April 24, 2013
December 26, 2012
The recently completed bridge that will provide access to the new William Beaumont Army Medical Center
Sundt has completed a $48 million heavy civil construction project at Fort Bliss Army Post, Texas, which involved extensive infrastructure and site development work for the future William Beaumont Army Medical Center. The hospital will provide state-of-the-art medical care to our men and women in uniform.
The aggressive, 360-day schedule included fencing the entire 320-acre site, installing wet and dry utilities, concrete paving, building an electrical substation for the hospital, and constructing a 300-foot-long precast concrete bridge and an on/off ramp to connect the project to the adjacent highway. More than half of the project’s heavy civil, concrete and masonry work was performed by Sundt’s own crews.
December 20, 2012
Bikes, bikes and more bikes filled a room at Fort Bliss last week, where they were waiting to become Christmas presents for 75 children.
When you’re a kid, there’s nothing like getting a new bike – especially when it’s been left under the tree by Santa Claus. Seventy-five children in El Paso, Texas, had the thrilling experience of discovering a brand new set of wheels on Christmas morning as a result of a bicycle collection drive led by Sundt for Operation Santa Claus. Operation Santa Claus is a nonprofit organization that has been serving Fort Bliss and El Paso since 1957. Its mission is to provide every needy child in the area with a new Christmas toy.
The bikes were purchased and donated to the organization by Sundt employees working on a $43 million heavy civil construction project at Fort Bliss Army Post, plus several vendors and subcontractors associated with the project. Sundt is performing extensive infrastructure and site development work for the future William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss, which will provide state-of-the-art medical care to our men and women in uniform.
Operation Santa Claus also received a $1,000 grant from the Sundt Foundation, which was used to purchase more bikes in addition to the ones that were donated by Sundt employees. The Sundt Foundation was established in 1999 by Sundt Construction, Inc., as a way for its employee-owners to give back to the communities in which they work. In addition to sponsoring volunteer activities, the Foundation distributes grants every quarter. The money to fund those grants is raised primarily through contributions from Sundt employees, which are then matched dollar-for-dollar by the company.
Since its inception the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $5 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Most grants are awarded in communities where Sundt has an established office or major project underway. Employees can also direct their donations to charitable organizations that benefit members of the military and their families.
October 10, 2012
Approximately $3,000 worth of food was collected through the Sundt Foundation’s holiday food drive in El Paso, Texas.
Weight loss experts say you shouldn’t equate food with love – but in some cases, the comparison couldn’t be more appropriate. Sundt employees working at eight different federal, heavy civil and K-12 school construction projects in El Paso, Texas, showed their caring for the community by participating in a holiday food drive that netted more than 600 pounds of donated edibles (valued at approximately $3,000). The donations were given to two area nonprofit organizations that provide assistance to individuals and families in need: Reynolds Home in El Paso and Families and Youth Inc., in Anthony, N.M.
June 20, 2012
One of the Infantry Moving (IM) targets at DAGIR. The long target in the foreground will eventually have rail attached to it, enabling a pop-up target to move back and forth. The six targets in the back will also be equipped with pop-up targets for small arms fire practice.
Sundt is nearing completion of the U.S. military’s first fully computerized target practice range at Fort Bliss Army Post, Texas, a high-profile project called DAGIR, which stands for Digital Air-Ground Integration Range. The $31.6 million heavy civil project, which will wrap up prior to Thanksgiving, included construction of 23 miles of tank trails, installation of 200 pre-cast concrete targets, and construction of six support buildings. The facility will be used to train U.S. soldiers and the armies of several U.S. allies for combat missions on the ground and from the air.
“This is a premier facility that will become a model for other such digital ranges around the country,” said Sundt Area Manager Fred Stone. “It’s high-tech, high-security, fast-tracked – you name it, it’s challenging. Sundt has an excellent track record of performing well under all of these conditions for the federal government, including at Fort Bliss, which factored into our being awarded the job.”
What makes the range unique is the fact that the targets are controlled digitally, which allows for the creation of unlimited combat scenarios. Sensors in the targets and the vehicles gather information that then becomes part of the review and feedback process. After soldiers complete a simulated mission on the range, they return to the After Action Review (AAR) building to view a recording and debrief with their superiors.
The 200 pre-cast concrete targets at DAGIR required approximately 11,000 concrete blocks, all of which were made by Sundt’s Concrete Division.
Sundt’s ability to self-perform all of the concrete work played an instrumental role in helping the team manage the tight schedule. Nearly 11,000 concrete blocks, each measuring 2x2x6 feet, were cast using an efficient assembly line approach that boosted productivity rates by more than 30 percent over what was originally projected.
The project’s location posed another challenge. It sits within a large parcel of undeveloped land that was used for target practice leading up to and during World War II. Because of its remote location and relatively open air space, it’s ideal for training missions, with one catch: an unknown amount of live ordinance is still scattered throughout the area. Even though the project site itself was cleared prior to Sundt’s arrival, the situation adds an additional layer of security that has affected the team’s daily operations.
“We have a very limited workspace that requires a lot of careful planning. You can’t just wander around out there,” said Stone. “If anyone deviates outside of the project boundaries, and lives to tell about it, they’ll be escorted off the base immediately. We have had to be very careful about respecting security measures – for our own safety as well as to protect the sensitive nature of what occurs there.”
Fort Bliss’s new machine gun target practice range is digitally controlled so that new combat scenarios can be created, generating nearly unlimited training opportunities. The concrete targets are located on the semicircles pictured above.
At Fort Bliss Army Post in El Paso, Texas, Sundt is building a target range – its third practice facility at Fort Bliss – designed specifically for machine gun training. The $7.5 million Automated Multipurpose Machine Gun Range project began in early January 2012 and is expected to be completed on January 29, 2013.
It sits on a 200-acre site that includes the range itself, a range operations and control area, classroom building, ammunition breakdown building, bleacher enclosure, range operations and storage building, operations tower, latrine, covered mess, and building information systems. Supporting facilities include electric service, paving, storm drainage, site improvements and information systems.
Sundt’s ability to self-perform all of the concrete work is playing an instrumental role in helping the team control the project’s quality and tight schedule. They created the foundations for the buildings and are manufacturing 120 concrete blocks, each measuring 2x2x6 feet, using an efficient assembly line approach.
One of the project’s biggest challenges is staying within the designated work areas, which were cleared of unexploded ordinances prior to Sundt’s arrival. (Much of Fort Bliss was used as a bombing practice range during World War II; it still includes many live bombs that restrict where construction crews can operate.) Another challenge is the limited source of water that dictates the team’s production rates.