April 15, 2016
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.
November 2, 2015
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.
October 30, 2015
Common Ground Awards honor accomplishments in conflict resolution, negotiation, community building and peace-building.
Awards keep rolling in for our extensive reconstruction of Old Main
on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson.
Our team’s efforts earned a Common Ground Award presented by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance on Oct. 30. Old Main was one of 11 winners from a field of 50 submitted for consideration as top projects in Southern Arizona.
Constructed in 1891, Old Main was the original building on campus.
The project also earned the:
•Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Crescordia Award;
•Arizona Preservation Foundation Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award & Grand Award;
•DBIA Western Pacific Region, Merit Award-DBIA Western Pacific Region;
•Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award;
•National Award of Merit-Design-Build Institute of America and the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission’s Historic Preservation Award.
University of Arizona Associate Director, Planning & Public-Private Partnerships Rodney Mackey (left) and Sundt Tucson Office Project Director David Ollanik at the Common Ground Awards ceremony on Oct. 30 in Tucson.
The project involved stabilizing the 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. Work began in early 2013 and finished during the summer of 2014.
Common Ground Awards are presented annually to honor outstanding accomplishments in conflict resolution, negotiation, community building and peace-building. The Metropolitan Pima Alliance advocates responsible development in the Pima County metropolitan area and furthers the interests of the real estate and development industry through education, public policy advocacy and networking.
We’re pleased to announce that David Ollanik is our newest Project Director in Tucson. He has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, including two decades running his own business.
After growing up in Missouri, David moved to Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, including a minor in management information systems.
He recently answered a few questions about himself and Sundt’s priorities in Southern Arizona.
How did you get started in the construction industry?
I started painting houses my first summer back home from college as a freshman and then started a company with a high school friend doing painting and roofing. We built the business during my remaining three years of college and evolved into home remodeling and additions. When I graduated, I decided to go to work for a Tucson builder to see how a “real company” worked. Within 2½ years, I started my own construction company in Tucson that I managed for 20 years.
What was it about Sundt that interested you in working here?
The history and reputation of the company were the driving forces in my search for the next phase of my career. I was searching for a company with stability, industry best practices and solid integrity standards. I have found all three here at Sundt.
You know the Tucson market well. What makes it unique?
Tucson is a big small town. It is resistant to change, which makes it both unique and a challenge for growing a business. The key to Tucson is understanding that it will probably never be a Phoenix or Denver. The interesting thing is the potential for growth is tremendous.
What are some of the Tucson office’s priorities over the next several years?
The top priorities are maintaining our existing client base, which is extremely strong, while expanding our presence in the private sector market.
Sundt put down roots in Tucson almost 90 years ago. How much has our history and proven track record worked to our advantage in forming strong working relationships with clients such as the University of Arizona?
The fact that Sundt is one of the oldest firms in Tucson is paramount to our success. We can sell local representation along with a 125-year history and a national as well as global resume. No other local firm can match that combination.
What’s your philosophy about building good client partnerships?
I have always found that people do business with people they like and trust. Sundt has built a foundation based on these same principles of being a trusted advisor and client advocate. By assuring customer success, we assure our mutual success as we become the builder of choice for our client. Learning about what makes our client successful as well as educating the client about how we can be successful as a team becomes the task most necessary in building the relationship. It needs to be a two-way street.
Where do you like to travel?
Our preferred travel location is anywhere with a nice beach! We tend to go to Mexico and have been lucky enough to have visited Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Zihautanejo, Rocky Point, San Carlos, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz as well as a little fishing village named Buena Vista where my wife and I got married.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re away from work?
My No. 1 activity is spending time with my family. As an empty nester (a son in college and two out and off the payroll), this does not happen as often as I like. I also enjoy golf, hiking, camping, fishing and playing pool and ping pong.