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November 14, 2018
At the 100th Annual AGC Convention in Denver earlier this month, Sundt received the Environmental Enhancement Project of The Year for our work on the Arizona Public Service (APS) Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington, New Mexico. The project included major upgrades that will reduce emissions by 80 percent, allowing the 1570-megawatt plant to meet environmental standards and continue operating.
Sundt performed over 2 million man-hours at Four Corners with a peak craft staff of over 400, making this our largest single project in company history.
Over the course of the project, Sundt completed:
- 56,000 linear feet of piping
- 8,000 tons of structural steel
- 6,800 tons of duct
- 130,000 linear feet of weld
- 6,000 cubic yards of concrete
- 10,000 linear feet of drilled caisson
Also, at 60 feet in diameter, the new selective catalytic reactors we installed are the tallest in North America and the second-largest air pre-heaters in the world. “This project had several highlights,” said Sundt Senior Project Manager Steve Roberts, “but I’m most proud of how we addressed safety. Performing work at elevation in harsh weather including high winds, much of which was on structural steel, it was a huge accomplishment to finish with a 0.7 TRIR.”
Sundt’s Industrial Group self-performed much of the work on site with its own skilled craft workforce. Specialized trades included precision millwrighting, boiler-making, structural ironworking, piping, concrete and electrical.
The project was also a win for the surrounding area, providing work for the local skilled workforce, helping maintain continued economic viability of the plant for years to come, and improving air quality in the region. With the plant located on Navajo Nation land, Sundt ensured that its project workforce was at least 80% Native American, and the upgrade work is expected to provide more than $6.3 billion in economic value to the region over the next 30 years. Sundt also supported local youth and community initiatives throughout the project.
To ensure adequate staffing of skilled craft professionals, Sundt partnered with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) to develop on-site craft training, as well as mentoring and an Apprenticeship and Development program to develop new workers’ skills.
APS Senior Project Manager Dewayne Keegel (third from left) joins Sundt employee-owners Ken Dean, Steve Roberts and Derek Neill in accepting the 2019 JLT Build America Award.
“We matured a lot over the course of this project, both on an individual and corporate level,” said Steve. “We even had a few people who started at Four Corners in craft roles, and by the time it was done they were working in management positions. For Sundt as a whole, the project is a huge achievement. It shows what we can do—the size and difficulty of projects we can take on.”
With over 20 AGC Build America awards spanning the past five decades, Sundt has won more Build Americas than any other contractor in history. These include projects across building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy civil sectors. Alongside our partners and fellow AGC members, we are proud to build structures that benefit Americans every single day.
August 28, 2018
Sundt Construction’s Jon McKelvain presented at Texan by Nature‘s (TxN’s) first annual Conservation Wrangler Summit and Celebration last month in Dallas, Texas at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. The summit brought together more than 200 Texas leaders to discuss the beneficial connections between business and conservation, and to highlight the best Texan-led conservation projects in the state. Topics ranged from addressing light pollution, to oil drilling with a smaller footprint, to using man-made wetlands to treat reclaimed water while serving as a habitat for wildlife. With all of the ideas presented, it was evident that Texans, by nature, are creative and community-minded people, and when they come together amazing things can happen.
Jon McKelvain, Vice President and Preconstruction Manager for Sundt’s Building Group, Texas District, spoke on engaging employees and the community, covering a broad range of Sundt projects and initiatives that exemplified industry best practices. “As a company, we empower our people to get out in the community and work with causes they believe in,” Jon said. “Also, we try to select projects that will have wide-reaching positive impacts on the surrounding area. There’s a lot of work out there to be won, but we’re passionate about pursuing the right projects.” Among many such projects, Jon covered a few high-profile examples.
Jon speaking on the Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility, where technological innovation allows for smaller footprint and reduced sludge production. Sundt’s work increased service capacity to allow for community growth, and the water was made available for aquifer recharge, industrial use and irrigation.
In San Antonio, Texas, Sundt created a world-class linear park and public gathering space for an underserved community at San Pedro Creek, which became the focal point of the city’s 300-year anniversary celebration. “Think about it,” Jon said. “Before, that was basically just a concrete drainage ditch. Now, it’s a new park that’s improving flood control and serving as wildlife habitat and recreational space, with an anticipated $1-billion impact on the area.” Additionally, Sundt’s work on APS Four Corners in Farmington, New Mexico allowed for significant reduction in the power plant’s emission of greenhouse gasses, while also providing jobs and long-term economic benefits for the local Navajo Nation.
Other key projects were discussed, as well as the impact of the Sundt Foundation, which has given more than $8.6 million in grants to local charities and nonprofits since 1999, nearly half of which has come directly from Sundt employee-owners. Speaking on Sundt’s behalf about who we are and who we want to be as a company, Jon shared several instances of best practices with a focus on community and sustainability.
TxN founder, former first lady Laura W. Bush, addresses the crowd. The nonprofit brings conservation and business together, supporting efforts that are Texan-led, community-organized and data-based.
TxN’s goal is to amplify conservation projects and to activate new investment in research and conservation, which returns real benefits for people, prosperity and natural resources. “The whole premise behind Texan by Nature is that conservation is just good business, and it improves everyone’s quality of life,” Jon said. And true prosperity, as Jon pointed out, goes well beyond material wealth. For Sundt, a company whose purpose centers around creating prosperity for the communities where we live and work, this is an effort in which we’re proud to take part.
August 16, 2018
Sundt and California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) recently held a topping out ceremony for the new Center for Global Innovation (CGI), a 72,000-square-foot, three-story classroom and office building that will serve as the new home for the University’s College of Extended Learning (CEL). The CGI will house classrooms, training spaces, lecture halls and faculty offices, as well as open areas for retail and dining.
CSUSB staff and Sundt employee-owners sign beam to be placed atop the Center for Global Innovation
As CSUSB’s first attempted LEED Platinum-certified building, this is not just any project. It’s also unique in that Sundt and the College of Extended Learning share such similar values and goals. Project Executive Betty Lynn Senes explained: “Both the CEL and Sundt are committed to continual learning; the CEL is designed to provide opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds, from workforce development to continuing education, from international students to veterans, from high school students to mid-career professionals.” And as Sundt embraces Lean principles, “We strive to improve on what we do every single day, streamlining our processes, ensuring we’re as efficient as possible and cutting waste. When so many values align, the project is that much more meaningful to all involved.”
Sundt has completed several projects for the CSU system statewide over the past three decades. “We feel a strong responsibility as partners with CSU to deliver every project at the highest level of quality and within budget,” said Senior Project Manager Brian DeMartino. “Our team on the CSUSB CEL project is focused on exceeding expectations so we can continue our relationship on this and other campuses.” With other projects under way at Cal Poly Pomona, Sacramento State and Cal State LA, Sundt’s future with the CSU system is looking bright.
July 11, 2016
Our Building Group’s Southwest District recently completed a 10-story high-rise academic medical and research laboratory in downtown Phoenix, the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building. Sundt captured the project in 360-degree video and images to show off the world-class research and laboratory spaces. The complexity of these spaces is difficult to put into words, as so much is happening from an architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing perspective. 360-degree imagery offers a more intuitive way to explore this environment—looking around. It reveals details that required extended coordination, such as how the building’s copper exterior mimics the walls of the Grand Canyon, or the way natural light floods into the library. Ultimately, people can see what inspires our employee-owners to exceed expectations: bringing the entire built environment to life.
Watch our 360-degree video tour of the building and drag/swipe to explore the finished project!
Many of Sundt’s clients want sustainable elements included in their projects. Arizona State’s commitment to green practices earned the university an award for sustainability before its facility was even finished.
The overhaul of Sun Devil Stadium, in the second year of its three-year duration, has scored the university the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Sustainability Award. The honor, sponsored by the USG Corporation, will be presented during ASU’s football game against Utah on Nov. 10 in Tempe.
ASU was chosen from three finalists by a seven-member committee consisting of athletics directors and NACDA/USG representatives. The award honors universities for incorporating sustainable practices and materials into their athletics facilities.
Our joint venture team with Hunt Construction is including several sustainable elements in the project:
*Low-flow plumbing fixtures for higher savings in water consumption.
*Water-efficient landscaping using local drought-resistant vegetation to reduce irrigation demand by at least 50 percent.
Building Materials and Construction Waste
*Use of recycled and regional materials for at least 20 percent of the cost of construction materials.
*Sustainably sourced FSC-certified wood.
*Commitment to diversion of at least 75 percent of construction waste from landfill.
Indoor Environmental Quality
*Use of low-volatile organic compound interior materials.
*Enhanced thermal comfort controls for at least 50 percent of the regular occupants.
The project will be completed in time to start the 2017 football season.