February 15, 2016
November 6, 2015
The first Mike Gaines event of the year tees it up at Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson on March 18.
Sundt keeps the spirit of a former employee-owner alive through golf tournaments and trap shoots that raise money for ALS research.
Mike Gaines died in 2002 after battling ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He spent his last years teaming with the Sundt Foundation to establish the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events. He wanted to ensure that a cure would be found for the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS usually strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and approximately 20,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.
The first golf event was held in Tucson in 2001 and tournaments were added in Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento and San Antonio. A trap shoot was later added in Tucson. All the events raise money, almost $1.6 million to date, for research by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and ALS Association.
“He had no idea we would keep going,” said Sundt Employee-Owner Aly Gartin, a friend of Mike’s who plays a crucial role in organizing the events. “He probably thought the events would end when he passed.”
The first event of 2016 is a golf tournament in Tucson on March 18 at Arizona National Golf Club. Our company invites our many friends to join us as we raise money and awareness in the fight against ALS.
For a list of events, please click here.
May 30, 2014
Sundt’s Mary Homan and Jamie Frye accept the 2015 Build San Diego Award for Sustainability for the company’s work on the San Diego State Student Union.
Sundt’s awards collection keeps growing in 2015.
We earned two more honors this week for projects in Arizona and California: a Design-Build Institute of America Award of Excellence for renovations of Old Main on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson and an Associated General Contractors of America Build San Diego Award for Sustainability for the San Diego State University Aztec Conrad Prebys Student Union.
Constructed in 1891, Old Main was the first building on University of Arizona campus. The work included stabilizing the historic building’s perimeter stone wall, resolving subterranean water infiltration, reinforcing the brick columns and chimneys, reconstructing the second floor porch, upgrading and leveling the second floor structure, replacing metal roof shingles and rebuilding the second floor interior for use as the office of the university president. Other features included safety upgrades, installation of a new mechanical system, and replacement of the plumbing, lighting and electrical systems. The building is the oldest in the state to receive LEED certification.
The SDSU facility is the first LEED Platinum certified student union in the California State University System, using 40 percent less energy and water than similar buildings. It serves as the university’s hub for meeting, socializing and studying. It features dining options, retail space, 14 meeting rooms and a fitness center.
November 6, 2013
Sundt employee Aly Gartin was a “double donor” at the Tucson blood drive yesterday.
Twenty pints of blood were collected by the Sundt Foundation at its summer blood donation drive held at Sundt’s office in Tucson, Arizona yesterday. The blood was collected by the American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter and was sent to local hospitals to be used for emergencies and routine medical procedures. The Foundation also holds an annual holiday blood drive at each Sundt office, which last year netted 80 pints of blood.
“The Tucson summer blood drive was a big success,” said Sundt Foundation board member and Tucson area representative Randy Rusing. “Nineteen people donated all together – one from both arms! Three of the donors were subcontractors and family members of Sundt employees, and two were employees from neighboring businesses. The turnout and support show how much Sundt employees care about their communities and inspire others to do the same.”
The Sundt Foundation was established in 1999 by Sundt Construction, Inc., as a way for its employee-owners to give back to the communities in which they work. In addition to funding grants every quarter, the Foundation also sponsors volunteer activities to benefit nonprofit organizations. The grant money comes primarily from contributions made by Sundt employees, which are matched dollar-for-dollar by the company.
Since its inception the Foundation has made grants totaling more than $6 million to hundreds of worthy organizations. Approximately 75 percent of the money goes to help disadvantaged children, with the remaining 25 percent dedicated to community issues. Employees can also earmark their donations for charitable organizations that benefit members of the military and their families.
January 9, 2013
Sundt performed a variety of athletic facility improvements, including resurfacing tracks.
Sundt has recently finished the third and final year of bond improvements for the Marana Unified School District (MUSD) near Tucson, Ariz. The three-year K-12 school construction contract, which began in May 2011, included district-wide facility improvements across 16 school campuses as well as the district’s administrative offices.
“This was a very intense project made successful by the extensive local resources of Sundt,” said Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington. “Each summer we literally started work within hours after the last day of school finished and worked diligently to have the facilities ready for the first day of school.”
Most of the $14.4 million renovation project occurred over a 10-week period each summer from Memorial Day through the first week of August. In an effort to replace aging buildings and athletic facilities, the project included several types of flooring, roofing and pavement replacement, and a variety of athletic facility improvements, including leveling and re-vegetating fields, resurfacing tracks, and replacing scoreboards, tennis courts, gym flooring and bleachers. The improvements were funded by a proposition approved by MUSD voters in 2010.
Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry (left) and Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington sign the ceremonial beam before it was lifted into place with the tower crane shown in the background.
The last ceremonial beam for the top level of the new Pima County Downtown Courts Complex in Tucson, Ariz., was hoisted 140 feet into the air and put into place at a “topping off” ceremony on Monday. The event celebrated the completion of the foundation and framework for the seven-story building and marked a major milestone in the project. Sundt’s $48.2 million contract is for the 290,000-square-foot building’s core and shell.
The beam was signed by the officials in attendance and the approximately 75 construction workers assigned to the project. Speakers at the event included Richard Elías, Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 5; the Honorable John S. Leonardo, United States Attorney for the District of Arizona; the Honorable Sarah R. Simmons, Presiding Judge, Pima County Superior Court; the Honorable Keith Bee, Presiding Judge, Pima County Justice Court; and Ramón Valadez, Chairman, Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 2.
Located on a four-acre parcel, the new criminal justice facility will address pressing court needs. It is being built in just 81 weeks and contains 5.6 million pounds of steel and 1,020 tons of reinforcing concrete rebar. Construction of the building shell will be complete this August.
Last summer, Sundt’s concrete team poured 7,500 cubic yards of concrete in two overnight operations to create the building’s five-foot-thick mat slab foundation – two of the largest concrete pours in Tucson’s history.