June 3, 2016
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.
March 3, 2016
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).
November 6, 2015
There’s no topping the excitement at the newly renamed Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in Downtown Phoenix. There is, however, a top on the building now.
The DPR • Sundt Joint Venture participated in a topping-out ceremony Thursday, raising a beam to the top of the facility. The event was a significant milestone also celebrated by University of Arizona and City of Phoenix officials. Formerly known as the Biosciences Partnership Building, the 10-story, 245,000-square-foot research facility is on track to be completed by January 2017.
The building will unite scientists and researchers from across disciplines to work collaboratively in fighting diseases. It will house, among other tenants, the UA College of Medicine’’s Center for Applied Nanoscience and Biomedicine.
Plans are for the university to pursue expanded partnerships with industry in neuroscience, cardiovascular and thoracic science.
It’s the latest addition to a growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus, a City of Phoenix initiative bringing bioresearch and education downtown. BPB is our fourth project under contract on the campus, including the neighboring Health Sciences Education Building, which houses health education for the UA and Northern Arizona University.
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.