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August 3, 2016
Families stay at the Reynolds Home in El Paso for an average of four to six months.
For the past 26 years, Reynolds Home in El Paso has provided a safe refuge for women and their families who are homeless or escaping physical abuse. Most of that time, the shelter survived on volunteer work from a caring community to keep the doors open.
With the need for their services increasing, contributions from the private sector, including $1,825 from the Sundt Foundation, enabled Reynolds Home to hire staff and double the size of the shelter.
“The cost of running a shelter is high,” said Reynolds Home Director Dorothy Truax. “We’re always looking for options. It’s very limited. We need a lot of support from all over.”
The facility is busy, with 13 to 16 moms and up to 35 children staying there an average of four to six months. Reynolds Home is one of three similar shelters in El Paso. Dorothy said roughly half the families who enter Reynolds are escaping domestic violence. El Paso is among the top five counties in Texas for most domestic violence deaths.
Reynolds staff members, called Family Workers, go beyond providing shelter and meals for the families. They take women who often have very little education or work experience and help them find jobs and homes.
“When they come in, many women feel like they can’t make it on their own,” Dorothy said. “They prove they can take care of themselves and their kids.”
It takes a team effort to help these women and their families regain their independence. Family Workers get to see inspirational stories firsthand as women and their families go from frightened and unsure to confident and independent.
“The change from when a mom first comes in to when she leaves is tremendous,” Dorothy said. “Regaining belief in herself is just part of it. We have moms who come back to visit 20 years after staying here.”
This is the third in a series of stories about non-profit organizations that were supported by the Sundt Foundation in 2016. The articles will appear on our blog on Tuesdays through May 23.
April 11: Project Healing Waters
April 18: Restore Education
June 29, 2016
There’s no stopping the momentum at our GO 10 project in El Paso.
Late last month, Sundt crews and subcontractors worked for 25 consecutive hours to perform major road reconstruction on a stretch of eastbound Intestate 10 between Sunland Park Drive and Executive Center Boulevard. Work included connection of a storm drain system that ran under the interstate’s existing main lanes to accommodate new structures being installed at the intersection of I-10 and Sunland Park.
In addition to our work, one of our subcontractors demolished half of the US 85 bridge that connects I-10 and Paisano Drive. The demolition allows for a new seven-span bridge connecting the new collector distributor lanes and the Border Highway West under construction by another joint venture.
Concrete pothole repairs were also performed under closure of the eastbound I-10 lanes to allow crews to safely repair damaged sections of the interstate without working adjacent to traffic. The closure redirected motorists onto city streets to allow access to downtown El Paso. Two traffic control crews, 27 off-duty police officers and more than 10 Sundt supervisors were involved to safely install the work in less time than anticipated.
Our crews also set concrete girders on a new seven-span bridge that connects Paisano Drive to the I-10 main lanes. The structure, part of the project’s critical path, has been under construction adjacent to and over existing interstate traffic. For the past several months, crews have worked to install drilled shaft foundations, temporary soil nail walls, 35-foot-plus tall columns and bent caps to allow the beam setting. In addition to the concrete beams, steel girders are being erected simultaneously at night to essentially build the structure from the outside in.
June 21, 2016
Extensive outreach with the local business community enabled Sundt’s GO 10 crew in El Paso to move traditional nighttime work to the day, saving time and increasing safety.
Our concrete construction team set 10 precast girders, each weighing around 41,000 pounds, in just three and half hours with minimal disruptions to the public. We partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation to close an Interstate 10 off-ramp and frontage road during peak hours after we worked with local business owners to get their approval. Setting girders during the day is often easier than at night because of improved visibility.
Extensive planning for staging more than 400,000 pounds of precast concrete girders, crane placement and crew activities allowed us to open the ramp and frontage road more than four hours earlier than during a night operation.
GO 10 is an infrastructure reconstruction of Interstate 10 on El Paso’s west side. The project extends 5.75 miles and has four major components: construction of collector-distributor lanes through the corridor, improvement of I-10’s direct connection with Paisano Drive/Border West Expressway, addition of lanes to the interstate in both directions and reconfiguration of ramps and overpasses at three exits.
Collector-distributor lanes disburse traffic, making it easier for motorists to merge on to the interstate.
April 27, 2016
Sundt Senior Project Manager Jason Esparza (far right) holds a ceremonial check for the Project Vida program.
Last month, the Sundt Foundation was among several nonprofits and businesses in the El Paso area recognized for supporting Project Vida’s Microenterprise Technical Assistance Program (MTAP). The benefactors were honored at a San Elizario, Texas restaurant that’s also an MTAP client.
The Sundt Foundation recently made a $2,800 contribution to the MTAP. The Foundation, which is funded by contributions from employee-owners and the company, has distributed more than $7.2 million in grants since it was founded in 1999. Foundation members also give at least 1,000 volunteer hours annually to many worthy causes.
MTAP supports job retention and creation, assists with loan applications and facilitates the growth of microenterprises toward small business status. This contribution is only aligned with the Sundt Foundation’s goals and vision and consistent with our company’s commitment to supporting the growth and proliferation of diverse businesses throughout the country.
“Project Vida helps educate small business owners so they can avoid potential pitfalls and allow their businesses to survive,” said Sundt Senior Project Manager Jason Esparza. “Many of these businesses are family owned and need help in the form of training or education. In a community where family is put before all else, Project Vida helps many disadvantaged family businesses secure a brighter future.”
During fiscal year 2016, corporate, foundation and private donations totaling $53,300 to Vida helped provide business and financial literacy and skill building to micro-business owners in rural areas of El Paso County. Project Vida’s mission is to identify the comprehensive vision of the community for its future and to develop community-based structures and programs to implement that vision in light of the needs and direction of society.
It seems like a project made for HGTV. In need of an overhaul on the new site of its Regional Communications Command Center, El Paso County’s 911 District needed to find a trustworthy contractor to gut and remodel its mission-critical facility.
No, it won’t be the Property Brothers.
The district chose Sundt to handle the $16 million Construction Manager at Risk project after purchasing an existing building that needs a lot of TLC. Having history in the field will help us meet the challenges that lie ahead. We have successfully finished 911 centers in Deer Valley, Arizona; San Antonio and Tucson.
“There are several surprises that await in the constructability,” said Project Director Joe Riccillo. “We are removing about 20,000 square feet of slab to create a raised flooring system on the call floor, and we are adding joists to the building in order to support the new mechanical units on the roof, which we will have to peel back the deck in order to install. We are sure the existing building has a few surprises in store for us. Resolving these items quickly will be key.”
Many issues are better anticipated because of our experience with similar projects. The district provides 911 service for more than 800,000 people living and working in El Paso County.
“We are trying to coordinate the call floor slab removal with the new plumbing installation, a Lean process if you will, by coordinating the demo contractor saw cut with plumbing layout and concrete sub replacement,” Joe said. “One saw cut, install and one concrete replacement.”
We have a year to reach substantial completion on this Fixer Upper. By the time work is complete, this will be a Dream Home for El Paso County’s 911 District and a facility that best serves a growing community.