January 26, 2017
September 29, 2016
Sundt employee-owners accept the Construction Safety Excellence Award for the Highway Division from the Associated General Contractors San Diego Chapter.
For the second consecutive year, Sundt this week won the Associated General Contractors, San Diego Chapter, Construction Safety Excellence Award for the Highway Division. The award was presented at AGC’s San Diego Chapter Annual Board Installation and Awards Dinner on Jan. 16.
The award, given in the 2 million to 4 million hour category, was based on safety statistics for our entire company and qualifies us to win the division at the AGC of America National Judging and compete for the AGC Grand Award, given each year to the nation’s safest construction company. We are the only general contractor on record to win the award twice (2006 and 2016). Grand Award judging will take place in March at the 98th Annual AGC National Convention in Las Vegas.
“Winning the AGC Construction Safety Excellence Grand Award in 2016 was huge,” said Sundt Area Safety Manager Paul Sprecco, who works in San Diego. “To be recognized by your peers as being ‘the best of the best’ validates our safety culture. The real credit goes to folks who implement the workings of our safety program every day, on every project. We know that we are doing the right things because our safety measurement numbers continue to improve. We can’t rest on our laurels, though, so we are continually looking for ways to improve our systems.”
August 15, 2016
Sundt employee-owner De Anna Andrews just made the list.
Our Small Business Coordinator in California was recently named one of the 100 Influential Leaders in San Diego by the Daily Transcript. The list recognizes San Diego professionals who demonstrate cutting-edge work in real estate, construction, development, law, finance and the public sector.
With small businesses employing about half of the private sector workers and creating 75 percent of the net new jobs in our economy, DeAnna’s role is to engage with the community to ensure Sundt has a diverse group of subcontractors working on its projects. On the San Diego International Landside Expansion, also known as the GreenBuild, and the San Diego International Rental Car Center, Sundt directed $173.8 million worth of work to small-, minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses.
“The backbone of our country is small business,” De Anna said. “As a large general contractor, it is beneficial for us to support and mentor these businesses and help them where we can so they contribute more to our national and especially local economy.”
DeAnna has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and certifications that include Design Build Institute of America, Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professional, San Diego State Green Building Construction, Certified Professional Constructor and San Diego State Construction Management Practices.
August 4, 2016
Sources of all types – U.S. News & World Report, Zillow, Bloomberg and the Huffington Post, to name a few – say San Diego is one of the best places to live in the country. Sundt employees there have it even better with the confirmation last week that the company remains one of the best places to work in the city.
We finished 16th among large companies (250 to 1,999 employees) in the Best Places to Work in San Diego competition. The awards ceremony was last Thursday at the Paradise Point Resort and Spa. We have made the list all eight years the San Diego Business Journal program has been in place.
To qualify, companies completed a survey detailing their policies, practices, benefits and demographics. The second part of the competition was an employee engagement and satisfaction survey, which included a set of 78 in-depth statements that employees were asked to respond to on a 1- 5 scale of “Strongly Disagree” to “Strongly Agree.” The section also included two open-ended and seven demographic questions.
In our application, we highlighted our employee stock ownership plan, wellness initiatives, tuition reimbursement and Center for Craft Excellence as programs that attract and retain employee-owners.
July 8, 2016
Part of the novelty of the event were several 15-inch holes. Who could miss that putt?
Another large field of golfers helped Sundt raise $33,500 to battle ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, during the Mike Gaines tournament in San Diego.
More than 100 of our employee-owners and subcontractors turned out at the Riverwalk Golf Club to participate in the event. The tournament is one of five the company hosts, along with a skeet-shooting competition, to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The next golf tournament is Oct. 21 in San Antonio.
Mike was a dedicated employee-owner for two decades before passing away from ALS complications.
The first Mike Gaines golf tournament was held in May 2001 in Tucson. Our golf and skeet shooting events have combined to raise more than $1.7 million to help the MDA’s fight against the deadly disease. This year’s four events have raised $141,500.
DeAnna Andrews is Sundt’s Small Business Coordinator in California. With small businesses employing about half of the private sector workers and creating 75 percent of the net new jobs in our economy, DeAnna’s role is to engage with that community to ensure that Sundt has a diverse group of subcontractors working on its projects.
DeAnna has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and certifications that include Design Build Institute of America (DBIA), Alliance of Supplier Diversity Professional, San Diego State Green Building Construction, Certified Professional Constructor (CPC) and San Diego State Construction Management Practices.
How did you get into the construction industry?
I came in as a two-day temp file clerk assisting one of the Project Administrators working on a Long Beach project. Two days turned into two weeks and then that PA received a Sundt-sponsored scholarship to the University of Phoenix. When she left, I stepped into the PA role. I am now in my 23rd year of employment. I have worn many hats over the years: Project Administrator, Quality Control Engineer, Project Engineer, Estimator, Project Labor Compliance, Small Business Manager and now California District Small Business Coordinator.
What does your job entail?
I identify the local, small, disadvantaged, minority, women and veteran owned business requirements on specific projects at the preconstruction phase and assist the estimators and Project Managers/Project Superintendents to create a plan to meet and exceed the requirements for the project. Having 12 years of field experience with plans, specs and work scopes allows me the ability and knowledge to break out specific work scopes to provide small business opportunities. I also work closely with the field team and when they have a need for a specific trade or general requirements business, I provide them with companies to contact. My overall responsibility is to make sure we comply with what we promise owners in our proposal responses and identify opportunities for small, diverse business participation on our projects or in our offices.
How important is it to have minority-owned or small business represented among our project subcontractors?
The backbone of our country is small business. As a large general contractor, it is beneficial for us to support and mentor these businesses and help them where we can so they contribute more to our national and especially local economy. Due to the major impact small businesses make on our economy, we must provide opportunity for them to grow.
What does Sundt do to ensure that it has a diverse subcontractor base?
Sundt recently created a registration system to allow tiers, vendors, suppliers and professional service businesses to get in our database. We use this information to provide opportunities for networking with our larger subcontractors on our projects. Since 2013, we have averaged about 25 outreach/networking events in Southern California, mainly San Diego, where we have done matchmaking, formal presentations, hosted or had a booth and have met or presented to thousands of people. Because of these events, Sundt is very well known in the small business community and we have had good results in providing opportunities on the last five projects I have tracked. These five projects have employed more than 800 firms (including subcontractors, tier-subcontractors, vendors, suppliers and professional services firms) and helped small, minority and veteran owned businesses earn more than $320 million.
What kind of feeling do you get when you’re able to bring good, qualified small businesses on to our projects?
I enjoy seeing the faces of the small business owners when they meet me at an event and they are excited to tell me how well they are doing now because of that specific experience with a Sundt project. I also am very proud of Sundt when a small business tells another business that Sundt does what it says it was going to do. I want Sundt to be known in the industry as the company that goes beyond checking the box and we “think SMALL … business.”