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Sundt Honored With ACCE Founder's Award

Sundt Honored With ACCE Founder's Award

Sundt Construction has been honored by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) with the 2012 Founder’s Award for its contributions to education within the construction industry.

“Receiving this recognition from such an esteemed organization is significant because it affirms our commitment to developing construction-industry professionals from the earliest stages of their careers,” said Richard Condit, senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Sundt.

Established in 2006, the Founder’s Award recognizes individuals, companies or organizations that, through their efforts over the past year, have had a profound effect on construction education, according to ACCE. The award criteria focus on a number of key impacts within the industry that include: positive impact on construction reputation, benefit and support of construction management programs and students, and contribution to the industry as a whole.

Sundt was nominated by Susan Thomas, a construction management program professor at Northern Arizona University who has had more than 25 years of personal experience with the company, first as a student, as an industry professional, and now as an educator.

“Sundt exemplifies the best when it comes to a ‘profound effect’ on construction education, impacts to local communities, impact to construction reputation and contribution to an industry as a whole. Based on personal experience over the past 25 years, they deserve to be recognized,” Thomas said in her nomination support statement.

Sundt maintains a commitment to construction education through a variety of initiatives, including sponsorship of regional and national student engineering competitions, involvement in college mentorship programs, construction-management curriculum development and teaching involvement in colleges where the company has offices.

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Sundt Recognized By BestCompaniesAZ For Reshaping State

Sundt Construction, Inc.  is among 100 Arizona companies being honored by BestCompaniesAZ for reshaping the state’s workplaces over the past decade.

BestCompaniesAZ, a Mesa, Ariz.-based consulting firm that identifies, develops and promotes outstanding employers, recently released its 100 Best Arizona Companies of the Decade list in celebration of the organization’s 10th anniversary and Arizona’s Centennial. “We are proud to recognize companies that are at the forefront of innovation and economic growth in Arizona,” said Denise Gredler, president and CEO of BestCompaniesAZ. “These are the best and they deserve recognition.” Sundt’s name appears in the Stars of the Best category for mastery and leadership in its field.

“At Sundt Construction, we believe it is our people who make the difference,” said Sundt Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Richard Condit.  “We know that if we keep our employees happy, they, in turn, will work hard to keep our customers happy. We are grateful to be honored among other Arizona companies that also are dedicated to creating great workplaces and maintaining the highest performance standards.”

In addition to being one of the country’s oldest and most respected general contractors, Sundt provides a number of employee benefits, including an employee stock ownership plan; health plan, vision and prescription benefits; paid time off and an opportunity to make pre-tax donations to the Sundt Foundation, a separate non-profit organization focused on the needs of disadvantaged children and adults. The foundation receives most of its funding through employee contributions, which are matched by the company. To date, the Sundt Foundation has provided more than $5 million in aid to community organizations in communities where Sundt has an established office, or to charitable organizations associated with military installations where the company has a construction project underway.

For more information about Sundt Construction and BestCompaniesAZ, visit Sundt Construction’s website at sundt.com and visit BestCompaniesAZ’s website at bestcompaniesaz.com.

Sundt Reception

Sundt Reception Honors Longtime Employees, ex-CEO

For 121 years, Sundt has believed that its people make the difference, considering them vital to the company’s past, present and future successes. The employee-owned construction company, which has received many “Best Place to Work” accolades and industry awards, began recognizing its former longtime employees in a new way on March 29.

That  afternoon, Sundt hosted a lunch reception to honor approximately 200 former employees who spent 20 years or more working for Sundt. With approximately 130 in attendance, the lunch reception featured a special ceremony that unveiled a new “Years of Service” display outside the general contractor’s Tempe office. The display, designed by Phoenix-based Lisa Ranzenberger, features the names of former employees who met or surpassed 20 years of service with the construction company.

“At Sundt, valuing our employees is and has always been integral to our culture. We believe that good things happen with good people,” said Richard Condit, chief administrative officer for Sundt. “We also understand that people’s most valuable asset is their time, and these folks have given more than 20 years of their lives to our company. We felt it would be most appropriate to honor and thank them for their service.”

Sundt President and CEO Dave Crawford served as the event’s master of ceremonies, welcoming everyone and sharing stories about people, projects and successes of the company. The reception included a video presentation of the company’s history, lunch, the unveiling of the “Years of Service” display, cake, as well as optional tours of the Tempe office hosted by current employees.

Condit led the development of the Years of Service display, which got underway last year. The construction company conducted internal research to identify those former employees who reached the 20-year milestone across all locations, and then hired Ranzenberger to design the display, which features a series of six pillars. The first and second pillars explain the display’s purpose and state Sundt’s vision, mission and core values, respectively. The remaining four are inscribed with the names of the honorees, starting with the company’s founder, M.M. Sundt. On an annual basis, Sundt will hold a ceremonial luncheon to honor additional past employees whose names are to be added to the display.

The pillars are located at the entrance to the Tempe headquarters, a building named for Sundt’s recently retired CEO, J. Doug Pruitt. The official naming of the J. Doug Pruitt Building was also part of the March 29 luncheon. Pruitt, who retired in September 2011 after 45 years but remains active as the company’s chairman, is credited with being the driving force behind Sundt’s success in recent years.