Sundt was a proud sponsor of last Friday’s event and we continue to revel, as millions do each year, in the wonder that is the London Bridge. Click here to see more photos from the London Bridge Rededication event.
Today is the birthday of our company’s founder, M. M. Sundt. He was born Oct. 3, 1863 in Gjovik, Norway. Click on his photo to learn about the history of Sundt Construction, Inc.
Autumn has ushered in (slightly) cooler weather and sweep of awards for our team. On Saturday, Sept. 17, several Sundt Construction employees attended the Valley Forward Association’s annual Environmental Excellence Awards (EEA) ceremony at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Attendees left with more than a tasty meal in their stomachs – but also the Crescordia Award for its Chandler City Hall project, a green building project that has been submitted for LEED Gold certification with the U.S. Green Building Council. The EEA is Arizona’s oldest and most prestigious competition focusing exclusively on environmental initiatives. The Crescordia is the top prize given by Valley Forward each year, and a full release about Chandler City Hall’s Crescordia award appears on the City of Chandler website.
As part of its “Best Projects 2011″ accolades, ENR Southwest (formerly Southwest Contractor) also gave a tip of the hat to Chandler City Hall, naming it the winner in its category for Best Project Government/Public Building Project and one of three finalists for the Best Overall Project (winner to be announced later this fall). Sundt’s new Tucson headquarters – which employees settled into in March 2011- also made the grade, topping the category for Best Office Project.
Additionally, Sundt received recognition at the Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards, hosted by the Phoenix Business Journal at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Sundt was noted as the 6th largest privately held company based in Arizona, as well as the state’s 15th fastest growing privately held company.
Time and money are top priorities in construction, and parametric estimating tools can prove instrumental in the overall success of a project because they help create a precise picture of what a budget can buy during the initial conceptualization. Through the use of advanced parametric estimating software, what was once a laborious series of drawings and abstract conversations has become an efficient and succinct way to analyze initial and operating costs dependent on site orientation, systems and materials.
Having been quick to adapt, apply and tailor these construction technologies for use in recent years, Sundt Construction has become an industry leader in parametric estimating. But not everyone understands the benefits. To help, Sundt’s resident expert Wayne Einbinder, vice president and director of the Special Projects Division, offers a look at 5 need-to-know facts about parametric estimating and how it is changing construction.
1. Parametric estimating can reduce the estimating process by 80 percent. It also provides more accurate cost-build estimates to be produced with less exertion involved. Tools like Dprofiler, software that Sundt employs in a unique fashion, allow for the creation of digital estimate models based on previously realized factors. A simple click and drag of the mouse within the 3D building model can produce precise estimates in real time.
2. Parametric estimating can produce more accurate results than detailed quantity take-offs during the early design phases. Prior to parametric estimating technology, each line item had to be laboriously measured, creating longer estimating timelines and greater potential for error as only what was drawn was estimated. Now with parametric estimating, all line items are intertwined by algorithms that work in real time so that when the height, footprint or number of stories is modified, the costs of all impacted line items are adjusted immediately.