May 25, 2017
January 5, 2017
Hausman Road is a two-lane roadway that connects two major highways in San Antonio.
Just in time for National Public Works Week, Sundt’s work on Hausman Road in San Antonio has been named the American Public Works Association’s Texas Chapter Project of the Year.
Hausman Road was the City of San Antonio’s first design-build transportation project and the largest transportation/street project in its history. We will receive the award June 15 at the annual Texas Public Works Association Conference in San Antonio.
“We are very proud to win this award with our partners from the City of San Antonio and our Design-Build team,” said Corporate Strategic Business Officer, Senior Vice President John Carlson. “The City took a chance on implementing the design-build delivery method on its first transportation project, which was probably its most challenging. It was a tremendous public works project and the effort from everyone involved ensured success for the community.”
Hausman Road is a two-lane roadway that connects two major highways: Loop 1604 and Interstate 10. Our crews widened the 3.4-mile stretch between the highways to four lanes, plus a center turn lane, and constructed five new bridges.
The scope also included managing extensive utility relocations; earthwork; construction of retaining walls; sidewalks, hike and bike trails; storm sewer; archaeological and historic survey; environmental analysis and permitting; geotechnical work; right-of-way services and acquisitions; and public outreach.
The American Public Works Association has sponsored National Public Works Week since 1960. Across North America, its more than 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve quality of life.
November 23, 2016
Sundt Vice Presidents Greg Ayres, left, and Chad Buck.
Two of Sundt’s industrial construction experts professionals have been honored as Top Young Professionals: 20 Under 40 winners by Engineering News-Record Southwest.
Vice President and Project Executive Greg Ayres and Vice President of Preconstruction Chad Buck received 2017 honors from ENR, considered the leading publication of the construction industry. The awards are given to architecture, engineering and construction community professionals who are younger than 40.
Greg joined Sundt in 2005. He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction management from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and is a Certified Professional Constructor through the American Institute of Constructors.
Greg has been involved in more than $2 billion worth of work in his career. He has led teams on a number of signature projects, including Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station, a sulfur dioxide emissions reduction project; Molycorp Minerals Rare Earth Mine and multiple large water and wastewater treatment plants.
He has spent the past five years as a member of Junior Achievement of Arizona, an organization that inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. Greg has put in 14 years as a member of the NAU Construction Management Industry Advisory Board, providing industry advice to further develop the Construction Management program. He is a 10-year member of the Arizona Water Association and the Water Environmental Federation.
Chad has been with Sundt since 2008. He’s also a Northern Arizona University graduate, having earned his bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. In addition, he holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Chad’s professional certifications include being a Certified Professional Constructor, a Designated Design-Build Professional through the Design-Build Institute of America, a LEED Accredited Professional through the United States Green Building Council and an Arizona Builders Alliance LDF Program Graduate.
He has a diverse background in multiple construction sectors, including general industrial, semiconductor, power, water/wastewater treatment, mining, and commercial.
Chad remains involved in various aspects of the NAU Construction Management Program, as well as the Arizona Builders Alliance.
October 7, 2016
Sundt’s John Carlson (far left) and local officials cut the ribbon on Hausman Road, the City of San Antonio’s first design-build transportation project.
The City of San Antonio won’t soon forget its first time using design-build on a transportation project. What it received was a $68.3 million four-lane roadway that will help traffic flow in a busy part of the community.
Hausman Road, which officially opened with a ribbon-cutting last week, was a two-lane roadway that connected Loop 1604 and Interstate 10. A Sundt team widened the 3.4-mile stretch between the highways to four lanes, plus a center turn lane, and constructed five new bridges.
The city chose design-build because it provides a single point of responsibility for designing and constructing the project, offering significant cost and time savings, innovative solutions, improved communications and outstanding quality.
“It’s a pioneering project for a local government,” Sundt Area Manager Abel Ortiz-Monasterio said.
We incorporated two Bexar County road projects on Hausman Road at two different stages of design and all public utilities work along the roadway under a single design-build contract. Instead of several construction schedules, phasing, detours and inconvenience, there was one seamless approach by Sundt’s design-build team.
“This was a great decision by these public owners that created success for stakeholders living along the corridor and traveling Hausman Road each day,” said Sundt Corporate Strategic Business Officer John Carlson.
The city’s original plans included a 94-foot-wide typical roadway section with each of the travel lanes measuring 12 feet in width. Sundt and its design team recommended reducing the roadway width to 86 feet by narrowing the lanes to 11 feet.
The design-build team also suggested combining the two, five-foot-wide bicycle lanes originally planned for either side of the reconstructed roadway into one, 10-foot-wide shared use bicycle/pedestrian path along one side of the road that will be separated from vehicles. In addition to being safer, the new configuration allows the path to connect more easily to an established network of the city’s hiking and biking trails. Together, the proposed changes significantly reduced the amount of right-of-way property the city had to acquire and, along with other innovative approaches, yielded nearly $3 million in savings.
September 28, 2016
Larry Luke, Sundt’s Area Manager for its new Salt Lake City office.
Larry Luke is serving as Area Manager for the new office and is responsible for forming partnerships with clients and subcontractors in the region. It’s an important market. Sixty percent of Utah’s population live in the Salt Lake Valley and the state’s population is estimated to increase 19 percent by 2020, from 2.77 million to 3.31 million.
Larry recently spent a few minutes talking about our expanded presence in Northern Utah and our many qualifications and innovative approaches to project delivery.
What are Utah’s strengths as a market?
Utah has a growing economy and population that has created a steady need for new infrastructure in the areas in which Sundt operates (Transportation, Industrial and Building). Utah has a healthy economy, balanced state budget and the ability to either self-fund projects or obtain either federal or private-market funding. The owners are not only programming and funding new construction projects but they also have a reputation for treating contractors fairly and believe in partnering. Public market owners, such as Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Utah Transit Authority and counties and cities, and private markets have projects that are either in the planning phase, design phase or already scheduled to be advertised.
From a personnel perspective, Salt Lake City is an area where many people want to live due to the proximity to recreational opportunities, strong family atmosphere and relatively low cost of living.
Sundt participates in joint ventures on many of its projects. What kind of expertise would we bring to JVs in the Salt Lake market?
Sundt is known in our industry for being not only a long-standing reputable company with a strong balance sheet, but also one with excellent experience on a variety of different projects. Through our people, we are also known for being an innovator and leader in Construction Manager General Contractor (CMGC), and use of technology for 3D modeling, virtual design and construction, use of automated machine control, parametric estimating, and design-build value engineering. Owners like UDOT have been on the forefront of CMGC projects, design-build, accelerated bridge construction and intelligent design and construction (IDC). We believe Sundt’s strengths in these areas will make us stand out and be able to offer joint-venture partners and owners a value that is unique from other local contractors.
What are Sundt’s strategies for developing good subcontractor relationships there?
Like any other local market, it is important to have personal relationships with our subcontractors and suppliers and show them that Sundt will treat them fairly, pay timely, honor fair bidding and price-evaluation practices and include them as partners in the project planning.
What trends do you see in the Salt Lake market?
I think we will continue to see an emphasis on value-based selections such as CMGC and design-build, especially for projects greater than $75 million. UDOT is interested in developing its IDC process and evolving the design and contractors into utilizing 3D electronic design files to replace paper plan sheets as legal construction documents. I think we will also see more opportunities that involve a combination of Transportation, Industrial or Building. For example, the upcoming Salt Lake prison or Utah Transit Authority Mountain Accord project, development of ski resort expansion projects or local cities’ needs for water improvement projects.
The Maple Street Correctional Center earned a Structures Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal in the Public/Civic Project category and LEED Gold certification.
September was an honorable month for the Maple Street Correctional Center, a California jail built to discourage inmates from coming back once they’re released.
The criminal justice project and joint venture with Layton Construction earned LEED Gold certification, the second highest of four classifications. LEED certification is based on points awarded for environmental impact including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design and regional priority credits.
The building, located in Redwood City, includes significant reductions in water use. Through the use of increased efficiency plumbing and recycled water, the facility reduced indoor water use by 54 percent and cut potable water use for landscaping to zero.
Day lighting and natural ventilation were leveraged when possible to help reduce energy loads. Coupled with significant performance improvements in heating and lighting performance, energy use was reduced by 34 percent over industry standards.
Being located in an area that prioritizes waste reduction, the design-build team diverted 97 percent of site-generated construction waste from landfill. More than 25 percent of building materials were manufactured using recycled products and the facility remains centrally located, making it accessible by mass transit or bike.
Visitation at the facility includes a children’s area that makes kids and families feel safe and welcome.
The building also earned a Structures Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal in the Public/Civic Project category. The awards honor Northern California’s top players in several categories covering commercial real estate, development, construction and design. Winners were announced Sept. 22 at an awards dinner in San Jose.
The facility aims to reduce recidivism by employing a new approach called “Corrections with Compassion.” The center is an 832-bed facility that has a separate area for work-furlough prisoners. Those inmates are allowed to leave during the day for work, school or training.
Staff ensures inmates appear in court and complete jail sentences, are incarcerated in a manner that provides for their medical, nutritional, hygienic, legal and spiritual needs and receive services designed to provide opportunities to improve their lives, both during and after incarceration, in order to reduce recidivism.
Visitation at the facility includes video capabilities as well as a children’s area that makes kids and families feel safe and welcome.