TEMPE (April 18, 2017) – A Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck joint venture earned a 2016 Arizona Transportation Partnering Excellence for its partnership on the Northwest Light Rail Extension for Valley Metro. The award was presented at the Annual Roads & Streets Conference in Tucson this month.
The joint venture of Sundt Construction, Inc and Stacy and Witbeck, completed the 3.2-mile extension to the Valley Metro light rail system in March 2016.
The project was delivered three months ahead of schedule and within budget despite the challenges of being located in an urban area with a high volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Sundt/Stacy and Witbeck also coordinated more than 20 months of utility construction to remove and replace 100 percent of the water, sewer and storm systems.
“The project team recognized the complexity and magnitude early on of the utility relocation and identified it as a critical component to the success of the project,” Sundt Senior Project Engineer Chris Elison said. “The collaboration we had with employees from Valley Metro and the City of Phoenix, as well as the local community and stakeholders, made it easy to partner with them and made the whole building experience memorable.”
To keep the community informed, the team developed a smartphone app to provide project updates and information about changing traffic control. The app also contained coupons, business promotions, route information and information about community groups.
The awards recognize partnerships that demonstrate a high degree of achievement through their practice of the partnering principles and application of partnering processes related to the transportation industry.
Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) is one of the country’s largest and most respected general contractors. The 127-year-old firm specializes in transportation, industrial and building work and is known for its commitment to quality and innovative approach to construction services. Sundt has 10 offices throughout Texas, Arizona, California and Utah and is 100 percent owned by its approximately 2,000 employees. The company is consistently ranked among the Best Places to Work by business publications in multiple cities and in 2016 it was named the nation’s safest construction company by the Associated General Contractors of America for the second time in a decade – an honor no other contractor can claim. Sundt’s charitable arm, the Sundt Foundation, recently crossed the $7.7 million mark in donations made to hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country.