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January 12, 2017
Two of a kind: the Heath Sciences Education Building (left) and Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (right) sit side-by-side in Downtown Phoenix.
After almost two years of construction, a brilliant new copper building is welcoming its first occupants in Downtown Phoenix. While the Sundt joint venture has almost a year’s worth of work remaining, the $136 million University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB) is starting to fulfill its mission of finding cures and saving lives.
The 245,000-square-foot building is the latest addition to a growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a 15-year-old city initiative bringing bioresearch and education to downtown. This is Sundt’s fourth project on the campus, including the neighboring Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), which sits in the BSPB’s long shadow. The 268,000-square-foot HSEB is shared by the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, the UA College of Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, as well as by Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services programs.
BSPB is bringing together scientists and researchers from across many disciplines to work collaboratively in fighting diseases. The first researchers are moving in on the fifth and sixth floors while the construction team builds out the 10th floor. That space was originally designed as shell.
The Center for Applied Nanoscience and Biomedicine will be headquartered in the building. Its researchers are making cutting-edge discoveries, such as the Rapid DNA test, which detects early-stage bacterial infections.
Our work and that of other contractors, including our joint-venture partner DPR Construction, on the campus has given Phoenix valuable international attention in the biosciences field. The many advancements made on campus will improve the human condition.
“The Phoenix Biomedical Campus has grown into the foundation for Arizona’s growing biomedical industry and helped to put the region on the national map as a cutting-edge center for research and medical collaboration,” Phoenix Vice Mayor Kate Gallego told the Phoenix Business Journal. “It’s exciting to have Phoenix at the center of some of our most promising treatments to emerge in years for chronic and deadly diseases.”
January 9, 2017
Chandra Reilly has been a Sundt Project Director since 2013.
One of Sundt’s Millennials just made the list.
Project Director Chandra Reilly was recently named one of the Phoenix Area’s 10 Millennial Leaders in Commercial Real Estate by AZ Big Media and AZRE Magazine. Chandra has been one of our Project Directors since 2013 and is serving that role for the Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Expansion, the Hayden Flour Mill Redevelopment and a lifestyle branded hotel.
She is responsible for the development and leadership of our hospitality practice on a national scale. She graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Global Business, a minor in Spanish and certificates in International Marketing and International Finance.
In 2016, Chandra was named to Engineering News-Record’s 20 Under 40 list as well as Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40. She is an Advancing Women in Construction (AWIC) Advisory Board Member, an organization aimed at mentoring and championing young women in construction.
January 6, 2017
Sundt Senior Vice President and Texas District Manager Eric Hedlund.
One of our employee-owners is about to become a Hall of Famer.
Sundt Senior Vice President and Texas District Manager Eric Hedlund has been named to the Arizona State University School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment Hall of Fame. He will be inducted Feb. 3.
Eric was selected by an awards committee based on his reputation in the construction industry, his leadership and support of the Del E. Webb School of Construction and his philanthropic efforts. Eric served as the Chair of the Executive Advisory Board for Del Webb School of Construction for eight years.
“All Phoenix-area industry stakeholders have worked hard to ensure the Del E. Webb School of Construction is a best-in-class experience for the students,” Eric said. “I am very honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame by this outstanding program.”
In addition to heading up our offices in Fort Worth and San Antonio, Eric is responsible for the overall performance of the district’s building projects, including acquiring and executing work. He has been with Sundt for 30 years, and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona.
He is a past national chairperson of the Building Division and the Public Private Industry Advisory Council for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Eric has also served on the national AGC Board of Directors. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for local AGC chapters in Arizona and Texas.
July 1, 2016
Sundt Lead Estimator Curtis Smith.
Curtis Smith is a Lead Estimator who has been with Sundt since 2015. He’s also been a member of the Army National Guard for the past 14 years, one of our company’s many citizen soldiers and veterans.
He is responsible for our company winning the Patriotic Employer Award, which recognizes businesses for their support of Guardsmen and Reservists. He nominated the company for the award, which is presented by the Department of Defense. We are proud to be given the honor and to be the employer of choice for several of our nation’s heroic servicemen and women.
Curtis recently took time to answer a few questions about his service and Sundt’s support of our country’s military.
How did the Patriotic Employer Award come about?
I have been in the Army National Guard for 14 years. I have been deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). On both of my deployments, I had several briefings from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. In these briefings they told us they have awards that you can nominate your supervisor or employer for due to their support of citizen soldiers. I have worked for Sundt for over a year now and the company has been extremely flexible and supportive of my obligation to the National Guard, which has allowed me to be an effective National Guardsman. One of the most important reasons I nominated Sundt for the Patriotic Employer Award came about after I approached (Preconstruction Manager) Rich Gohl to attend a month-long Army Advanced Leadership Course. After explaining the importance of this course to Rich, he was immediately on board to support me. Rich got involved with our fellow employee-owners to find out how I could take off a month and maintain all of the benefits that Sundt affords its employees. Due to his diligent efforts and engagement, I wanted to present him and Sundt with this award as a thank you from myself and the National Guard community.
What does it say about Sundt that the company readily supports its service members?
The company is accommodating and supportive of the National Guard community. Sundt is the first employer I have worked for that will continue all of my benefits and pay while I am at my annual training events with the National Guard. It is also the first company I have worked for that looks at my training events as a benefit to the company and not a detriment because of my absence. Even though I am going to retire from the National Guard in six years, I am looking forward to working with Sundt through those years knowing that I am going to be supported 100 percent.
How did you get into the construction field?
After moving from Connecticut to Phoenix in 2002, I joined the Army National Guard in order to have the amazing opportunity to serve my country and get financial support to go to college. Though I had several choices on what I could be in the Army, I wanted the most likely civilian job opportunity, so I became a Heavy Equipment Operator. After a couple of years, I wanted to learn more about building vertically, which is why I pursued a degree in Construction Management at Arizona State University. After my sophomore year of college, I began an internship with a small general contractor where I started to become knowledgeable in building construction and began my career in the industry.
How has your service time made you a better employee-owner?
Being an Arizona Army National Guard Soldier provides a multitude of opportunities and challenges that have helped round me out as a person and an employee-owner. As a soldier, we live by Army Values, which are based on the acronym L-D-R-S-H-I-P: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. I have lived by these values since I joined and feel that all of them apply to my activities as an employee-owner. The Army value that I feel stands above the rest is Integrity. Sundt takes pride in having great integrity in all aspects of construction from the owner to the subcontractors we work with. Having this quality as a contractor has made a huge impression with me and allows me to go home proud every day after work.
Sundt is committed to hiring a diverse workforce and we are continually looking for chances to employ the industry’s best people and introduce others to exciting opportunities in construction. We are proud to feature a series on our blog that provides insights into accomplishments made by our company’s veterans, women and minorities while highlighting successful careers and opportunities. We’re proud of our diverse culture and thankful for each employee-owner’s contributions. Please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as we celebrate the things that make Sundt an employer of choice where people thrive in a culture of diversity.
Jodie Marsh is a US Army veteran who works for Sundt as an Area Quality Manager. He served his country from 1985 to 2007, enlisting after the job he had to pay for college working the wheat fields in Montana was eliminated after a drought killed the crops. In the Army, he was stationed across the United States as well as Germany, Kuwait, Iraq, Japan and the Ukraine. Jodie filled various roles, including Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Intelligence Officer at the Battalion and Brigade levels, Brigade Logistics Officer, Assistant Brigade Operations Officer and Forward Observer.
Jodie began working for Sundt in 1994 as a carpenter. Following that project, he was transferred to Phoenix and made it his home base. He has held several positions with the company, including Concrete Foreman, Recruiter, Project Engineer and Project Superintendent.
How does your military experience make you a better Sundt employee-owner?
The military expects soldiers to be leaders and to be accountable for their actions. Having a “can-do” attitude has made me successful in many of the positions I have held at Sundt.
Why is it so important for a company like Sundt to hire veterans?
Leadership is not an easy thing to teach. The military does a great job providing people with the ability to lead others and to make effective decisions in a timely manner. There are hardly any decisions made where all the information needed to make the best decision is available at that point. The military decision-making process teaches soldiers the time value of a decision and how to make the best decision given limited information.
What qualities do veterans possess that make them good employees?
Most veterans come to Sundt already having instilled in them most of our company’s core values. The military is huge on Integrity, Personal Responsibility, Community Service and Safety. The military also instills in soldiers the ability to see things through to the end. Don’t quit until the fight is over and the objective has been attained.
How often do you run across fellow veterans with the company?
Almost on a daily basis. A lot of my closest friends are from a military background.
What would you say to veterans who want to work for Sundt?
Sundt is a place that understands the values they would bring to the company and the culture here supports those values.