December 29, 2017
May 4, 2017
Sundt Field Superintendent Andres Herrera.
Andres and his wife, Silvia, moved to Tucson in 2011 from Phoenix. He worked in Sierra Vista, Arizona on the Fort Huachuca Barracks shortly before joining the team in Tucson and briefly working on the Las Cruces High School project overseeing demolition work to prepare for the second phase.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction management from the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University with a minor in business from the W.P. Carey School of Business. Andres and Sylvia have three children.
What does a Field Superintendent do?
A Field Superintendent assists the Project Superintendent with managing the field activities associated with the construction of the project, developing and maintaining the project schedule and coordinating inspections to assure the execution of a safe and quality project that is delivered on time and on budget.
What’s your favorite project you’ve worked on while with the company?
My favorite would have to be construction of the 13-acre Northwest Fire Training Facility campus for several reasons. One being it was the project that relocated me from Phoenix to Tucson and although I bleed maroon and gold, I enjoy living in Tucson more than Phoenix. Also, like many kids, when I was younger, I wanted to become a firefighter and this project allowed me the opportunity to not only drive a fire truck and go through the training obstacle course while wearing the full turnout gear but also enter the live fire burn building we constructed. It was an experience I will never forget. I developed a greater respect for the men and women who fight fires, especially during the hot summer months.
Who has had the biggest positive impact on your career?
My close friend and mentor Josh Geis whom I worked with at the Northwest Fire Training Facility gave me the inspiration to become a superintendent.
Have any hobbies?
My 1-year-old son keeps me busy chasing him around! I definitely enjoy spending time with my family and running/hiking with my wife.
Dog person or cat person?
Growing up as a child, I had a German Shepherd as well as a Rottweiler. Now with a family of my own and being outnumbered by my wife and two daughters, we have a poodle. I would definitely say I am a dog person.
March 22, 2017
A vendor demonstrates ways to eliminate silica dust at Sundt’s Las Cruces High School job site.
Small amounts of dust can cause big problems on construction sites. To further make the point, Sundt dedicated a day during Safety Week to concentrate on the hazards of silica at our job sites across the Southwest.
Silica is a mineral commonly found in many materials on construction sites, including soil, sand, concrete, masonry, rock, granite and landscaping. The dust created by cutting, grinding, drilling or disturbing these materials can contain small crystalline silica particles. Respirable silica dust can cause lung disease. It only takes a small amount of airborne silica dust to create a health hazard.
“In preparation to comply with new OSHA standards and protect our employees from exposure to silica dust, we have been testing numerous tools for drilling, grinding, chipping and cutting of concrete,” said Sundt Area Safety Manager Jerri Dragt. “The tools must either capture the silica dust or wet methods must be used to control the dust from becoming airborne.”
Workers at our Las Cruces High School Phase 2 project watched demonstrations on dust-busting products earlier this week. Many of the tools have vacuum attachments and filters, capturing the dust before it enters the air. Our Concrete Division is testing the tools with different manufacturers to see which ones best serve its needs.
There also are attachments for tools that spray water at the point of the cutting tool for saws. When chipping or jackhammering, a constant spray of water is beneficial.
The hazards of silica dust and the recommended controls are also a regular topic for our weekly safety meetings. The most important part of the discussion is eliminating the dust in the first place.
The mission of Safety Week is to collectively raise the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and to communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern. This is the third year we have served as a sponsor of the event.
November 4, 2015
One of the buildings under construction at Las Cruces High is the new cafeteria.
Construction is often a juggling act. Nowhere is that more evident than Sundt’s second round of work at Las Cruces High in New Mexico, a $40 million K-12 construction project that impacts most every corner of the school’s campus.
Between May and July, we’re completing a remodel of the fine arts classrooms, ROTC facility, nursing area and fieldhouse. New construction on the cafeteria and auxiliary gym will also be finished. The secondary gym is being added to accommodate the many sports that share space in the primary facility.
A second stage, which will be completed next spring, includes a remodel of the main gym, existing science wing, music building and vocational building. Crews will be constructing outdoor basketball and tennis courts, a greenhouse, site utilities and site work/hardscape and taking down the old fieldhouse and arts building.
“Every building we’re working on will get flipped to another building,” said Project Director Joe Riccillo.
The second stage gets started this summer when fewer students and faculty are around.
“Everything is phased around spring break, summer and Christmas for delivery dates,” Joe said. “It doesn’t do much good to turn over a building in February. You have to wait until spring break for people to move in.”
Working on an occupied campus raises potential safety hazards that took time and thought to overcome. Joe credits Project Manager Brian Higgins and Project Superintendents Mike Dominguez and Henry Espalin with developing solutions.
“The most important thing is keeping kids safe while doing all this phased work,” Joe said. “We’ve created pathways for students to get to and from buildings and a signage system that shows them where to go.”
It’s our second project at the school, making the site familiar ground.
“Doing Phase 1 gives the school district the confidence that we can finish Phase 2 on or ahead of time,” Mike said.
Students were so happy with Phase 1 that they posted a video in late 2015 showing off their school spirit and new-look campus.
“There’s no greater reward than seeing the benefit of the project and what kind of pride the students take in their new building and their school,” Joe said. “It’s like having a virtual tour of the building.”
November 26, 2014
Sundt’s success in New Mexico continues with the conclusion of the first phase of work on the 60-year-old Las Cruces High School campus. The project is a joint venture with Wooten Construction.
The $36 million project includes new parking lots and athletics fields, as well as 156,000 square feet of structural additions anchored by a two-story classroom building, administration areas, a media center, a performing arts laboratory and a pedestrian bridge built over one of the city’s busiest streets. Wooten|Sundt worked with architects Alley & Associates and ASA Architects to complete the additions.
The team completed the project four months early, allowing staff and students to start the school year on the new campus.
“Our team’s extensive experience in education construction played a significant role in completing this project ahead of schedule and within budget,” said Sundt Project Director Kelly Pettigrew. “The new campus additions will not only help improve student flow between classes but will provide a safer environment for one of the state’s most populated high schools.”
Students are fired up about their new campus. Check out this fantastic video they made to celebrate the grand opening.
More than 76 percent of the total contract value was awarded to local subcontractors, including Wooten Construction. We provided mentoring and jobsite tours for aspiring engineers and architects attending classes at local high schools, Doña Ana Community College and New Mexico State University.
Sundt’s history in New Mexico stretches to when the company was established in 1890. Since then, we have had consistent work in the state, including part of the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, Fort Bliss Multipurpose Machine Gun Range in Doña Ana, Union Pacific Rail Yard in Santa Teresa, Agua Pura Dam outside of Las Vegas, and the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences.
School officials and project team members had an opportunity to sign the last 30-foot-long steel I-beam for the new performing arts building before it was carefully lifted and set into place.
Las Cruces High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico celebrated a major milestone last week when Sundt and joint venture partner Wooten Construction placed the last, 30-foot-long steel I-beam for the framework of the campus’s new performing arts building. The event also recognized the project’s excellent safety record and the team’s successful adherence to a fast, challenging schedule.
The final beam being set into place
“It was great having board members from Las Cruces Public Schools present to celebrate this momentous milestone with the entire project team,” said Sundt Project Director Kelly Pettigrew. “It’s very rewarding to be the conduit for realizing the board’s dreams.” Another dream that was realized during the event? The project’s owner and several subcontractors donated 12 bikes to Operation Santa Claus.
The “topping out” ceremony was just the latest high-profile achievement in the $36 million K-12 education construction project. Last July the team installed a 110-foot-long steel pedestrian bridge over a busy roadway in less than 24 hours to provide safer pedestrian access to the school.
A dozen new bikes were collected during the topping out ceremony for Operation Santa Claus.
Wooten|Sundt’s project includes construction of several new parking lots and athletic fields, as well as 156,000 square feet of structural additions anchored by a two-story classroom building, administration areas, a media center, and a performing arts laboratory. The team plans to have the first phase of construction completed by August 2015. The campus additions will help improve student flow between classes and provide a safer environment for one of the state’s most populated high schools.