January 22, 2016
December 22, 2015
Area Safety Manager Paul Sprecco (left) accepts the AGC San Diego Safety Construction Safety Excellence Award from his son, Eddie, the chapter’s CEO.
In two more examples of Sundt’s commitment to Safety by Choice, our company recently won awards from Associated General Contractors chapters in San Antonio and San Diego.
We finished first in the highway division category of the AGC San Diego Construction Safety Excellence Awards and our Building Division won Safe Contractor of the Year for the AGC San Antonio Chapter.
“There is certainly no better cause than sending our people home safe every day,” said Sundt CEO Dave Crawford.
Our safety culture is based on the idea that choices made at work have a direct impact on the lives of our employees, their families and co-workers. “Safety by Choice” is our immediate safety recognition program designed to support a culture of safety choices by recognizing employees who choose positive safety behaviors and actions.
Area Safety Manager Mark Bakeman (center) celebrates the company’s Safe Contractor of the Year Award in San Antonio.
November 20, 2015
Sundt employee-owners volunteered their time in Lakeside, California to assist the Helping Our Heroes’ Homes program.
Some projects carry a special meaning. Sundt’s work with Embrace, a San Diego-area nonprofit that remodels homes for veterans, is a great example.
As part of Embrace’s Healing Our Heroes’ Homes program, several of our employee-owners recently completed work on the home of a veteran in Lakeside, California. Steven Ellenson joined the Army in 1968 and spent time in Vietnam on a convoy escort team. He suffers from permanent post-traumatic stress disorder, making it difficult to perform home renovations.
The remodel included extensive property cleanup, central air installation, two new concrete driveways, concrete walkways, new deck and privacy fencing, flooring replacement, complete kitchen and bathroom remodel, appliance replacement, re-wiring of the entire house, installation of a new well and new fencing.
Sundt managed the project, which included work by members of the Jack in the Box Foundation, Team Depot (The Home Depot) and students from San Diego State University. Subcontractors and vendors who assisted included Helix Electric, Tim Guishard Enterprises, Countywide Mechanical, ISEC, Inc., Rocky Coast Builders, Cement Cutting, Advance Plumbing, Johnson Finch & McClure, Christian Brothers Flooring, Pecoraro Paint, Border Construction Specialties, Sign Age Identity Systems, Inland Pacific Tile, EDCO, Hanson Aggregates West, Western Concrete Pumping, Briteway and Standard Drywall.
Nate Larsen earned Embrace’s Community Service Award for his efforts.
Sundt employee-owner Nate Larsen oversaw the project and was awarded Embrace’s Community Service Award for his work.
Embrace’s Founder Sean Sheppard said: “I don’t recall not seeing Nate with a pleasant disposition or a smile on his face, whether he was painting, driving heavy equipment, hanging blinds, coordinating subcontractors, cutting wood, mixing concrete or being on his hands and knees sweeping dirt off the floor with a brush and dustpan. He did all this as the unquestioned leader of the entire remodel and was clearly happy to do all of it.”
The volunteer efforts were part of Sundt Foundation work performed in communities where our company does business.
Founded in 2000, Embrace mobilizes college students to do volunteer work. The nonprofit has performed 10 home remodels for veterans.
June 24, 2015
Athena McKee is a Business Development Representative in the Tempe office. Most of her work experience stems from her career in commercial real estate where she focused on sales, client services and marketing. Her brokerage teams concentrated on office, retail and industrial properties.
She also worked for a non-profit organization where she planned and facilitated outreach programs for First Things First, an organization created by Arizona voters to improve the quality of early childhood centers, education, healthcare and family support for children.
She’s a loyal Sun Devils fan and has an MBA from Grand Canyon University and an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.
Get to know Athena a little better by reading the Q&A session we recently conducted with her.
What was it about Sundt that made you want to work here?
My brother starting working with Sundt right out of college. He graduated from Arizona State’s Del E. Webb School of Construction with an engineering degree. My brother speaks very highly of Sundt and he sold me on the overall culture, people and employee-ownership platform. I am happy I listened to his brotherly advice to join the Sundt team as I am happy to be here!
What has been the most exciting thing about your job?
It has been exciting for me to meet so many new people. I am enjoying getting to know my team. I have also had the opportunity to meet clients and partners at conferences in Las Vegas and New Orleans. I am also impressed by Building Information Modeling, which was an integral part of a recent pitch presentation. I appreciate how 3D modeling tools help our team anticipate and solve issues before the shovel hits the ground.
What have you learned about the construction industry that surprised you?
I am surprised by the synergy and teamwork involved at all levels for each and every project. From bidding and preconstruction to scheduling and estimating, planning and bidding. And that is just the beginning. There are so many experienced minds at work in construction even before breaking ground. And I especially respect the operations side of things and the builders who make it all happen.
What’s the most important characteristic of people in the business development field?
The ability to not only build quality buildings, but to build trust, integrity and purpose for clients. This involves the commitment to foresee and realize win-win situations. Go above and beyond. Create competitive advantages. Add value. Do what you say. Be organized with processes and consistent follow-up to build and foster relationships.
Who has been your most influential mentor and what did that person teach you?
I had the opportunity to work with a successful commercial real estate broker, Mike Marinovich, at CBRE. Mike became a mentor and taught me a lot about balancing career and family life. In fact, he favored prioritizing family over career, which was a new perspective for me. Yet this is an important viewpoint to have in a client services and sales career where your work and networking events frequently blend into your personal time. Mike also taught me how to be myself and let my personable nature shine while maintaining a professional demeanor. I think a lot of “business” people can end up coming across as cold and impersonal. I never wanted to be like that. Mike taught me to honor my friendly, amiable side along with my strong, assertive professional side.
What do you do for fun away from work?
I have the most fun running around with my two sons, Braeden (7) and Ben (4). We like to find new playgrounds and parks throughout the Phoenix Valley and play every sport you can think of. My boys have tons of energy. I get all the exercise I need just trying to keep up with them. We also like to visit different resort pools in the summer. Braeden and I play golf together year-round. I only play at rural courses where I know I will not run into anyone I know because I am a self-taught terrible golfer. Other than that, I like traveling to San Diego and Sedona on weekends.
Where do you like to travel?
I love going to San Diego as much as possible during the summer. My brother lives there and my boys and I are huge beach fans. I also like visiting my parents in Northern Arizona at least once a month. It’s a beautiful area with rolling green hills and vineyards. It has become a weekend retreat for me to get away from the hustle and bustle here in Phoenix.
Is there a quote or saying that summarizes your approach to life?
I like both of these quotes from author and lecturer Marianne Williamson. The first because it reminds me to be cognizant of my own thoughts and cognitive dissonance. It is easy to forget how important our thoughts are, especially self-talk. I am a proponent of examining one’s own negative beliefs and faulty assumptions to ensure nothing gets in the way of making ideal, rational decisions based on the information at hand. I like the second quote as well because it is empowering. I live by the philosophy that every individual is powerful and important.
“You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think, because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.”
“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.”
November 18, 2014
View facing South of the 2nd residential building. The 2nd level is “concrete podium” construction; this level will house the retail and restaurant spaces.
Community members, university officials and students at San Diego State University have been waiting more than 20 years to see the property along College Avenue developed, and now their hopes are finally being fulfilled.
Sundt Construction is well under way constructing what will become housing, retail and restaurant offerings at the new San Diego State University South Campus Plaza. Sundt is self-performing the structural concrete on the project, which means any challenges can be quickly identified, and those changes can be implemented quickly and efficiently. By self-performing this essential work, Sundt also maintains better control of the schedule.
The $143 million, university construction project includes two residential buildings above ground-floor retail, and an adjacent parking structure. Installation of the overhead plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems piping is about 90% complete for Building 1, and the team is now erecting formwork for the Building 2 podium deck. The first half poured in the early morning hours of Friday, June 19th.
“It should be very exciting to see just how fast the building frame gets erected and see how all of the behind-the-scenes work, like having the walls and floor panels for levels 2 through 6 prefabricated, benefits the project schedule,” said Jamie Frye, Project Executive for the South Campus Plaza project. “Once the Building 2 deck pours, Standard Drywall Inc. will start erecting wall panels on this building, and the race between Building 1 and Building 2 is on!”
We’re pleased to announce that Tyler Menard has joined Sundt as a field engineer in our San Diego office. Tyler comes to Sundt after interning with one of the Bay Area’s leading general contractors. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo. We recently asked Tyler a few questions to get to know him better:
What brought you to Sundt?
The people and the company’s amazing reputation. The culture here is unlike any other, and I saw a great opportunity to be with a company that will help me grow throughout my career.
Which project are you currently assigned to?
I’m assigned to the San Diego State University South Campus Plaza project. We will be building two six-story dormitories with retail on the ground floor, a parking garage, and a landscaped area leading into the campus.
What’s a typical work day like for you, i.e. what are your major duties/responsibilities?
I have recently been working on buyout, constructability reviews, and building contracts for first phase subcontractors. Once construction work begins my daily responsibilities will be managing submittals, Requests for Information, LEED, etc.
What would you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
If I weren’t working in construction, I would be traveling. I spent a month traveling across Europe this past summer and I had the time of my life. There are so many more places I would love to go see, and traveling around South America is next on my list.
Favorite type of cuisine?
That would have to be American barbecue. You can never go wrong with a nice rack of ribs.
Best book you read recently?
My favorite book I have read recently would have to be “Band of Brothers.” I also watched the TV mini-series as well.
Who has had the most influence on you in your life?
My grandmother. She was one of the most selfless people I have ever met, and was someone who always gave back to her community.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I like to spend my free time going to sporting events, playing sports (beach volleyball, basketball, snowboarding), relaxing at the beach, and spending time with my family.