February 10, 2016
January 22, 2016
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow could stop the Sundt team from completing the US Highway 84 and bridge reconstruction project ahead of time.
Despite weather issues on the site near Abilene, including rain totals that once measured eight inches in 48 hours, we reached substantial completion on the heavy civil project in late December, 33 working days ahead of schedule.
Work included demolition and reconstruction of a 530-foot bridge over Union Pacific Railroad tracks, reconstruction of US 84 and new lighting and roadway barrier improvements. The US 84 project included around half a mile of roadway that was fully reconstructed and installation of 40,000 cubic yards of embankment used to bring the grade up to match the finish slab elevation of the new bridge, which was built by Sundt’s Concrete Division.
“This project was successful due to hard-working and talented Sundt superintendents and craft employees who helped construct the new bridge and roadways,” said Project Manager Cade Reddig. “Having their experience and outstanding team communication set us up for exceptional coordinated efforts with the owner to get the work done safely and ahead of schedule.”
As a result, the team received 100 percent of the Texas Department of Transportation’s No Excuse Incentive built into the contract for early substantial completion and the community had a new bridge and roadway finished more than a month ahead of expectations.
January 13, 2016
Dave Fleming, Sundt’s Vice President and Corporate Director of Dispute Resolution and Corporate Director of Ethics and Compliance, recently earned the American Institute of Constructors Stephen P. Byrne Award. The honor is given annually to an individual who supports the advancement of constructor certification.
Dave’s primary responsibilities at Sundt are contract oversight and strategic support for the company’s operating divisions. Prior to his current position, he served as Operations Manager for the company’s Texas and Federal projects. He has worked at Sundt since 2003 and prior to that spent eight years consulting for the company. Before joining Sundt, Dave was Executive Vice President of Operations for a Texas-based contractor.
Dave has spent 40 years in the industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction from Texas A&M University.
How surprised were you to win the award?
This award was a total surprise to me when I was informed by AIC. I never expected the award because I was just doing what was right and helpful to the industry and for student-level certification of construction graduates.
What do you believe were your best qualifications to be considered for the award?
I had been working very hard on transforming the student AIC testing, called the AC or Associate Certification, which is given twice annually at more than 75 colleges and universities within the U.S. and in the past was given internationally at universities with Construction Education programs. The testing helps universities obtain their certification requirements for higher education.
You knew Stephen Byrne. How much more meaningful does that make this honor?
Steve and I were classmates at Texas A&M in the mid-’70s. We knew each other a long, long time. Steve was a very big advocate of AIC and the certification of construction programs. He sat on certification reviews for many colleges in his years of service. He understood clearly that students in construction were the first level on making our industry a professional level of membership. He taught at A&M for many years after a successful business career in the Austin area. Steve talked me into becoming involved with AIC at a national level and I am a better person for his leadership in this area. We lost Steve suddenly three years ago and AIC and I lost a great friend. To have been named to receive this award given in Steve’s name is a great honor, and I hope to live up to helping more construction students and professionals achieve their personal goals as a result.
While this is an individual award, it also says something about the team with which you work. How much did having great co-workers assist you in winning?
It starts, as it should, at the top. CEO Dave Crawford and former CEO Doug Pruitt promoted professionalism in the company. They have encouraged all employees to advance their careers by obtaining more education and professional certifications. Sundt has led the nation in numbers of people who have obtained their AIC Certified Professional Constructor designation. If you’re a builder, you should want to achieve the CPC, just like Engineers want to be Professional Engineers or Architects want to be Registered Architects. Many Sundt employees have obtained this level of designation, and many of them started in field operations and are now superintendents. The CPC is for any industry person willing to study and pass a CPC exam. I am very proud of the professional builders at Sundt who elected to obtain CPCs and have taken the time to obtain those personal credentials they will carry for their entire careers.
How much does winning an award like this inspire you to keep doing what you’re doing?
Being nationally recognized as a leader in our industry is a rare event and makes me want to leave this place better than when I came. I will continue to work to improve the industry and Sundt in this area until I am done and sit down to toast a drink and look back at all the years of trying to help improve the program, the industry and Sundt as a company.
How much pride do you take in representing Sundt as the Stephen P. Byrne Industry Achievement Award winner?
I am just the representative of all Sundt CPCs who have been on this journey. I thank Doug and Dave for the motivation for every Sundt person who has obtained certification and look forward to our current President, Mike Hoover, and others continuing the effort in education and personal excellence in the future. Sundt is a great place to be. Having helped Sundt since 1991, it shows that my 20-plus years of consulting and as an employee has been a great journey. Learning from good people is a lifelong adventure at Sundt.
January 6, 2016
Not everything is bigger in Texas. The town of Corsicana has around 24,000 residents and an idyllic downtown lined with shops, restaurants and stop lights.
Oh, yes, and 18-wheelers passing through town hauling goods through North Texas. Lots of them stopping and going through a congested passage every day.
Fortunately, relief is on its way. Sundt has been selected to construct a Texas Department of Transportation relief route for State Highway 31, the main route through downtown. Work on the $106 million heavy civil project begins this summer.
The 12-mile four-lane road will improve mobility by allowing motorists to bypass Corsicana to the south, helping enhance safety and traffic flow. Big rigs using State Highway 31 every day have no other option than to travel through downtown Corsicana.
The project also includes 2 miles of reconstruction on Interstate 45. The relief route goes under the interstate at one point.
“The project strengthens our position in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which we consider to be one of the strongest and most stable local markets for heavy construction in the United States,” said Sundt Area Manager Abel Ortiz.
Sundt has more than 45 years and nearly $2 billion of project work throughout Texas.
December 30, 2015
After successfully completing a terminal replacement at Wichita Falls Regional Airport in Texas in 2014, Sundt and joint venture partner Trinity Hughes Construction are getting started on another project in the city.
Trinity Hughes|Sundt, A Joint Venture held a ceremonial groundbreaking in November on the Wichita Falls Independent School District (WFISD) Career and Technical Education Center (CTE). The 123,000 square foot K-12 construction project will prepare WFISD’s high school students for college or careers. Students will receive advanced skills, certification, college credits, and the ability to explore their future from the comfort of high school.
“The partnership is beneficial to both companies and the local economy,” said Sundt Area Manager Bob Aniol. “Pairing our national project experience with Trinity Hughes Construction’s local expertise allows us to maximize the use of local subcontractors and keep costs down.”
We have more than 45 years and nearly $2 billion of project work throughout Texas.
A Sundt joint venture team keeps going back to school in San Antonio.
Our team completed improvements at Lanier High in time for the school year in August and is finishing renovations and additions at Burbank High in January. The joint venture with Guido Brothers Construction also worked at Brackenridge High, where a project was completed in August 2014. All three are part of the San Antonio Independent School District.
The Burbank and Lanier K-12 construction projects include new gymnasiums and locker rooms, dance studios, JROTC classrooms and training facilities, culinary arts facilities, computer labs, college preparation centers, STEM and business labs and softball fields.
“These projects are important because the new facilities provide much-needed space and state-of-the-art equipment for career training during high school,” said Sundt Project Manager Ben Martin. “The schools now have adequate space and equipment to properly train high school students in a variety of careers to prepare them upon graduation.”
At Lanier, good budget and cost control allowed the team to upgrade the exterior from stucco to metal panels and buy culinary and auto equipment for the school district within the construction budget. Burbank’s scope of work included six different design packages.
Working on active campuses added to the challenge. In addition to student traffic management, the team was providing solutions to keep campuses open while connecting to new utility services and dealing with often unmarked existing buried lines.