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ABA Member Spotlight: Marty Hedlund

Marty Hedlund
Sr. vice president and Southwest district manager, Sundt Construction, Inc.
Years in construction: 32
Years at Sundt: 31
Years as an ABA member:
Since the beginning! Sundt was involved in the merging of AGC Building Chapter and the ABC organization into the ABA.

Role at Sundt: I lead about 100 talented employee owners of Sundt in providing services in the construction of projects throughout Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas.

What’s one thing everyone should know about your company?
We are 100 percent employee owned and celebrating our 125th anniversary in 2015.

What are recent projects you’ve worked on in Arizona?
UA Health Science Education Building, Chandler City Hall, ASU Cronkite School of Journalism, Riverpoint Center, Henkel/Dial Headquarters and R&D Building, ASU Sun Devil Stadium transformation.

What’s on your bucket list?
I am an avid golfer. On my bucket list is to play as many of the top 100 golf courses in the world as I can and see some great parts of this great planet.

Why did you join ABA?
ABA provides true industry leadership, from its staunch representation of our interests in the legislative process to developing exceptional leaders and construction professionals through its educational programs. Being active in ABA supports all that is good about our industry.

How has being an ABA member contributed to your professional success?
I participated in the year-long Leadership Development Forum many years ago, and it really opened my eyes to the possibilities for success in our industry and introduced me to many colleagues who I rely on for support today.

What is one of the biggest obstacles that the construction industry will face in 2015?
As our markets continue to improve, and hopefully catch fire, the war for talent in management and craft is critical to win. We are only as good as our people.

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Sundt Construction increases focus on sustainability

Sundt Construction, Inc. recently expanded its commitment to sustainability with a corporate-wide initiative to effect a positive change on the environment, increasing its presence as one of the top green contractors in the nation.

The company’s new environmentally focused charge is evidenced by the latest rankings from two of the industry’s leading construction publications – Engineering News-Record (ENR) and Building Design + Construction. Sundt advanced to 30th from 46th on ENR’s Top 100 Green Contractors list, and to 26th from 40th on Building Design + Construction’s Green Building Giants list.

“Our renewed corporate commitment has paid off, due largely to the efforts of the Sundt Sustainability Mentor Group, which includes representatives from all of Sundt’s business units,” said Dan Osterman, Sundt sustainability champion. “One area where our team has instituted significant change is in our reduction of generated waste at project sites. This year alone, our corporate standard of waste diversion increased to 75 percent, up from 50 percent on all Sundt projects.”

The Sundt Sustainability Mentor Group, a team of Sundt employees that promotes environmentally responsible practices at Sundt’s offices and jobsites, has grown significantly in membership over the past year. In addition to implementing new green standards within the company, the mentorship program has increased Sundt’s involvement in sustainable organizations like the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Greenroads International. The group has also helped cultivate green expertise among Sundt’s employee-owners, expanded the general contractor’s national profile as a green leader and focused its sustainability goals to achieve greater results – all with an objective of effecting positive change in the environment.

“A large part of our culture here at Sundt has always been focused on quality of life, which starts with protecting the environment,” said Osterman.

A few of Sundt’s sustainable projects that have been recognized this year include the LEED Silver certified University of Arizona Old Main Building renovation in Tucson, Arizona; the LEED Platinum certified University of California, Davis Tercero Student Housing Phase III complex in Davis, California; and the LEED Gold certified Butler Elementary/Puentes Middle School in El Paso, Texas. Sundt is also completing construction of the Sellwood Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, which is being built in accordance with the Greenroads sustainability rating system for transportation projects.

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Sundt to redevelop Pima Animal Center in Tucson

Sundt Construction, Inc. was selected as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the redevelopment of the Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, Arizona.

Once completed, the project will replace most or all of Pima County’s outdated animal care center originally built in 1968, when the County  had less than a third of its current resident population and animal control facilities did little more than warehouse stray animals. The project scope may include construction of new kennels, a surgery suite, laboratory, clinics, administrative and law enforcement offices, and a community room. Construction is budgeted at $15 million of the overall $22 million project cost.

“Our team has developed a plan to ensure the center remains operational while under construction, so every animal continues to receive the care it needs,” said Sundt’s Kurt Wadlington. “This project will provide additional space for the more than 24,000 animals that come through these doors each year, improving their lives by reducing stress, aggression and disease transmission due to overcrowding.”

Currently in the design phase, the project was authorized by voters in November 2014. Sundt’s recent additional work with Pima County includes the Pima County Public Service Center and the Pima County Emergency Communications and Operations Center, both located in Tucson.

 

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UA golf tourney supports medical school scholarships

Lowering your golf score is a good thing – so are scholarships to help lower debt for medical school students.

DPR Construction and Sundt Construction, Inc, Joint Venture will be the presenting sponsor for the fourth annual University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Golf Tournament scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11, at Legacy Golf Club, 6808 S. 32nd St., in Phoenix. The tournament supports student scholarships for the downtown Phoenix medical school.

“We want the composition of our student body to reflect the wonderful diversity of our community and state,” said Stuart D. Flynn, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. “However, for some, the cost of medical school is prohibitive in their ability to attend our school. Scholarships are critical to lowering the costs for students.  We know students with scholarships are not only more apt to attend our school, but this also allows them to follow their career dreams less encumbered by debt, especially critical for those wishing to enter primary care disciplines. DPR and Sundt have supported the tournament since year one, and it is wonderful to have their commitment to this critical endeavor.”

The college was created to help address the critical shortage of physicians in Arizona. Prior to 2007, Phoenix was the largest city in the nation without a medical school granting MD degrees.

“The University of Arizona College of Medicine is well revered nationwide, and the decision in the early 2000s to expand the campus to Phoenix and graduate a greater number of physicians each year has proven not only to assist healthcare in Arizona, it has increased medical research and treatment, too,” said Dave Elrod, LEED AP, Regional Manager of DPR Construction.  “The scholarships are a must, and we are honored to play a role in building great healthcare, and great physicians.”

“Arizona’s chronic shortage of healthcare professionals has been well documented,” said Marty Hedlund, Southwest District Manager of Sundt. “We are glad to do our part — whether it’s constructing new, state-of-the-art medical training facilities or supporting this golf tournament to raise scholarships — to help produce the next generation of physicians for our home state.”

Scholarships are critical to train some of the best and brightest future physicians, to whom the ability to pay for medical school can be an overwhelming challenge. The cost of a medical degree has more than tripled in the past decade. The American Association of Medical Colleges has reported the national median debt of students who graduated in 2014 from public medical school was $170,000.

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U of A Old Main Rehab Project Wins 3 Awards

Sundt Construction, Inc. led the design-build team that won three prestigious awards this month for renovating the University of Arizona (UA) Old Main building in Tucson, Arizona. The rehabilitation project, which preserved Arizona’s second oldest continuously occupied building, received two awards from the Arizona Preservation Foundation and one from the Design-Build Institute of America Western Pacific Region (DBIA WPR).

The Arizona Preservation Foundation, in collaboration with the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office/Arizona State Parks, chose Old Main from among nine Heritage Preservation Honor Award winners to receive the 2015 Grand Award. Presented on Friday, May 15, at the Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Awards at Northern Arizona University’s Du Bois Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, the awards recognize people, organizations and projects that represent outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona’s prehistoric and historic resources.

“Both awards further confirm our success in preserving one of Arizona’s oldest and most iconic buildings,” said Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington. “Our team worked cohesively with the architects at Poster Frost Mirto to maintain the building’s unique character and history while upgrading the facility for safety and efficient use.”

Old Main also received the Award of Merit during the 2015 DBIA WPR Annual Design-Build Awards Competition Dinner held on Thursday, May 21, at the Newport Beach Marriott in Newport Beach, California. The design-build team, led by Sundt, received the honor not only for delivering the project on a fast-tracked schedule, but also for determining the necessary scope of rehabilitation and delivering solutions that preserved the historical integrity of the building.

“This award belongs to the entire design-build team, including the subcontractors, who brought with them critical expertise in landmark building that ultimately led to the success of the project,” said Sundt Senior Project Manager Fred Briscoe. “Because of the hard work and effort put into this rehabilitation, Old Main will remain the centerpiece for the UA campus for many years to come.”

The $9.7 million project involved rehabilitating deteriorated building elements to extend the building’s life and restore the second floor interior to its original character while accommodating new functional uses. The work included stabilizing the perimeter stone wall, resolving subterranean water infiltration, reinforcing the brick columns and chimneys, reconstructing the second floor porch, upgrading and leveling the second floor structure, replacing metal roof shingles, and rebuilding the second floor interior for use as the office of the University president. Other features included safety upgrades, installation of a new mechanical system, and replacement of the plumbing, lighting and electrical systems. The rehabilitation, which began in early 2013 and finished during the summer of 2014, is expected to earn LEED Silver Certification.

Originally built in 1891, Old Main is the oldest building on The University of Arizona campus. During World War II, when the U.S. Navy stepped in to save the building from demolition and used the space for a training facility, Sundt was hired by the Navy to repair the exterior and interior walls, replace the failing roof trusses, and make several other updates. UA later reclaimed Old Main as a functional building and it housed ROTC and various student services functions since. In 1972, Old Main was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

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Sundt Foundation names two new officers to board of directors

The Sundt Foundation has named two new officers and two new members to its board of directors. Andrew Apostolik, a group engineer in Tempe and former vice president of the foundation, advanced to the position of president for the coming year. He replaces outgoing president Jacque Hoppes, a project administrator in the company’s San Diego office. Randy Rusing, a preconstruction project manager in Tempe, will serve as vice president.

Meanwhile, Jessica Beyer, an estimator in San Diego, and Alexis Marshall, a project engineer in San Antonio, were elected to the board.

The Sundt 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 through organizations located near a Sundt office. Primarily funded by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching, the foundation recently surpassed the $6 million mark in donations since its inception.

The Sundt Foundation Board of Directors is composed of 12 employee-owners, four appointed by the company and eight elected by the membership. The board convenes quarterly to approve grants based on recommendations made by employee committees in each Sundt office. Sundt recognizes the importance of community giving. Today, its employees remain dedicated to ensuring the well being of others, donating generously to charitable causes and volunteering thousands of hours each year to help various local organizations achieve their missions. For many employees, the Sundt Foundation is the principal way by which they give back to the communities they call home.

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Valley Partnership on conquering the hill

Valley Partnership defines itself as an advocacy organization with responsible development at its core. Behind the organization’s educational Friday Morning Breakfasts, networking mixers, fundraisers and annual community project, Valley Partnership has three committees that work year-round on the organization’s advocacy efforts on a federal, state and cities/county issues.

“Keeping with Valley Partnership’s focus on supporting water security for our economic vitality, economic development tools such as state land funding and consistent policies on taxes and fees, we had a successful year to build toward 2016 with the federal government, Arizona State Legislature and Valley cities,” says Cheryl Lombard, president and CEO of Valley Partnership.

Law of the Land
Arizona is the sixth-largest state, yet only 17 percent of its land is private. The role available land plays in economic activity is incomparable to East Coast states, says DMB Associates Executive Vice President Karrin Talyor.

States on the East Coast are nearly 98 percent private land, meaning there is a higher percentage (or less land) that exists as productive tax-producing land. Such disparity can make it difficult to draft legislation that can fairly apply to all states, says Taylor.

“When you overlay the federal land, conservation land, clean water and critical habitats, there’s nothing left,” says Taylor. “You overlay all these regulations and you wonder, ‘How do you pay for economic activity?’”

Taylor says there is the possibility of more land that may be taken away from productive use in the name of conservation before the end of President Barack Obama’s second term. She notes that former President Bill Clinton created the Sonoran Desert Monument before the end of his term. It was a designation that she says removes land from being leased for grazing, mining or other economically vital purposes.

Valley Partnership’s Federal Affairs Committee, which Taylor helped form about three years ago, is a gathering place for representatives from different delegations to discuss these topics.

“Part of it is raising awareness,” says Taylor. “We routinely have four or five representatives from delegations every month to exchange information. I don’t know if some of these staffers get together in other situations.”

The Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) is one such group that attends committee meetings.

“Valley Partnership Committees (give) ASLD the opportunity to meet with local government representatives and discuss issues of mutual importance including land planning efforts that can enhance the value of ASLD land and increase economic opportunities,” says Bill Boyd, legislative policy administrator for ASLD. “Valley Partnership provides a forum helping ASLD to be active in the local business community by sharing information about land acquisition and development opportunities while contributing to an ongoing understanding of the condition of the local and regional economy.”

Cue the Water Works
In 2014, Intel Corporation, Sundt Construction, Carollo Engineers and the city of Chandler entered into a unique public-private partnership to tackle one of the biggest resource issues facing Arizona — water.

When Intel expanded its Ocotillo Campus in Chandler, its facility was going to create more waste streams that would add pressure to the city’s reverse osmosis facility (CHRO), which treats water for reclamation.

Salinity and total dissolved solids, referred to as TDS, are rising in reclaimed water throughout the Valley and most growing cities. Reclaimed water is what’s used to irrigate public spaces in the city of Chandler. As reclaimed water quality drops, water shortages sit on the horizon. This is particularly an issue that arises when an industrial facility like one expanded by Intel increases its own need for water. Therefore, Intel went to work on developing the Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility, which would accommodate the increased waste streams and also contribute to upgrades at the CHRO facility. In the end, The OBRF project also eliminated discharges from the CHRO facility to the sewer – improving operations at the city’s water reclamation facility.

This project is an example of what Valley Partnership’s members are about. Sundt Construction, one of the oldest Arizona-based construction companies at 125 years old, is ahead of its time in bringing together the private and public sectors to build a project that’s responsible and sensitive to the future of Arizona.

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.

Brine-Scan-001Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility

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

 

Tucker Macon

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

 

Ryan Abbott, Sundt Construction

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

 

Ron Stuff, Sundt Construction

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.”