June 21, 2016
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.
February 3, 2016
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.
November 13, 2015
Sundt is ramping up crews and resources in El Paso for the GO 10 project.
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 I-10 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.
“The GO 10 project supports Sundt’s efforts to expand and grow in Texas, strengthens our local presence in El Paso and helps build our base of skilled craft workers,” said Sundt Business Development Manager Cade Rowley.
GO 10 is the largest design-bid-build project that the Texas Department of Transportation’s El Paso District has performed to date. It’s one of our company’s six current TxDOT projects.
The $158 million heavy civil project is scheduled for completion in summer 2019.
May 7, 2014
Larry Luke is an Area Manager in Texas. He has more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry, primarily working on large highway and bridge construction projects. He also has served as a Project Engineer, Paving Superintendent, Estimator, Project Manager and Large Project Executive/Area Manager.
His career has taken him to California, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Colorado and Utah. His recent experience as a Large Project Executive/Area Manager has him pursuing alternative delivery design-build and CMGC projects and overseeing those projects through construction. He graduated with a Civil Engineering Degree from Colorado School of Mines.
Larry recently took a little time to answer questions for our “Getting to Know …” series.
What was it about Sundt that attracted you to work here?
Sundt has a long rich history and an excellent reputation in our industry. I think all employees, like myself, want to work for a healthy company, a company that honors their people, is growing but financially stable, competitive winning new work, and is a leader in the industry. Aside from the basic fundamentals of a strong company, I was attracted by the leadership, employee-ownership model, and plans to grow the heavy civil business.
What has been your impression of the company so far?
Very positive. I have seen a company focused on growth, a clear strategy for moving forward, and employee-owners who are engaged in making every project successful. I’ve met a lot of long-term Sundt employees who help pass on Sundt’s culture and history. I have also met a lot of new employees who are bringing new ideas and energy. I see great opportunities for the company and employee-owners, which is great for everyone.
What does your job entail?
My job as an Area Manager involves identifying good projects to pursue, working to obtain new work, building high-performing project teams and overseeing the management of projects through execution.
Which project are you most involved in right now?
I am currently involved in the $158 million I-10 project in El Paso. My initial focus is to ensure the project start-up and construction are on track. My role is to ensure the project is staffed correctly, establish good relationships with the bonding company and Texas Department of Transportation, and ensure our project management team has all the resources and assistance it needs to be successful. In the future, I will be helping grow the Heavy Civil Division, strengthening our presence in Salt Lake City and pursuing work in Utah and Colorado.
What’s the most exciting thing about the I-10 project?
The start-up of all large heavy civil projects is exciting in that you are facing many new challenges and success is very dependent on the efforts and decisions made early in the project. The excitement for me comes from putting together a team from diverse backgrounds and experience, and drawing from their individual strengths to accomplish building a complex project. While the scope of work has unique attributes, the real challenge and reward is seeing a team of people working together as a unit, and being part of building a lasting infrastructure.
What do you do for fun away from work?
I live in the mountains of Park City, Utah, and love all the many things to do in the outdoors. I particularly enjoy hiking, skiing, mountain biking and hunting. I am an avid road cyclist, racing in the Masters Category 3 criterium and road races. Lately, I’ve also gotten into competitive shooting events with my son.
Cat person or dog person?
Definitely a dog person. Our family includes two border collies, Coco and Raisin. They were born from working cattle dogs on my parents’ family ranch. Although, where we currently live, we have to keep them busy hiking and playing fetch.
Where do you like to travel?
After living in the mountains with winter six months a year, I enjoy a spring getaway to any beach with sun, sand and a lounge chair.
Read any good books lately?
I’m reading “The Heart of Everything That Is,” which is the story of Red Cloud, a Sioux warrior-statesman. The depiction of his brutal life, but also his cunning strategy and political awareness in the mid-1800s is interesting. I’m also a fan of Jon Krakauer, and his books “Into Thin Air” and “Where Men Win Glory.”
Performing challenging roadway construction projects amidst live trafffic is one of Sundt’s specialties. The Cordes Junction Traffic Interhchange Improvements Project, shown above, was completed last year by Sundt and a joint venture partner near the juncture of Interstate10 and State Route 69 in Arizona.
Sundt is pleased to be performing another transportation construction project for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The Interstate 10 Enhancements Project includes $7.6 million in improvements to a busy, 1.3-mile stretch of I-10 in El Paso. Sundt’s scope of work includes aesthetic enhancements to bridges, walls, and concrete barriers, plus upgrades to lighting, landscape and irrigation, and hardscape. The work began last month and is scheduled to be complete in October of this year.
“This project’s biggest challenge will be working right in the middle of interstate traffic, and the tight 180-day schedule,” says Sundt Area Manager Fred Stone. “We have to be very careful in our planning, especially with the long-lead items. TxDOT pushed the start date back to allow us to gather information that will make the work go more smoothly, and right away we discovered that some of the alignments weren’t correct. Finding that out ahead of time is a huge help.”
To see some of Sundt’s other transportation construction projects, both in Texas and in other states, click here.