Interns Isaiah and Dalton at the Signal Butte site in the Phoenix area.
Sundt’s Intern Class of 2017 is settling in at job sites across the Southwest, the result of many months spent recruiting top college students.
We send Talent Acquisition/University Relations Specialist Mike Morales to more than a dozen campuses during the fall and winter to participate in job fairs and conduct interviews with potential interns.
Ana shows her heavy equipment skills on the Ina Road-I-10 project in Tucson.
While our recruitment efforts mainly focus on the Southwest – we have a combined 29 interns from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona – there are four students in this class from the relatively small University of Wisconsin-Stout. Part of the Wisconsin state system, the school has 9,600 students.
We also have four students from the University of Texas-El Paso and three apiece from Chico State University in California, Northern Arizona University and Texas A&M University.
About 75 percent of our interns are Construction Management and Civil Engineering students. Other fields of study include Mechanical, Industrial or Electrical Engineering and Architecture.
Our summer interns work until August, when many return to school. Several past interns have been hired at Sundt as employee-owners after graduation.
We’re already recruiting next year’s intern class to ensure we get the best candidates.
“A few weeks ago, (Operations Manager) Jim Pullen and I met a student from Arizona State University who came highly recommended,” Mike said. “We’re looking forward to having her on the team in 2018.”
Interns Amy and Wesley at the Banner-UMC site in Tucson.
The winners will be honored at the Heavy Medals Awards Luncheon next Wednesday in Tempe. The awards recognize statewide innovation and leadership in green buildings and celebrate teams for their efforts to accomplish LEED certification.
Old Main Renovation is the winner of the Building Performance award. We successfully merged the existing structure, constructed in 1891, with safety upgrades, a new mechanical system and replaced plumbing, lighting and electrical systems.
The project has earned many honors, including three from the Design-Build Institute of America (National Awards of Excellence and Merit and the Western Pacific Region Merit Award), the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award, a Historic Preservation Award from the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission and the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award.
USGBC Arizona awarded Sun Devil Fitness Complex the Community Champion award. The award recognizes a LEED-certified project that addresses the needs of an underserved community and meets the USGBC’s vision of healthy and sustainable buildings. The complex is a five-story, 70,000-square-foot student recreation center that features an indoor track, rooftop swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, student lounge and more.
Arizona State University’s Downtown Fitness Complex in Phoenix.
Dave Crawford’s contributions to the construction industry earned him this year’s Engineering News-Record Southwest Legacy Award.
Dave Crawford worked his way up from laborer to President & CEO at Sundt. His impressive resume, innovative leadership and more than 48 years in the industry earned him this year’s Engineering News-Record Southwest Legacy Award.
Dave retired as Sundt’s CEO last October. He served as President & CEO for four years; he was CEO in his final year before retirement.
The Legacy Award is given annually by Engineering News-Record (ENR) regional editors to an individual in their regions who has achieved a lifetime of service, both to the AEC profession and the community. Nominees must have demonstrated significant lifelong contributions to the industry as a whole and to their chosen professions. ENR is the leading publication covering the construction industry.
Dave was a key participant in drafting, lobbying, education and passage of legislation permitting alternate project delivery methods and qualifications-based selection for public owners in Arizona. He participated as a national speaker on the topic and was involved on a federal basis in accelerating the movement toward teaming solutions to facilitating design and construction in the industry.
He has been involved with the community by serving on boards for Greater Phoenix Leadership, CEOs Against Cancer, the Real Arizona Coalition, YMCA of Phoenix and Expect More Arizona. Under Dave’s leadership, the Sundt Foundation topped $7.2 million raised to help underserved people. We also established a Center for Craft Excellence, which focuses on bettering our craft employee-owners through skills training and continuous improvement.
Dave is a former chair of the Design Build Institute of America and was active in the Associated General Contractors of America, the Alliance for Construction Excellence, the American Concrete Institute, the Arizona Builders’ Alliance and the Lean Construction Institute.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona.
A classmate and good friend referred me after she had a very positive and rewarding summer internship. After hearing how highly she regarded the company and her co-workers, I decided to pursue an internship with Sundt for the summer.
What does a typical day at Sundt look like for you?
The benefit of working for Sundt is that there is no “typical day.” The work that goes on is very diverse and my internship has afforded me the opportunity to obtain experience and learn about many different aspects of the work that goes on at a water treatment plant. Some days I start by going out into the field to help stake out points with the layout team while other days I begin in the office where I have the opportunity to learn new and exciting programs that are used by project engineers. Each work day is different from the last, but the one thing that has become “typical” of my work days at Sundt is that I know that each day I am going to learn something useful and new.
What have you learned about the real world of construction that surprised you?
The biggest benefit has been exposure to the real work being done. Prior to my internship, I imagined construction as a predictable and mundane building process. But that could not have been further from the truth! There is so much more going on in the construction field than I had ever realized. During my internship I have gained exposure to the important individual segments of what goes on in construction from day to day, from using surveying equipment to staking out points with the surveyors, coordinating with subcontractors, to being able to help develop recirculation plans in a program I had never even heard of three months prior. Each process is vital to the overall success of any project.
How have you benefited by working with a mentor every day?
My mentors on site were thoughtful and considerate with how they introduced me to the active components of the day-to-day work. Their guidance and instruction have been invaluable to my growth and development, and their constructive support is esteem-building and motivating. My mentors encourage communication and are open and responsive to questions, whether the questions are simple or complex. Their availability and responsiveness enhanced the learning process. The freedom to ask questions created a tremendous and unlimited learning environment.
What’s the best book you’ve read recently?
“Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg
What’s an app you couldn’t live without?
What’s your favorite quote or inspirational saying?
“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.” – Sheryl Sandberg
The quote sums up the attitude that I adopted during my internship with Sundt. I have had to step out of my comfort zone from time to time. This quote produces a mindset to always be eager to try new things, and most importantly, to learn and grow as a result!
What advice would you give for future interns at Sundt?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your internship is what you make it, so forge ahead and embrace every opportunity; watch, listen and ask questions. Learning never ends, even when you think you should know it all.