March 15, 2018
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.”
January 30, 2018
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.
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.
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.