May 19, 2017
May 17, 2017
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.
May 16, 2017
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s new facility will measure more than 87,000 square feet.
Texas Tech University has had a health sciences presence in El Paso for more than 40 years. That pledge to the border city’s population is ratcheting up with construction of Medical Sciences Building II, a facility that will double the campus’ research capacity and add crucial instructional space.
Sundt is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk for the $83 million, 219,900-square-foot project being built for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. The university held a ceremonial groundbreaking this month and the facility is scheduled to open in approximately two years.
The facility will have more than 87,000 square feet dedicated to research, including laboratories, offices and research administration. The first floor will house the campus’ largest teaching auditorium – 9,200 square feet for up to 500 people. There will also be a dining and food services area, library, classrooms, study rooms and administration space.
Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso is the only health sciences center along the U.S.-Mexico border that provides opportunities on one campus for collaboration among nursing, medical and graduate research students.
Like other campus facilities, the exterior will mirror the architecture of the Spanish Renaissance, distinguished by ornate columns, red-tiled roofs and colossal archways.
May 12, 2017
Since forming in 1991, CASA Sacramento has recruited, trained, supported and supervised 1,079 volunteer advocates.
There are nearly 3,000 youth in foster care in Sacramento County, the largest number in Northern California. County social workers and children’s attorneys carry massive caseloads, allowing them to spend only a few hours every six months with a youth, often leading to the community’s most at-risk kids receiving inadequate services.
That’s where Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Sacramento steps in. Through a unique partnership, the juvenile court looks to CASA to provide additional services to youth who need it most. CASA does this through volunteers who work one-on-one with children by serving as mentors and court-appointed special advocates, a legal status which allows them to speak on their youth’s behalf in juvenile court.
“No experience is necessary to become a CASA,” said CASA Development Director Elizabeth Morabito. “We recruit and train everyday community members to be a voice for Sacramento’s most at-risk foster youth. Although we ask our CASAs for an 18-month commitment, the average is nearly three years and many voluntarily maintain a relationship with their youth for life.”
In 2016, CASAs contributed 15,000 hours of service to 264 youth and improved lives in countless ways, including:
• attending special education meetings to help their youth advance to the next grade level or graduate;
• empowering girls to recognize the dangers of and resist the pull of sex trafficking;
• preparing older youth for independent living so they succeed as adults instead of becoming homeless, jobless, addicted or incarcerated.
Since forming in 1991, CASA Sacramento has recruited, trained, supported and supervised 1,079 volunteer advocates who have provided more than 150,000 service hours to 2,361 youth in foster care. As the only Sacramento County volunteer organization empowering everyday citizens to become appointed members of the juvenile court, CASA leverages volunteer contributions of time and effort into expanded services for local foster youth.
A $2,500 grant from the Sundt Foundation helped enhance monthly training opportunities for CASA volunteers, ensuring the best possible outcomes for the foster youth the organization serves.
“With only 30 percent of our funding coming from the government, CASA Sacramento depends on private dollars to thrive,” Elizabeth said. ”The private sector has helped us fulfill our mission for the past 25 years.”
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 11, 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.
By Ryan Abbott, Senior Vice President, Sundt Construction
I come from a family of pilots: grandfather, father, brothers and even sister-in-law. I’ve heard many versions of this story since I was small.
Sundt Senior Vice President Ryan Abbott.
They call it being “in the barrel.” It’s that moment when a pilot is having a hard time getting his aircraft onto the carrier deck. Perhaps he has spent hours flying to-and-from a battle, had to refuel multiple times (being much closer to another airborne craft than sanely reasonable), perhaps in defending a dotted line on a map he had to drop a bomb that day. Whatever has happened, he’s now in the barrel. He missed grabbing a cable on the carrier deck, running on fumes, mentally, physically and literally. He’s running out of time to make it happen, to make it home.
So what happens? A call goes out on the aircraft carrier: “Lt. Commander Smith is in the barrel.” At that moment, the squadron drops what it was doing and heads to the Ready Room (picture a really large classroom). The team members turn on the red lights, some acid rock and “will” that pilot home.
Pilots have stories of being in the barrel. They say, “I was once in the barrel over the Persian Gulf…” or “…in the middle of the Pacific Ocean…” Then they’ll tell you (with a shaky voice) they got through it because they knew their colleagues, their peers, their family away from home, their friends were sitting in a room cheering them on, willing them home and that was enough to make it happen.
Having a network means we can deploy, innovate, adapt and execute knowing our greatest advocates are sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with us. That there isn’t a problem in our industry we are not capable of solving. An answer, a helping hand, a partner, an idea is only a single phone call, email or text message away.
Some ideas for creating a robust network:
- Manufacture a barrel – the most robust relationships I have in my network were formed while we completed a goal together.
- Think CANstruction. As a team, build a structure and stock the shelves of a food bank.
- Ragnar – Last year we formed an architect/contractor team to complete the long-distance relay course. Want to get to know someone? Spend a night cheering them on while running a relay.
- Complete a Tough Mudder race together. Tough Mudders are 10- to 12-mile races filled with 20 or more challenging obstacles.
- Put yourself out there. Ask for advice and follow up with members of your network after you use it.
- Walk a day in their shoes (create a shadow day).
- Make sure you give more than you take: time, effort and support.
Ryan Abbott is a Sundt Senior Vice President who’s in charge of our Southwest District Building Group. This blog is part of our series of posts about career-related subjects.