October 7, 2016
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.
September 16, 2016
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.
September 18, 2015
In her job as Project Executive for Sundt in our Irvine, California office, Betty Lynn Senes leads project pursuits, provides oversight of the design and construction process and ensures that teams have the resources they need to meet the daily demands of the project, achieve interim milestones and successfully complete their work.
With 28 years in the construction industry, Betty Lynn brings a diverse skill set in collaborative deliveries, team-building and problem-solving. As a past Vice President of Operations and former Project Director, Project Manager, Estimator and Business Developer, she understands the critical combination of technical competency and relationship skills that drive reliable commitments and outstanding performance.
Betty Lynn took some time to answer a few questions not long after starting with Sundt.
What interested you about working for Sundt?
The firm I came from and Sundt have both worked in the California State University System. I keep in touch with a few folks in the CSU Chancellor’s office, and they always spoke highly of (Regional Director) Robert Stokes and of Sundt. I also had interaction on some Cal Poly Pomona projects. Sundt was awarded the student housing project there, and a second, adjacent project came up. Sundt was not proposing and my firm was. As we’d be sharing a “party wall” and joint laydown area, I asked Robert and (Project Manager) Mary Homan to meet with us to discuss how we’d be good neighbors. They did and I was impressed with their approach to their student housing project. We also did a joint Building Information Modeling/Virtual Design and Construction program for the Chancellor’s Office with Sundt, during which time I got a chance to see (Senior Virtual Construction Engineer) Howdy Atkinson and (Director of Construction Technology) Dan Russell in their element … impressive. The other factors were Sundt’s commitment to continual learning, and the fact that I had met women from Sundt, such as (Senior Vice President and Building Group Manager) Teri Jones and Mary Homan, who were clearly making a difference in our industry.
What are the company’s priorities in Southern California?
We are very fortunate to have built many higher-education construction projects, both public and private, in Southern California. Our newly expanded Los Angeles/Orange County office is poised to grow, and expand our markets with the experience of our people. Our priorities are to be very focused in our pursuits, to take on profitable work with good owners and to exceed their expectations. With this, we’ll expand Sundt’s great name throughout LA/OC. We hope to build the same reputation in our area that Sundt has earned in Arizona: a quality firm built by trustworthy, competent people who excel in their field.
What does Sundt do to set itself apart from the competition in the Los Angeles area?
Sundt has a reputation for top-quality people working collaboratively and keeping our commitments. These factors, along with the consistent, positive experience of working with Sundt, and the tools that enhance our ability to communicate and manage, such as our conditions of success meetings and parametric estimating, are elements that set us apart.
How does the future look for success in the region?
The Southern California market is still very active. We see a number of schools and community college districts with successful bond measures that provide funding for facilities projects. The California State University and University of California systems are planning work for the future, and private institutions continue their expansion plans. The UC system has an initiative under way to expand student housing on multiple campuses. In addition, many other civic, healthcare and hospitality clients have projects in the pipeline.
The company has had a lot of success with the university housing market in Southern California. What projects do we have going on there at the moment?
We are working on four student housing projects in Southern California: one at San Diego State University, one just completing at CSU Channel Islands, one at Pepperdine University, and our fourth, in preconstruction, at Cal Poly Pomona (CPP). All are being delivered collaboratively, under CM at Risk or Design-Build. The largest one, at CPP, has grown to about $150 million. It includes a 35,000-square-foot dining commons and two eight-story student residence towers to house 980 students. Student housing is a very active market.
How exciting is it to come to work every day in such a dynamic area?
Knowing the potential we have to expand our client and subcontractor relationships, and after meeting so many professional and talented Sundt employee-owners, I’m “all in.” I look forward to contributing by developing great client partners and relentlessly executing our plan to exceed their expectations.
March 24, 2015
We are getting closer every day to our goal of putting “heads on beds” at the San Jose State University Campus Village Phase 2 next summer.
Our team has nearly completed work on the concrete structure and started interior rough-ins and framing. The $102 million student housing construction project is a high-rise student housing facility that got under way in August 2014.
When work began, the construction wall was only 10 feet from the university’s public pool, which remained open. The team was able to take some space from the pool deck, leaving a still-tight 30 feet between the project and pool. We have weekly coordination meetings with Housing and Aquatics staff to coordinate and talk about upcoming activities. The pool and other surrounding structures eventually will be demolished and replaced by a new recreation center.
The residence hall is located adjacent to the existing Campus Village Phase 1 complex. Helping the university meet the student need for on-campus housing, the project will include 850 beds, common study rooms, a lounge, multi-purpose room, recreation room and other support spaces. San Jose State’s enrollment last fall was 32,713.
Teaming with architects Solomon Cordwell Buenz, our San Jose office is leading the fast-track, design-build project. This is our second facility for San Jose State; we finished renovations on the university’s historic Spartan Complex in July.
Sundt won the Build America Award in the Highway and Transportation Renovation category for its work on the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas.
An innovative water treatment facility and an iconic bridge had something in common last week when they both won prestigious Alliant Build America Awards from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) at the AGC’s 96th Annual Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sundt won the Environmental Enhancement category for its work on the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility renovation construction project in Chandler, Arizona, and the Highway and Transportation Renovation category for the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ryan Abbott, business development manager for Sundt’s projects in the Southwest, holds the award for the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility. To the right of Ryan is Tom Case, Sundt’s senior vice president for civil construction.
The $75 million Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility project was completed in April of 2014. A global semiconductor manufacturer selected Sundt and Carollo Engineers, Inc. as the design-build team to reconstruct the water treatment plant, which supports the City of Chandler’s Reverse Osmosis Facility (CHRO) as it treats additional waste streams brought on by the manufacturer’s recently built Ocotillo Campus fabrication facility. The water treatment construction project included modifications to the existing CHRO influent pump station, a modified finished water pump station, a repurposed brine concentrator, sludge storage, a sludge dewatering facility with belt filter presses, repurposed brine evaporation ponds, chemical feed systems, electrical buildings and instrumentation, and supervisory control and data acquisition programming and upgrades.
Cade Reddig, Sundt project superintendent, holds the Build America Award for the West 7th Street Bridge. Standing to the right is John Carlson, Sundt’s Texas district manager. To the left of Cade is Chris Leintz, Sundt project engineer.
The West 7th Street Bridge connects downtown Fort Worth with the city’s thriving cultural district, and is the first structure of its kind in Texas. Its 12 precast, post-tensioned arches were built offsite and moved into place on either side of the existing bridge before it was demolished and reconstructed – in just 150 calendar days. The bridge construction project was completed a month ahead of schedule.
Build America Awards honor the builders of the nation’s most impressive construction projects. They recognize excellence in state-of-the-art advancement, project management, innovation, sustainability, client services, community contributions, safety and meeting the challenges of a difficult job.