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Ryan Cannon joins Sundt Construction

Sundt Construction, Inc., recently welcomed project manager Ryan Cannon to its Tempe office.

With more than a decade of construction experience, Cannon comes to Sundt after serving as project manager for an accomplished, family-owned contracting firm in Gilbert. In his initial assignment with Sundt, Cannon joins the team constructing the $136 million Biosciences Partnership Building (BPB) in downtown Phoenix. As project manager, he works closely with the owners, architects, project teams, suppliers and subcontractors to control costs and maintain a cohesive team.

Cannon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from Arizona State University.

 

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Tucson Airport to upgrade terminal later this year

The Tucson Airport Authority recently selected Sundt Construction, Inc. as the construction manager at risk for a terminal upgrade project expected to begin in late 2015. The project’s construction cost is budgeted at $18 million to $23 million.

The Tucson International Airport terminal optimization program, which is Sundt’s third major venture for the airport since 2002, includes relocation of two existing security checkpoints to a new, enhanced configuration, expanded pre- and post-security concessions, and major building infrastructure upgrades.

“Our previous success delivering both a terminal expansion and concourse renovations for the airport played a significant role in our selection for this project,” said Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington. “When completed, the new facility will serve as an enhancement to the Tucson International Airport experience, increasing the  passenger’s level of service and opening up concessions opportunities that will help build airport revenues.”

The terminal improvements underscore Sundt’s reputation as a leader in aviation construction. Other notable Sundt airport projects include the Wichita Falls Municipal Airport Terminal Replacement in Wichita Falls, Texas; Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Passenger Terminal Expansion in Phoenix; and San Diego International Airport Landside Modifications in San Diego, California.

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RED Awards 2015: Best Industrial Project

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general contractor and developer of the year awards were also presented. AZRE also recognized Sunbelt Holdings President and CEO John Graham with a lifetime achievement award. Click here to view all 2015 RED Awards Winners.

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Developer: Intel Corporation
Contractor: Sundt Construction, Inc.
Architect: Carollo Engineers
Size: 130,680 SF
Location: Chandler
Completed: April 2014

The expansion of Intel Corporation’s Ocotillo Campus generates additional waste streams, which are discharged to the nearby City of Chandler’s Reverse Osmosis Facility (CHRO) for treatment and reclamation. The CHRO facility required upgrades to accommodate the new building, including brine treatment. This is where Sundt Construction and Carollo Engineers came in to construct the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility (ORBF). Salinity and total dissolved solids (TDS) are the largest challenges facing municipalities in the Valley. As TDS rises, using reclaimed water to irrigate locations, such as golf courses, decreases. This issue could mean a shift in the use of millions of gallons of potable water daily in Chandler. The OBRF pulls salt from water before it’s sent to the aquifer and works to maximize on waste water from Intel’s fabrication facility. Furthermore, many of the pumps, even the brine concentrator, are recycled or refurbished.

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AZRE announces 2015 RED Awards finalists

Every February for the last 10 years, AZRE magazine has shone a spotlight on the commercial real estate industry through its annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. This year, a record number of projects and brokerage teams were nominated for a chance to be recognized at this year’s RED Awards.

For tickets to this year’s RED Awards, click here.

After lively debate and a few unanimous decisions among this year’s selection committee, AZRE proudly announces the 2015 RED Award finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Congratulations to this year’s contending projects:
Adelante Healthcare Peoria
Banner Estrella New Tower Addition
Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center Phase II Clinic Expansion
Bottled Blonde/Livewire
Broadstone Lincoln
Chandler Regional Medical Center
CityScape Residences
College Avenue Commons
Coyote Center at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus
CyrusOne, Building 4
General Motors IT Innovation Center
GoDaddy Global Technology Center
Great Hearts Academies, Arete Preparatory Academy
Heritage Marketplace
Lewis Prison Complex Expansion
Liberty Center at Rio Salado
Marketplace at Lincoln & Scottsdale
Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center
MZ
Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility
Phoenix Sky Train Stage 1A
SkySong, The ASU Innovation Center — SkySong 3
Start @ West-MEC, Innovation Center
Sun Devil Marketplace
Sunset Heights Elementary School
Sussex Properties for TLC Label
The Newton
University of Arizona—McKale Center Renovation
University of Arizona—Old Main renovation

And the companies that have been nominated as finalists with the above projects:
ADM Group
AECOM
Alliance Residential Builders
Alliance Residential Company
Ameris Construction
Architekton
Arizona Board of Regents
Arizona Department of Administration
AV3 Design
Axis Projects Corporation
Balmer Architectural Group
Banner Health
Butler Design Group
BWS Architects
Cam-8, LLC
Carollo Engineers
Cawley Architects, Inc.
Chasse Building Team
City of Phoenix
Corgan Associates, Inc.
CyrusOne Inc.
Dick & Fritsche Design Group
Dignity Health
DLR Group
DPR Construction
Emc2 Architects Planners, PC
Evening Entertainment Group
Fanning Howey
Fimbres Studio
Follett Higher Education Group
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Gensler
Great Hearts Academies
HKS, Inc.
Hunt Construction, an AECOM Company
Iconic Design Studio

Intel Corporation
JAVCON
JE Dunn Construction
John Douglas Architects
Jones Studio
Kitchell
Layton Construction Co., Inc.
Liberty Property Trust
LGE Design Build
Maricopa Community Colleges
Mark IV Capital
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
McCarthy Kiewit Joint Venture
MD Heritage LLC
Modus Development
Mortenson Construction
Okland Construction
ORB Architecture, LLC
Orcutt | Winslow
Peoria Unified School District
PHArchitecture
Plaza Companies
Poster Frost Mirto
RED Development
RJM Construction
RSP Architects
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
SmithGroupJJR
Sundt Construction, Inc.
Sussex Properties
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
Venue Builders
Venue Projects
Wespac Construction Inc.
West-MEC

 

Brokerage Team Finalists

CBRE
Pat Feeney, Dan Calihan and Rusty Kennedy
Todd Fogler, Ryan Eustice and Jami Savage-Gray
Tom Adelson, Jim Fijan, Jerry Robert and Corey Hawley

CPI
Leroy Breinholt
Trent Rustan
Tyson Breinholt

Cushman & Wakefield
Chris Toci and Chad Littell
Jackie Orcutt, John Grady and Mackenzie Ford
Larry Downey

DTZ
Mike Haenel, Andy Markham and Will Strong
Robert Buckely, Tracy Cartledge, Steve Lindley

JLL
Anthony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg
Bill Honsaker, Anthony Lydon and Marc Hertzberg
Dave Seeger, Karsten Peterson and Mark Gustin
John Bonnell and Brett Abramson
Mark Detmer and Bo Mills
Pat Harlan, Steve Sayre and Kyle Westfall
Pat Williams, Steve Corney, Vicki Robinson and Andrew Medley

Lee & Associates
Craig Coppola and Andrew Cheney

Velocity Retail
Andy Kroot
Darren Pitts and Dave Cheatham

The project and brokerage team winners will be announced at the RED Awards reception on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Arizona Grand Resort between 6 and 8 p.m. At the event, winners of AZRE’s 2015 developer, general contractor, architect and subcontractor of the year awards will also be announced.

Tickets are now available for the RED Awards. here for more information.

Tucker Macon promoted at Sundt Construction

 

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Tucker Macon

Sundt Construction, Inc. recently promoted Tucker Macon from senior estimator to preconstruction project manager.

In his new role, Macon oversees the planning, coordinating and directing of preconstruction services for various Southwest-area building projects, including the $136 million Biosciences Partnership Building in downtown Phoenix.

With more than 28 years of industry experience, Macon has led projects in multiple industries, including higher education, hospitality, healthcare, multi-family residential and entertainment. A Sundt team member since 2011, Macon specializes in projects with an emphasis on large and complicated mechanical, plumbing and electrical scopes.

Macon graduated with a Bachelor of Science in estimating from California State Polytechnic Institute and is a member of both the American Society of Professional Estimators and S.A.V.E. International, a value engineering society.

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Sundt hires Garren Echols, Kelly Wyllie

Sundt Construction, Inc. recently welcomed preconstruction project manager Garren Echols and project engineer Kelly Wyllie to its Southwest office.
Echols, with nearly 20 years of construction experience, comes to Sundt after serving as deputy director of estimating for one of the nation’s leading engineering and construction firms. In his role at Sundt, Echols works closely with owners, architects, project teams, suppliers and subcontractors to control costs and maintain a cohesive team.

Wyllie joins Sundt after working for a well-known construction management company for the past 13 years, eight of which he spent managing primarily health care and laboratory projects. His extensive background in health care construction will play a vital role at Sundt, as his initial assignment is to lead the technical team constructing the $136 million Biosciences Partnership Building (BPB) in downtown Phoenix.

Ryan Abbott promoted to Sundt business development manager

 

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Ryan Abbott, Sundt Construction

Sundt Construction, Inc., recently promoted Ryan Abbott to Southwest business development manager. Abbott previously served as the general contractor’s science and technology group leader.

In his new role, Abbott is responsible for managing the design-build, construction manager at-risk and public/private partnership pursuits for Sundt throughout the Southwest.

Abbott began his career at Sundt more than 13 years ago as a field engineer, working his way through every level of project management, from the design phase through completion. He’s played a key role on many notable Sundt projects, including the $112 million Arizona State University (ASU)Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building 4 in Tempe,; the $87 million Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona; and the $109 million Biodesign Institute (Buildings A and B) at ASU in Tempe.

A national lecturer and educator on alternative project delivery methods, Abbott has had his work published both locally and nationally in many industry-leading periodicals. He was named one of the 2012 Building Design + Construction 40 Under 40 and the 2011 Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 20 under 40 awards for his extensive professional accomplishments and active role in the industry and community.

Abbott holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from ASU, where he remains active as an ASU Alumni Association board member and a National Alumni Council member. He currently serves as vice chair of the American Institute of Architects/Association of General Contractors Joint Committee.

Wayne Einbinder promoted at Sundt Construction

 

Wayne Einbinder, Sundt Construction

Wayne Einbinder, Sundt Construction

Sundt Construction, Inc., Vice President Wayne Einbinder was recently promoted to director of the general contractor’s newly established National Projects Group.

In his new role, Einbinder will lead the National Projects Group’s work within the hospitality, criminal justice and federal construction markets on a national level. Pooling top-level talent and resources from each of those markets, Einbinder and his team will be able to deliver exceptional results at a reduced cost to clients. The group supports Sundt’s long-term goals for growth regionally and nationally and will position Sundt as a leader and innovator within these markets and beyond.

“We are focusing on projects where we can be successful by being smarter than our competitors, not just by being riskier,” said Einbinder. “Focusing on being better drives innovation and often leads to cost efficiencies that are realized as savings for our clients.”

Einbinder joined Sundt more than seven years ago as project director. Along with his more than 30 years of industry experience, Einbinder offers a keen ability to identify both the needs of the owner and the contractor to achieve a successful project. With more than $6 billion in projects, Einbinder’s portfolio includes work on all levels of the construction process. He has managed large-scale projects with high-design architects on facilities that remained operational during construction, as well as overseen ventures that occupied tight building envelopes and demanded significant coordination with other contractors and project teams.

Einbinder has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a Professional Engineer,LEED Accredited Professional, and a Designated Design-Build Professional certified by the Design Build Institute of America.

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Sundt to build temporary lodging at Luke AFB

The U.S. Air Force 56th Contracting Squadron recently selected Sundt Construction, Inc. as the general contractor for a new temporary lodging facility at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz.

The $8.9 million, 42,000-square-foot project includes construction of four single-story lodging facilities with 28 units, providing Air Force personnel with short-term, quality housing accommodations as they move in and out of the area.

“Our proven track record completing similar projects on time and within budget enabled us to stand out in the selection process,” said Sundt Vice President Herb Chong. “These facilities will improve the quality of life for the many military members, their families and guests who are part of the expansion at Luke Air Force Base.”

Sundt’s additional work in the military sector includes construction of Warrior in Transition barracks at Fort Hood, Texas; UEPH barracks at Fort Polk, Louisiana; combat aviation brigade hot refuel facility at Fort Bliss, Texas; and a flight simulator facility at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.

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Sundt completes runway replacement on Minot Air Force base

Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) recently completed the $33 million runway replacement project at Minot Air Force Base in Minot, North Dakota. Commemorating the achievement, the U.S. Air Force hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the airfield on Sept. 29, 2014.

The design-bid-build, heavy civil construction project was completed in just six months while the base remained operational –  a feat that was crucial in maintaining national security, as the base is a strategic part of the Air Force Global Strike Command and home to one of only two squadrons of B-52 Bomber aircrafts in the U.S.

Requiring approximately 42,000 cubic yards of concrete and 36,000 tons of asphalt, the newly replaced section of airfield, designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, stretches 8,900 feet long and includes new lighting and storm drain systems on both sides of the runway.

Sundt’s other recent military paving projects include construction of a $23 million apron and taxiway at Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, New Mexico; a $3 million taxiway, apron and runway extension at Michael Army Airfield in Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah; and a $24 million Auxiliary Landing Field for the F-35B aircraft at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.

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Sundt Construction completes Coyote Center in Chandler

Sundt Construction, Inc. (www.sundt.com) recently completed the $28.6 million Coyote Center at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus in Chandler, Arizona. In celebration of the multi-purpose facility’s grand opening, city officials came together for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 24 to announce the achievement.

Coyote Center, SecondaryServing as a gathering place for the community and a gateway to the college’s campus, the 74,859-square-foot facility is among only a few in the nation to blend athletics and academics with enrollment and student services. Touted as a “one-stop” student services area, the Coyote Center includes a 2,500-seat arena surrounding a 10,000-square-foot gymnasium, a fitness center, athletic offices and locker rooms, classrooms and testing facilities, administration offices and conference rooms.

“This facility is not only a huge win for the students and faculty at Chandler-Gilbert Community College but for the community as a whole,” said Sundt Project Manager Chris Tinney. “The arena itself, with so much space available, will become an East Valley hub for local athletic competitions, special events and even community gatherings.”

Designed by Dick & Fritsche Design Group and Opsis Architecture to enhance the student experience, the Coyote Center is expected to earn LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainable features include a solar water-heating system, water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting technology, white roofing materials, and a sophisticated climate and lighting control system. The innovative design also includes raised access flooring and movable partitions, which will allow the college to adjust its space to the rapidly changing technology associated with higher education. Other features include taping and treatment areas with hydrotherapy and an expansive performance area, featuring a four-lane, 60-meter sprint track and other turf areas for outdoor training.

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Sundt Construction tapped as contractor for barracks renovation

The U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia, recently selected Arizona-based Sundt Construction, Inc. as the general contractor for the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters and Central Utility Plant renovations project at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Designed in phases to accommodate sailor and soldier loading requirements, the $26.3 million design-build project includes renovations of three barracks and a mechanical building to bring them into compliance with current building codes, anti-terrorism force protection standards and new housing requirements. Additionally, Sundt will make upgrades to the pumps and chillers within the central utility plant serving the barracks complex, as well as provide structural improvements to the central utility plant’s roof.

The barracks renovation project is Sundt’s fifth project with Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, in the last five years and is expected to be completed in late 2016.

Sundt’s additional work in the military sector includes construction of the Camp Johnson Bachelor Enlisted Quarters at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Special Forces Ground Support Battalion Center at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; runway improvements at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico; and a flight simulator facility at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.

Sundt Construction hires Ron Stuff as general counsel

 

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Ron Stuff, Sundt Construction

Sundt Construction, Inc. recently hired Ron Stuff as general counsel, replacing Sundt executive Randy Nye, who retired after serving 10 years with the general contractor.

Stuff will immediately assume the roles of chief legal officer and chief compliance officer. Additionally, he will serve on the Sundt executive team and the Sundt Companies’ board of directors.

“Ron brings a great balance of working in-house, private practice and serving multiple clients from various industries,” said Sundt President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Crawford. “His extensive educational background, diverse work experience and strong values, which match our reputation for integrity, make him an excellent fit for Sundt.”

Prior to joining Sundt, Stuff spent 13 years as assistant general counsel for a prominent engineering, procurement and construction company in South Carolina. A Harvard Law School graduate, Stuff began practicing law 25 years ago after working for several years as a civil engineer. In addition to his law degree, he holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he currently serves on the external advisory board.

Two Sundt executives announce retirement

Sundt General Counsel Randy Nye

Sundt General Counsel Randy Nye

Sundt Construction, Inc. announced today that Sundt General Counsel Randy Nye and Corporate Director of Administration Richard Condit retired effective Sept. 30, 2014. Both Nye and Condit’s decisions to retire culminates two remarkable careers that span over 30 years of combined service to the company and its stakeholders, including clients and employee-owners.

Condit joined Sundt in 1993 as the company’s first training director and quickly rose to executive management, becoming chief administrative officer in 1995, and transitioning his successor, Daniel Haag, into the role in 2014. Condit played a significant role in the development and succession of Sundt leadership, which prepared the organization for success over the past 20 years. Condit has been very active in education advocacy work within the state of Arizona, and will continue that effort going forward.

Nye spent 10 years managing Sundt’s legal department, overseeing all corporate legal matters, advising management and assisting Sundt team members, including consultants, subcontractors and suppliers with legal counsel. He was instrumental in the formation, development, and Sundt’s participation as a founding member of the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of ethics and compliance in the construction industry.

“Randy and Richard have been tremendous assets to Sundt and both leave behind significant marks as strong, ethical leaders who helped the company grow into what it is today,” said Sundt President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Crawford. “I believe I speak for everyone here at Sundt when I say, ‘thank you both for your hard work and dedication to the company, team members and the entire Sundt family.’”

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Az Business honors Most Admired Companies

BestCompaniesAZ and Az Business magazine honored 40 companies at the 2014 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies award reception on September 11, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort.

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Arizona’s Most Admired Companies are selected based on how a company has performed in the following areas: workplace culture, leadership excellence, corporate and social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation. Five companies were recognized with a “spotlight” award for each of the five categories.

CONGRATUALTIONS!

The five spotlight awards winners are:

Customer Opinion: Cresa
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Quality Leadership: Kitchell
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Social Responsibility: Vanguard
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Innovation: Laser Spine Institute
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Workplace Culture: GoDaddy
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“This is the most comprehensive and prestigious corporate awards program in Arizona because it recognizes the contributions and impact these ‘most admired companies’ bring to our state,’” says Denise Gredler, co-founder of the Most Admired Companies Program.

“These companies truly exemplify what it means to be a good corporate citizen,” says Cheryl Green, publisher of Arizona Business Magazine. “MAC winners consistently show strong leadership, a commitment to the communities in which they operate and concern for their employees and customers.”

This year’s presenting sponsors included Dignity Health of Arizona, National Bank of Arizona and Thunderbird International School of Global Management. Additional Event Sponsors include Charles Schwab, Progrexion, Ryan and Shutterfly.

The 40 companies named Most Admired Companies for 2014 were:

Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Alliance Residential Company
American Express
Arizona Diamondbacks
AXA Advisors
Banner Casa Grande Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
CBRE, Inc.
Charles Schwab
Cresa Phoenix
Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment
DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Fennemore Craig
GoDaddy
Goodmans Interior Structurs
Grant Thornton
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort
Homeowners Financial Group
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Infusionsoft
International Cruise & Excursions, Inc.
Kitchell
LaneTerralever
Laser Spine Institute
Mayo Clinic
Miller Russell Associates
National Bank of Arizona
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Quarles & Brady
Rider Levett Bucknall
Ryan, LLC
Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network
Shutterfly, Inc.
Sonora Quest Laboratories
Sundt Construction
The CORE Institute
Telesphere
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
University of Advancing Technology
Vanguard

Sundt’s Marty Hedlund elected to ABA board of directors

Marty Hedlund

Marty Hedlund

The Arizona Builders’ Alliance (ABA), a statewide construction trade association, formed as an alliance of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) welcomed Martin R. (Marty) Hedlund, P.E., DBIA as a newly elected board member.  Hedlund joined Sundt Construction, Inc. in 1984 and currently serves as the Profit Center Manager for the Southwest District responsible for all Sundt’s vertical construction in Arizona, New Mexico, West Texas and Colorado. Hedlund has served in the roles of field engineer, project engineer, project superintendent, project manager and project director for more than 30 years constructing offices, corporate headquarters, data centers, schools and other commercial projects.

A Registered Professional Civil Engineer in Arizona, Hedlund received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Stanford University. Hedlund has widely presented on several topics including Alternative Project Delivery, Lean Construction and Building Information Modeling (BIM).

His industry involvement includes six years on the Design Build Institute of America National Certification Board which is responsible for upholding the standards of the DBIA Certified Professional designation as well as the testing and application processes. In 2011, Hedlund served as Chair of that board. Hedlund has also been active in the Arizona Builder’s Alliance (ABA) for many years serving on the Legislative Committee and being active in building industry education and public affairs. He is a graduate of the ABA’s Leadership Development Forum (LDF) and the Senior Executive Program (SEP).

Hedlund is an avid golfer, husband of 25 years to wife, Ellen, proud father of two teenagers, and happy to be giving back to an industry that has given so much to him.

The ABA exists for the purpose of advancing the productivity and profitability of our members and the construction industry.   Celebrating its 20th year in 2014, the ABA is proud to service the construction industry through advocacy, education, and networking opportunities in the state of Arizona.

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Reconnecting Tucson

While Phoenix is in the throes of commercial recovery, Tucson is, comparably, about 18 to 24 months behind. The city’s proximity to the border is touted as a draw for investors, but the player with the best hand remains the University of Arizona (UA), which is not only the largest employer in southern Arizona but also the nucleus to an otherwise stagnant city.

As development stands, experts point out Tucson has added 1,900 student housing units in the last year and the retail and office sectors in proximity to UA and Pima Community College show promise. In April, Colliers closed the largest office sale in Tucson since 2008.

“Multifamily has led the recovery in almost all markets,” says Cindy Cooke, who heads the Cooke Multifamily Investment Team at Colliers. “Since so much of Tucson is UA and the medical school, I think you only see that continue to be strong. The growth will be fantastic.” The first sign in recovery, she says, is when vacancy increases. Right now, Tucson’s multifamily vacancy is at 7.9 percent. In 2009, it exceeded 11 percent.

The UA is working to spin its innovation to the private sector and create small firms offering high-paying jobs in many areas of core competency, says President and Managing Shareholder of Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, Mike Hammond. “The UA more than ever drives our community in a positive direction,” he says.

Kurt Wadington, Sundt Construction’s Tucson building group leader agrees. He adds that “apart from downtown and other isolated projects, Tucson’s market continues its softness in the shadow of a very slow economic recovery.”

Tucson’s streetcar project, Sun Link, aims to strengthen those existing assets and ignite future development. “With the recent infusion of student housing and corporate offices, downtown has become a desirable location for restaurants and bars as more people live and work in the area,” says Wadington. “This increased day and nighttime activity, that is expected to increase when Tucson’s new streetcar becomes operational on July 25, has numerous developers considering additional retail, office and housing projects.”

Though pens are to drawing boards, and the Sun Link has generated a “flurry of land sales,” there is some hesitation in development. Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR called Tucson a market in search of demand in its Q1 2014 reports. “One-liners are always a little true and at the same time false,” says Hammond. “Tucson says it wants good jobs but it acts differently when they appear.

Tucsonans tend to like the environment and object to nearly any attempt to develop on the land. This depresses demand as the process to develop anything is cumbersome and expensive with very little certainty of success, so we grow slower and some would say that is good. The right balance is tough to achieve.

“As government indebtedness drops, it is anticipated Pima County, followed by other jurisdictions, will pursue bonding authorizations for badly needed capital projects. Other needs may be met through public-private partnerships as public infrastructure needs continue to mount.”

UA is closely followed by Raytheon Missile Systems, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the State of Arizona as top employers. Simply, southern Arizona relies on government funding.“I think the big rock the southern Arizona market is waiting for is some resolution at the national level on debt and how government goes forward at the federal spending level,” says Hammond.

“Much of our area is dependent of spending at the federal level and that has been decreasing, whether for infrastructure, military in general — the A10 fighter specifically — and Raytheon. No one expects funding to increase in these areas and these are very good jobs that bring new money into the area. The multiplier effect is real in the creation of jobs or the loss of jobs as the case may be.”

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McCarthy, Sundt JV awarded $120M Ocotillo Water facility project

A joint venture between McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and Sundt Construction Inc. was recently selected as general contractor for the $120 million Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility(OWRF) Expansion and Process Improvement Projects for the City of Chandler. The project includes $100 million in new construction and $20 million in upgrades to the existing plant.

Located near the southwest corner of Queen Creek and Price roads in Chandler, the OWRF expansion project will include upgrades to the existing 10-mgd wastewater treatment plant and the construction of an expansion facility that will be built for a future capacity of 30-mgd. The new facility will utilize membrane bioreactor technology (MBR), which is the combination of activated sludge treatment together with a separation of the biological sludge by micro- or ultra-filtration membranes. The technology allows for a smaller footprint and reduced sludge production.

For years, the 10-mgd OWRF plant has been considered an innovator, as it recycles all its treated water. The water isplaced in storage lakes, recharged to the aquifer, sent to an industrial user or sent to an adjacent Indian community for agricultural use. It was named Wastewater Treatment Plant of the Year by the Arizona Water Association in 2010.

“We anticipate that this new facility will meet the growth needs for the City of Chandler well into the future,” said Frank Scopetti, senior vice president and business unit leader of McCarthy’s Water Services and Infrastructure team. “The expanded plant will also improve operations and maintenance of the existing10-mgd plant.”

“This is an important project for Chandler and will ensure our continued ability to serve our residential, business and industrial customers using state-of-the-art technology that helps conserve our valuable water resources,” Chandler’s Municipal Utilities Department Director Dave Siegel said. “McCarthy and Sundt have been great partners in the past and we look forward to working with them on this project.”

The project is expected to begin in January 2015 and be completed in December 2017.

McCarthy recently completed a large-scale expansion project at the City of Chandler Airport Water Reclamation Facility, taking the facility from a 15-mgd wastewater treatment plant to 22-mgd. The $105 million project, located at 905 E. Queen Creek Road in Chandler, was awarded a STAR designation as part of the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s Voluntary Protection Program, which demonstrates exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management systems.

In addition to McCarthy’s work for the City of Chandler, the company has a number of other significant water/wastewater treatment plant projects underway in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Nevada and California. Nationally, McCarthy’s Water Services team has completed more than 50 water/wastewater projects, totaling more than $2.4 billion in value.

Tracy Kerns joins Sundt Construction

Tracy Kerns, Sundt Construction

Tracy Kerns, Sundt Construction

Sundt Construction, Inc. recently hired Tracy Kerns as operations manager for its Federal operations. In his role, Kerns is responsible for construction oversight and operations of Sundt’s federal portfolio, which includes a wide range of facilities and projects for federal government agencies.

With more than 16 years of experience in the construction industry, Kerns has an extensive record of both private and public sector experience. For the past four years, he served as a Western region operations manager for a well-known national contractor, overseeing multiple offices and projects across the region.

“Tracy’s background as a builder and his experience managing operations across a wide geographic area make him a great fit for Sundt,” said Thomas Mertz, Sundt’s Federal group manager and senior vice president. “Tracy has forged great relationships with many of our core clients through his years of hard work and experience.”

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ASU selects construction team, designers for stadium renovation

Arizona State University recently selected Hunt-Sundt, a joint venture of Hunt Construction Group and Sundt Construction, Inc., as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) to renovate Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium.

The $162-million project includes complete reconstruction of the lower stadium bowl, new concessions, restrooms and amenities, along with new luxury suites on the east and west sides of the stadium.

Hunt-Sundt, a joint venture, was conceived almost two years ago to create a winning combination between the two top-ranked construction companies — Hunt Construction Group, one of the top ranked sports builder in the United States, according to statistics compiled by Engineering News-Record (ENR), and Sundt Construction, Inc., the state’s most prolific builder of higher education projects.

“Our concrete expertise and the ability to self-perform within the design, planning and construction phases gave us a competitive advantage in the selection process,” said Sundt Senior Vice President and Southwest District Manager Marty Hedlund. “Self-performing the majority of the work allows us to not only keep costs down, but also maintain a high degree of quality control that aligns with our sustainable design and construction principals.”

 

The university has also selected its design team, which includes locally-based Gould Evans and national stadium design experts HNTB Corporation.

Construction is expected to break ground in early 2015, with most of the work completed during the 2015 and 2016 football off-seasons.

(L to R):  Mark Sklar - DMB, Councilmember Jack Sellers, Councilmember Jeff Weninger, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, Councilmember Kevin Hartke, Carol Nalevanko - President of Village Health Clubs & Spa, Bennett Dorrance - DMB, Michael DeBell - DMB, David Bruner - DMB Circle Road, Charley Freericks - DMB, Mary Alexander - DMB.  Photo courtesy of John Buttel of Buttel Photography.

Ground breaks on $25M Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa

On June 18,  a group of city and business leaders including Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Councilmembers Kevin Hartke, Jack Sellers and Jeff Weninger gathered in a freshly-graded dirt field to officially break ground on the $25 million Ocotillo Village Health Club & Spa. Joining the Mayor & Councilmembers at the groundbreaking ceremony were prominent Valley businessmen, Bennett Dorrance and Mark Sklar, co-founders of the DMB real estate development company, parent company of the Village Health Clubs & Spas. Scheduled for completion in spring 2015 and led by Sundt Construction, the 82KSF Ocotillo Village is expected to create 250 construction jobs and eventually create more than 220 full and part-time positions. The Ocotillo Village will also be the first East Valley location for this private, member-based health club, joining the three existing locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix was the recipient of a $2,500 grant from Sundt.

Sundt donates $60K to Phoenix nonprofits

Sundt Construction, Inc. and its employees recently reached a milestone in awarding grants through the Sundt Foundation. Since its inception in 1999, the Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in grants to community organizations in Arizona, Texas and California.

In awarding the second quarter grants, Sundt surpassed the $6 million mark, which included grants to 22 Phoenix nonprofit organizations totaling $60,000. The Sundt Foundation was established by Sundt 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. Here’s a closer look at the Phoenix organizations that recently received funding.

$6,000 Grant Recipient
United Food Bank will continue providing nutritious, kid-friendly food to partner agencies that prepare meals, snacks and food boxes for hungry, disadvantaged and vulnerable youth through enrichment programs.

$5,000 Grant Recipient
Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors will use the grant money to help build or remodel homes for injured military veterans, providing functionality and safety at home.

$4,500 Grant Recipients
Assistance League of the East Valley will use the funds to provide basic clothing and hygiene kits for homeless and disadvantaged children.

Back to School Clothing Drive will use the funds to help buy new school clothing, backpacks, and school and hygiene supplies for children of low-income families.

$4,000 Grant Recipient
Assistance League of Phoenix will use the grant money to provide new school clothing and athletic shoes for children living in poverty.

$3,500 Grant Recipient
Area Agency on Aging, Region One will use the grant money to support its DOVES program, which provides freedom from domestic abuse for men and women through emergency and transitional housing.

$3,000 Grant Recipients
ICAN will continue providing free, comprehensive empowerment programs, improving the confidence and productivity of children living in neighborhoods disproportionately affected by poverty, crime, substance abuse, gang activity and unemployment.

Yavapai CASA for Kids, Inc. will continue providing clothing gift cards to abused, neglected and abandoned youth up to age 21 who are under the care of the court.

Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun will use the grant money to help low-income, disabled and veteran homeowners safely remain in their homes with dignity and as much independence as they wish.

Against Abuse, Inc. will utilize the grant to provide individual and group counseling to children who have been abused or have witnessed abuse, while introducing them to the arts and sciences through therapeutic and educational activities.
New Pathways for Youth Inc. will use the funds to provide a wide range of services for 150 homeless youth who participate in its PALS mentoring program.

$2,500 Grant Recipients
Community Dental Foundation will use the funds to provide dental care, including full restoration of severe decay, emergency treatment for infections, preventative care and education for children and families in need.

Room for Joy will use the grant money to provide socialization, peer support and recreation activities year-round for several hundred Maricopa County chronically ill children and their families.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc. will use the grant money to provide temporary housing for families in need.

$2,000 Grant Recipient
Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped (ARCH) will use the grant money to provide services to handicapped children of low-income families when school is not in session.

$1,500 Grant Recipients
Phoenix Day will use the funds to continue providing high-quality early childhood education, youth development and preventative health services to families residing in one of Phoenix’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Police Officers of Scottsdale Association Outreach Inc. will fund its outreach program, which unites Scottsdale Police officers and public safety officials with local, disadvantaged school children, while providing the children with clothing, backpacks and school supplies.

$1,000 Grant Recipients
Diana Gregory Outreach Services will use the grant money to provide fresh produce for 5,000 senior and disabled residents living in low-income communities.

Homeless Youth Connection will continue providing homeless youth with basic needs, including food, clothing, hygiene items, school supplies and housing referrals.

Apache Junction Food Bank will use the grant money to feed the hungry and provide short term help for those in need.

Chaplaincy for the Homeless will use the grant money to provide necessary documentation for homeless individuals trying to change their lives.

OCJ Kids (Opportunity, Community, and Justice Kids) will use the funds to provide children entering into the foster care system with backpacks, hygiene products and school supplies.

Sean Lynch and Rich Keil.

Sundt Construction Expands Tempe Team

Sundt Construction, Inc., has promoted construction industry veteran Sean Lynch to operations manager for concrete construction. Lynch has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, 27 of which have been focused on commercial concrete construction.
Lynch’s primary responsibilities in his new role are to continue to strengthen Sundt’s concrete construction team, ensure the performance of safe, high-quality work, and assist with the company’s profitable growth.
Lynch joined Sundt in April 2013 as senior project manager, and since then has been instrumental in the successful execution of several projects. Prior to joining Sundt, he spent eight years managing projects in the U.S. and Canada. His most recent project before coming to Sundt was a $200 million modernization project for Rio Tinto in Kitimat, British Columbia.

Sundt Construction, Inc., also announced Rich Keil has joined as the company’s new head of mining and industrial construction. Keil has 24 years of experience in heavy industrial projects in multiple sectors including power, forest industries, mining, and chemical processes, as well as several emerging technologies such as gasification, gas-to-liquids and algae fuels.

“I came to Sundt because of the long history and strong reputation Sundt has in the industry, along with the benefits of the employee-ownership culture, which I believe is a tremendous strength and differentiator,” Keil said. “Employees who own their company have a strong commitment to excellent work and success, which benefits both them and their clients.”

Originally from the Northeast, Keil earned a degree in construction management from Syracuse University and then spent the next 24 years working in various capacities for major contractors throughout the South and Mid-Atlantic region, most recently as director of projects. Keil has had project oversight and client relation duties as well as profit and loss responsibilities on projects valued at up to $650 million. He has also been responsible for strategic account management for accounts in excess of $3 billion.

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Sundt Construction breaks ground on Friendship House at Royal Oaks

Sundt Construction has broken ground on the Friendship House at Royal Oaks Lifecare Retirement Community in Sun City, Ariz. The $13.6M project is a two-story memory care facility designed to provide lifestyle-focused accommodations for Royal Oaks residents with varying levels of cognitive needs. This is Sundt’s sixth project for Royal Oaks, speaking to the longstanding relationship between the senior-living community and the contractor.

The 53KSF facility, located near the center of the 38-acre community, will provide memory care in a residential setting, moving away from the skilled-care model that has been the norm at Royal Oaks and many other retirement communities. This new design concept allows for more efficient staffing and flexibility in a comfortable setting that stresses the individualized needs of residents. Personalization is achieved through four “neighborhoods” of fourteen residents each that have distinct interior design themes and create smaller scale living environments.

Since 2000, Sundt has been the general contractor for numerous projects on the Royal Oaks campus, including the construction of new garden homes, an assisted living and life enrichment center, dining and wellness venues and a two-level parking structure. Sundt also renovated the Health Care Center.

“We have a strong 12-year relationship with the Royal Oaks team and enjoy working with them on these new projects to enhance the lifestyle experiences for the community’s residents,” said Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington. “This facility, with its new design, will help Royal Oaks continue their commitment to deliver the best care possible for its residents with memory care needs.”

The architect for Friendship House is Todd & Associates with interior design services by Thoma-Holec Design, both from the Phoenix area. Construction is scheduled to be completed in spring 2015.