April 25, 2018
April 24, 2018
Each cycle, which is the process of prepping and placing a deck, usually takes three weeks.
One of the things that can be frustrating on a job site is having subcontractors waiting around to work. Delays waste time and money, and can impact project morale.
We made sure that didn’t happen during our concrete deck cycle operation on the Cal Poly Pomona Student Housing project. The work is critical to the schedule and success of the project.
Careful planning by Field Superintendent Jessie Castro, Senior Project Engineer Adam Mack and Project Superintendent Andy Larsen ensured the cycle stayed on track. Each cycle, which is the process of prepping and placing a deck, usually takes three weeks.
“Without a vertical placement of columns and walls, our horizontal cycle is affected and it trickles down to the other trades starting their work,” Field Engineer Jessie Castro said.
Communication happen throughout the day, starting with the reinforcing contractor joining our morning foreman and lead-man meeting. This is when foremen talk to each other about progress and coordinate crane time.
“With multiple trades involved, constant communication is required to avoid workers waiting on work or work waiting on workers,” Jessie said. “The project team is effectively using the weekly work plan meeting. It’s our formal sit-down where each trade commits to the group what they will be accomplishing in the next week and eliminates any possible impacts to our schedule.”
Placing concrete decks is a team effort. At Cal Poly Pomona, we used a cycle that repeated every three weeks per segment. Each cycle started by lowering tables and jumping onto the next level. After the deck was sheathed and the perimeter handrail installed for safety, the deck was released to multiple trades to pre-install sleeves, block-outs and electrical, followed by reinforcing steel. After stud rail rebar and post-tension cables were set prior to placement, each deck went through an inspection to ensure quality work.
After a quality inspection we placed the deck before sunrise. As the deck cured, we started setting columns and shear walls that were placed in the afternoon.
This project includes multiple structures, including a student residence hall, a supporting mechanical central plant and a stand-alone, single-story dining commons. We eliminated potential for confusion through top-notch coordination.
“Having a plan, working the plan and communication are the key factors to having this project run as successfully and efficiently as possible,” Jessie said.
Our deck placement occurred before sunrise at Pomona.
April 20, 2018
Read Fort Worth has action networks focused on child well-being, school readiness, expanded learning opportunities (summer and after school) and reading resources.
Children who read well by third grade are more likely to succeed in school, reach their potential and achieve college and career goals. Those who don’t are four times more likely to drop out of school and face an uncertain future.
Fort Worth’s growing population and economy require a new generation of innovators, designers and creators. Mayor Betsy Price and Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner created Read Fort Worth with the long-range view of strengthening the city’s workforce by improving children’s lives.
“Our first focus is on driving significant improvement in third grade reading achievement for (our) 83 elementary schools, which include about 47,000 students,” said Read Fort Worth Executive Director Kristin Sullivan. “Fort Worth ISD represents about 68 percent of the city’s school-aged population, so we started here. But the strategies that our Action Networks implement to drive positive change can be adapted for any school district in our region.”
Read Fort Worth has four key Action Networks focused on child well-being, school readiness, expanded learning opportunities (summer and after school) and reading resources such as classroom books, volunteer reading mentors and other support that schools need in order to thrive.
Additional work focuses on strengthening family engagement, teacher quality and retention and improving school attendance. The Sundt Foundation made a $1,500 grant last year to support Read Fort Worth’s efforts.
“Read Fort Worth was incredibly fortunate to welcome Sundt Construction as a new supporter of our collective impact effort,” Kristin said. “Sundt joins other supporters in helping our organization align partners across the city under our shared goal.”
Kristin said it will take a team effort to reach that ambitious goal. She’s appreciative to have supporters from many walks of life.
“Our goal can only be achieved when we are all pulling in the same direction,” Kristin said. “This effort requires a full-court press from across sectors – health care, child care, youth program providers, businesses, civic groups and the faith-based community.
This is part of a series of blogs about the positive impacts made by the Sundt Foundation.
April 19, 2018
Sundt Marketing Database Coordinator Cassie Conte.
Marketing Database Coordinator Cassie Conte recently joined Sundt after spending five years with a Scottsdale-based contractor.
She moved to Arizona in 2011 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Oregon University. An Oregon native, coming to Arizona was a big change for Cassie, however, she was ready to “chase the sunshine and bigger opportunities.”
What was it about Sundt that attracted you to work here?
I was attracted to Sundt because of its overall reputation and stability, passion for giving back to the community, dedication to safety, and of course, the ESOP. The people are super nice and very welcoming.
What will you be doing in your new job?
I am working in the Marketing Department supporting internal and external communications. I have a strong passion for the industry so I am excited to form a great relationship with Sundt and the employees. I am eager to represent Sundt as we/I strive for more success.
Why did you want to join the construction industry?
My father has always worked in construction, so it is something I have been around. Breaking into the industry, I quickly learned how fast-paced and competitive it was. Working in the Marketing Department calls for strict deadlines, strong attention to detail and a passion that thrives within me. I don’t know if I would ever be able to leave this industry.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in construction?
I think that if I weren’t in construction I would be doing real estate or running a wedding/events venue. I love people and events, so I have no doubt that I would be nestled somewhere in these two … or maybe even both!
If you could have only one cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would say Italian. My family and I are Italian so there is just something about authentic home-cooked Italian food!
Where would you go on your dream vacation?
Italy! I have never been but I would love to go and learn more about my heritage.
April 17, 2018
David Vasquez is a Project Engineer for our Industrial Group.
They are often the middle people on job sites. Their work is rarely routine. They spend many hours in heat and cold ensuring a project is going smoothly.
But Project Engineers, or PEs as they are usually called, enjoy their work no matter what it throws at them.
“The best part of the job is having the opportunity to work in the field with the craft workers, joining them with stretch and flex and also being able to work with owners, engineers and vendors,” said Carolina Silvas, a PE with our Concrete Division. “Every day is different. I’m learning something new. I’m never confined to just one place, doing the same thing over and over every day.”
Whatever their duties, customer service is at the top of their punch lists.
“Project Engineers are one of the key sources of information on the project,” said Tyler Peinado, a PE with our Building Group. “We are heavily involved in risk management, change management, Building Information Modeling, RFIs, submittals, digital record drawings and owner relations. We also make sure subcontractors have whatever information they need to complete their work. Our goal is to provide a quality product, completed safely, on time and under budget.”
Education requirements for the position vary. Many Project Engineers have college degrees – oftentimes in construction management – while a few have worked their way up from craft positions.
Continuing to learn on the job is key, according to David Vasquez, a PE with our Industrial Group.
“You need to be committed to learning construction processes and standards to be effective,” said David, who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. “So whether the PE is a degreed engineer or craftsperson, there is a large amount of professional continuing education that is necessary to do the work.”
Ultimately, the best Project Engineers move on to become Senior Project Engineer or Project Superintendents. Some eventually get the chance to run the show on projects. It’s a challenge they’re eager to take on.
“I look forward to filling a Project Manager position once I have gained enough experience,” Carolina said.
For more information on careers with Sundt, please visit our website.
Since its founding, PAWS San Diego has expanded to serve thousands each year.
Studies have shown pet ownership reduces loneliness and depression and lowers blood pressure and stress. That’s especially pronounced when the pet owner is a senior living by him or herself.
But sometimes, those seniors can no longer afford to keep their pets. In San Diego, that’s where the Humane Society steps in with its PAWS In-Home Service.
“The San Diego Humane Society knows the best thing we can do for animals in our community is help people care for and keep their pets so they aren’t forced to relinquish their animals to a shelter,” said San Diego Humane Society Grants Officer Katie Woolsey. “Heartbroken, tearful pet owners surrendering their animal companions simply because they don’t have the resources to care for them is a common scene in our facilities.”
PAWS was founded in 1993 when a volunteer started helping friends who were living with HIV and AIDS. He began hand-delivering food for their pets so the people could keep their beloved companions at a time when they needed love and comfort. Since its founding, PAWS has expanded to serve thousands each year. PAWS and the San Diego Humane Society merged in September 2014 to become the largest safety net service for people and animals in San Diego.
The Sundt Foundation grant will help provide in-home pet food delivery and services to low-income seniors and those who are homebound, disabled or chronically ill.
“The generous gift made it possible for PAWS San Diego to offer vital resources and services that kept these deserving pet families together in the face of hardship,” Katie said. “This includes free pet food; vital pet care supplies such as flea medication, cat litter and toys; and dog walking and transportation services. Veterinary vouchers are also provided to assist with unforeseen medical expenses.”
One PAWS client, Nancy, is able to enjoy her independence and the life she loves because of her cat, Charlie. After Nancy fell and suffered injuries that kept her in the hospital for a month, she began to consider moving into an assisted-living facility. Friends suggested that she instead adopt a cat to give her the companionship she needed. Since Charlie has come into her life, Nancy’s perspective has turned around and she is relishing her regained independence. Nancy receives monthly in-home deliveries of food and litter for Charlie, as well as funding for veterinary care.
“By supporting the needs of our clients’ pets, we ensure that our human clients have a sense of purpose and a stable source of love in their lives, which in turn enables them to live independently longer and age with dignity,” Katie said.
This is part of a series of blogs about the positive impacts made by the Sundt Foundation.