April 9, 2014
March 31, 2014
Sundt’s transportation construction work in Texas includes improvements to Loop 375 Transmountain Road near El Paso.
The Midland-Odessa area of Texas is growing, thanks to the oil industry, and where there’s growth there’s traffic. Sundt and joint venture partner Price Construction have been hired by the Texas Department of Transportation to provide a solution to the growing traffic volume. Beginning in May, the team will construct a new 8.5-mile relief route for US 87. The project is the first phase of a planned 16-18 mile roadway.
The $45 million transportation construction project in Big Spring (about 35 miles north of Midland) includes four precast concrete bridges. All of the project’s concrete construction – totaling 18,000 cubic yards – will be performed by Sundt’s own crews using an on-site batch plant.
“We’re batching our own concrete because it’s very hard to get concrete out there,” says Sundt Area Manager Fred Stone. “The few concrete companies in the area can’t guarantee supply because they work entirely for the oil companies. Price will supply the aggregate material and we’re bringing in the rest from Lubbock. By having our own plant, we control our destiny and guarantee a quality outcome for our client.”
The design-bid-build project is scheduled to be complete in March 2016.
July 31, 2013
Sundt is constructing the second phase of the $400 million Strauss Rail Yard project in Santa Teresa, N.M.
Sundt is constructing a significant portion of a $400 million service and intermodal facility for Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) that will play a significant role in the distribution of goods across the Southwest. The Strauss Rail Yard – located in the New Mexico desert about 20 miles outside of El Paso – is the first such facility developed by UPRR in nearly a century.
Want to know more about the 12-mile transportation construction project that is being described as a small city because of its size and scope? ENR has a great article about it here.
July 22, 2013
Sundt crews pre-building and bolting up fittings with a 45-degree bend at a major intersection along the route where the tie-in is located for the new transmission main. The solid end cap was installed with a test port for the water sampling before crews cut into the new system and converted over the new line.
Sundt and joint venture partner Stacey and Witbeck have achieved a major milestone in their 3.2-mile expansion of the existing Valley Metro Light Rail transit system in Phoenix, Ariz. A new water transmission main (ranging from 16 to 36 inches in diameter) has been installed along the entire route and crews are nearly finished testing and connecting it to the existing system. Installation of several other underground utilities (and removal of old infrastructure) is also progressing throughout the corridor, known as the Northwest Extension.
In addition to managing the utility relocations and widening the roadway to accommodate the 40-foot-wide track alignment, the team’s scope of work includes self-performing the concrete paving to support the new double tracks along the route. They will also install the tracks, construct three new train stations with passenger platforms, build a Park-and-Ride lot, construct three traction power substations (which supply electricity to the trains), install new intersection signals and crossovers, and construct the concrete foundations for the overhead catenary system that will feed electricity to the trains.
The $158.7 million transportation construction project will be complete in April of 2016.
Sundt utilized building information modeling (BIM) technology to streamline the construction of a new rare earth process facility in Calif.
The completed mining facility shown in the computerized model at top.
Sundt is pleased to announce that the company was ranked the top contractor in the Southwest for 2013 by Engineering-News Record (ENR), one of the construction industry’s leading publications. Sundt was also ranked Arizona’s top contractor and the number one contractor in the Southwest in the transportation construction market sector. Mining and industrial construction is also one of Sundt’s primary markets in Arizona and the Southwest.
ENR sorts contractors each year according to their revenue. It also placed Sundt among the top ten in the following categories for 2013: New Mexico contractors (2nd), Construction Manager at Risk (5th), general contractors (2nd), design-build (4th), and green building (2nd).