September 15, 2014
September 10, 2014
Prefabricated wall panels awaiting installation at Tercero 3. The student housing construction project was completed over the summer.
How do you take a large, complex student housing construction project and make it safer and more efficient? Look for elements that can be built offsite, like framed wall panels, and piping and electrical components. That’s what Sundt did with its $70 million project at the University of California, Davis’s Tercero Student Housing Phase III – and as a result they achieved a smooth, on-time finish.
“We used preassembled framing panels, hydronic and plumbing piping, some underground piping, and electrical kits for the individual dorm units,” said Sundt Project Manager Shawn Marty. “Prefabrication saves time and money because it allows some of the work to take place in a controlled shop environment, not on a busy jobsite with all of the variables that have to be managed. It also reduces debris and jobsite cleanup and increases safety because, again, the prefabrication crew isn’t trying to build components four stories up in the air.”
Tercero 3 spans 330,000 square feet across seven four-story buildings. The project includes multiple lounges, study areas, computer centers and gathering spaces that surround a landscaped courtyard. It accommodates approximately 1,200 students and is helping the university fulfill its sustainability goals by being designed and built to LEED Platinum specifications.
May 27, 2014
Hazard reognition whiteboards provide visual reminders of the day’s challenges.
Confronting the day’s challenges head-on makes it much easier to get through them successfully. That’s the idea behind the hazard recognition whiteboards that have been installed at many of Sundt’s jobsites. The boards are proving to be effective safety tools, in large part because the content comes from the crew itself rather than from a supervisor via a traditional top-down management approach.
“Each day, the crew leader at a particular project meets with his or her crew to discuss a specific task they will be working on that day,” explains Sundt Senior Project Manager Jeff Esgar. “Each crew member takes a turn writing down a potential hazard and what the mitigation for that hazard would be. This gets the entire crew engaged in the safety planning for a particular activity that day. They have buy-in to the plan since they helped develop it, and it keeps them accountable throughout the day while executing the plan.”
August 2, 2013
Sundt has installed two 30,000-gallon glycol tanks for the new cooling system.
Sundt has found itself in a pretty deep hole with one of its longstanding mining clients. The hole happens to be 6,500 feet deep straight toward the center of the earth in Superior, Ariz., where Resolution Copper operates an underground mine that sits atop the highest grade copper reserve in the western United States.
Since being awarded its first project at the site in 2008, Sundt has proven its ability to perform work quickly, safely and to a high degree of quality. For that reason, Resolution Copper continues to award projects to Sundt, the latest of which is the second phase of a massive cooling system for the underground operation. (Sundt installed the first part of the cooling system in 2012 and is now beginning work on the second phase as an addition to the original contract.)
The system can be thought of as a giant swamp cooler, in which a huge fan blows air over large radiator coils that have chilled water trickling over them. The temperature of the air drops as it passes over the coils and is then directed down the mine shaft.
As with most mining construction projects, performing work quickly is essential so the mine can return to development. Sundt’s crews are working six days a week, 10 hours a day for 12 straight weeks to complete the cooling system installation.
“This is how mines work. Every minute they’re not producing, they’re losing money,” says Clint Sundt, Sundt’s Area Manager for mining construction. “They want a contractor that understands that, values it, and does whatever it takes to get in and do the work safely and then get out of the way.”
Mines also tend to be dangerous environments filled with a lot of large, powerful equipment. That adds another layer of complication to the project, along with a set of high expectations when it comes to safety.
“There aren’t many contractors that can perform this kind of work quickly and safely,” Clint continued. “Sundt can, which is why we’ve been Resolution Copper’s contractor of choice since 2008. They use a qualifications-based selection process that prioritizes a contractor’s safety record first and foremost, followed closely by quality.”
June 5, 2013
Sundt employees Fred Stone and Godfrey Linsangan accepted the USACE award on behalf of Sundt. Also pictures are USACE quality assurance personnel.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has recognized Sundt with its prestigious Large Contract Safety Award for the first quarter of 2013 in recognition of our safety record at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center project at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The heavy civil construction project involved preparing the 320-acre site for a future hospital that will serve members of our armed forces.
“This was a very demanding job with a tight, 12-month schedule,” said Sundt Regional Director Fred Stone. “The safety on the project was great; it was our priority from day one. There was a tremendous amount of work going on with some very deep excavations and multiple disciplines of work happening at the same time.”
Sundt’s $47.5 million project included: 600,000 cubic yards of mass grading; 35,000 lineal feet of water line installation; 10,000 lineal feet of storm drain installation; 29,000 cubic yards of concrete paving; 23,000 lineal feet of sewer main installed at depths of up to 50 feet; 1.2 million cubic yards of excavation and backfill just for the sewer main; construction of a precast concrete bridge over an adjacent highway; and construction of an electrical substation.
Six outdated wet scrubber vessels, like the one being hoisted into the air in the photo, were removed and replaced as part of the project.
While performing a challenging equipment upgrade at a gold and copper mine, Sundt used building information modeling (BIM) in an innovative way, coupled with detailed scheduling, to complete the mining construction project early without sacrificing safety or quality.
The mine’s fine crushing circuit (consisting of four secondary crushers and ten tertiary crushers) required a complete upgrade from the original wet dust collection system dating back to the 1960s to a modern and more efficient dry dust collection system. Sundt’s task was to replace one secondary and six tertiary crushers, five tertiary single screens, one double-deck scalping screen and one double-deck secondary screen and tie the new equipment into the existing system.
The team started with old drawings from 1964 and used BIM to create a video that modeled the process down to the tiniest details. Even the size of their trucks was worked into the video to make sure they could navigate the tight spaces and demonstrate to the client how specific tasks would be performed. It was also used as an orientation video to show crews the various safety risks and other issues to beware of.
“As far as I know, none of our competitors are doing this,” said Sundt Area Manager Clint Sundt. “Sundt is way out in front with this technology.”
Each of the project’s two phases was completed a month ahead of schedule, and with shorter planned shutdowns. But the biggest achievement was the project’s safety record: there were no recordable incidents throughout the entire project, which totaled 158,658 man hours.