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January 20, 2017
At the 100th Annual AGC Convention in Denver earlier this month, Sundt received the Environmental Enhancement Project of The Year for our work on the Arizona Public Service (APS) Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington, New Mexico. The project included major upgrades that will reduce emissions by 80 percent, allowing the 1570-megawatt plant to meet environmental standards and continue operating.
Sundt performed over 2 million man-hours at Four Corners with a peak craft staff of over 400, making this our largest single project in company history.
Over the course of the project, Sundt completed:
- 56,000 linear feet of piping
- 8,000 tons of structural steel
- 6,800 tons of duct
- 130,000 linear feet of weld
- 6,000 cubic yards of concrete
- 10,000 linear feet of drilled caisson
Also, at 60 feet in diameter, the new selective catalytic reactors we installed are the tallest in North America and the second-largest air pre-heaters in the world. “This project had several highlights,” said Sundt Senior Project Manager Steve Roberts, “but I’m most proud of how we addressed safety. Performing work at elevation in harsh weather including high winds, much of which was on structural steel, it was a huge accomplishment to finish with a 0.7 TRIR.”
Sundt’s Industrial Group self-performed much of the work on site with its own skilled craft workforce. Specialized trades included precision millwrighting, boiler-making, structural ironworking, piping, concrete and electrical.
The project was also a win for the surrounding area, providing work for the local skilled workforce, helping maintain continued economic viability of the plant for years to come, and improving air quality in the region. With the plant located on Navajo Nation land, Sundt ensured that its project workforce was at least 80% Native American, and the upgrade work is expected to provide more than $6.3 billion in economic value to the region over the next 30 years. Sundt also supported local youth and community initiatives throughout the project.
To ensure adequate staffing of skilled craft professionals, Sundt partnered with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) to develop on-site craft training, as well as mentoring and an Apprenticeship and Development program to develop new workers’ skills.
APS Senior Project Manager Dewayne Keegel (third from left) joins Sundt employee-owners Ken Dean, Steve Roberts and Derek Neill in accepting the 2019 JLT Build America Award.
“We matured a lot over the course of this project, both on an individual and corporate level,” said Steve. “We even had a few people who started at Four Corners in craft roles, and by the time it was done they were working in management positions. For Sundt as a whole, the project is a huge achievement. It shows what we can do—the size and difficulty of projects we can take on.”
With over 20 AGC Build America awards spanning the past five decades, Sundt has won more Build Americas than any other contractor in history. These include projects across building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy civil sectors. Alongside our partners and fellow AGC members, we are proud to build structures that benefit Americans every single day.
January 13, 2017
Sundt Master Mechanic Daniel Wayne.
Daniel Wayne is a Master Mechanic who has been with Sundt for 25 years. He’s the rare Arizona native who enjoys cold weather, which is good since he’s working on an Industrial project in northern New Mexico.
How did you get into construction?
After high school, I went to a tech school in Provo, Utah, and ended up working for Empire Machinery. That’s how I got into construction, working on equipment.
What has kept you at Sundt for 25 years?
The people I work with, and the company has been good to me. There’s a lot of teamwork. The company gives you all the components to succeed no matter what your field is.
What are the most enjoyable parts of the job?
Going from place to place. I’ve had a supervisor call on a Friday and ask if I wanted to meet new people. I would ask where he wanted me to go on Monday.
How much have you seen the industry change over the years?
We’re putting more of an emphasis on safety. We’re also seeing lots of younger people coming in over the past 10 years. I tell them to come to work on time, do good work and they’ll always have a job.
How many different locations have you worked?
Mostly Arizona and California. I spent the last six years in Texas.
What has been your favorite project to work on and why?
That’s hard to say. I’ve enjoyed all the jobs. I liked working at the Page (Arizona) Airport Apron. My family came up in the summer so my kids and wife were with me.
How important is the company’s employee-ownership culture?
It’s one of the reasons I’ve stayed with the company so long. It’s good to know your family is taken care of when you retire.
March 5, 2015
Sundt Estimator Lindsey Bryan.
Lindsey Bryan recently started with Sundt as an Estimator working on Industrial projects. Before joining our company, she spent three years working as a project engineer at a copper smelter.
Lindsey is from Globe, Arizona, and has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Arizona State University. A true fan of the outdoors, she hopes to one day live somewhere big enough to accommodate a herd of pets and livestock.
What was it about Sundt that made you want to work here?
I was first exposed to Sundt when I was taking a class called Alternative Project Delivery Methods (APDM) at ASU. Sundt was identified as one of the leaders in using APDM in the industry and an employee-owner was brought in as a guest speaker and presented various projects that were completed using these methods. It was then that I realized how open Sundt was to new and innovative ways of doing things. When I was ready to leave my former company I reached out to one of my mentors, who happens to be working at Sundt. He had great things to say about the company and told me about the projects he had been involved with and it sounded like a really great fit for me.
What does your job entail?
It ranges from helping put together a bid for potential projects to estimating different approaches to projects to help clients make informed decisions.
How did you become interested in the construction field?
My major in school was civil engineering but my summer internships had me involved with projects and surveying and really got me interested in the construction side of things. My engineering background is useful but I really enjoy the real-world experience that the construction industry can give.
What’s the most useful advice you’ve been given?
My dad always reminded me while we were fishing to make sure my hook was sharp. This helped me land a lot of fish (and, in failure to do so, lose a lot). If you think about that it can apply to life in so many ways. To me it means not only being prepared for the next big opportunity but always making sure you’re giving your best effort.
What’s the best TV show you’ve seen recently?
I just finished binge-watching the series Narcos on Netflix.
Where do you enjoy traveling?
My favorite destinations are places I can go hiking, lie on the beach, go swimming, fishing, basically anywhere I can be outdoors.
December 1, 2014
This innovative water treatment construction project won AZRE’s RED Award in the industrial construction category last week.
How often do you think about the technology that powers your smartphone or tablet? Probably rarely, if ever. That’s why we’re especially pleased to announce that the often-invisible microchip – and those that make them – got some well-deserved recognition last week at the annual AZRE magazine RED Awards banquet in Phoenix. The RED (Real Estate Development) Awards recognize the best commercial real estate projects each year throughout Arizona.
The winning project in the industrial category was a global semiconductor manufacturer that has a large fabrication facility in Chandler. Sundt upgraded the facility last year with design-build partner Carollo Engineers. The $75 million industrial construction project involved completely reconstructing the facility’s water treatment plant and outfitting it with new treatment processes to treat and reuse the waste stream that is generated as part of the manufacturing process. The innovative solution (based on a combination of pretreatment, desalination and thermal concentration technologies) enables approximately 97 percent of the water that comes into the plant to be reused or reinjected rather than going to waste.
Making the most of our water resources is important everywhere, but especially in dry climates like Arizona’s. Hats off to our project partners for this well-deserved RED Award!
Sundt’s industrial certification “stamps” authorize the company to construct vessels like this one.
U, R and S stamps … what sounds like alphabet soup to many of us makes perfect sense to those in the industrial process industries. They know that “stamps” refer to a contractor’s certification in specialized areas of code work and industrial construction, and clients seek out those contractors because they have the knowledge, skill sets and systems required for large, complex projects.
The stamps are issued by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors’ Inspection Code (NBIC) – and they’re not easy to achieve. Sundt holds ASME’s “U” stamp (for the design and manufacture of pressure vessels), and NBIC’s “R” stamp (which allows repairs and alterations to power piping, pressure vessels and boilers). Recently we acquired one of the hardest stamps to obtain: ASME’s “S” stamp, which speaks to a contractor’s ability to perform work as a manufacturer or assembler via administrative and fabrication processes as written by its Quality Control System and ASME Quality Control Manual.
“Adding the “S” stamp to Sundt’s certifications expands the work we can perform for our clients, both in terms of scope and complexity,” said Rich Keil, Sundt’s division manager for industrial construction. “It puts us in a small, select category of contractors that have worked to obtain this certification.”
Earning the “S” stamp came at the end of a lengthy verification process in which Sundt demonstrated its Quality Control System and fabrication abilities to ASME and National Board team members by designing, purchasing, receiving, and issuance of the proper materials and personnel to build an air receiver pressure vessel. The first step was to write an ASME Quality Control Manual that covered all requirements outlined in the ASME/NBIC codes, followed by the administration and in-process demonstration in accordance with the manual.
“This was the fourth time I took part in the code stamp issuance and renewal process, and my first with Sundt,” said Robert Sanchez, Sundt’s Industrial Division Quality Manager. “This review went extremely well as evidenced by the fact the review team had no findings – meaning our ASME Quality Control Manual and demonstrated ability to perform the work was perfect.”