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November 4, 2014
Sundt won the Build America Award in the Highway and Transportation Renovation category for its work on the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas.
An innovative water treatment facility and an iconic bridge had something in common last week when they both won prestigious Alliant Build America Awards from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) at the AGC’s 96th Annual Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sundt won the Environmental Enhancement category for its work on the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility renovation construction project in Chandler, Arizona, and the Highway and Transportation Renovation category for the West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ryan Abbott, business development manager for Sundt’s projects in the Southwest, holds the award for the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility. To the right of Ryan is Tom Case, Sundt’s senior vice president for civil construction.
The $75 million Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility project was completed in April of 2014. A global semiconductor manufacturer selected Sundt and Carollo Engineers, Inc. as the design-build team to reconstruct the water treatment plant, which supports the City of Chandler’s Reverse Osmosis Facility (CHRO) as it treats additional waste streams brought on by the manufacturer’s recently built Ocotillo Campus fabrication facility. The water treatment construction project included modifications to the existing CHRO influent pump station, a modified finished water pump station, a repurposed brine concentrator, sludge storage, a sludge dewatering facility with belt filter presses, repurposed brine evaporation ponds, chemical feed systems, electrical buildings and instrumentation, and supervisory control and data acquisition programming and upgrades.
Cade Reddig, Sundt project superintendent, holds the Build America Award for the West 7th Street Bridge. Standing to the right is John Carlson, Sundt’s Texas district manager. To the left of Cade is Chris Leintz, Sundt project engineer.
The West 7th Street Bridge connects downtown Fort Worth with the city’s thriving cultural district, and is the first structure of its kind in Texas. Its 12 precast, post-tensioned arches were built offsite and moved into place on either side of the existing bridge before it was demolished and reconstructed – in just 150 calendar days. The bridge construction project was completed a month ahead of schedule.
Build America Awards honor the builders of the nation’s most impressive construction projects. They recognize excellence in state-of-the-art advancement, project management, innovation, sustainability, client services, community contributions, safety and meeting the challenges of a difficult job.
September 25, 2014
We’re pleased to announce that Ryan Abbott, formerly Sundt’s science and technology group leader, has been promoted to Southwest business development manager. In his new role, Ryan is responsible for managing the company’s design-build, CM at Risk and public/private partnership pursuits of vertical building projects throughout the Southwest.
Ryan began his career at Sundt more than 13 years ago as a field engineer, working his way through every level of project management, from the design phase through completion. He has played a key role on many notable Sundt projects, including the $112 million Arizona State University (ASU) Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 4 in Tempe; the $87 million Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona; and the $109 million Biodesign Institute (Buildings A and B) at ASU in Tempe.
We recently asked Ryan a few questions to get to know him better.
What are your goals in your new position?
Sundt provides its customers with fantastically predictable building solutions they can build their businesses on. I want to provide that value at a much greater scale.
Tell us about a current trend in laboratory construction.
Team-based research: Modern science is a team sport. In order to have the built-in capacity to adopt new research approaches as soon as they become available, you need an array of specialized team members housed in an adaptive, connected, responsive laboratory.
Where do you see the most potential for growth in the Southwest’s construction economy?
The population will continue to grow at an increasing rate. Companies will continue to move to the Southwest for its low operating costs and low risk of natural disasters. Healthcare services and the bioscience industry are also pillars of growth. Since 2002 the job growth in these sectors in the Southwest has been three times the national average.
What might you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
I decided long ago that I’d have a tangible product for my life’s work. You’d never find me too far from construction. I even went so far as to marry my favorite architect.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve read lately?
I’ve been reading Michael Lewis lately. The Big Short (about those who profited from the financial crises of ‘07-’10), Liar’s Poker (an autobiographical account of Lewis’s days selling bonds on Wall Street), Moneyball (how the Oakland Athletics, under manager Billy Beane, redefined the game of baseball by using analytics instead of the conventional wisdom of scouts). Each of these books is shocking, revolutionary and unexpectedly inspiring.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I’m a big fan of endurance sports: running, biking and hiking. You can find me most mornings running the greenbelt and most weekends on my bike. I have three sons whom I strive to keep up with.
Where would you most like to travel?
South America is next on the list: Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Machu Picchu.
Do you have a favorite inspirational saying or idea?
I’m a huge fan of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism: Follow reason, not whims or faith; Work hard to achieve a life of purpose and productiveness; Earn genuine self-esteem; Pursue your own happiness as your highest moral aim; Prosper by treating others as individuals; and trade value for value.
What’s your favorite sport, either to play or to watch?
Several years ago I’d have unequivocally answered baseball. Recently I’ve gotten into marathons, and in the future I see myself doing long course triathlons.
What’s your favorite app at the moment?
Definitely the Podcast App on which I subscribe to NPR’s Planet Money, Freakonomics Radio, This American Life, and Radiolab … to name a few.
September 3, 2014
How do millennials enhance your business? Ryan Abbott counts the ways at the AGC conference in Austin.
America’s millennial generation consists of 80 million people, larger than any other generation, and by 2025 millennials will make up 75 percent of the global workforce. This generation has grown up in complex, turbulent times, and as a result it has learned how to collaborate to solve problems under fluid conditions. They have been online their entire lives and know how to integrate emerging technologies into the construction industry better than any previous generation.
So what are you doing in your business to capitalize on the millennial generation and the assets they offer?
Sundt Business Development Manager Ryan Abbott suggests some answers to this important question in his presentation, Millennials Shaping Our Collective Future. Ryan made the presentation in collaboration with two industry associates, John Cryrier of Saber Commercial and Lawrence Fabbroni of Fabbroni Associates, at the Associated General Contractors of America’s (AGC) Building Contractors Conference in Austin, Texas earlier this month.
The trio explored topics such as how the values and priorities of millennials and previous generations differ, contrasts in their managerial and working styles, how millennials approach corporate hierarchies and issues of work-life balance, how to relate to their passions, what success and leadership means to millennials, and more.
If you’re not conversant in this issue already, you’re probably overlooking the many ways you could be incorporating the millennial advantage into your business. Take a look at a pdf of the presentation by clicking here.
May 2, 2013
Preliminary rendering of the reconstructed Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe
Arizona State University football fans have something extra to cheer about: they won’t have to stop rooting for the Sun Devils while Sundt and joint venture partner Hunt Construction Group perform a $256 million transformation of the school’s football stadium. That’s because the project has been carefully planned to avoid interrupting the fan experience.
The Construction Manager at Risk project involves the complete reconstruction of the lower stadium bowl and the addition of many new amenities and improvements that reflect the university’s emphasis on sustainability, technology and innovation.
“All of the work will be threaded between football seasons, with construction performed in the stadium during the off seasons while the team is practicing,” says Ryan Abbott, Sundt Business Development Manager. “In order to avoid disrupting the football season, we have to control and deliver all of the massive components that will become the seating bowls, structural beds, towers, etc., on a very rigid schedule. We can do it because we’re builders. As far as the football team is concerned, it’s like Disneyland. We’re practically invisible.”
The university construction project is poised to redefine stadiums in the Pac 12 with more and higher quality amenities such as a new concourse, better seating, more restrooms with enhanced quality, a new student athlete facility, premium seating such as founder and club-level suites, better training facilities, improved concessions, a premiere video board and sound system, extensive accessibility improvements, an air-conditioned club, in-stadium technology for fan enjoyment and education, and an expanded student section on the stadium’s south end that will include about 8,000 seats.
Construction of the student section will begin in January (minutes after the Cactus Bowl concludes) and will be complete before the 2015-2016 football season next August. Next January the construction team will simultaneously go to work on the east and west sidelines of the lower bowl. Demolition work has already begun to clear space for the new student section.
Sundt has been awarded a contract to build a new interdisciplinary research center for the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona (UA). The state-of-the-art Engineering Innovation Building will be Sundt’s 58th university construction project completed for the UA. Construction will begin in the early spring of 2014. When complete, the building will provide a foundation for the College of Engineering’s expanding research programs, with emphasis in the School of Sustainable Engineered Systems and Biomedical Engineering
The project will be designed by SmithGroupJJR to house high-tech research laboratories focused on the following key areas: advanced manufacturing; energy storage; bioengineering; materials processing; metals recovery and recycling; and computer modeling and simulation. It will also include the Dean’s executive office, a student center for engineering clubs and senior design projects, and space for research collaboration with biosciences and UA’s business college and industry partners.
“Laboratory construction projects continue to be an area Sundt thrives in, especially knowing the importance of the work that will be performed within these new buildings,” said Sundt Laboratory Group Leader Ryan Abbott. “We are impressed with the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering’s missions for this building, which include having a role in creating affordable sustainability solutions, advancing new interdisciplinary research initiatives to meet the nation’s future competitive and market-based needs and other significant societal contributions.”
Sundt serves as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), while SmithGroupJJR will provide all architectural, engineering, interior design and site design for the project. Currently, Sundt is working on renovating the Old Main building on the UA’s campus.