Sundt Newsletters

The Sundt Experience: January 2014

January 6, 2014
While Phoenix-area residents eagerly await the completion of a major extension of the city’s light rail system, known as the Northwest Extension, they can use an application developed by the construction project team to stay connected with local businesses and get project updates. The “NWExtension” app, available for free in the Apple iTunes store, contains coupons, businesses promotions, route information, construction updates, information about community groups, traffic impacts and more.

The Sundt Experience: December 2013

November 15, 2013
Texans traveling across the newly reconstructed West 7th Street Bridge in Fort Worth have more to marvel at than the 12, illuminated concrete arches that form the backbone of the structure’s one-of-a-kind design. The fact that Sundt completed the $24.1 million bridge construction project a month ahead of schedule – reopening it to travelers well in advance of the busy holiday season – is also drawing attention and praise. The 980-foot-long bridge spans the Trinity River and connects downtown Fort Worth to the city’s busy cultural district. It opened to traffic on October 9.

The Sundt Experience: November 2013

October 25, 2013
When Sundt was issued a $20 million contract in 2012 to construct the new Sun Devil Fitness Complex for Arizona State University (ASU) in downtown Phoenix, the student housing move-in date for the 2013-2014 school year was not yet finalized. Since the project was a student-funded initiative, the team had a difficult decision to make. Could they accelerate the already fast-track, 13-month schedule by a full three weeks in order to finish the project in time for students’ use when they moved into downtown housing?

The Sundt Experience: October 2013

September 25, 2013
It’s not easy to find the skills of a specialist and the experience a generalist in one contractor. But that’s exactly the unique combination of attributes Sundt provides to clients when it performs as a concrete construction subcontractor. A great example is the company’s $24 million project at Fort Bliss Army Post in El Paso, Texas.

The Sundt Experience: September 2013

August 28, 2013
A major portion of one of the country’s largest airport expansion projects in recent history has been completed. Kiewit/Sundt performed a $230 million, design-build project at San Diego International Airport that involved extensive additions and improvements. Perhaps what’s most impressive is the way the team planned and executed its work in order to keep the facility open and avoid disruptions to the public.

The Sundt Experience: August 2013

July 31, 2013
In keeping with its commitment to innovation, Sundt Construction, Inc. is leading the industry in the development of a new approach to estimating during a project’s preconstruction phase. In short, the company’s team of forward-thinking estimators is bypassing most estimating software in favor of more flexible design software to create project models that maximize the amount of useful data that is generated. These flexible, comprehensive structural models improve quality, efficiency and continuity because they can be used during both the preconstruction and design phases.

The Sundt Experience: July 2013

June 25, 2013
In June, Sundt placed the last of twelve concrete arches that form the backbone of the world’s first pre-cast concrete network arch bridge in Fort Worth, Texas. The structure’s innovative design – created by the Texas Department of Transportation – consists of 12 pre-cast, post-tensioned arches that weigh 640,000 pounds apiece, measure 163 feet long and rise more than 20 feet above the roadway surface at their highest point.

The Sundt Experience: June 2013

May 30, 2013
The need to expand inmate capacity at county jails is greater than ever, yet there are many obstacles for making this happen quickly and efficiently. Chief among them are the slowly recovering economy, polarized politics and antiquated project delivery models. Fortunately, there are financing options and alternate project delivery methods that can overcome these hurdles.

The Sundt Experience: May 2013

April 29, 2013
Evidence-based design is the process of using research data to guide the process of making decisions about the built environment. Before the evidence-based movement took off, major design decisions were driven mainly by anecdotal evidence and best guesses – not data. Thankfully, that has changed.

The Sundt Experience: April 2013

March 26, 2013
When it comes to renovating historic buildings, the biggest challenge is usually dealing with the unknown. Surprises are inevitable, especially when trying to determine utility locations and other unforseen elements in structures that are a half-century old or more. The right delivery method can make the difference between a project that goes smoothly and one that bogs down in change orders, cost increases and delays.