November 8, 2018
November 2, 2018
“People who are both highly capable and humble are great hires. Humble people share the credit for their successes and emphasize teamwork instead of drawing attention to themselves,” said Dan Haag in his recent interview with the Phoenix Business Journal. Those who know Dan will agree: he is both a highly capable and humble leader. Even in the spotlight, he is quick to give credit to his team and the mentors in his past who helped him get to where he is today. This is a big part of why Dan won the Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year award last week at the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2018 C-Suite Awards.
Click here to view the video highlighting Dan’s award.
Currently in his fifth year as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Sundt Construction and his 40th year in his field, Dan knows a thing or two about helping individuals and organizations grow successfully. Dan has helped Sundt make huge strides in its mission to be the most skilled builder in America. Since his start here in 2010, the company has doubled in size, and still nearly 20 percent of our workforce has been with the company for at least 10 years. Sundt is consistently ranked one of the best places to work across our offices throughout the Southwest. All of this is a testament to our company’s culture, which Dan and his team have worked hard to facilitate. By investing in the right people, especially our highly skilled craft workforce, Dan has contributed to huge wins for our clients and employee-owners.
Dan with Sundt’s Craft Workforce Development Leadership
What makes Dan deserving of this award, however, isn’t just his singular work as CAO. It’s that he realizes the bigger impact of his profession, and he plays several roles in the industry and community. Dan works with schools, businesses, government, and nonprofits to help people become career-ready and career-literate. He’s leading a countrywide effort alongside 30 of the largest contractors, the AGC, and NCCER to address the craft labor shortage (projected to reach 2 million+ vacancies by 2020). And Sundt is becoming a national model for workforce development in its partnership with Central Arizona College, in which Dan has been instrumental. On top of that, Dan is a board member and former executive director of the Sundt Foundation, and he has continued Sundt’s legacy of giving back to the community.
Reflecting on his win and the things he’s learned over the course of his career, Dan said, “The best word that I can think of, in looking back, is that I’ve been very blessed.” Dan has paid his blessings forward in his tenure with Sundt, and many people have been impacted by his leadership. Congratulations, Dan!
March 21, 2018
Chandeliers, clinking glasses, vegan options, people dressed to the nines—this doesn’t sound like the world of construction. But make no mistake: when it comes to corporate philanthropy and giving back to our community, Sundt definitely has a seat at the table.
Nearly 300 people attended the Phoenix Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Awards ceremony at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, where several local businesses were honored for their charitable efforts.
Sundt was named as a finalist for the Community Impact Large Award along with Phoenix Children’s Hospital and winner Alliance Bank of Arizona. Sundt Foundation Chair, Marian Enriquez, was honored by our selection. “The heart of our corporate philanthropy is embedded in Sundt’s culture,” she said. “The real differentiator for us is how we empower our employee-owners to actively make a difference in the communities where they live and work. We’re looking forward to another big milestone in 2019, as the Sundt Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary.”
Clearly, the Phoenix business community has a big heart. Sundt was one of many companies honored at the Phoenix Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Awards for the amazing things their employees are doing in our city. Some firms give directly to various causes while others operate charitable foundations; some donate equipment or in-kind services, and others serve as volunteers.
Sundt employee-owners from left to right: Lisa White, Cathie Gabriel, Nicole Calamaio, Clay Mullenax, Marian Enriquez, Randy Rusing, Melissa Cheney, and Sarah Philippe
Beyond the numbers—the millions of dollars donated and hundreds of thousands of hours served—what stood out most was the stories people shared about caring for others: a community diaper bank for young parents in need; an initiative for creating affordable housing; STEM programs for girls in Namibia; grants for local public school teachers. The list goes on. When told altogether, these stories reveal the character of our city, where getting involved is just good business practice. CEO Marc Schmittlein of CopperPoint Insurance, who won the Community Impact Medium Award, said it best: “Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the country, but it may be the number-one city when it comes to giving back.”
Visit the Phoenix Business Journal to read more about Sundt’s impact.
March 15, 2018
Our team added and pressure-welded rails at the Gilbert Road project earlier this year.
Things are picking up at our Gilbert Road Light Rail project in Mesa, Arizona. These next few months are important to ensuring everything is up and running by spring 2019.
Our team has completed most of its underground utility work. We have finished about half of the new curb gutter and sidewalk and started work on the overhead catenary system foundation. Our first concrete pour around the tracks is scheduled for April 9.
Construction started in October 2016. Most major construction activities will be complete by the end of the year. We have a strong track record for Valley Metro, completing half of the 26 miles of the light-rail system operating in Greater Phoenix.
“Light rail revitalizes areas,” Transportation Group Manager Jeff Williamson said. “It’s important to communities.”
The 1.9-mile extension in Mesa will extend light rail on Main Street from Mesa Drive to Gilbert Road. The $184 million transportation project consists of two stations and a park-and-ride on the west side of Gilbert Road. The project will provide the ability to draw more light-rail passengers from the East Valley and bring greater development opportunities to central Mesa.
March 9, 2018
Carolina Olivas has worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for 11 years.
One of Carolina Olivas’ favorite quotes is from Mahatma Gandhi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Carolina, an Administrative Assistant in our Tempe, Arizona office, lives up to those values. She spends much of her free time working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, helping children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Make-A-Wish is a non-profit organization that arranges experiences, “wishes,” for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
“I’m a Wish Granter,” she said. “I help the Mission Delivery staff in meeting with wish families, collecting detailed information about the child’s wish and family, and planning the wish from beginning to end. I also get to represent the organization at special events for the Spanish-speaking community.”
Carolina has worked with Make-A-Wish for 11 years.
“My friend and I wanted to volunteer for a non-profit that would impact children’s lives, and we found that the Make-A-Wish Foundation was the perfect fit for us,” she said.
She’s a translator on the Phoenix Children’s Hospital pre-op floor, helping Spanish speakers with medical paperwork and facilitating communication among parents, doctors and medical staff.
“While visiting one of my Wish Kids at the hospital, one of the nurses approached me and asked if I’d be interested in volunteering for the hospital as a translator for Spanish-speaking parents,” Carolina said. “I looked into it and I’ve been doing it for five years.”
Thanks to her volunteer work, Carolina was nominated by the Sundt Foundation for Luke Air Force Base’s Hometown Hero Award. Carolina reached the finals of the competition; voting to determine the winner took place on Facebook.
“It was a great privilege for me to make it to the final five and represent Sundt,” she said.
The satisfaction she receives from helping others was enough of a prize. Inspired by Gandhi, she lives a life of service.
“It’s a great way to connect with your community and give back a little,” Carolina said. “You certainly return to society some of the benefits that society gives you. It brings people together.”
Thursday was a winning evening for Sundt at the annual Real Estate & Development Awards at Phoenix’s Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. AZRE Magazine honored us with multiple awards, including the coveted General Contractor of the Year for the state of Arizona.
Our construction of the University of Arizona Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (Education) and work at Tucson International Airport (Public/Utilities) were named the best projects in their categories.
Tucson Office Project Director David Ollanik holds one of the three RED Awards Sundt won this week.
Part of the Downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus, the 10-story Biomedical Partnership Building is a research laboratory that enables collaborative clinical and research for cancer biology, neuroscience, traumatic brain injury, bio-engineering and public health informatics.
Our work at Tucson International is the single largest effort to upgrade the airport in its 77- year history. The project gave underused spaces new purpose, including relocating security checkpoints, revitalizing concession spaces and upgrading the infrastructure of the airport, which serves 3.6 million passengers each year. The Terminal Optimization Program has transformed the airport and supported the mission to create an improved experience for all passengers.
Our Embry-Riddle STEM Education Center project in Prescott also made the RED finals.
“This year, we received more nominations than ever, a great sign that commercial real estate development is alive and well in Arizona,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “I think we can agree that being a part of the amazing growth in Arizona makes us all the real winners.”
The RED Awards highlight impressive projects completed in the last year, as well as the companies and people that make each project possible.