April 12, 2017
March 20, 2017
The White Tanks project was once a massive area of dirt and mud.
Choosing a new project delivery method kept the Maricopa County Flood Control District from seeing its budget wash away during work on the White Tanks Flood Structure in Buckeye, Arizona.
In the past, the District constructed similar projects using Design-Bid-Build and sometimes faced change orders that nearly doubled initial bid values because of outside agency inspections during construction.
It’s now a flood control project that is coming in on time and on budget.
On White Tanks, the District decided to try Construction Manager at Risk and selected Sundt. Our Transportation Group partnered with agencies including the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the National Resources Conservation Service to write specifications exactly as the District expected, lowering the chances of costly change orders.
“It worked well,” said Preconstruction Manager Jeffrey Hamilton. “The only change order relating to additional cost was because of a flood event, and the District had a contingency to cover that.”
The joint venture with Rummel Construction consists of widening and extending an existing flood structure and adding upgrades, including an architecturally enhanced auxiliary spillway, drop inlet structures and principal outlet structures. While the initial contract value was $25.3 million, the team is looking to bring the cost down by about $1 million.
We’re delivering client value in many other ways, too, including using drone technology to provide required survey information to verify completed work for our payment purposes.
“This would be a difficult and costly task with a survey crew,” Project Manager Ryan Vlach said. “We found a drone company that was able to fly the site and provide the necessary information at a fraction of the time and cost.”
Preconstruction ended in January 2016 and construction began the next month. Even with a small change order extending the contract until August, the team intends to finish work by June.
March 25, 2015
The Northwest Extension is a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro light rail system in the Greater Phoenix area.
Awards are rolling in for Sundt’s Valley Metro Northwest Extension project, including two from the prestigious Build America program.
The $160 million project won in the transportation category and also earned the Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence Award, which is presented annually to projects that epitomize the principles of partnering. The awards were presented during the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) National Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month.
“These awards, which are selected by a group of our peers, represent the best projects construction has to offer,” said Project Manager Chris Elison. “It’s an honor to be recognized by other great contractors for the work we performed.”
The project is a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro light rail system in the Greater Phoenix area. The Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck JV work is the fourth project the team has finished as part of Valley Metro’s program. Scope included curb-to-curb replacement of water, sewer, storm, electrical, communication and gas utilities, roadway widening and installation of embedded double track with an overhead catenary system, train signals, three traction power substations and traffic signals. The project added three stations and a park-and-ride at Dunlap Avenue, and 6.4 miles of sidewalks, curb and gutter and pavement.
Build America awards honor AGC members who perform the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure and federal and heavy divisions. Sundt’s most recent Build America honors came in 2015 in the environmental enhancement category for the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility renovation construction project in Chandler, Arizona, and the highway and transportation renovation category for the West Seventh Street Bridge in Fort Worth.
February 17, 2015
An aerial view of Maryland Avenue looking north towards Glendale Avenue
Sundt’s concrete crew finishing off the track pour crossing Bethany Home Road. The intersection was shut down over the President’s Day weekend in order to remove the old road, build the track, pour the track slab, and repave the asphalt.
There’s a lot of progress to report on the Northwest Extension, the 3.2-mile, $162 million expansion of Phoenix’s light rail system. The Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck team is performing the last stretch of roadway widening and maintaining the schedule in spite of recent heavy rains. Track installation is ongoing and the structural steel has been set for the Dunlap and Glendale stations. Construction of the Park & Ride lot, which began earlier this month with utility work, is expected to be complete in September. Roadway widening is expected to be complete mid-summer. Track placement should finish up in late summer or early fall.
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September 24, 2014
We’re pleased to announce that Grant Larson has joined us as a preconstruction project manager in our Tempe office. He comes to Sundt with more than 16 years of experience managing high profile civil and transportation construction projects throughout Arizona, Nevada and Utah including complex freeways, bridges, roadways, concrete structures and asphalt pavement. He was on Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southwest’s 2012 “Top 20 Under 40” list of 20 individuals under the age of 40 who represent the “Best-of-the-Best” in their construction and design firms by giving back to their industry and communities. We recently asked Grant a few questions to get to know him better:
What brought you to Sundt?
I’m a native Arizonan and a fifth generation road builder, so I have always been well aware of Sundt’s reputation as a quality contractor. It is the quality of the people here, however, that has most impressed me. The opportunity to pursue larger and more complex projects combined with the benefits of an ESOP were the deciding factors.
Are you really a fifth generation road-builder? That’s an amazing legacy!
Mons Larson emigrated from Sweden to America in 1859, built a hand cart for his family’s belongings, and pulled it all the way to Salt Lake City. He eventually led a group of pioneers and blazed a trail through the treacherous Hole in the Rock near Lake Powell on his way to settle Snowflake, Arizona. Each subsequent generation has spent their professional careers improving the infrastructure and transportation systems throughout the state. Heavy-civil construction has treated my family very well and it is such a great feeling to be in a career that has such an obvious and permanent impact on the quality of life of our communities.
What are your responsibilities in your new position?
I help manage risk for the company during the design and estimate phase of projects by providing oversight and leadership to the preconstruction team.
Which project(s) are you currently working on?
I am currently assigned to the $1.8 billion ADOT Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway P3 project. This is the single largest project in the history of ADOT and will be a landmark project for Sundt. It consists of 22 miles of new freeway with 77 bridges.
What’s new in the world of roadway construction?
With public agencies struggling to come up with transportation funds, Public Private Partnerships (P3s) will take a more prominent role in procuring work.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I have four children with one more due in May, so any spare time I have is usually spent helping with homework, coaching basketball, going to soccer games and dance recitals. I do, however, really enjoy lifting weights about four times per week to blow off some stress and stay in shape.
What’s the best movie you saw recently?
I really enjoyed the movie “Unbroken.” I love World War II history and this movie shows the struggles and trials that our veterans had to endure to preserve our freedom. The main character’s resolve to forgive his captors even after incomprehensible suffering really impacted me.
Do you have a favorite quote or saying that motivates or inspires you?
“The home is the first and most effective place to learn the lessons of life: truth, honor, virtue, self control, the value of education, honest work, and the purpose and privilege of life. Nothing can take the place of home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home.” – David O. McKay
What would you be doing if you weren’t working in construction?
Honestly, I cannot imagine not being involved in construction. I started as an apprentice carpenter when I was 15 years old on the Loop 101/202 bridges and have been able to be a part of projects all over Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. All of my summers leading up to college were spent on either asphalt, dirt, or structures crews. There is no better feeling than being able to drive across the state and show your kids everything you’ve built. I think it’s pretty neat but I’m pretty sure my kids just roll their eyes and tune me out now.
Where would you most like to travel?
I would love to return to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I lived there for two years and would love to take my wife to meet many of the dear friends that I haven’t seen in nearly 20 years.
Crews closed Interstate 10 in San Antonio for just five hours while installing 164-foot-long girders at Ralph Fair Road.
In San Antonio last Saturday, Interstate 10 (I-10) was closed for just five hours while Sundt installed the longest precast, pre-stressed concrete bridge girders in the history of the Texas Department of Transportation – and then traffic was flowing smoothly again. The operation was part of Sundt’s $6.1 million transportation construction project on I-10 at Ralph Fair Road, in which our team of expert builders is planning and constructing a new overpass to expand the existing FM 3351 bridge to accommodate growing traffic volumes.
The nine 164-foot-long girders were transported approximately 40 miles to the site from the precast concrete plant and then installed with two hydraulic cranes in less than two hours. The girders form part of the backbone of the new overpass, which is expected to be complete and open to traffic next spring. Another 17 girders will be installed in the coming months.
“Everyone from Sundt, from supervision to craft employees, helped get this challenging task accomplished safely, and with minimal effects on motorists,” said Sundt Senior Project Manager Gustavo J. Anguiano. “Our team held many meetings with the owner, subcontractors and beam supplier to plan and walk through every aspect of the activities beforehand so that things went smoothly.”