November 9, 2011
November 2, 2011
Sundt employees placed the concrete foundation for the new playground equipment at Mesa Verde Elementary in Tucson.
Friends and family of Christina-Taylor Green, the youngest victim of the shooting rampage that occurred in Tucson last January, now have a place where they can remember her and be inspired by her short life. The Christina-Taylor Green Little Hands Playground at Mesa Verde Elementary school was built with contributions from a number of organizations, including $13,000 worth of concrete construction donated by Sundt’s Concrete Division and coordinated through the Sundt Foundation.
The project was organized by the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation as a living memorial and much-needed improvement to the aging playground, which hadn’t been upgraded since the school was built 35 years ago. Christina-Taylor was a third grader there when she lost her life last January during a public “meet and greet” event with Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The new climbing structures and playground equipment rest on a floor of rubber tiles (for improved fall protection) and are canopied by an expansive shade structure. Volunteers from Sundt poured the 2,500-square-foot, four-inch-thick foundation, which includes a four-inch curb around the perimeter to frame the rubber tiles. They also installed the aggregate base course sub base and water-cured the slab to prepare it for the tile adhesive.
“Sundt was privileged to be part of this project,” said Sundt Foundation Vice President Tom Crohurst. “We hope the playground brings joy to many children, just as Christina-Taylor Green did to those who knew her.”
September 12, 2011
Managers in Sundt’s Tempe office wore pink shirts to work on Monday, Oct. 31 to show their support for breast cancer awareness. They are gathered around the company’s 1970 El Camino SS, which is rolled out for charity fundraisers and community events.
Why do all of these Sundt employees have a rosy glow? They’re managers who were delivering on their promise to wear pink on Monday, Oct. 31 if Sundt employees met their goal of raising $2,500 for breast cancer research through the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, which took place in Phoenix last Saturday, Oct 29.
Thanks to the Sundt team’s overwhelming success, pink shirts were seen throughout the company on Monday. The 53 walkers didn’t just beat their goal – they crushed it by raising $4,065 which is more than triple last year’s total of $1,250. Included in this total is $900 from the Sundt Foundation, which contributed $50 for each of the 18 walkers who are Sundt employees.
“I’m really thrilled about how many people participated and how much money we were able to raise this year,” said Ellisa De Rosa, Sundt’s Corporate Director of Office Services and Facilities and the organizer of the team of walkers, called ‘Sundt Supporters.’ “More Sundt employees walked than last year and the year before that, including several executives who participated for the first time. It was a lot of fun, and the feeling you get is pretty powerful because you know you’re doing something important for a good cause.”
More than 11,000 people from the Phoenix area participated in this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, raising over $700,000.
August 16, 2011
Each quarter, the Sundt Foundation convenes to review and approve grants that support nonprofits in the various communities where Sundt Construction, Inc. has offices and projects. This past quarter, the Foundation awarded 47 grants and a total of $132,000 to local organizations in Phoenix, Tucson, Sacramento, San Antonio and San Diego.
Established in 1999 by Sundt to give employees a means of giving back to the communities where they live and work, the Sundt Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that offers financial support to various local organizations whose missions are to solve problems and improve lives. While there are many pressing social issues in every community, our Foundation focuses specifically on serving the needs of disadvantaged children and adults.
On Sept. 30, 2011, Sundt’s CEO and Chairman J. Doug Pruitt will retire after 45 years with the construction company. At that time he will also step down from the Foundation’s board of directors, a position he has held since its inception. In a recent interview about his lengthy construction career, he was asked what achievements ranked among his proudest, to which he responded: participating in the creation of the Sundt Foundation.
“I would have to say that I’m extremely proud of the Sundt Foundation… The Sundt family had a long history of contributing to our society in many ways, but we hadn’t created an environment that encouraged our employees to get involved in charitable giving and volunteerism. The Sundt Foundation has given them that opportunity. They have really risen to the occasion and have donated more than $4 million to charities. They have also volunteered thousands of hours helping charities like Sojourner Center, Crisis Nursery and others with building or renovating their facilities. Companies and their employees have a responsibility to give back to the community. I’m extremely proud of the employees of Sundt for what they have done.” – J. Doug Pruitt, interview with AZRE Magazine. (Read the interview here.)
July 19, 2011
Sundt Construction employees build communities in more ways than one – through construction projects, but also through their support of community organizations by way of their own nonprofit entity, the Sundt Foundation. In addition to the financial contributions employees make to the Sundt Foundation, many staff also volunteer their time and talent.
Last weekend, members of the San Antonio branch of the Sundt Foundation volunteered to build handicap ramps to benefit the San Antonio STAR Soccer Complex and Morgan’s Wonderland parks. The San Antonio team members constructed ramps for two full-size portable classrooms at the STAR Soccer Complex. The portables will be used for storage of grounds and maintenance equipment of both parks. The ramps were built in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Sundt Foundation was established in 1999 by Sundt Construction, Inc. as a way for its employee-owners to give back READ MORE