August 31, 2017
June 8, 2017
There is expected to be a shortfall of two million craft workers by the year 2020.
As Labor Day approaches, the annual Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Workforce Survey reinforces an industry-wide fact: There is a significant shortage of available craft workers in the United States.
The survey, which received 1,608 responses from AGC members, showed that 70 percent of those companies are already having a hard time filling hourly craft positions. Only nine percent said they weren’t having problems filling any positions, which also includes salaried and hourly office and field jobs.
A lack of candidates is especially troublesome since 69 percent of those surveyed said they need to expand their craft hiring in the next 12 months. According to the survey, the five toughest positions to fill are carpenters (58 percent of companies have trouble finding them), bricklayers (53 percent), electricians (53 percent), concrete workers (51 percent) and plumbers (50 percent).
The average age of craft workers is 47. There is expected to be a shortfall of two million craft workers by the year 2020.
“At least in the state of Arizona, Career and Technical Education is starting to get a second wind,” Sundt Craft Workforce Development Manager Sean Ray said. “But we’re really far behind. So the work’s going to be there. Are we going to have qualified people is going to be the main question.”
A total of 74 percent of respondents said their local pipelines for supplying well-trained craft personnel were either poor or fair. In the retention category, 43 percent said they use customized learning and development programs to keep the craft workers they have.
Sundt is using several initiatives to attract and retain craft workers, including a partnership with Central Arizona College and training at our Center for Craft Excellence in Phoenix.
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May 19, 2017
Crews work on the Northwest Extension light-rail project in the Phoenix area.
Construction activity is a boon for cities and towns. A recent commitment by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) to add $1.25 billion in projects to its long-range regional transportation plan will be a significant economic driver in Greater Phoenix.
An article on KJZZ radio’s website cited economic modeling performed by a professor at George Mason University that determined every $1 billion spent on non-residential construction creates an economic impact of $3.4 billion.
According to the study, the latest MAG commitment should support about 28,500 direct and indirect jobs. Direct jobs include construction and administrative workers. Indirect jobs include work tied to equipment and materials as well as financial services.
MAG, a council of governments that serves as the regional planning and policy agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area, has $5.7 billion in transportation spending planned.
Greater Phoenix is one of many markets Sundt serves in the Southwest. Anyone interested in starting or continuing a career in construction should visit our careers page.
April 13, 2017
Sundt employee-owners get ready to send a truckload of water to St. Joseph the Worker to help Phoenix’s homeless.
Sundt employee-owners and industry partners on Friday donated 194,667 bottles of water to assist the Phoenix-area’s homeless during our annual Thirst-Aid drive.
The water was given to St. Joseph the Worker, a non-profit that has aided the homeless and underserved population for 28 years in Greater Phoenix. St. Joseph partners with the Human Services Campus, a collaboration of 12 homeless service providers, to distribute the water.
Many homeless and disadvantaged people suffer from thirst, heat-related illness and death when temperatures soar in the summer months. Temperatures in Phoenix have already passed 100 degrees this spring.
“Every year, we raise more and more awareness, letting people know there’s a need out there,” said Lisa White, a Sundt employee-owner who organizes the drive.
We organized the first Thirst Aid in 2010 with the hope of collecting 2,880 bottles. The drive ended up collecting nearly 50,000 bottles. The campaign passed a million total bottles last year.
Anyone interested in contributing may still visit St. Joseph the Worker’s website to make a donation.
Our company is honored to organize Thirst Aid, one of many Sundt Foundation activities that improve the communities where we live and do business.
March 20, 2017
Old Main on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.
Sundt’s work on the University of Arizona Old Main Renovation and Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix Sun Devil Fitness Complex has earned 2017 Arizona Leader Awards from the United States Green Building Council Arizona.
The winners will be honored at the Heavy Medals Awards Luncheon next Wednesday in Tempe. The awards recognize statewide innovation and leadership in green buildings and celebrate teams for their efforts to accomplish LEED certification.
Old Main Renovation is the winner of the Building Performance award. We successfully merged the existing structure, constructed in 1891, with safety upgrades, a new mechanical system and replaced plumbing, lighting and electrical systems.
The project has earned many honors, including three from the Design-Build Institute of America (National Awards of Excellence and Merit and the Western Pacific Region Merit Award), the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award, a Historic Preservation Award from the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission and the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award.
USGBC Arizona awarded Sun Devil Fitness Complex the Community Champion award. The award recognizes a LEED-certified project that addresses the needs of an underserved community and meets the USGBC’s vision of healthy and sustainable buildings. The complex is a five-story, 70,000-square-foot student recreation center that features an indoor track, rooftop swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, student lounge and more.
Arizona State University’s Downtown Fitness Complex in Phoenix.
The Northwest Extension is a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro light rail system in the Greater Phoenix area.
Awards are rolling in for Sundt’s Valley Metro Northwest Extension project, including two from the prestigious Build America program.
The $160 million project won in the transportation category and also earned the Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence Award, which is presented annually to projects that epitomize the principles of partnering. The awards were presented during the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) National Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month.
“These awards, which are selected by a group of our peers, represent the best projects construction has to offer,” said Project Manager Chris Elison. “It’s an honor to be recognized by other great contractors for the work we performed.”
The project is a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro light rail system in the Greater Phoenix area. The Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck JV work is the fourth project the team has finished as part of Valley Metro’s program. Scope included curb-to-curb replacement of water, sewer, storm, electrical, communication and gas utilities, roadway widening and installation of embedded double track with an overhead catenary system, train signals, three traction power substations and traffic signals. The project added three stations and a park-and-ride at Dunlap Avenue, and 6.4 miles of sidewalks, curb and gutter and pavement.
Build America awards honor AGC members who perform the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure and federal and heavy divisions. Sundt’s most recent Build America honors came in 2015 in the environmental enhancement category for the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility renovation construction project in Chandler, Arizona, and the highway and transportation renovation category for the West Seventh Street Bridge in Fort Worth.