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December 30, 2016
Sundt Project Manager/Estimator Thiago Bezerra.
Project Manager/Estimator Thiago Bezerra is the latest addition to Sundt’s Salt Lake City office.
Thiago, who holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Utah Valley University, brings a diverse background of experience to projects, having worked with public and private clients as well as federal, state and local agencies. He has been heavily involved in all aspects of project operations, including design, estimating and management. His experience in transportation projects will be beneficial in Utah, which has an active heavy civil market.
What are your main duties?
I work with the preconstruction team estimating projects. I’ll eventually transition into a project management role. This is a wonderful and unique opportunity. In our industry, not many of us are able to be involved with a project from its infancy through completion. It’s a very valuable experience.
How exciting is it to be part of expanding our efforts in Utah?
Utah will greatly benefit from Sundt’s experience and innovative approach to challenging projects. I look forward to partnering with local clients, subcontractors and suppliers to develop and build projects that will better our communities. Utah has one of the most competitive transportation markets in the nation. There is no doubt that once we have the opportunity to share Sundt’s culture and values, we will become a preferred contractor as we have done in so many other states.
How did you get your job at Sundt?
I was contacted by JP Jaramillo from Sundt’s Talent Acquisition team, and I’m thankful he was able to introduce me to Sundt.
Where do you like to travel?
Our family has been privileged to visit many wonderful places. Among our favorites are: Prague, which has amazing grand medieval architecture. The Netherlands, where traditions blend perfectly with a modern and progressive society. The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico has the best food in the world; when you marry that with its natural beauty and adventures, you get paradise. And Southern Utah is pretty spectacular. But traveling anywhere and being able to experience and learn from other cultures is a blast no matter where you go.
What’s the best advice you’ve received?
Over the years I have been very fortunate to be around inspiring people who help me develop personally and professionally. With that being said, I have received a lot of valuable advice. One of my very favorite pieces of advice, which I try to live daily, is “Take control of your life; choose your own present and destiny.”
December 16, 2016
Sundt Senior Project Manager Chad Yount.
Senior Project Manager Chad Yount has been in the construction industry for 10 years. He started with Sundt in 2008 as a Field Engineer and worked his way to his current position, which he started this year.
Chad specializes in large-scale transportation work. His next assignment is bringing a world class linear park to the San Antonio community through the San Pedro Creek Improvements Project after serving as Project Manager on the $228 million Sellwood Bridge Replacement Project in Portland, Oregon.
How did the Portland community react to the finished product at Sellwood Bridge?
The community was very grateful and excited to have a new bridge connecting the Sellwood community to downtown Portland. The old Sellwood Bridge was failing structurally and was not safe for pedestrians and cyclists due to the narrow sidewalks. The new bridge will withstand a major earthquake and offers 12-foot sidewalks for the large bicycle community.
What did you learn from that work that can be applied to San Pedro Creek?
Bringing an iconic, complex project such as Sellwood Bridge through the heart of any city requires the community to modify its daily activities. We were able to engage the neighborhoods and all interest groups in efforts to minimize those disruptions. That will also be extremely important to the San Pedro project. We want all local businesses to thrive during construction. If they aren’t successful then we aren’t successful.
What are people in San Antonio identifying as the most important aspects of the project?
The project will improve flood control throughout the west side of downtown while bringing life back to the creek. San Antonio was founded on San Pedro Creek almost 300 years ago so remembering the heritage and culture of the area is top priority for the project.
What are some of the innovative approaches the team has planned?
The majority of the risk on the project is in what lies below ground. With any project through downtown the existing infrastructure is always a concern. To mitigate these risks, we have been using virtual design and construction to model all existing and new infrastructure. This helps us identify conflicts in the office during preconstruction instead of in the field when issues cost time and money.
How is the work progressing?
Because this is a CMAR project, we have been working with the design team and owner for the last six months. We’re excited to get started with horizontal directional drilling. After the New Year, the team will begin demolition and excavation on the north end of the project.
November 23, 2016
Senior Marketing/Proposal Specialist Dustin Hicks.
Dustin Hicks is a senior marketing/proposal specialist who has been with the company for two and a half years. He has more than eight years of industry experience in mining surveying, energy sector development and construction marketing.
Dustin handles proposals across all our disciplines (building, industrial and transportation), specializing in the Texas market, as well as a variety of marketing projects.
He recently took a few minutes to answer questions about his life at and away from work.
What does your job involve?
As a senior marketing/proposal specialist I am responsible for the preparation, creation, and composition of marketing packages, proposals and presentations and coordinating efforts with business development teams to create winning pursuits. I enjoy the challenge of designing and presenting new ways to market our company for our clients and an external audience.
How much of a team effort is it putting together a winning work proposal?
With the help of very knowledgeable and talented business developers, virtual design and construction engineers, estimators, and sometimes even additional proposal specialists, we have all collaborated to produce some very impressive work. I could not respond to these complex proposals effectively on my own. It takes a huge, collaborative effort from our people to develop winning proposals.
What’s your favorite sport and why?
There aren’t many sports I don’t like. To make it easy, I’ll list my favorite team from each major sport and see how many rivals I can stir up. In no particular order: Hockey – Chicago Blackhawks; Basketball – San Antonio Spurs; Baseball – Detroit Tigers; Football – Oakland Raiders.
I also like playing and watching golf. I was fortunate to see Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson play at the Valero Texas Open a few years ago. I also enjoy running, cycling, swimming and especially hiking.
What are your favorite things to do away from work?
I work hard so I can play hard. I live for the next great adventure. My wife, Sarah, and I love going on road trips, camping, hiking with our dog, going to concerts, trying new restaurants and getting the most out of what this life has to offer.
We also volunteer for a local non-profit organization called Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc., whose mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release native wildlife and to provide sanctuary, individualized care and a voice for other animals in need.
What’s the best trip you’ve taken?
Every road trip to far West Texas is unique. We’ve headed west from San Antonio in all four seasons and encountered something completely different each time. Whether it’s camping in Big Bend National Park or Big Bend Ranch State Park, there is more than a million acres of nature’s best playground. Dodging rattlesnakes, scorpions, tarantulas, roadrunners, jackrabbits, lizards, javelinas, bears and mountain lions is all par for the course. The scenery of deserts, mountains, rivers and big Texas skies day or night is pretty spectacular. My wife and I love it out there so much we got married at a historic ranch in the Chinati Mountains.
October 28, 2016
Sundt’s John Carlson (far left) and local officials cut the ribbon on Hausman Road, the City of San Antonio’s first design-build transportation project.
The City of San Antonio won’t soon forget its first time using design-build on a transportation project. What it received was a $68.3 million four-lane roadway that will help traffic flow in a busy part of the community.
Hausman Road, which officially opened with a ribbon-cutting last week, was a two-lane roadway that connected Loop 1604 and Interstate 10. A Sundt team widened the 3.4-mile stretch between the highways to four lanes, plus a center turn lane, and constructed five new bridges.
The city chose design-build because it provides a single point of responsibility for designing and constructing the project, offering significant cost and time savings, innovative solutions, improved communications and outstanding quality.
“It’s a pioneering project for a local government,” Sundt Area Manager Abel Ortiz-Monasterio said.
We incorporated two Bexar County road projects on Hausman Road at two different stages of design and all public utilities work along the roadway under a single design-build contract. Instead of several construction schedules, phasing, detours and inconvenience, there was one seamless approach by Sundt’s design-build team.
“This was a great decision by these public owners that created success for stakeholders living along the corridor and traveling Hausman Road each day,” said Sundt Corporate Strategic Business Officer John Carlson.
The city’s original plans included a 94-foot-wide typical roadway section with each of the travel lanes measuring 12 feet in width. Sundt and its design team recommended reducing the roadway width to 86 feet by narrowing the lanes to 11 feet.
The design-build team also suggested combining the two, five-foot-wide bicycle lanes originally planned for either side of the reconstructed roadway into one, 10-foot-wide shared use bicycle/pedestrian path along one side of the road that will be separated from vehicles. In addition to being safer, the new configuration allows the path to connect more easily to an established network of the city’s hiking and biking trails. Together, the proposed changes significantly reduced the amount of right-of-way property the city had to acquire and, along with other innovative approaches, yielded nearly $3 million in savings.
Business Development Representative Kay Lumley.
After numerous promotions, Kay is excited to be part of the business development team that’s responsible for acquiring work in the transportation field.
How did you move into business development?
I started straight out of high school at 18 as a Project Secretary where I assisted several different projects. After about two years, I got promoted to Project Administrator and completed design jobs, routed contracts, processed invoices and completed project closeouts. After a short time doing that, I received an opportunity as an Administrative Assistant for Federal work. I spent five years there and was promoted to Business Development Coordinator and began assisting in proposals. From there I moved to the Marketing Department crafting proposals and working mainly with the Transportation team. After about a year and a half, I left marketing to go back to Business Development for Transportation.
What are your main duties now?
Assisting Project Directors and the Business Development Manager in pursuits, pre-win activities and proposal write-ups.
What have you learned about the business development part of the industry?
When I started at Sundt I had no idea what Business Development was. The company gives me the opportunity and tools to succeed while interacting with owners, developers and other contractors to show how good a contractor Sundt is. In BD, you get to be the face of Sundt; you get to start the whole process of winning a job. The satisfaction of getting the call notifying you of a job award makes all the hard work worth it.
What are some of your family’s favorite things to do in the Phoenix area?
My husband and I have two young daughters and live in the far North Valley. We don’t get to see each other much due to our crazy schedules, but when we do get together we enjoy camping and just relaxing outside as a family.