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Sundt delivers truck load of water for summer heat relief

Sundt Construction Inc., with help from its subcontractors and suppliers, hosted its fifth annual Thirst Aid Water Drive, delivering a semi-truck-load of nearly 200,000 bottles of water to St. Joseph the Worker, a Human Service Campus agency, on Friday, June 6, 2014.

As Phoenix’s summer temperatures hit triple digits, employees from Sundt’s corporate headquarters in Tempe, Arizona, once again participated in the Thirst Aid water drive to benefit St. Joseph the Worker, a nonprofit organization that aids homeless and other disadvantaged individuals throughout the Phoenix area. Many homeless and disadvantaged people suffer from thirst, heat-related illness and even death when temperatures soar in the summer months.

Sundt organized the company’s first Thirst Aid event in 2010 with the hope of collecting 120 cases of water (2,880 bottles). That goal was crushed by the collection of nearly 50,000 bottles. The number tripled the following year when 149,000 bottles came through the door – so many that St. Joseph the Worker was able to share with the entire Human Services Campus. Contributions from Sundt and its partners continue to increase annually. In 2013, Sundt and its partners donated 191,000 bottles of water. This year’s collections totaled approximately 193,000, with additional donations continuing to pour in.

As a result of Sundt’s efforts, St. Joseph the Worker, in collaboration with the Human Services Campus service providers, has not had to turn away any individual who needed water.

The Human Services Campus, an unprecedented collaboration of 15 homeless service providers, was created in 2005 to address the growing demand for services by people experiencing homelessness. Each day, 1,300 men and women access resources such as shelter, physical and mental health services, dental care, substance abuse treatment, employment services and housing placement.

Collectively, each agency works with their supporters to collect donated water and heat relief funding to be able to provide for the needs of the individuals utilizing services on the Human Services Campus.

Each year, the City of Phoenix holds a water drive and places hydration stations around the community. With the support of its collective donors, St. Joseph the Worker and other Human Service Campus providers no longer have to reach out to the City of Phoenix for assistance. By providing for the individuals on the campus through this collective effort, the City of Phoenix is able to assist smaller agencies that do not have the support of organizations such as Sundt.
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Retired Sundt executive honored posthumously with transportation award

John Carlson, SrThe professional contributions of John E. Carlson, Sr., a retired longtime Sundt executive who passed away in February, were recognized recently with an Arizona Transportation Legacy Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies – Arizona.

The award was presented at the organization’s annual Arizona Conference on Roads & Streets, held April 16-18, 2014, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson. Carlson’s son, John E. Carlson, Jr., accepted the award on his father’s behalf. John Carlson, Jr., leads Sundt’s Texas District, based in San Antonio.

The senior Carlson retired from Sundt as the vice president for special projects and public affairs in 1997. His 40-year career took him around the world, including to Saudi Arabia during the 1970s and to Russia, where he led a joint venture team in rebuilding the U.S. Embassy before the end of the 20thcentury.

Carlson was well-respected in local and national construction circles, holding leadership roles in a number of industry organizations. He served as past chairman and other leadership positions for the Professional Engineers in Construction, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, Arizona District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Arizona Chamber of Commerce Southeast Region and Tucson Chamber of Commerce. He also was a chief lobbyist on industry legislation for the AGC at the state and national levels.

“Dad’s body of work, with significant U.S. and key international projects, speaks for itself,” said John Carlson, Jr. “He was one of the most respected people in our industry and in our community.”

Sundt hires Nicole Calamaio as director of Total Rewards

Nicole CalamaioNicole Calamaio recently joined Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) as the general contractor’s new corporate director of total rewards.

In this human resources role, Calamaio directs the planning and administration of Sundt’s total rewards program, helping to achieve the company’s strategic objectives. Calamaio’s extensive background in total rewards, including compensation, benefits, recognition programs and talent management systems, will support Sundt’s employee-owners as the company continues to grow.

Calamaio brings nearly 20 years of experience working in human resources, 15 of which she spent as director of compensation, benefits and human resource information systems for another prominent construction company. She earned a Master of Arts degree in human resources and industrial relations from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in human resource management from the University of St. Thomas.

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Sundt Construction CEO Honored For 45 Years Of Service To Company

 

Sundt Construction, Inc. recently honored President and CEO David S. Crawford for his 45 years of exceptional service to the company. The recognition emphasizes Sundt’s value on longevity and loyalty.

Crawford’s contributions to Sundt were acknowledged on Aug. 8, at Loews Ventana Canyon hotel in Tucson during Sundt’s Annual Leadership Conference, where 100 of the top senior management gathered. Doug Pruitt, Sundt’s chairman and former CEO, handled the honors.

“All of our employees – but, especially our long-time employees – are a point of pride for Sundt,” said Richard Condit, Sundt’s chief administrative officer. “We believe our employees make the difference in whether the company succeeds. “As an employee who worked his way through the ranks, Dave Crawford exemplifies Sundt’s culture of promoting from within.”

Crawford began his career with Sundt in 1968 as a concrete laborer, eventually becoming chief executive officer in 2011. He has been a member of the board of directors since 1992 and was an active participant in the legislation permitting alternate project delivery methods and qualifications-based selection for public owners in the state of Arizona.

 

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Sundt Named Among Healthiest Companies in America by Interactive Health

 

Sundt Construction is among the 72 “Healthiest Companies in America,” according to Interactive Health, a health-management solutions provider that awarded the national recognition based on winners’ successful corporate health and wellness initiatives in 2012.

This is the first year Sundt has won the award.

The “Healthiest Companies in America” award is given to organizations across the nation that attained a company-wide low health risk status while achieving high employee participation in their wellness program. The selection process analyzes clinical test results demonstrating improved employee health across an index of key health indicators.

“Sundt places a high priority on health and is always looking for ways to promote wellness in the workplace,” said Kari Louie, Sundt’s corporate director of total rewards, noting how the company has made employee health a strategic initiative by encouraging staff members to be more active, make healthy food choices and quit smoking, among other measures.

Joseph A. O’Brien, president and CEO of Interactive Health, praised 2012’s “Healthiest Companies in America” award winners, saying, “Earning this award takes corporate courage and commitment. A small percentage of an insured population can generate a disproportionate share of medical claim costs for an employer.

“However, a culture of health goes beyond improving the health of at-risk employees. It is equally as important to engage the healthy employees to ensure they stay healthy.”

 

ASU's Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 4 appears on the cover of the March/April 2013 issue of AZRE magazine.

State Route 101 HOV Lanes, ASU's ISTB 4 Named Among Best Construction Projects of 2012

 

The State Route 101 HOV project and ASU’s Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 4 were two of the most significant construction projects of 2012, the Associated General Contractors of America announced.

The projects’ contractors, Omaha-based Kiewit and Tucson-based Sundt, a Joint Venture, and Sundt Construction, Inc., were two of six firms to receive the association’s Alliant Build America Merit Award.

ISTB 4 won the 2013 RED Award for Best Education Project and Sundt was named General Contractor of the Year at AZRE magazine’s 8th Annual RED Awards event last week at the Arizona Biltmore.

“These projects are shining examples of the construction industry at its finest, demonstrating tremendous skill, hard work and steadfast determination,” said Joseph H. Jarboe, the association’s president and senior vice president of Bethesda, Md.-based Clark Construction Group. “The winners are setting the standard by which all construction projects should be judged.”

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) project involved adding 30 miles of high-occupancy vehicle lanes to State Route 101L, in addition to adding auxiliary lanes, widening five bridges, reconstructing eight freeway ramps, and adding new retaining walls.

The project links three major local freeways and reduces traffic congestion in three cities. Although ADOT originally expected the project to take nearly two years and cost $120M, the project was delivered in 10 months and under the initial budget. Thanks to a “Nobody Gets Hurt” safety program, there was just one OSHA recordable injury in more than 300,000 man hours.

The 8-story, 298,000 SF education and research facility on the Arizona State University campus holds a meeting space, an auditorium and meteorite gallery, and a high-tech laboratory. The exterior is a combination of aluminum cladding panels, extrusions, 16-inch Emperor Brick, architectural concrete, vertical channel glass and a glass storefront and curtain wall.

The Sundt team completed this project a day early, while also adding $3.2M in researcher enhancements to the project during the course of construction.

The Alliant Build America Merit Awards recognize the nation’s most significant construction projects. A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated an impressive number of submissions this year, assessing each project’s complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and client satisfaction, among other criteria.

The awards, which were announced during the association’s annual convention in Palm Springs, are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S.

 

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Sundt Promotes Travis McCarthy to Vice President, Division Manager

Sundt Construction promoted Travis McCarthy to vice president and division manager of its Concrete Division.

A construction-industry veteran, McCarthy has been with Sundt for 14 years, most recently working on the operational aspects of the company’s Heavy Civil, Mining & Industrial and Concrete divisions.

He also was the construction manager on two highly successful freeway expansions: the $90M Loop 101 and the $189M Loop 202 design-build projects.

McCarthy holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Arizona and is a registered civil engineer in the state of Arizona.

 

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Sundt CFO and Executive VP Retires After 35 Years

Raymond C. Bargull has retired from his position as chief financial officer and executive vice president of The Sundt Companies, Inc., the holding company of Sundt Construction, Inc. Bargull joined the company in 1977 and served as CFO for 22 years.

“Ray has been an absolute asset to this company for more than three decades,” Sundt CEO Dave Crawford said. “While we are saddened to see him go, we remain grateful for the contributions he has made here through his unwavering dedication to guiding the overall direction of Sundt’s financial plans and policies. The groundwork he established will continue to pay dividends well into the future.”

Upon Bargull’s retirement Sept. 30, senior vice president Kevin Burnett assumed the CFO role, a position he had already begun to fill while working alongside Bargull throughout the summer.

Bargull launched his career with Sundt as payroll manager in the late 1970s. Over the years he has held titles of senior vice president, controller and general accounting manager.

He was promoted to the position of chief financial officer in 1990, where he was responsible for directing treasury, budgeting, auditing, tax, accounting, real estate and insurance activities for the corporation and its subsidiaries. One year later, Bargull was named executive vice president. He also served on The Sundt Companies board of directors.

An active member of the Southern Arizona business community, Bargull has played a key role in the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, serving as a member of the organization’s board of directors for nearly a decade and as board chairman from 2009-2010. He will be stepping down from his role on the board at the end of this year.

He has also been actively involved in leadership roles with the Construction Financial Management Association’s Sonoran chapter, and is a member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Collaborative Effort Pays Off as UA's HSEB Celebrates Grand Opening

The official grand opening of the new Health Sciences Education Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus was also the celebration of a collaborative effort on the part of two general contractors and two architectural firms.

In an unprecedented collaboration, the 6-story, $135M, 268,000 SF facility was built so the state could expand its medical education facilities. The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix has expanded its class size and Northern Arizona University has increased its health-related offerings in the building.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, UA President Ann Weaver Hart, NAU President John Haeger and Arizona Board of Regents Chair Rick Myers were on hand to formally unveil the new building, which now houses more than 300 health science students from the two state universities.

Representatives of the building team — architects CO Architects and Ayers Saint Gross and the joint venture contractors DPR Construction and Sundt Construction, Inc. — were in attendance as well.

One of the signature points of the HSEB is its copper exterior. More than 250,000 pounds  of 99.9% recycled copper was used. The work was done by Kovach.

>> The UA College of Medicine: Phoenix currently anchors the biomedical campus and currently hosts 265 medical students, including its expanded class of 80 new first-year students.

>> NAU in Phoenix: The initial class of the physician assistant program includes 25 students, and the physical therapy program has 24 students. Both plan to expand in coming years.

Also on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus are the UA College of Pharmacy and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the global headquarters of the Translational Genomics Research Institute and International Genomics Consortium, and Arizona Biomedical Collaborative building.

 

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Sundt Foundation Awards $53,000 to Local Nonprofits

Sundt Construction’s Phoenix employees — through the Sundt Foundation — have selected 19 local nonprofit organizations to receive Sundt Foundation grants totaling $53,500 this quarter.

The foundation was established by Sundt in 1999 to give its employee-owners a means of giving back to their communities. It provides financial support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and adults.

Most grants are made to organizations in the communities where Sundt has offices and construction projects. The Foundation is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching. To date, the organization has awarded more than $5M in donations to organizations throughout Arizona, California, Texas and beyond.

The Phoenix organizations that recently received funding:

$7,500 Grant Recipients (1)

Save the Family Foundation of Arizona will use the grant to provide 222 bed nights of transitional housing, case management and education for 260 homeless children this year.

$5,000 Grant Recipients (4)

Child Crisis Center will use the grant to fund the costs for its Emergency Shelter Program, a 42-bed shelter where children from birth to age 11 whose families are in crisis are provided with temporary care in a safe, home-like environment.

Neighborhood Ministries Inc. will allocate the funds to support activities and purchase supplies for Kids Life, a weekly outreach to 600 at-risk K-7th graders. The program provides children with nutritious meals, character-building lessons and enriching activities.

Phoenix Revitalization Corporation will utilize the funding to expand its work with its community gardens that provide additional fresh produce for Phoenix residents.

Sojourner Center will use the grant to help cover direct program expenses of the Family Enrichment Program, which includes meals and snacks, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, sleep mats, pillows, blankets, books and toys to families in need.

$3,000 Grant Recipients (3)

Arizonans for the Protection of Exploited Children and Adults, Inc. will use the grant for constructing and installing security gates to ensure privacy and protection for victims at Natalie’s House, a place that provides a safe home setting to those in need.

Desert Mission, Inc. will allocate the funds to support high-quality dental care for uninsured and underinsured children ages six months to 20 years old.

New Foundation, Inc. is a residential treatment program that helps children overcome the devastation caused by abuse, neglect, addiction and mental illness. The grant will be used for its ISI program, offering a short-term stabilization experience to help children return to their home environments.

$2,500 Grant Recipients (3)

Angels on Patrol, Inc. supports families in crisis and youth who have either been abused or neglected and/or whose caregivers are facing extreme financial hardship. Awarded funds will help subsidize immediate crisis needs for families with children by providing necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. Additionally, the grant will help underwrite enrichment and educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

Hope and a Future, Inc. will use the funds to provide year-round life skills mentoring to 75 Arizona teens currently in foster care.

Neighbors Who Care, Inc. provides volunteer services to low-income homebound, disabled seniors such as evening meal delivery, transportation to medical appointments, errand assistance and respite service for caregivers. This grant will provide the resources necessary to recruit, background check and train an additional 100 community volunteers.

$2,000 Grant Recipients (1)

Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation will allocate the grant to provide tutoring and other educational support for children in foster care in order to prevent them from falling behind education standards.

$1,500 Grant Recipients (1)

Rosie’s House, A Music Academy for Children, Inc. is a free afterschool music academy for disadvantaged children in inner-city Phoenix. This grant will be used to sponsor a piano class for six new students from low-income families as classified by HUD guidelines.

$1,000 Grant Recipients (6)

Acts of Simple Kindness provides grants up to $200 for dependent children of widows and widowers. This grant will be used to help subsidize a program or class within the areas of education, sports, music or the arts in Maricopa County.

Blueprint Education, Inc. will use funds to cover costs for its Youth Education and Social Services (YESS) program, which brings the nationally recognized Nurturing Parenting Program to Hope and Blueprint High Schools. The program includes 16 instructional sessions and four “Put in Practice” events with parents and their children.

Flagstaff Shelter Services, Inc. will allocate the grant to underwrite the increased operational costs of expanding its emergency overnight shelter in Flagstaff, which currently has only 160 of the 1,000 beds needed to serve the city’s homeless population.

House of Refuge, Inc. hosts a no-charge, on-site donation center where food items can be obtained to assist in hunger relief and monthly budgeting of families in need. This grant would be utilized for the purchase of additional food to supplement the center.

Inn Transitions, Inc. will use funds to increase staff support of the organization, which assists those not receiving aid from other agencies, such as teenage parents, single fathers, homeless veterans with families and the disabled elderly.

The Arc of Arizona Inc., Tempe provides a life skills and recreation program for people ages 16 and older who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Funds from this grant will help develop a vocational component to the current life skills program that aims to help these teenagers find and hold jobs.

 

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Sundt Breaks Ground On $25M ASU Student Recreation Center

Sundt Construction broke ground this week on a 64,283 SF addition to the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA that will be used by students from Arizona State University.

The $25M ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus Recreation Center, also known as the Y@ASU, is one of four fitness centers across the university system that students voted to fund with an increase to their recreation fees. Sundt’s contract for the project is $19.2M.

Presently, students from ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus use the recreation and fitness amenities at the YMCA, which will adjoin the new building at ground level. Features of the new five-story facility include a large gymnasium, a weight room, an indoor track, multi-purpose space, locker rooms and a rooftop leisure pool.

In addition, Exercise Nutrition & Wellness, an academic program, will be housed at the center, located just south of the YMCA at 350 N. First Ave. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2013.

“By the time ASU Downtown students return for school next fall, they will be able to exercise and relax in a building that is as beautiful as it is functional,” said Ryan Abbott of Sundt.

The new recreation center will be equipped with numerous energy-saving features, including a variable refrigerant flow air system, and natural day-lighting balanced with solar-heat shading. Gabor Lorant Architects of Phoenix has designed the building to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Sundt’s other current university projects include ASU’s ISTB-4 building on the main campus, the University of Arizona’s Health Science Education Building in downtown Phoenix, expansion of California Polytechnic State University’s (Cal Poly) recreation center in San Luis Obispo, Calif., and renovation of San Jose University’s historic Spartan Complex.

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Sundt Expands Industrial And Federal Teams

Sundt Construction hired Clark Garrett, quality manager for federal projects, and Jonathan Hunt, senior project engineer for civil and industrial projects.

Garrett will maintain quality standards for construction occurring at French Creek, a North Carolina Marine Corps satellite campus of Camp Lejeune where Sundt has multiple projects. He brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role, having worked on the quality-control efforts of military, healthcare, higher education, commercial and power plant projects across the Eastern U.S. Garrett earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering from North Carolina State University and served as a quality manager on another Camp Lejeune project.

Prior to coming to Sundt, Hunt served as a project engineer and district scheduler. He earned project and construction management certificates from Arizona State University and has worked on a variety of projects throughout Arizona valued at up to $100M.

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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.

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Sundt Names New Field Engineer

Sundt Construction hired Joseph Donahue as a field engineer for criminal justice projects. He will be working at the Pima County Joint Courts project in Tucson.

In his new position, Donahue will assist the project engineers in providing technical information to the team, documenting changes and coordinating materials to help ensure the project remains on schedule.

Donahue joins Sundt from the Nashville office of a Cincinnati-based construction company, where he worked in an operations co-op. There he gained experience in higher education construction by overseeing job sites and managing workflow for facility-improvement projects at his alma mater, Middle Tennessee State University.

While earning a Bachelor of Science in construction industry management with a concentration in concrete contracting from MTSU, Donahue also served as an intern with the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee and a volunteer for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

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Sundt Construction To Donate 150K Bottles Of Water To Thirst Aid Drive

Thirst Aid Drive - St. JosephSundt Construction Company, with the help from its subcontractors and suppliers, will lead off the 2012 Thirst Aid Water Drive on May 11 by delivering 150,000 bottles of water by semi-truck to St. Joseph the Worker, a Human Service Campus Agency.

As temperatures rise, employees from Sundt’s corporate headquarters in Tempe are once again gearing up to participate in the annual Thirst Aid water bottle drive to benefit St. Joseph the Worker, a nonprofit organization that aids the homeless and other disadvantaged individuals throughout the Phoenix area. Many of them suffer from thirst, heat-related illness and even death when temperatures soar in the spring and summer months.

The Sundt Foundation organized the company’s first Thirst Aid event in 2010 with the hope of collecting 1,200 water bottles. They crushed their goal by collecting 49,000 bottles, and that number tripled the following year when 149,000 bottles came through our doors – so many that St. Joseph the Worker was able to build collaboration with the entire Human Services Campus.

As a result of Sundt’s donation, St. Joseph the Worker, in collaboration with the Human Services Campus service providers, did not have to turn away any individual who needed water.

The Human Services Campus, an unprecedented collaboration of 15 homeless service providers, was created in 2005 to address the growing demand for services by people experiencing homelessness. Each day, 1,300 men and women access resources such as shelter, physical and mental health services, dental care, substance abuse treatment, employment services, and housing placement.

Collectively, each agency worked with their supporters to collect donated water and heat relief funding to be able to provide for the needs of the individuals utilizing services on the Human Services Campus.

Each year, the City of Phoenix holds a water drive and places hydration stations around the community.  With the support of our collective donors, St. Joseph the Worker and other Human Service Campus providers did not have to reach out to the City of Phoenix for the first time.

By providing for the individuals on the campus through this collective effort, the City of Phoenix was able to support smaller agencies that do not have the support of organizations such as Sundt Construction Company.

The goal for this year’s drive; Collecting 150,000 water bottles and continuing the commitment to making the event as green as possible. How? St. Joseph the Worker in partnership with the Human Services Campus providers, are installing recycling containers at all areas where trash receptacles are currently located so that the water bottles aren’t thrown away.

“As Sundt employees, we’re fortunate to have nice jobs in comfortable offices where we always have access to clean, cool water,” says Lisa White, a Foundation board member and organizer of the event. “Not everyone is so lucky, which is why the Sundt Foundation decided to get involved in Thirst Aid with our own water bottle drive. Since then, the participation and support have been tremendous. Many of our subcontractors have also gotten involved. It’s so satisfying to reach out and do what we can to help others – for them and for us.”

“On behalf of everyone here at St. Joseph the Worker, we wish to thank Sundt Construction Company for being the foundation that makes these collaborative efforts possible,” says Brent Downs, Executive Director for St. Joseph the Worker.  “Their continued support will provide needed heat relief to over 1,300 men and women every day!”

For more information on Sundt Construction, visit Sundt’s website at sundt.com. Also, for more information on Thirst Aid, visit St. Joseph the Worker’s website at sjwjobs.org/thirst-aid.

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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.

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Public Projects: Keeping Construction Companies Alive

Of the 15 Arizona school districts that asked voters in November to approve bonds to build or renovate education facilities, 11 got the go-ahead despite the lingering recession.

That’s good news for many of the state’s construction companies that have relied on publicly-funded projects to boost business and keep workers employed as private investment in new buildings plummeted with economy.

And for public entities with the need and the seed money, it’s a good time to snag a good deal in a highly competitive market for construction materials and services.  But while public projects have helped, government spending has not been the great savior of the industry, according to Arizona’s construction company leaders.

The recession has taken its toll on public building plans with shrinking tax revenue sopping up funds pegged for new schools, city halls, police stations or libraries.  And as absolutely essential projects get checked off the list, public spending is expected to dwindle.  However, at least some projects are still getting budgeted and built, says Bo Calbert, president of McCarthy Building Companies’ Southwest Region.

“From 2003 to 2007, we probably had our best market in decades, but by 2008, everybody knew we were in trouble,” Calbert says.

“Private (projects) stopped overnight.  Public work continued.”

Citing a recent market outlook report for Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Calbert says overall construction value slipped 40% in 2008 from its 2007 high, tumbled another 23% in 2009 and 27% in 2010.  The report predicts 2011 value will increase 40% when the final numbers are compiled, but will sag slightly this year (2012) before heading back up in 2013.

Building During the Recession

Much of the 2011 increase is a result of federal stimulus funding for schools, infrstructure, solar-fueled projects and other green upgrades, Calbert says.

Among the infrastructure projects McCarthy landed is construction of the $140M, first phase of the PHX Sky Train, a people mover pegged to connect Phoenix

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Sky Harbor International Airport visitors and employees to the terminals, light rail system and parking lots.

McCarthy’s usually packed education division had a 2011 workload values at about $110M, Calbert says.  That’s down from a high of $170M in 2008.  And about 40% of the 2011 business was out-of-state work as McCarthy took jobs in New Mexico to make up for Arizona’s shortfall.

“Public work has kept us going, but we had to go beyond Arizona,” he says.  Among the school projects McCarthy snagged during the recession is  a $20M addition and renovation for Barry Goldwater High School, says Terry Bohl, the company’s education services director.  Parts of that multi-faceted project were completed during summer 2011 break, and other non-disruptive work is still ongoing, he says.

During the summer break, McCarthy completed 600,000 SF of school construction in Metro Phoenix, including the new buildings, renovations and mechanical upgrades. Still in the works is a new, $12M, 80,000 SF elementary school in Chandler, Bohl says.

Chandler is one of the few Arizona cities able to afford other-than-school public projects during the downturn.  The city broke ground on a $74M city hall complex in mid-2009.  After leasing, saving and budgeting for 25 years, Chandler didn’t have to borrow money to build it, says spokeswoman Jane Poston.  Best of all, Chandler’s project came in $10M under original budget thanks to the sagging economy.

“We had significant cost savings building in a recession,” Poston says.  Designing a much-needed firehouse as solar-fueled and LEED-certified helped Gilbert land a $3M federal grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, says spokeswoman Beth Lucas.

Maricopa County also saved a bundle by opting to build during the recession, says Thomas Goderre, district operations manager for Gilbane Building Company.

Gilbane teamed with Ryan Companies US on a 700,000 SF superior court tower in Downtown Phoenix (construction value $260M).

“The Maricopa County Court Tower project was big and constructed at the perfect time for Maricopa County, Gilbane/Ryan and the subcontractor community,” Goderre says.  “The county was able to realize construction cost savings in the range of $15M to $20M compared to a normal construction climate, while Gilbane/Ryan and the local subcontractors were able to put a lot of people to work during a very tough economic downturn.”

The court tower was completed in November.  That, along with a new Phoenix Politce precinct and four ASU student recreation centers, are among the publicly funded projects that “helped us weather the storm,” Goderre says.

Looking For New Opportunities

In Arizona, about 75% of Gilbane’s business has been publicly funded projects, he says, but Goderre sees that changing as public money dies up and private investment returns to the market.

Sundt Construction vice president Jeff Fairman says he also believes privately funded projects will take over more of his company’s resources during the next few years as cities and school districts continue to get squeezed.

Tempe-based Sundt bills about $1B in a normal year.  Business has dropped overall during the recession, but the company’s 50/50 ration of public/private business has so far remained static, Fairman says.

Sundt has about $500M worth of public work in progress right now, but most of that is in multi-year projects, he says.

Both the volume of new business and overall construction value have shrunk as pre-recession plans that weren’t shelved were at least downsized.  “The bells and whistles went away,” he says.

Besides building the new Chandler City Hall complex, Sundt landed a potpourri of publicly-funded projects during the economic downturn including K-8 and higher education buildings, municipal infrastructure projects, a federal courthouse and a U.S. Marine Corps simulator facility in Yuma.

Mesa-based Caliente Construction has specialized in upgrading or repurposing existing facilities during the downturn, says CEO Lorraine Bergman.  The company is renovating old post office space to accommodate a student center for ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.  Caliente has several projects completed or ongoing to make security, technology or mechanical improvements in public buildings from schools to prisons, Bergman says.  “It’s come down to necessity.  You can’t let the buildings fall apart,” she says.

Kitchell president Jim Swanson says the public sector produces “a sizable piece of our business,” typically employing about 30 percent of the company’s workforce in Arizona and California.

Commercial construction work is down for nearly all Kitchell’s business segments, Swanson says.  And public projects in no way take up the slack, he says.  Instead, he’d give props to the healthcare industry for keeping his business healthy.

For more information on the companies and public projects mentioned in this article, please visit the following websites:

calienteconstruction.com

gilbaneco.com

kitchell.com

mccarthy.com

sundt.com

AZRE Magazine January/February 2012