April 6, 2016
March 18, 2016
One of Sundt’s projects in Tucson will be a little over the top, in a good way.
Our joint venture team starts work in July reconstructing the Interstate 10 interchange at Ina Road. The most notable improvement is a bridge that will take traffic over Union Pacific Railroad tracks to break up delays on a heavily used four-lane road.
The tracks presently sit at grade, causing backups for the roughly 23,000 drivers who use that section of Ina Road every day. Having a bridge at the site will also increase safety as motorists will no longer have to deal with crossing the tracks when the project is complete in 2019.
Traffic will be partially diverted from the interstate during this complex heavy civil project, putting more cars on frontage roads that aren’t presently equipped to handle the load. The team’s first priorities include widening the frontage and relocating potable and reclaimed water lines.
“There’s a little bit of everything on this project,” said Sundt Area Manager Steve Schmitt. “Underground work, utilities, storm drains, bridges, collapsible soil conditions.”
Soil issues are adding another month or so to the work. The team needs to excavate the soil by about five extra feet in order to compact it because of the site’s proximity to the Santa Cruz River and its erosion and sediment. A new bridge will also be constructed over the Santa Cruz River on Ina Road.
The joint venture has experience working I-10 in Tucson, having completed a six-mile stretch through the downtown corridor south of the present work site. The project included many of the same components and was completed several months ahead of schedule. Many members of that team are coming back for this project.
“The team has proven its value to ADOT,” Steve said. “We’re looking forward to getting started on this project and improving mobility in the Tucson area.”
March 7, 2016
Aly Gartin, third from right, organizes all six MIke Gaines charity events Sundt puts on every year.
Today is the first Mike Gaines Charity Golf Tournament of the year, one of six events Sundt hosts in memory of a beloved former employee-owner. Mike died in 2002 from ALS complications and the company hosts five golf tournaments and a trap shooting event each year to raise money and awareness in the battle against the deadly disease.
Sundt Estimating Coordinator Aly Gartin plays a crucial role in organizing the events, which are held in Tucson, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio and San Diego. Her hard work and commitment to the cause are the result of her friendship with Mike, an employee-owner who served the company for more than two decades.
Aly, who has been with Sundt for 33 years, recently took time to talk about Mike and the importance of the events that keep his memory alive.
What kind of person was Mike?
Fun. He was very team-oriented. ‘Let’s have a happy hour, let’s have a family picnic, let’s celebrate.’ Something else that speaks to what kind of person Mike was: His original doctor from MDA is now the Executive VP and Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at MDA and still attends the Tucson tournament when she’s in town. She speaks fondly of Mike and his courage and drive to fight as long as he could.
How did you get involved in planning the events?
Mike wanted me to watch the $20,000 Hole-in-One hole. I stepped in to do the finances and paperwork at year two. (Former Sundt employee-owners) Monty Suttle, Corky Collins and I are the champions because of our longtime friendship with Mike, to keep it about his memory and raising money for ALS research.
How much have the events grown over the years?
Sundt’s been so great to let us spread to the different offices. Each office has had a connection to Mike and we’ve been able to carry his memory on to the next one. We’ve watched each tournament grow and become more popular. We want to be the charity event of choice when people can only spend ‘X’ amount of money out of their discretionary budget. They spend it on golf for ALS research.
What kind of reactions do you get from players after the events?
Everyone always has such a good time and seems to appreciate the opportunity to do a good deed. They know their money’s going to the cause. It’s a good time to network and catch up with friends; we have retirees golf, upper management comes out, our own former President and CEO J. Doug Pruitt even plays the Phoenix tournament each year.
What does it mean to you to carry Mike’s legacy forward?
Mike was a great guy, a hard worker, and a good friend. He deserves to be remembered. I’m proud to be part of that effort! I keep thinking and hoping it’ll be that next tournament’s donations that help pay to find the cure.
Mike Gaines golf tournaments are held in Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Sacramento and Tucson.
February 15, 2016
Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa in Chandler won the retail category.
Last Thursday was a RED-letter night for Sundt. That’s when two of our projects won Real Estate and Development Awards, Arizona’s most comprehensive real estate honors.
The Pima County Public Service Center in Tucson and Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa in Chandler were honored during the RED Awards ceremony at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix. The awards are presented by AZRE Magazine.
Pima County Public Service Center, which won in the public category, is a 290,000-square-foot criminal justice facility in Downtown Tucson. Original plans were for the City of Tucson to use 55 percent of the facility with Pima County using the remaining space. Eventually, Pima County occupied the entire facility, putting 14 courtrooms and the offices of the assessor, constables, recorder and treasurer in the building. We also built the adjoining parking lot that accommodates more than 700 vehicles.
Ocotillo Village, which took the retail category, is an 82,000-square-foot facility that features two pools and a children’s splash pad, seven tennis courts, a full-service spa, salon and med spa, café and outdoor patio, kid’s club and nursery, kid’s gym, men’s, women’s and family locker rooms, an indoor basketball court and running track, two racquetball and two squash courts, cardio, weight and functional training rooms, hot yoga studio and traditional yoga studio, and Pilates, indoor cycling and group fitness studios.
The state’s biggest, best and most notable commercial real estate projects and transactions for the previous year are honored each year. RED Awards are given to developers, general contractors, architects and brokers/teams. All award winners and honorable mentions are featured in a special awards section of AZRE Magazine.
Pima County Public Service Center in Tucson won the public category.
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.
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.