January 30, 2018
December 29, 2017
The University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership won in ENR’s Higher Education/Research Project category.
Our work on the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in Downtown Phoenix is among the Best of the Best from 2017, according to judging by Engineering News-Record.
The 10-story building for the University of Arizona won in the Higher Education/Research Project category. The facility is home to collaborative research in neurosciences, healthcare outcomes, cancer and medicine. Research performed in the building is expected to lead to groundbreaking discoveries with a direct impact on public health.
“It’s an urban medical research facility built on the principle of interdisciplinary work,” Ryan Abbott, who leads the Southwest District of our Building Group. “It’s in exactly the right location. We’re a knowledge economy based on life science.”
This announcement comes as the culmination of a nearly year-long effort by dozens of industry judges and the ENR editorial team to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in the U.S. among projects completed between May 2016 and May 2017.
The competition began last March with a call for entries, which resulted in approximately 700 industry project teams submitting their work to the regional Best Projects competitions. In each of the 10 regions, editors assembled panels of judges to select the regional winners in 20 categories.
Once regional winners were chosen, they moved to the national competition. A new set of judges from across the country and all walks of the industry examined each project in an effort to distinguish the best from the best in teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality.
The projects and judges will be featured in more depth in the March 5 issue of ENR. Also in that issue, the editors of ENR, in collaboration with the judges, will select one project from the Best of the Best group as the Project of the Year, which will be revealed in the issue.
December 22, 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.
August 31, 2017
Sundt Safety Representative Karrissa Rogers.
Sundt Safety Representative Karrissa Rogers joined the company in August 2016. She has worked in the construction industry since 1991 and has an associate’s degree in Environmental Safety and Health and a bachelor’s in Occupational Safety and Health. Karrissa also is an authorized Occupational Safety and Health Administration trainer.
Her husband, Andrew, works for us as a Virtual Designer. Karrissa was working in Southern California before getting an opportunity to move back to Phoenix and join our team.
What made you want to work for Sundt?
When you’re an outsider, you hear a lot of good things about working with Sundt. Other construction companies view working with Sundt as a high achievement. My husband also had a little bit to do with me changing jobs. He works for Sundt and said I would really like it here. I’m glad I made the change and moved back home with my family.
What unique things does Sundt do to encourage safety?
I love the safety culture. The unique thing with Sundt and safety is that it really does start at the top. There are a lot of companies that say this, but very rarely does this happen. Sundt cares about its working family.
Where are your favorite places to travel?
I really enjoy going to the beach. Virginia Beach and Manhattan Beach, California are my favorites. A few years ago people said we would be able to buy oceanfront property in Arizona. I am patiently waiting.
What’s your personal motto?
Be honest, helpful and kind.
Who has been your best mentor?
Although he retired from Sundt in January 2017, Joe Hall was a very good mentor. He was laid-back and helpful. If you had an idea, you could present it and he was able to ask questions to work out the kinks.
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, shows that 70 percent of those companies are already having a hard time filling hourly craft positions. Only nine percent said they aren’t having problems filling 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 2 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.
For information on a career with Sundt, please visit http://www.sundt.com/careers.
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.