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Sundt was presented with the Raytheon Spirit of Education Award by Tucson Values Teachers at the nonprofit organization’s gala event in Tucson last night. The award is given annually to a company that shows outstanding support of education in Southern Arizona.
“We chose Sundt for this year’s Raytheon Spirit of Education Award because the company has been committed to building educational excellence in Arizona for more than 80 years,” said Katie Rogerson, marketing director for Tucson Values Teachers. “Sundt has built more than 60 projects for the University of Arizona plus countless community college and K-12 education construction projects. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Southern Arizona’s educational landscape has been transformed by Sundt.”
The event, held at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort (constructed by Sundt in 1984), was attended by Sundt President & CEO Dave Crawford and several other members of the executive team. Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, President of Raytheon Missile Systems, and Dr. Ann Weaver Heart, President of the University of Arizona, hosted the evening.
“Every business should care about the quality of our educational system,” said Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington. “Sundt is honored to have been associated with so many quality educational institutions and programs in our efforts to provide meaningful support of this important economic driver.”
The intercollegiate team of university students sponsored by Sundt in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon won fifth place in the architecture category at the prestigious competition, which wrapped up yesterday. The students from Team “ASUNM” were from Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico.
“It’s a privilege to support this group of young individuals who have an opportunity to create something that will make a positive impact on the world,” said Sundt President and CEO David Crawford. “We have always strived to protect the environment through sustainable designs and practices, and this competition embodies all of that while educating our future engineers, architects and community leaders.”
Twenty teams from colleges and universities from around the world competed to build solar-powered, high-efficiency homes that combine affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence. Each team’s home was judged in 10 categories ranging from best architecture and engineering to optimal energy production.
Team ASUNM spent the last two years designing and building an 850-square-foot home that sits within the landscape, creating micro-climates. Aptly named SHADE (Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium), the home design features an independent solar canopy comprised of 36 high-efficiency mono-crystalline photovoltaic panels; phase-change material distributed throughout the house, storing thermal energy and buffering temperature fluctuations; a capillary radiant system in the ceiling that passively radiates the temperature of the room; a thermal battery that stores water to make ice at night and uses it during the day to cool the space; and a whole-house system control that monitors and controls the efficiency of the solar panels.
Other features of the home include tanks that store collected rainwater for irrigating the landscape, a fiber-cement board that reflects sunlight, rain screens that help grow native species of plants, screens on the walls that provide shade and a still boundary layer of air, modular furniture that allows flexible room space to be configured and a natural clay coating on the interior walls to provide a humidity buffer.
Several interior and exterior photos of the home can be seen here.
Now that the economy is growing steadily again, Sundt President and CEO Dave Crawford is predicting significant activity across the construction industry, with a few areas in particular experiencing the most growth.
“Sundt expects to see an increase in highway, bridge and infrastructure work, mining and industrial projects, and justice/detention facilities. All of these markets are driven by need and pent-up demand. Highways and infrastructure will be funded primarily by increasing tax revenue and public-private partnerships. Mining and industrial will be driven by commodity pricing and demand for high tech products, whereas justice/detention projects are needed due to an increasing prison population and the fact that many courthouses are old and outdated.”
To learn more about Sundt’s projects in these and other markets, click here.
Sundt recently honored President and CEO David S. Crawford for his 45 years of exceptional service to the company. His contributions were acknowledged on Aug. 8, at Loews Ventana Canyon hotel in Tucson during Sundt’s Annual Leadership Conference, where 100 of the top senior management gathered.
“All of our employees – but, especially our long-time employees – are a point of pride for Sundt,” said Richard Condit, Sundt’s chief administrative officer. “We believe our employees make the difference in whether the company succeeds. As an employee who worked his way through the ranks, Dave Crawford exemplifies Sundt’s culture of promoting from within.”
Dave began his career with Sundt in 1968 as a concrete laborer, eventually becoming CEO in 2011. He has been a member of the board of directors since 1992 and was an active participant in the legislation permitting alternate project delivery methods and qualifications-based selection for public owners in the state of Arizona.