NAME: Reed Hubbell
WORKSITE: Las Cruces High School Additions, Las Cruces, New Mexico
MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering
SCHOOL: University of Arizona
What drew you to Sundt?
The people. Even though Sundt is by far the largest company I’ve ever worked for, I felt very welcomed by Sundt, from my first contact onward. Everyone is friendly and encouraging, and the company as a whole is very receptive to its interns. I’ve been impressed with how Sundt runs as a corporation, but it feels like I’m working at a small, hometown business.
What does a typical day at Sundt look like for you?
I typically start by processing the paperwork that came in during the previous afternoon – subcontractor daily reports (SDRs), safety checklists, etc. Beyond that, my days are pretty varied! I spend a lot of time checking incoming inventory (lots of steel beams so far), working through takeoffs, reviewing structural plans, and taking part in meetings and site walks to “learn the ropes” of the project and large-scale construction in general. Occasionally, when there’s a slow day, I’ll pick up a broom and start sweeping.
What have you learned about the real world of construction that surprised you?
With this project, I’ve started to truly realize how intricate the planning for a project like this is, and it was surprising how the slightest design change can have a serious ripple effect once steel and concrete are in place. I’m learning how important it is to have everything planned as immaculately as possible before starting any work, and to always be ready for unexpected changes. The project I’m on has encountered some of these challenges, but our team has always handled them quite well.
How have you benefited by working with a mentor every day?
I actually have a handful of mentors at my site, and it’s been fascinating to work with all of them. They each have different specialties, viewpoints, and experience, and it’s been really useful to apply the knowledge I’m gaining from each of them. It also helps keep me busy. If I run out of work from one mentor, I just turn to the next.
Best book read recently:
I didn’t technically read it, but I’ve been listening to the audiobook series of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, as I drove all over Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado at the start of this summer. I got drawn into it by the “Game of Thrones” TV series, and while it’s definitely mainstream now, I really enjoy the nontraditional plot style and the incredible breadth and depth of the books’ settings and characters. Martin really has an imagination! Just don’t get too attached to your favorite character.
App you couldn’t live without?
Just to avoid saying “Facebook,” I’ll go with Imgur. It’s a good time burner (a funny pictures app), and I spend way too much time on it when I get home from work. Warning: the humor can be a bit edgy.
Favorite quote/inspirational saying?
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead
What advice would you give for the future interns of Sundt?
Invest in some sunscreen and a good water bottle or three. The Southwest isn’t known for its temperate summers. However, you’ll likely spend plenty of time in a nice air-conditioned office, too.
Crews are performing a new building addition for the boilers and reverse osmosis system.
Sundt’s relationship with the University of Arizona in Tucson was built over nearly 80 years and 57 projects – and counting. Our experience working on university campuses, combined with our industrial construction expertise, is making our newest infrastructure project for the UA a success.
The multi-phased ENR2 Infrastructure project will expand the university’s existing infrastructure to support new research facilities and future campus development. The project’s scope involves improvements to the mechanical, electrical and utility systems; central plant heating and cooling systems; process and research water production; and supporting utilities. Crews are currently renovating the existing central heating and refrigeration plant to house new equipment.
The Health Sciences Education Building at Phoenix Biomedical Campus has won numerous awards since Sundt completed it in 2012.
The landmark Health Sciences Education Building at Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix is amassing awards faster than this year’s Oscar winners. The $129 million university construction project, completed by Sundt in 2012, is a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility that houses the University of Arizona’s expanded medical school and several programs for Northern Arizona University. Click here to learn about its TV appearance and the dozens of prestigious awards that recognize the project’s design and complexity.
Old Main – the University of Arizona’s oldest building – is being restored by Sundt.
Historic renovation and preservation projects are rarely without surprises, and Sundt’s $9 million project to restore the University of Arizona’s Old Main building has been no exception. So far, one of the most challenging – and surprising – parts of the job occurred while the team was stabilizing the building’s second floor. Because the area will be used as a gathering and entertaining space, it has to be upgraded to withstand 100 pounds per square foot (psf) of pressure. (The old flooring was estimated to be just 40 psf). In order to achieve the higher rating, the old flooring was removed and new steel joists were added in between the existing wooden joists. While that work was taking place, the team made an interesting discovery.
The sign from Old Main’s original contractor, M.J. Sullivan, which was recovered in pieces from between the floor joists and reassembled by Sundt.
“In between the old joists were pieces of wood that had writing on them, so we removed them and pieced them together,” said Sundt Senior Project Superintendent Dennis Manley. “It turns out that the original contractor, back in 1891, cut up his sign and used it in the construction of the floor. We have no idea why he did that – maybe he needed every bit of wood he could get his hands on. It was a fun discovery that the University was glad to learn about. And now they have the original sign to add to their collection of artifacts.”
Sundt’s scope of work includes stabilizing the perimeter stone wall (which lacks a foundation), resolving subterranean water infiltration, reinforcing the brick columns, reconstructing the second floor porch, stabilizing and leveling the second floor, replacing metal roof shingles, stabilizing the chimneys, and rebuilding the second floor interior for use as the office of the University president. Also included in the work are safety upgrades, installation of a new mechanical system, and replacement of the plumbing, lighting and electrical systems.
The university construction project will be complete this summer. More information can be found online at saveoldmain.org and on social media at #saveoldmain.
Receiving the Raytheon Spirit of Education award on behalf of Sundt are (from left to right) Richard Condit, Corporate Director of Administration; Kurt Wadlington, Project Executive; Dave Crawford, President & CEO; and Eric Hedlund, Chief Operating Officer.
Sundt was presented with the Raytheon Spirit of Education Award by Tucson Values Teachers at the nonprofit organization’s gala event in Tucson last night. The award is given annually to a company that shows outstanding support of education in Southern Arizona.
“We chose Sundt for this year’s Raytheon Spirit of Education Award because the company has been committed to building educational excellence in Arizona for more than 80 years,” said Katie Rogerson, marketing director for Tucson Values Teachers. “Sundt has built more than 60 projects for the University of Arizona plus countless community college and K-12 education construction projects. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Southern Arizona’s educational landscape has been transformed by Sundt.”
The event, held at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort (constructed by Sundt in 1984), was attended by Sundt President & CEO Dave Crawford and several other members of the executive team. Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, President of Raytheon Missile Systems, and Dr. Ann Weaver Heart, President of the University of Arizona, hosted the evening.
“Every business should care about the quality of our educational system,” said Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington. “Sundt is honored to have been associated with so many quality educational institutions and programs in our efforts to provide meaningful support of this important economic driver.”