March 16, 2018
September 29, 2017
Sundt Safety Representative Chris Morales.
Chris Morales joined Sundt’s San Diego office late last year as a Safety Representative. He has been in the construction industry since 2007 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resource Management from California State University, Bakersfield.
What interested you most about working for Sundt?
The diversity of work the company performs. The fact that Sundt is an employee-owned company added to my interest.
What do you do in average day?
Every project has its own unique challenges. I ensure all safety and health policies are being followed in the field. I work with everyone on-site and act as a resource for all matters health and safety.
Who gives you the best advice?
Some of my best advice comes from people working in the field. If I feel something should be done differently or propose a change to a process, I ask the employees for their input. I use this advice (if it’s good) to further my success and strengthen my value as a safety professional.
What is the one thing anyone who visits San Diego must see?
Balboa Park is a large, beautiful public space with some great museums, San Diego Zoo and spectacular sites.
Where do you like to travel?
I love to travel and see different areas of the United States. I want to visit Asia soon.
June 5, 2017
Sundt Senior Project Superintendent Bill Marconi.
Bill works out of our San Diego office for the California Building Division. He has a diverse resume with experience across many markets, including hospitality, retail, multi-family, public works, office buildings, parking structures and technology centers, with values up to $120 million.
What interested you most about working for Sundt?
Its culture and the great reputation it has in the construction industry.
What does a Senior Project Superintendent do?
I look at a project from a 15,000-foot level, identifying all major obstacles to ensure our team and the project continue moving forward. I’m responsible for managing all field operations on the project, assigned in order to achieve a timely and profitable completion. I supervise Superintendents, Foremen and the field labor force, including laborers and craft workers.
Which project are you working on?
I’m working at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, where Sundt has been hired as a CM Multi-Prime to manage construction of a new math and science building.
What are your hobbies away from work?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I like to stand-up paddleboard, kayak, ride my carveboard and bike, hike and listen to live music.
What’s your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is the “The Godfather.” It was an epic movie with a great director and all-star cast. I still have the VHS box set of the series. It’s good to watch on a rainy day.
May 12, 2017
Longest drive with a short driver is one of the activities at our Mike Gaines events.
Sundt’s commitment to raising research money and awareness about ALS continues Friday with our Mike Gaines golf tournament at the Riverwalk Golf Club in San Diego.
Our company and industry partners support the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, by holding five golf tournaments and a trap-shooting event at locations across the Southwest. They honor the memory of Mike Gaines, a longtime Sundt employee-owner who died in 2002 from ALS complications. The events, which started with a golf tournament in Tucson in 2001, have raised more than $1.9 million.
There are still a few spots available for the San Diego event. Check here for more information. After San Diego, the next golf tournament is Oct. 27 in San Antonio.
May 2, 2017
Sundt Business Development Representative Jeannie Rodriguez.
Business Development Representative Jeannie Rodriguez has worked at Sundt for a little more than eight years. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and business development for architecture/engineering/construction firms and commercial real estate.
Jeannie grew up in San Diego, graduated from San Diego State University and still lives there. She supports Sundt’s San Diego and Irvine offices.
What does a Business Development Representative do?
We help Sundt get work. For the two offices I support, that entails identifying potential opportunities and researching leads (tracking school bonds that have passed, identifying owners looking to build and meeting with architects), working with other business development and marketing folks on proposals, collaborating with project teams on presentations to potential clients, and equipping our sales teams with materials to introduce Sundt to owners.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned while working at Sundt?
We win work because of the success our project teams have had on previous projects. Many projects are won in the interview because a client really liked the Project Manager or Superintendent. I’ve seen clients select Sundt for second and third jobs because of the reputation created by an extra-hardworking Project Engineer or Project Administrator. Sundt is respected in our industry because of the individuals who work for this company. Companies don’t build projects, people do – and we have the best in the industry!
What’s one thing a person should do or see when visiting San Diego?
Eat at the beach. Whether it’s eating appetizers at George’s at the Cove, fish tacos with your toes in the sand or a bagel while you walk the boardwalk, it’s so very San Diego to eat at the beach. I don’t do it often enough!
Do you have a hidden talent?
I can make balloon animals.
If you could pick one place in the world to live, where would it be?
San Diego! I seriously love this town.
Who’s your most influential mentor and why?
My sister, Kara. She founded a very successful marketing company for architects, engineers and contractors when she was 26 and hired me when I was in high school. I knew what a request for proposals was when I was 15! She gave me a very strong base for a career in construction marketing/business development. She’s incredible and is known in the industry for being able to win work. She helped Sundt win military projects in San Diego in the early 2000s and that’s how I was introduced to this company. She’s been an incredible mentor.
Senior Estimator Paul Chang leads San Diego employee-owners on a fire drill during Safety Week on Tuesday.
Safety Week is about more than job-site situations. Sundt employee-owners who work in our offices across the Southwest are getting involved, too.
On Tuesday, people in our Irvine and San Diego offices went through earthquake and fire drills. Senior Estimator Paul Chang and Estimating Coordinator Elizabeth Tague, the Emergency Response Coordinators for the San Diego office, gave a presentation that included a review of emergency response protocols.
Southern California is particularly earthquake-prone. According to earthquaketrack.com, the San Diego area has had 140 temblors of magnitude 1.5 or higher in the past year. The Irvine area, which includes Los Angeles, has had 308 such earthquakes over the last year.
“Earthquakes in California can be little rollers or big shakers, and you never know when they will happen,” said Group Safety Manager Paul Sprecco. “If you know what to do when an earthquake hits, you’ll have a much better chance of getting through it without injury. Find cover, under a desk or table, wait until the shaking stops and then exit the building in a safe and orderly fashion. Earthquake drills like these help condition us to react correctly when the real shaking starts.”
During the fire drill, Paul Chang and Elizabeth identified the locations of extinguishers in the office as well as common corridors and locations of fire hoses and alarm pull boxes. Paul Sprecco then gave a brief presentation on the use of a fire extinguisher using the PASS acronym: Pull the pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze the trigger handle and Sweep side to side.
Paul Chang and Elizabeth led a fire drill, including a building evacuation and assembly in the meeting area for a head count and all-clear to return to the building. Many Sundt offices are holding fire drills this week.
Senior Estimator Tyler Scott led presentations for the Irvine office.
The mission of Safety Week is to collectively raise the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and to clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern and the belief that every week must be Safety Week. This is the third year we have served as a sponsor of the event.