November 17, 2015
October 8, 2014
A Sundt-Haselden joint-venture team just completed a year without a recordable safety incident on a project in Denver.
Proving our commitment to a safe working environment, a Sundt-Haselden joint-venture team working on a project in Denver has gone a year without a recordable accident. Our goal is to complete the project without a safety incident before work finishes in January.
Area Manager Danny Gumm said: “I am most proud that we were able to reach this milestone while working as a joint-venture, which can have its own challenges in conforming to a uniform safety culture and expectation. Between the two companies, we have really developed something special in the way we look out for each other and properly prepare and engage our craft-hands prior to the execution of work.”
Each member of the team received a hoodie embroidered with the joint-venture logo and “1 Year Accident-Free” motto. In addition, 10 recognition prizes were raffled, including hand tools, socket sets, cordless drills and more. The group sat together and enjoyed a catered lunch to celebrate the tremendous accomplishment.
September 15, 2014
Sundt is placing 61,000 cubic yards of concrete for the new Army hospital at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
A new Army hospital is underway at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, but before construction begins on the facility itself, Sundt’s craft work force will place more than 61,000 cubic yards of structural concrete. Their work will provide the foundations for seven new buildings including the main hospital building, central utility plant, rotunda entrance, two clinics, an administration building, and a clinical investigation building. The project team has placed 11,670 cubic yards of concrete so far, and is expecting to complete the remainder of the concrete construction by summer 2015.
“We’re pleased to have overcome several challenges arising from working in multiple buildings at the same time and completing an accelerated schedule for our client, Clark McCarthy Health Partners II, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” says Sundt Project Engineer Brandon Van Haveren. “The team is also proud to celebrate our safety record – one year and over 125,000 man hours without a recordable or loss time incident.”
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.”
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.”