January 24, 2017
August 4, 2016
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.
June 3, 2016
WORKSITE: Ocotillo Wastewater Reclamation Facility (Chandler, Arizona)
MAJOR: Mining Engineering
SCHOOL: University of Arizona
ANTICIPATED GRADUATION DATE: December 2016
What drew you to Sundt?
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.
May 26, 2016
Project: I-10/Ina Road Traffic Interchange in Tucson
Major: Civil Engineering
School: University of Arizona
Anticipated Graduation Date: Fall 2017
Why did you decide on Sundt for your summer internship?
Sundt stood out to me from all the other companies I was interviewing with because it put an emphasis on high standards. I knew that being able to work for a company like this would be both a challenge and a reward. A challenge because I strive to better myself every day to produce the quality of work that is generated at Sundt and a reward because after this internship, I knew I would learn invaluable experience from on-site field and office work in my area of interest. This experience would truly help me become among the best in the industry upon graduation.
Another reason I chose Sundt is the impact it is making in my community. It has done several projects around and at the University of Arizona, and has donated a lot of the safety equipment I use on a daily basis for my classes. The impact that Sundt has on my life has inspired me to want to become a part of something that helps the community where I live. It has set the bar high and with the help of my mentors and Sundt team I know I will be adequately prepared to better my community for myself and future generations.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Although I have only been interning for a couple of weeks at Sundt, I already feel a part of the team. I am working on the Ina Road project which is set to begin construction in Tucson in early July. While my team and I are in the Tempe office, I am helping tie up last-minute loose ends before we make the move to Tucson. I am involved in obtaining permits, editing and finishing written documents for the owner and other general paperwork needed for completion. When I go into the field in July, I will be in charge of safety and quality control as well as assisting the Project Manager and Field Engineer.
What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
Honduran food. My family is from Honduras, and even though they live in Phoenix, I don’t get to see them that often. So anytime I get the chance to visit my parents and get a home-cooked meal, my mom prepares a traditional Honduran dish. My favorite is called yucca con chicharron. It has yucca root, chayote squash, ripe plantain, carrots, cilantro and seasoning.
What is a book you have read recently?
“The Great Gatsby” By F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is a terrific author. I wanted to read this after I saw the 2013 film so I could compare the two.
What is your favorite quote or inspirational saying?
“One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist. Without imperfection neither you nor I would exist.” – Stephen Hawking
What do you like to do in your free time?
Whenever I have free time I like to spend it with my family and friends. Building quality relationships is very important to me. Whenever I’m not with them I also enjoy painting/drawing with oil pastel, colored pencil and charcoal; playing the piano; and learning to golf.
April 15, 2016
One of the most significant healthcare projects in Southern Arizona history was celebrated Thursday when groundbreaking took place at Banner-University Medical Center Tucson on the University of Arizona campus.
UA President Ann Weaver Hart and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild were among the presenters at the event.
Rendering courtesy of Shepley Bulfinch.
A Sundt joint venture with DPR Construction will build the nine-story, 670,000-square-foot facility. The new tower replaces one that has been used for more than 40 years.
When the new tower opens in spring 2019, it will include:
- A main entry, cafeteria and support departments on the first floor.
- Diagnostic imaging, diagnostic cardiology, cardiac cath labs and interventional radiology on the second floor.
- Operating rooms and patient prep/recovery space on the third floor.
- 204 patient rooms in floors five through nine.
- Shelled space on the ninth floor for 24 more patient rooms.
More than $50 million in new patient care equipment and computers are being added for state-of-the-art care.
Banner-UMC Tucson plays an important role in the health of Southern Arizona residents and visitors; it’s the only Level 1 Trauma Center in the region.
Updates and a webcam can be found on the project website.
Sundt is committed to hiring a diverse workforce and we are continually looking for chances to employ the industry’s best people and introduce others to exciting opportunities in construction. We are proud to feature a series in our blog that provides insights into accomplishments made by our company’s veterans, women and minorities while highlighting successful careers and opportunities. We’re proud of our diverse culture and thankful for each employee-owner’s contributions. Please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as we celebrate the things that make Sundt an employer of choice where people thrive in a culture of diversity.
Employee-owner Lisette Guevera recently was named to the newly created role of accounting manager. Our payroll supervisor of four years, Lisette has more than 10 years of industry experience, including five as controller for a contractor specializing in masonry. In her new position, she is responsible for overseeing the general accounting area, which includes payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, job costs and fixed assets. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona and plans to someday earn her CPA.
In Lisette’s limited spare time – she has a 4-year-old daughter, after all – she likes working out and running Spartan races. She helps teach at her church on Sundays and performs volunteer work with Shyann Kindness. Lisette was the assistant coach for her daughter’s soccer team this past season, an experience she described as “incredible.”
How has your experience been working with Sundt?
It’s been wonderful. I have learned so much from our employee-owners and everyone is helpful and very knowledgeable about our industry. Before coming to Sundt, I worked at a construction materials supplier and a subcontractor so I feel lucky since I have been able to see other parts within the construction process. My work experiences have helped me better understand my role here at Sundt.
Construction work goes far beyond the jobsite. How pivotal is the support role played by our accounting department?
There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes that keeps jobsites running and the accounting department’s role is quite important. We assist the jobsites as much as possible with any necessary information.
Have you found that women have good opportunities to move up in the company?
I think Sundt makes an effort to invest in anyone who wants to advance, whether you are a man or woman. I think a woman at Sundt has great opportunity for success. In recent years I’ve seen more and more women within the company enter leadership roles, which makes me continue to want to do better.
What would you say to a woman who wanted to start or continue her career by becoming a Sundt employee-owner?
I would say a simple phrase used by Cesar Chavez: Sí, se puede (Yes, you can).