (supporting the event) helps get these under-resourced kids into a program and helps them become great doctors or clinical staff, it’s amazing.”
Both executives are ensuring that their companies stay involved in the project both on and off the construction site. They have made personal connections with the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix and those bonds are here to stay.
“They are friends of this college and unbelievable citizens of the Valley and the state,” said UA College of Medicine-Phoenix Dean Stuart Flynn.
Sundt would like to express our gratitude and admiration to our nation’s veterans today. Your bravery and dedicated sacrifice continue to make this country great.
Two of our project teams in Chandler, Arizona joined forces this morning to honor veterans in a spectacular way. They raised an enormous American flag that is 60 feet wide by 30 feet tall and hung it from the side of a new building currently under construction. This took place while the national anthem played and a drone flew overhead, capturing the scene on video. Both project owners will be given photos and copies of the video to commemorate the event.
“Moments like these make me especially proud of this company and the extraordinary effort our people go to to acknowledge what’s right and important,” said Sundt President & CEO Dave Crawford. “Please join me in thanking our veterans for their service, which allows us to raise our families in freedom and celebrate liberty and justice for all.”