May 26, 2017
May 25, 2017
Sundt Applications Administrator Barbara Terry.
Sundt employee-owner Barbara Terry was recently named a finalist in the Fort Worth Admin Awards, Above the Call category. Barbara was nominated because of her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty and willingness to teach others. She is described by her colleagues as always putting others first, whether it be her coworkers, subcontractors, vendors or clients.
Barbara joined Sundt as a Project Administrator in August 2005, was promoted to Senior Project Administrator and transferred into her current role as Applications Administrator in December 2016. As Applications Administrator, she spends her days helping Sundt employee-owners understand software functions, policy and procedures.
The Fort Worth Admin Awards winners will be announced June 5.
What did you know about the award before you found out you were a finalist?
I didn’t know anything about the award until I was nominated. I did a little research and found that this is a great honor because I’m being recognized not only by my co-workers but by my peers in the administrative community.
What did you think when you heard you were a finalist?
I was very surprised. There are many well-deserving admins out there and I was very humbled by it and very flattered to be recognized.
How did you reach this stage in the competition?
I was asked a series of questions about experience, how my co-workers view me, what I do in the community and what sets me apart. I’ve been working as an admin for over 20 years, almost 12 of those at Sundt. I guess my co-workers like me because they nominated me and said so many awesome things that I don’t know how to feel. My work with my community is coaching soccer to kids from 3 to 14 years old. My favorite thing in the world is teaching what I know. It isn’t just teaching my kids but teaching those I work with as well whether it be co-workers or clients. I guess that is how I arrived at this stage.
What would it mean to win?
I think winning would mean that what I have done and been doing is working and I’m making a difference in someone else’s life in a positive way. It would mean that I’m good at my job and others see that. It would mean that I am recognized and that is a great feeling.
Would you still be happy with the nomination even if you didn’t win?
Yes because I’ve been recognized. It reinforces what I always tell my kids when they lose a game: Even if you didn’t win you got a chance to participate and have fun. I’m having fun with the fact that I am nominated. I am a finalist and even if I don’t win I still had the chance to participate.
May 24, 2017
Hausman Road is a two-lane roadway that connects two major highways in San Antonio.
Just in time for National Public Works Week, Sundt’s work on Hausman Road in San Antonio has been named the American Public Works Association’s Texas Chapter Project of the Year.
Hausman Road was the City of San Antonio’s first design-build transportation project and the largest transportation/street project in its history. We will receive the award June 15 at the annual Texas Public Works Association Conference in San Antonio.
“We are very proud to win this award with our partners from the City of San Antonio with our Design-Build team,” said Corporate Strategic Business Officer, Senior Vice President John Carlson. “The City took a chance on implementing the design-build delivery method on its first transportation project, which was probably its most challenging. It was a tremendous public works project and the effort from everyone involved ensured success for the community.”
Hausman Road is a two-lane roadway that connects two major highways: Loop 1604 and Interstate 10. Our crews widened the 3.4-mile stretch between the highways to four lanes, plus a center turn lane, and constructed five new bridges.
The scope also included managing extensive utility relocations; earthwork; construction of retaining walls; sidewalks, hike and bike trails; storm sewer; archeological and historic survey; environmental analysis and permitting; geotechnical work; right-of-way services and acquisitions; and public outreach.
The American Public Works Association has sponsored National Public Works Week since 1960. Across North America, its more than 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve quality of life.
May 23, 2017
Sundt is building a 158,000-square-foot student housing development at the University of the Pacific.
An expanding population in California has made new student housing a necessity, prompting university systems to find innovative ways to build projects.
One solution gaining traction is Public-Private Partnerships (P3). A P3 is a long-term contract between a public-sector client and a private company or consortium covering the design, construction, maintenance and sometimes financing of a facility, such as our $25.8 million project constructing student housing at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. The project is a partnership between the university and Capstone Development Partners. In this case, the university is providing the financing.
Capstone, a Birmingham, Alabama company, has produced student housing for more than 25 years.
“The university systems in California are embracing the P3 model of project delivery to enable them to meet the housing demand of the student population,” said Sundt Senior Vice President and Building Group Manager Teri Jones. “This new approach will be good for the university systems, their students and the building industry.”
P3s are being used across California, including transportation and public works projects.
“P3s offer several different types of contract options for public entities with a wide range of risk allocations, funding arrangements and transparency requirements not available in traditional delivery methods,” said Sundt Project Manager Steven Bonicatto. “This approach offers useful tools for governments or private entities to achieve their objectives.”
Our team broke ground on the project last August. The new 158,000-square-foot development includes two new four-story buildings consisting of 142 studio, two-bedroom and four-bedroom units that will provide a 381-bed residential community. When complete early next year, the project will transition the approximately four-acre project site into student apartments including more than 15,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor amenities featuring social and study areas and other site improvements.
May 19, 2017
Sundt Project Executive Bob Aniol has combined with the Sundt Foundation to make more than $25,000 in donations to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.
For more than two frustrating years, Sundt Project Executive Bob Aniol and his wife were shuttled from doctor to doctor trying to find out what was happening to their young daughter, Caitlynn.
When Caitlynn started walking at 14 months old, she often fell. At her 18-month visit, Caitlynn’s pediatrician referred her to an orthopedic surgeon to address her parents’ concerns regarding her walking posture and tendency to fall. As time went on, she was also referred to multiple neurologists, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, and a geneticist. They could all see the problem, but no one could offer a diagnosis or solution.
“It’s extremely stressful when you visit one specialist after another, only to be referred to someone else who does not know and you’re left to figure it out yourself,” Bob said.
Over the next two years, many diagnostic tests were run and the results were normal. The Aniols didn’t get answers until their daughter was 4 years old and the family was directed to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.
With one observation of Caitlynn’s walk, a Scottish Rite neurologist said she had Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP), a group of disorders characterized by progressive weakness and stiffness of the legs.
“The Scottish Rite Hospital is a collaborative working environment where in each visit a neurologist, orthopedist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and nurses see the child individually and then everyone meets with the parents at the same time for a group discussion,” Bob said.
A leading pediatric orthopedic center, Scottish Rite has treated more than 250,000 children since its inception and has more than 35,000 clinic visits each year. The hospital tailors treatment to the individual needs of each child and family.
Since their daughter’s care is considered research, Bob and his family aren’t allowed to pay for her treatment. Bob has given and raised money that, combined with grants from the Sundt Foundation, has added to more than $25,000 to assist the hospital’s HSP research efforts.
The hospital grounds are bright and welcoming. There’s a playground on campus and the staff plans .events that bring college and professional athletes to the hospital to visit with kids and sign autographs.
“The hospital is phenomenal,” Bob said. “They try to make it the happiest place they can.”
Caitlynn visits the hospital, five hours from the Aniols’ home in San Antonio, twice a year for four-hour appointments. She has spent time in the hospital’s Movement Science Laboratory, which uses motion-capture technology to determine how patients move and walk. The same technology is used for animated movies and video games.
“They videotape her every time she’s there,” Bob said. “They then go back to video history to see how she’s progressing.”
Now 16, Caitlynn uses a wheelchair to get around her high school’s large campus and when she needs to avoid getting knocked over in crowds. When she walks, she drags her toes, causing her to trip. Otherwise, she lives her life much like any other teenager.
“She loves music,” said Bob, whose other daughter, Carlie, is 13. “We have traveled the country going to concerts: One Direction, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez.”
Caitlynn plans to go to college after she graduates high school in two years. Bob’s sister already lives in College Station, Texas, giving Caitlynn a good support system when she attends her parents’ alma mater.
“She does incredibly well in school,” Bob said. “She plans on going to Texas A&M like her mom and dad.”
April 11: Project Healing Waters
April 18: Restore Education
April 25: Reynolds Home
May 2: Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
May 9: Canine Companions for Independence
May 16: Court Appointed Special Advocates
Sundt employee-owners get ready to send a truckload of water to St. Joseph the Worker to help Phoenix’s homeless.
Sundt employee-owners and industry partners on Friday donated 194,667 bottles of water to assist the Phoenix-area’s homeless during our annual Thirst-Aid drive.
The water was given to St. Joseph the Worker, a non-profit that has aided the homeless and underserved population for 28 years in Greater Phoenix. St. Joseph partners with the Human Services Campus, a collaboration of 12 homeless service providers, to distribute the water.
Many homeless and disadvantaged people suffer from thirst, heat-related illness and death when temperatures soar in the summer months. Temperatures in Phoenix have already passed 100 degrees this spring.
“Every year, we raise more and more awareness, letting people know there’s a need out there,” said Lisa White, a Sundt employee-owner who organizes the drive.
We organized the first Thirst Aid in 2010 with the hope of collecting 2,880 bottles. The drive ended up collecting nearly 50,000 bottles. The campaign passed a million total bottles last year.
Anyone interested in contributing may still visit St. Joseph the Worker’s website to make a donation.
Our company is honored to organize Thirst Aid, one of many Sundt Foundation activities that improve the communities where we live and do business.