The excitement is building at San Jose City College in San Jose, California, where Sundt is currently in the preconstruction phase for a new two-level, 45,000-square-foot spectator gymnasium fitness center, which will include locker and dressing rooms, training rooms, offices and labs. The $21 million community college construction project also involves repurposing existing facilities to provide additional classrooms and lab space. A number of sustainable design features and construction techniques are aimed at helping the project achieve LEED Silver Certification.
We’re pleased to announce that Tyler Menard has joined Sundt as a field engineer in our San Diego office. Tyler comes to Sundt after interning with one of the Bay Area’s leading general contractors. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo. We recently asked Tyler a few questions to get to know him better:
What brought you to Sundt?
The people and the company’s amazing reputation. The culture here is unlike any other, and I saw a great opportunity to be with a company that will help me grow throughout my career.
Which project are you currently assigned to?
I’m assigned to the San Diego State University South Campus Plaza project. We will be building two six-story dormitories with retail on the ground floor, a parking garage, and a landscaped area leading into the campus.
What’s a typical work day like for you, i.e. what are your major duties/responsibilities?
I have recently been working on buyout, constructability reviews, and building contracts for first phase subcontractors. Once construction work begins my daily responsibilities will be managing submittals, Requests for Information, LEED, etc.
What would you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
If I weren’t working in construction, I would be traveling. I spent a month traveling across Europe this past summer and I had the time of my life. There are so many more places I would love to go see, and traveling around South America is next on my list.
Favorite type of cuisine?
That would have to be American barbecue. You can never go wrong with a nice rack of ribs.
Best book you read recently?
My favorite book I have read recently would have to be “Band of Brothers.” I also watched the TV mini-series as well.
Who has had the most influence on you in your life?
My grandmother. She was one of the most selfless people I have ever met, and was someone who always gave back to her community.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I like to spend my free time going to sporting events, playing sports (beach volleyball, basketball, snowboarding), relaxing at the beach, and spending time with my family.
A year ago, 463 pounds of explosives safely brought down Warren Hall, a 13-story building on the campus of California State University, East Bay in Hayward. Nearby stands the nearly completed concrete core for the five-story, 66,000-square-foot replacement building.
When complete in August 2015, the new state-of-the-art, LEED Silver building will contain offices and other administrative support space. It will be an attractive landmark with features including metal ceilings, stainless steel wall panels and terrazzo flooring. The precast concrete/composite metal panel structure will also meet current seismic codes, unlike its predecessor building, which was constructed in 1971. (See a short time-lapse video of the implosion here.)
We’re pleased to announce that Joseph V. Riccillo has joined Sundt as project director in our El Paso, Texas, office. Joe has more than 15 years of project management experience, and is responsible for overseeing business development, planning, budgets and staffing for Sundt’s construction jobs in and around El Paso and Southern New Mexico.
Joe has a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. He also holds the professional designations of Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) from the U.S. Green Building Council.
We recently asked Joe a few questions in order to get to know him better:
What drew you to Sundt?
I already had a good job with another contractor, but Sundt provided an even better opportunity for expanding my knowledge base. I remember traveling to the Tempe office for my interview and I felt like a kid in a candy store with Building Information Modeling, parametric estimating and resources for whatever kind of project imaginable. I love learning new things and the people were genuine and honest, which was ultimately what brought me to Sundt.
What are your job responsibilities in your position?
As soon as I get my feet on the ground, I am to provide business development opportunities in El Paso. I am sincerely interested in developing the office here and helping Sundt create yet another positive impact to a community.
What might you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
Teaching construction management? I really had never planned to be in construction, but it is something I really enjoyed after a few years and now can’t imagine doing anything else. OK, maybe lying on a beach on Italy’s Amalfi Coast!
What’s the most interesting book you read recently?
Through a book club, I recently read “A History of the World in Six Glasses” that was a history of the invention and impact of beer, wine, whiskey, rum, coffee and even Coca Cola.
Most unusual project you ever worked on?
The most unusual project was the remodel of a hangar and addition of three paint booths for the F-22. The specifications for the paint booths were not written well for the application area. It turned into more of a design-build without knowledge of the specifics of the material that was to be applied. Needless to say, I learned a lot more than I ever wanted to about paint booths!
Where would you most like to travel?
I have traveled to Italy three times, and every time I have the opportunity to travel, I end up back there. It’s something about the people, their culture and the beautiful environment that surrounds many of the cities there.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I prefer to spend time with the family, but it seems like the house has taken over.
Best advice you ever received?
It was a quote actually: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic within it.”
Is there a person who has had a profound influence on you?
I would have to say my father. He always seemed to say the right things at the right time, give clear reasoning as to consequences (even if it was a “metacarpal reflex,” as he phrased it) and never hesitated to stand up for what was right. He could balance these things with an incredible sense of humor and a high level of intelligence.
Yuma, Ariz., is home to a new federal courthouse in the heart of its downtown. The John M. Roll United States Courthouse is a two-story, 57,000-square-foot facility that includes two courtrooms, judges’ chambers, detention cells, and administrative areas for the United States federal courts and U.S. Marshals Service. The $24.2 million, courthouse construction project was completed by Sundt in the spring.