April 20, 2018
November 30, 2017
Sundt Marketing Database Coordinator Cassie Conte.
Marketing Database Coordinator Cassie Conte recently joined Sundt after spending five years with a Scottsdale-based contractor.
She moved to Arizona in 2011 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Oregon University. An Oregon native, coming to Arizona was a big change for Cassie, however, she was ready to “chase the sunshine and bigger opportunities.”
What was it about Sundt that attracted you to work here?
I was attracted to Sundt because of its overall reputation and stability, passion for giving back to the community, dedication to safety, and of course, the ESOP. The people are super nice and very welcoming.
What will you be doing in your new job?
I am working in the Marketing Department supporting internal and external communications. I have a strong passion for the industry so I am excited to form a great relationship with Sundt and the employees. I am eager to represent Sundt as we/I strive for more success.
Why did you want to join the construction industry?
My father has always worked in construction, so it is something I have been around. Breaking into the industry, I quickly learned how fast-paced and competitive it was. Working in the Marketing Department calls for strict deadlines, strong attention to detail and a passion that thrives within me. I don’t know if I would ever be able to leave this industry.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in construction?
I think that if I weren’t in construction I would be doing real estate or running a wedding/events venue. I love people and events, so I have no doubt that I would be nestled somewhere in these two … or maybe even both!
If you could have only one cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would say Italian. My family and I are Italian so there is just something about authentic home-cooked Italian food!
Where would you go on your dream vacation?
Italy! I have never been but I would love to go and learn more about my heritage.
August 16, 2017
Sundt’s craft worker benefits are the best in the business, according to a national industry survey.
Sundt’s craft workers are the people who have enabled our company to thrive for 127 years. They are the men and women who perform the transportation, industrial, building and concrete work that helps our communities prosper.
Our company recognizes our trade workers’ value and offers benefits that a recent national survey showed are the best in the business, almost 50 percent more valuable than the industry average. Because our craft workers have commitments beyond the job site, we also offer them a paid time off program.
Since our company is 100-percent employee owned, we have an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) for eligible craft and administrative workers. The program allows employee-owners to share in the company’s success and build retirement security. Employees may also choose to participate in our 401(k) program to supplement their savings.
“I have worked for a few construction companies throughout the Phoenix Valley and Sundt has the best benefits,” said Gerardo Lopez, a carpenter foreman who’s working on our Union Tempe Apartments project.
Our Center for Craft Excellence was established in 2015 to offer training and certification opportunities for our craft workers. It’s imperative that we have the best trade workers on our job sites and that we retain the most skilled to successfully perform our work. It’s also important for our trade workers to have opportunities to advance in the organization, a goal that can be reached through our many programs.
Because our company is growing, we are often in search of skilled trade workers. Craft job opportunities can be found on our website.
July 28, 2017
Our San Pedro Creek job site after 4 inches of rain hit the area, causing several feet of water to gather.
When it rains, it pours at Sundt’s San Pedro Creek job site in San Antonio. Good thing we have plans in place.
Our team knew going into the project that we would have to deal with rain on a regular basis since the west side of downtown San Antonio drains into San Pedro Creek. A small half-inch rain event causes 2 feet of water in the channel.
The same site two days later as our crews went back to work after the water drained.
There’s virtually no flexibility in the schedule. Our work has to be complete in time for the city’s 300th anniversary celebration next May 5.
“We don’t have the ability to ask for more time,” said Senior Project Manager Chad Yount. “So we developed a plan. “When our employee-owners are given a challenge they come up with great solutions that keep our projects moving forward,” Chad said.
Dealing with excessive rainfall was addressed during preconstruction. The last block of Phase 1 Segment 1 is 8 feet below the existing channel, creating a dam at the end of the project. To solve the problem, the team over-excavated the area by 1 foot and placed filter fabric and drain rock which creates a working surface during minor rain events.
A 6-inch perforated pipe was installed down the middle of the channel below the drain rock which conveys the water to a 6-foot diameter casing that sits 6 feet below the surface. Within this casing, a 6-inch submersible pump is set to turn on and off by a float system reducing the labor costs. As water enters the channel, it drains through the rock to the perforated pipe and into the 6-foot diameter casing. The floats then automatically trigger the 6-inch pump to turn on, sending water over the “dam” and downstream.
The system was tested Aug. 8 when 4 inches of rain fell in four hours. Part of the site ended up under 11 feet of water. With the system in place, the water was pumped out by the next morning and crews were back at work a day later. Without the system in place, work would have been shut down for almost a week.
July 6, 2017
Sundt Marketing Database Coordinator Alex Sylvester.
Sundt Marketing Database Coordinator Alex Sylvester is a recent Arizona State University graduate who earned a degree in business interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in marketing. Alex spent his college years gaining business experience through a marketing management internship, part-time employment and other project database management.
In his free time, Alex coaches a high-school baseball team and middle-school basketball team, stays active and suffers through being an Arizona sports fan.
What interested you most about working for Sundt?
My primary focus was on finding a company that was well-respected and would allow me the opportunity to grow as a young professional. The minute I stepped into Sundt’s headquarters and interviewed, I knew I wanted to be here.
What are the most important qualities you look for from an employer?
I wanted to work for a company that treated its employees with respect. Once I received an overview of all the benefits Sundt provides for its employee-owners as well as what it envisioned for my career short-term and long-term, that was icing on the cake.
What does a Marketing Database Coordinator do?
I am focusing on new-hire information, project updates, creating reports and statistical reference guides and more. With time, the goal is to have a helpful impact on our internal and external marketing.
What would you like to be doing in 10 years?
Since I’ll be 32 at that point, the obvious answer is to be advanced higher up in the company. More specifically, I would love to be using my writing, media or film skills.
Seen any good movies lately?
I’ve actually been a little disappointed in some of the films I’ve seen lately. If I had to choose one that I liked, it would be “Get Out.” That’s a movie that would almost be better to watch the second go-round.
Where do you like to travel?
The best travel I have been a part of has been to the East Coast and the two adventures I had in Europe (Switzerland and a Baltic Sea cruise). I’m already looking into more opportunities to travel. My top three desired destinations would have to be Italy, Australia and Spain.
Jonathan Graham with his wife, Dana, and their 1-year-old daughter, Hadley, at a fireworks show in Heber, Arizona this week.
He’s known as “Unicorn” on Sundt’s University Square job site in Tempe, Arizona. The mythical name came about because Jonathan Graham’s safety badge features a photo of his 1-year-old daughter wearing a unicorn hat.
But the nickname could easily apply to Jonathan himself. Earlier this year, he made the unusual move of going from an office job, complete with air conditioning, to a construction site. He’s part of our concrete crew as a lead man form carpenter.
While he says he’s always been mechanically inclined, Jonathan’s career change was met with some skepticism. After all, it meant working outdoors in Tempe during the hottest time of year. Temperatures in June topped 120 degrees.
“The consensus was that I was crazy to do concrete work in the summer in Arizona,” said Jonathan, who has been married six years. “My family understood and they know the type of person I am.”
Jonathan’s path to Sundt started by working in sales for a social media and digital engagement company in Scottsdale. That’s where he met Jerrin Jaramillo, who’s now a Sundt recruiter. After leaving that company, Jerrin stayed in touch with Jonathan and encouraged him to apply at Sundt. Jonathan eventually did and started here this past February.
“(Jerrin) talked very highly about Sundt and the ESOP,” said Jonathan, who has a degree in business communications from Arizona State University. “I wanted to get back in the trades and use my degree in a different way.”
Jonathan’s father was a sheet metal worker in Michigan, so he grew up around the trades. When Jonathan moved to Arizona in 2007, he did facilities maintenance work for nine United Blood Systems buildings.
A move back to an office environment wasn’t what he wanted in the long run.
“When I got back in the office, I realized it wasn’t for me,” he said. “I didn’t want to sit in a cubicle and be attached to a phone.”
Getting back in the field has had its health advantages. Freed from cubicle life, Jonathan is feeling healthier than ever after “getting away from sodas and doughnuts.”
“Physically, it’s been kind of crazy,” he said. “I’ve lost 45 pounds. It’s good for me.”
He’s seen University Square, a residential and mixed-use development, go from the ground up. In late June, the crew was setting concrete on the sixth floor.
“Every day I come to work, something’s different, the site has changed, the building is growing,” Jonathan said.
Part of the draw of returning to craft work was a good change of pace: No sales calls, no boring meetings and plenty of pride in his work.
He also hopes to work his way up in the organization and there’s plenty of history of that at Sundt. Our two most recent President/CEOs started their careers as craft workers.
“I want to climb the ranks and become a foreman and supervisor,” he said. “I’m a totally different person than I was when I started.”
This blog is part of our series of posts about career-related subjects. For more information about opportunities with Sundt, please follow us on Twitter or visit our website.