Brought on board to manage our new North Texas Office in Fort Worth, Hal Hardister has more than 20 years of construction and development management experience. He has completed developments exceeding 5 million square feet, directly managed more than 2 million square feet of shell construction and completed more than $10.4 million of tenant improvements. Prior to rejoining Sundt, Hal managed the project controls teams on multiple projects at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as part of the Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program.
He recently sat down to answer a few questions about himself and the North Texas Office’s potential.
Why is North Texas such a key region for the company’s growth?
North Texas is the home to 54 of the Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York, and has recently been ranked as the top area for commercial property investment according to a report by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers. This area is benefiting from a growing economy that has diversified away from energy into finance, medicine, technology and education. These are key markets that align well with our experience.
What are some potential projects coming up there?
With the relocation of several additional Fortune 500 companies to the region, the need for expanded municipal services has been on the rise. We are tracking more than 10 recreation centers, libraries, city halls and public services projects in the region, most notably Frisco’s City Hall/Library/Court Expansion, Arlington’s Hugh Smith Recreation Center/East Library and Denton County’s Sheriff’s Office Operations Center and Crime Lab.
What does staff hope to accomplish in the first year of having an office in Fort Worth?
It probably goes without saying, but our number one goal for the year is to get some incoming revenue. A close second and primary goal is name/brand recognition. We want to get our brand in front of as many decision makers as possible. We have such a long Texas history, 45 years, yet we are still considered new to the market.
Most everyone has a mentor who has meant something to them in their lives. Who is yours?
I met one of my mentors, Jerry Allen, after graduating from college and beginning my career in construction. We worked together on my first project and then reconnected at Sundt in 2001. Jerry’s always been a great sounding board for me and has helped me solve all the world’s problems on many occasions. He is one of the best builders I have ever met.
Away from work, what’s the best part about living there?
The food! Whether you’re looking for a rack of ribs to eat with your hands or want a five-star white-napkin experience, there are multiple choices within a 30-minute radius. New places to eat are constantly opening.
Seen any good movies lately?
I’m not much of a movie goer, but I do like to read. I’ve recently finished “Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the Twentieth Century” by Dennis Showalter. Although the two never met in combat, the book chronicles each man’s rise through the ranks and compares and contrasts their parallel lives. It was really interesting to see how each man was so different, but achieved very similar results.
Do you have a favorite saying that sums up your approach to life?
There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.
An aerial view of the project’s direct connector bridges from Loop 375 west to I-10 east and I-10 west to Loop 375 east.
Sundt is beginning the final stages of a $68 million project to improve a segment of Loop 375 Transmountain Road near El Paso, Texas. The team is finalizing the grooving of the bridge decks and putting the final finishes on the stamped concrete under the new bridges. Overhead sign structures are in place and landscaping is about 70 percent complete. What’s left before the project is complete in mid-May? Traffic signalization, electrical work below some of the bridges, and asphalt paving.
The heavy civil construction project includes widening the 3.5-mile stretch of roadway from two to four lanes (with frontage roads), building four grade-separated intersections, hiking and biking trails, and exit and entrance ramps. The project also includes direct connectors from Loop 375 west to Interstate 10 east and I-10 west to Loop 375 east.
Sundt created a 3D model of the new sewer line to identify potential conflicts with other utilities.
Don’t like conflict? If it’s utilities you’re talking about, 3D modeling might be the answer. That’s how Sundt identified potential problems – and showed our client how to solve them – on a roadway reconstruction project in El Paso, Texas.
“After evaluating the planned sewer line corridor and comparing it to the existing utilities, we found several potential conflicts,” said Rob Manning, Sundt Project Manager for the $14 million Country Club Road widening project. “We collected data by uncovering the actual utilities through potholing, then took GPS survey shots of each utility and created a 3D model that includes the planned sewer line placement. We presented our findings and suggestions to the city and its engineer, and they used the information to redesign that portion of the project.”
Two CAT 345 machines installing the 18-foot-deep, 18-inch sewer line along Country Club Road
The heavy civil construction project involves reconstructing two miles of Country Club Road in a well-established area of the city. Lined with prominent, high-value homes and many businesses, the roadway is badly congested and sits atop several aging utilities that need to be replaced (and whose exact location wasn’t known until Sundt began investigating). Sundt’s scope includes widening and reconstructing the roadway with continuously reinforced concrete paving, replacing the water and sanitary sewer lines, and installing sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and a traffic roundabout.
Sundt will demolish this bridge at FM 3351 (a small, local roadway) over Interstate 10 and replace it with a new, 164-foot-long, single-span bridge.
Where others may only see a bridge, Sundt sees an opportunity to improve infrastructure while saving money. Near Fair Oaks, Texas (just north of San Antonio), Sundt is replacing this bridge at FM 3351 (a small, local roadway) over Interstate 10 with a new, 164-foot-long, single-span bridge. Sundt’s project team developed a value engineering proposal to replace the original structural steel girder design with precast concrete girders. The idea was approved by the Texas Department of Transportation and will provide significant cost savings.
Sundt’s scope consists of demolishing the existing bridge, widening the I-10 frontage roads, and widening FM 3351. Additional duties include earthwork, drainage, structures, walls, asphalt paving, signage, and striping. The project will be completed in March.
Sundt constructed the bridge’s 12, precast concrete arches with its own crews.
Texans traveling across the newly reconstructed West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth have more to marvel at than the 12, illuminated concrete arches that form the backbone of the structure’s one-of-a-kind design. The fact that Sundt completed the $24.1 million bridge construction project a month ahead of schedule – reopening it to travelers well in advance of the busy holiday season – is also drawing attention and praise. The 980-foot-long bridge spans the Trinity River and connects downtown Fort Worth to the city’s busy cultural district. It opened to traffic on October 9.
Sundt employed a number of innovative approaches to minimize traffic closures during the 23-month project. Chief among them was the decision to construct the 12 precast, post-tensioned concrete arches offsite (with Sundt’s own concrete construction crews) and then place them in pairs along either side of the old structure primarily at night. This approach allowed the bridge to remain open to traffic for the four months that it took to make and cure each 163-foot long, 300-ton arch. Once all of the arches were in place, the project team closed and demolished the old bridge and constructed the new one in its footprint.
The bridge’s grand opening celebration drew a large, festive crowd.
The bridge replaced an old, outdated structure. In addition to its attention-grabbing design, it features four vehicle travel lanes and two, 10-foot-wide pedestrian lanes to ease traffic flow, improve safety and support Fort Worth’s increasing interest in bicycling and walking.