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James Pullen, Sundt Construction

James Pullen Joins Sundt Construction

Sundt Construction, Inc. recently hired James Pullen as a senior project manager. Pullen is currently overseeing construction of the Friendship House memory care facility at the Royal Oaks retirement community in Sun City.

Pullen brings more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare construction industry to Sundt. As senior project manager, Pullen is responsible for preconstruction, budget development, constructability reviews and the schedule analysis and development. He also is in charge of procuring contractors and managing the site operations for each project.

Prior to joining Sundt, Pullen was part of the project teams for Banner Desert Medical Center’s renovations, Cardon Children’s Medical Center’s new hospital, a patient tower addition at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, Calif. and a new hospital at the University of California, San Diego. Pullen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management from California State University, Fresno.

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Sundt Construction Promotes Daniel Haag

Sundt Construction, Inc. has promoted Daniel Haag to the position of chief administration officer.
Haag joined Sundt in 2010 as director of administration. In his new role, he helps lead the company’s strategic management as a member of the Sundt executive committee. He also oversees talent management, information technology and office services.
In October, Haag also was appointed executive director of the Sundt Foundation, the company’s employee-led charitable giving organization. He replaces Charles Boyd in this capacity.
Haag holds a master’s degree in industrial relations from Wayne State University, as well as numerous professional certifications in the human resources field. He serves on the board of the Construction Professional Executives Group and Employee Owned S Corporation of America and is active in the national Center for Employee Ownership and ESOP Association. Haag also is a former board of trustees member for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Arizona chapter, and a former president of the Minnesota chapter of the Human Resource Planning Society.

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Patrick Dooley Joins Sundt Construction

Sundt Construction, Inc. recently hired Patrick Dooley as assistant controller.

Based in the company’s Tucson office, Dooley will provide leadership for the accounting staff and accounting functions, including risk management, financial reporting, cash flow management and forecasting. He replaces long-time Sundt employee, Jennifer Lee, who retired from the position earlier this year.

Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Arizona. He is a certified public accountant in the state of Arizona and is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Ken Dean Joins Sundt Construction

Sundt Construction, Inc. recently hired Ken Dean as its newest industrial operations manager. He will oversee and monitor existing processes and their effectiveness, create strategies to improve productivity and efficiency, and manage quality assurance.
Dean brings more than 32 years of experience in industrial construction to the job and has worked on several multimillion dollar projects in the power, mining and refining industries. Prior to joining Sundt, Dean was a division manager for a major oil, gas and chemical servicing company that specializes in the petroleum and power industries.


Sundt Awarded Contract Expansion on Pima County Court Complex

Sundt Construction, Inc. has begun the second phase of construction on the new Pima County Downtown Court Complex. Originally contracted in February 2012 to complete the core and shell of the 290,000 SF facility, Sundt was recently granted a contract expansion to make tenant improvements, construct a parking structure and complete landscape and hardscape updates.
Sundt is serving as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the $37M in improvements, $22M of which includes improvements on floors two, three, four, five and seven. In addition, Sundt will build an adjacent seven-level, 700-car parking structure with an 8,400 SF retail shell fronting the new Stone Avenue public plaza, which is budgeted at $15M.
“The Pima County Downtown Court Complex has required detailed and specific planning, starting with the complex foundation pour from the first phase of the project,” said Sundt Project Director Kurt Wadlington. “This second phase requires careful coordination of interior build-out, adjacent foundation systems and multiple utilities that cross the site.”
Housing the Pima County Justice Courts and Pima County public service offices, the seven-level complex includes a distinctive dichromic glass mural on the south wall that was paid for using a separate public art budget. The mural will be illuminated at night for an attractive addition to the Tucson skyline. Sundt anticipates this second phase will be completed in early 2015.

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Chandra Reilly Joins Sundt Construction

Chandra Reilly was recently hired as a project director for Sundt Construction’s Southwest District.

Reilly joins Sundt with more than a dozen years of business development, strategic planning, pre-construction management and project management experience, and has been responsible for directing commercial, hospitality, government and industrial projects ranging from $1M tenant improvements to $250M high-rise hotels. A key member of the Sundt client services team, she will work closely with pre-construction and project management teams to identify and deliver innovative, timely and cost-effective construction solutions to clients on project types that include commercial, office, hospitality, retail, entertainment/recreation, mixed use, government administration and cultural facilities.

Prior to joining Sundt, Reilly handled program administration and project management duties for the Phoenix office of an international engineering and construction firm.

A metropolitan Phoenix resident since 1985, Reilly holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Arizona State University and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEEP AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council. She also is affiliated with Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)-Arizona and Alliance for Construction Excellence.

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Sundt Construction Breaks Ground on CGCC Campus

Construction is underway on a new student services and athletics facility at Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Pecos Campus that will serve as a gathering place for the community, Sundt Construction announced Monday.

Sundt was hired as the construction manager at risk (CMAR) for the $21M project, which includes a new two-story multi-purpose building, upgraded sidewalks, landscaping, concrete benches and parking lot renovations. The 70,000 SF building will include a “one-stop” student services area, a 2,500-seat arena surrounding a 10,000 SF gymnasium, fitness center, athletic offices and locker rooms, classrooms and testing facilities, administration offices and conference rooms.

“This project is not only significant for the students and faculty of Chandler-Gilbert Community College but also for the community as a whole,” said Sundt Project Manager Chris Tinney. “With the large amount of space in the arena, the community will have a place to come together for special events and athletic competitions. It will serve as the front door to the college, in terms of location, appearance and function.”

The Coyote Center’s innovative design, which includes raised access flooring and movable partitions, 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.

The Pecos Campus is located at 2626 E. Pecos Rd. in Chandler.


Sundt Construction Completes John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse In Yuma


Sundt Construction completed construction of the $25M John M. Roll U.S. Courthouse in downtown Yuma.

The landmark federal courthouse construction project replaces an outdated facility and pays tribute to its namesake, Justice John M. Roll, a federal judge who was killed in the January 2011 attack on former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson.

Sundt served as the design-build contractor on the project.

The 2-story, 57,000 SF building includes two courtrooms, judges’ chambers, detention cells and administrative areas for the federal courts and the U.S. Marshals Service.

A clean, modern design emphasizes sustainability and sets the stage for pending LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Locally sourced sandstone and masonry, installed by Sundt’s own crews, cover the building’s exterior, while “living walls” of vines planted on steel trellises shade windows.

In the entry, a 10,000 SF canopy made of photovoltaic panels supplies shade while generating up to one quarter of the building’s electrical needs.

Sundt is working on the University of Arizona's historic Old Main Building. (Photo courtesy of UA).

Sundt To Upgrade And Expand UA's Campus Utility Infrastructure


Sundt Construction has been selected to upgrade the University of Arizona’s existing infrastructure, including mechanical; electrical; telecommunications utility distribution systems; central plant heating, chilled water and portable water production; and sewer and surface drainage to support the new Engineering Innovation Building, Bioscience Research Labs, and future campus growth.

Sundt will serve as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the project. Construction is expected to begin in late spring of 2014 and conclude in 2015.

This project will be Sundt’s 59th completed for UA. Sundt also is serving as CMAR for a new interdisciplinary research center — the Engineering Innovation Building — for the College of Engineering and is working on the university’s historic Old Main Building and Bear Down Gymnasium.

“New, high-tech development, such as the Engineering Innovation Building we will build on the UA campus next year, can place an increased demand on existing utility infrastructure systems,” said Steve Schmitt, Sundt project director.

“Our expertise on university campuses across the country — and on the University of Arizona’s campus in particular — makes Sundt the perfect partner for this project, which will help the university prepare for future success.”




Sundt Begins Renovating Shadow Mountain High School

Sundt Construction, Inc. has begun renovating Shadow Mountain High School for the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix. The high school, located at 2901 E. Shea Boulevard, is receiving building upgrades and other site improvements designed to increase accessibility on campus and improve the overall student experience.

With a tight timeline of only 12 weeks, Sundt’s team broke ground immediately after classes ended in May. The $3.5 million project, located in the heart of the school campus, involves renovating the athletic facilities, upgrading the exteriors to several buildings and adding features so the campus is more compliant with the American with Disabilities Act. The renovation project has an expected completion date of Aug. 8, just in time for the 2013-2014 school year to begin.

“We understand the need to work quickly and efficiently on these types of education construction projects to conform to the school’s academic calendar,” said Brian Higgins, Sundt superintendent. “Though 12 weeks is short for most construction projects, Sundt is more than willing and able to navigate the timeline, while providing the students the best facilities for the coming school year.”

 Sundt serves as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), while ADM Group is the architect for the project.

About Sundt

Sundt Construction, Inc. is one of the country’s largest and most respected laboratory contractors. Known nationally for its innovative approach to construction services, the firm is currently ranked the 64th largest construction company in the United States by ENR, the industry’s principal trade magazine.ww w.sundt.com


Sundt Helps Deliver 191,000 Bottles Of Water Donated For Thirst Aid Drive


Sundt Construction, with help from its subcontractors and suppliers, hosted its annual Thirst Aid Water Drive, delivering a semi-truck-load of 191,000 water bottles to St. Joseph the Worker, a Human Service Campus agency.

As temperatures rise, employees from Sundt’s corporate headquarters in Tempe once again participated in the Thirst Aid water bottle drive to benefit St. Joseph the Worker, a nonprofit organization that aids homeless and other disadvantaged individuals throughout the Phoenix area.

Many homeless and disadvantaged people suffer from thirst, heat-related illness and even death when temperatures soar in the spring and summer months.

Sundt organized the company’s first Thirst Aid event in 2010 with the hope of collecting 120 cases of water (2,880 bottles). That goal was crushed by the collection of nearly 50,000 bottles.

The number tripled the following year when 149,000 bottles came through the door — so many that St. Joseph the Worker was able to share with the entire Human Services Campus. In 2012, the Thirst Aid Water Drive collected and donated 139,000 bottles of water, with a goal to increase that number to 150,000 in 2013.

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

The Human Services Campus, an unprecedented collaboration of 15 homeless service providers, was created in 2005 to address the growing demand for services by people experiencing homelessness.

Each day, 1,300 men and women access resources such as shelter, physical and mental health services, dental care, substance abuse treatment, employment services and housing placement.

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

Each year, the City of Phoenix holds a water drive and places hydration stations around the community. With the support of its collective donors, St. Joseph the Worker and other Human Service Campus providers no longer have to reach out to the City of Phoenix for assistance.

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


Trevor Gelder

Sundt Hires Corporate Director of Talent Acquisition and Deployment


Sundt Construction hired Trevor Gelder as its new corporate director of talent acquisition and deployment.

With more than 10 years of experience in recruitment, human capital management and human resources, Gelder is responsible for recruiting and retaining top talent at Sundt.

He will continue to build the company’s employment brand, invest in the development of Sundt’s employee-owners and identify unique ways to attract all levels of professionals in the industry.

Prior to joining Sundt, Gelder was the global talent acquisition manager at a Fortune 500 solar company. His experience also includes work with a national construction and engineering firm, a national recruiting firm and an industry leader in health and fitness.

Gelder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Arizona State University.




Sundt to Upgrade and Expand Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy


Sundt Construction has been selected by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to serve as the general contractor on a project that will expand CCA’s Red Rock Correctional Center in Eloy to accommodate up to 1,000 additional prisoners.

The Red Rock Correctional Center presently houses 1,600 inmates. Last year CCA was granted permission from the State of Arizona to provide 500 additional beds, expandable to 1,000, for medium-security prisoners starting in January 2014.

With Sundt leading the design-build effort, plans call for construction of a 4,500 SF addition to the admissions and administration building; a new 32,200 SF dining room and occupation training space, a remodeled full-service kitchen and a 16,782 SF maintenance and warehouse storage building, among other upgrades.

Additionally, housing units will be modified to receive more natural light and power upgrades, and exterior inmate recreation and exercise areas will receive equipment and lighting improvements. The project is expected to be complete by December.

The project team includes DLR Group architects and Atherton Engineering Inc., both of Phoenix.

“CCA had an existing facility that required significant modification and expansion – in a very short time frame — in order to meet the State of Arizona’s need,” said Wayne Einbinder, Sundt vice president. “Sundt’s extensive experience in the criminal justice-criminal detention construction market is a perfect match for this type of challenge.”


ASU's Interdisciplinary Sciences & Technology Building 4, built by Sundt Construction.

Sundt Named One of Nation's Safest Construction Companies in 2012


Sundt Construction, the 2013 RED Award winner for General Contractor of the Year, was named one of the nation’s safest construction companies in 2012 by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The Tempe-based construction company was one of 29 contractors that placed first in the Willis-sponsored Construction Safety Excellence Awards. The association, which oversees the safety awards, an annual ranking of construction safety programs, noted that 51 other companies were selected as winners for the quality of their safety practices.

“Safety is always a top priority for the construction industry,” said Joseph H. Jarboe, the association’s past president and senior vice president of Bethesda, Md.-based Clark Construction Group. “These companies showcase the highest commitment to keeping their projects and their employees safe.”

Jarboe said Sundt was selected as one of this year’s winners because of its exceptional leadership in safety. He noted that the company was dedicated to the development and implementation of premier safety and loss prevention programs.

The company presented outstanding guidance in safety and occupation health management, risk control, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation, Jarboe said.

Jarboe noted that there are multiple winners because the awards are distributed for a number of categories, based on the size of the company, the amount of work performed and the type of work performed.

The AGC-Willis Construction Safety Excellence Award winners are selected by a panel of five independent safety professionals within the government, corporate and insurance industries. Final judging for the awards program took place during last week’s annual convention for the contractors’ association in Palm Springs, Calif.


Shane Malkowski

Sundt Names Shane Malkowski Heavy Civil Division Project Manager

Sundt Construction hired Shane Malkowski as a project manager for its heavy civil projects.

Malkowski will be responsible for supporting project and business development efforts relating to highway and transportation construction projects for the Tempe-based general contractor.

With 13 years of experience throughout Arizona, Texas and Utah, Malkowski is proficient in leading engineers, managing design-build projects and efficiently executing projects using alternative project delivery methods.

Prior to joining Sundt, he was involved with managing the roadway, drainage and bridge design teams for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s $210 million Manor Expressway design-build project.

Malkowski earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Arizona.

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Valley Forward Exands its horizon

Timing is everything, even when it comes to Mother Nature.

“In 2010, we got an $85,000 grant to look at some federal issues on sustainability,” says Diane Brossart, president and CEO of Valley Forward, which brings business and civic leaders together to improve the environment and livability of Valley communities. “We were asked to target Arizona’s Congressional delegation and get them up to speed in regards to understanding a sustainability agenda for Arizona and what that meant.”

What grew from that seed was an initiative that had actually been germinating for more than a decade, Brossart says: taking the successful Marocopa County-centric Valley Forward and giving is a statewide focus. In August, Valley Forward’s board voted unanimously to to move forward with a business plan that will transition Valley Forward into Arizona Forward in January.

Brossart says the state is facing some serious issues related to the environment and the livability and vitality of Arizona’s cities and towns will be impacted by upcoming decisions related to:
* Land use planning and open space,
* A balanced multi-modal transportation system,
* Improving and maintaining healthy air quality,
* Solar and renewable energy technology,
*  Managing our water resources, and
* Protecting wilderness, parks, national monuments and other natural areas for Arizona’s tourism economy.

“As Arizona and the country recover from the Great Recession, a statewide dialogue is more important than ever,” says William F. Allison, a shareholder at Gallagher & Kennedy. “The issues impacting us – water, energy, transportation, land use – involve the entire state rather than only the Valley. Arizona Forward will provide a forum to think outside the box and beyond the Valley.”

To get Arizona Forward to have its greatest statewide impact, Brossart and her staff connected with nine companies that had influence on communities along the Sun Corridor — the stretch of freeway that connects Tucson, Phoenix, Prescott and Flagstaff — to become charter members of Arizona Forward.

“The leaders of those companies have become our tour guides as we go into Pima County and Northern Arizona,” Brossart says. She points to Kurt Wadlington, employee-owner of Sundt Construction in Tucson, for opening doors for Arizona Forward to spread its wings into Southern Arizona.

“Southern Arizona already has a very strong environmental focus, but struggles with areas that are dependent on statewide engagement from both a funding and advocacy perspective,” Wadlington says. “(Valley Forward’s) shift (to a statewide focus) will provide Southern Arizona with added resources to coordinate its future growth in the larger context of the Sun Corridor.”

Experts agree that now is the perfect time for Valley Forward to shift to a statewide focus statewide because Arizona is at a turning point, economically and environmentally.

“There are major issues that affect the state like transportation; managing resources; and protecting the wilderness, parks, and national monuments,” says Alfie Gallegos, area sales manager for Republic Services. “These are not just environmental issues, but are issues that have an effect on Arizona’s economy statewide. I think Arizona is ready to start having more positive statewide conversations about finding ways to grow our economy in a manner that can be sustained and is environmentally friendly.”

Brossart says that while Arizona has had countless groups that have focused on making their communities better, Arizona Forward will be looking to help educate legislators become the glue that brings those regional organizations together in a spirit of cooperation and unity.

“So much of our goal is to drive a political agenda to the middle and bring folks on both sides of the aisle together,” Brossart says. “The issues that we focus on are sustainability and environmental. Everybody needs clean air, clean water, open space and parks. Those are the things that make a community viable, healthy and liveable. We all want that. Those aren’t political issues. But they do fall into a political arena that sometimes clouds the issues. But if we can be a reasoning voice of balance like we have been successfully in Maricopa County, if we can bring that statewide, it will be really good for Arizona — economically and environmentally.”

Valley Forward members expect the transition to Arizona Forward to foster additional collaboration and conversation on statewide issues, bring additional viewpoints on key issues and allow for a more global conversation.

“My hope is that we can, over time, have a collective vision that regardless of our own regional filters, we’re all in this together and need to find ways to move forward as one sustainable, economically successful state,” says Iain Hamp, community affairs representative, Wells Fargo Team Member Philanthropy Group.

Brossart says one of the biggest messages Arizona Forward will be trying to communicate is that making sound decisions about issues surrounding sustainability and the environment are good for business.

“If we make a case that shows the economic impact of parks and open space on the tourism industry, the business community will take notice and they are uniquely poised to deliver of that message and be heard,” Brossart says. “Parks groupies are great and they are important. But when the business community gets involved, people listen.”

Where Arizona Forward could have its biggest economic impact is on growth industries that rely on the state’s amazing natural resources.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of solar energy, as the clean, renewable energy source is experiencing massive growth and helping the state and country achieve greater energy independence,” says Patricia Browne, director of marketing and communications for SOLON Corporation in Tucson. “And Arizona has been at the center of this growth. This has been made possible not only by the companies developing the solutions, but by the state and local officials, Arizona-based businesses and individual residents who recognize the importance that solar plays in a number of ways such as a cleaner environment, economic development, and energy price stability. However, there are still challenges in making the adoption viable on a large scale, and Arizona Forward helps bring together the right players to help make this happen on a state level.”

Richard Mayol, communications and government relations director for Grand Canyon Trust in Flagstaff, says Arizona Forward will give members in northern Arizona the opportunity to not only have a voice in discussions that affect the state today, but in decisions that impact what Arizona will be like 20 years from now.

“We hope it will help create an economy that provides the opportunity for prosperity without sacrificing the environment,” he says, “and makes northern Arizona an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

And that is what Arizona Forward’s mission is all about: bringing business and civic leaders together in order to convene thoughtful public dialogue on statewide issues and to improve the environment and sustainability of Arizona.

“All areas of the state will benefit, from urban to rural and suburban areas in between due to a coordinated and planned strategy for such essential elements as affordable energy, water, transportation, affordable housing, and a wide band of employment opportunities,” says Janice Cervelli, dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. “All geographic, economic, and environmental sectors of the state will increasingly become part of a larger, interdependent, connected system.”


* Establish cooperative relationships with like-minded Arizona conservation organizations and facilitate collaboration on sustainability initiatives.
* Bring business and civic leaders together to convene thoughtful public dialogue on regional issues and to improve the environment and sustainability of Arizona.
* Increase awareness of and interest in environmental issues initially in the Sun Corridor and then beyond, statewide, building on an agenda of land use and open space planning, transportation, air quality, water, and energy.
* Support efforts to promote the Sun Corridor as an economic development area incorporating sustainability and smart growth principles.
* Serve as a technical resource on environmental issues through Arizona Forward’s and Valley Forward’s diverse membership of large corporations, small businesses, municipal governments, state agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.

Arizona Community Foundation
First Solar
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold
National Bank of Arizona
SOLON Corporation
Sundt Construction
The Nature Conservancy
Total Transit
Wells Fargo

FOUNDING MEMBERS: Access Geographic, LLC; Adolfson & Peterson Construction Company; APS; Arizona Conservation Partnership; Arizona Department of Transportation; Arizona Heritage Alliance; Arizona Investment Council; Arizona State Parks Foundation; Arizona State University, Global Institute of Sustainability; Aubudon Arizona; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona; Breckenridge Group Architects/Planners; Caliber Group; City of Tucson; Environmental Fund of Arizona; Fennemore Craig; Gabor Lorant Architects; Gammage & Burnham; Godec Randall & Associates; Grand Canyon Trust; Guided Therapy Systems; Haley & Aldrich; Intellectual Energy, LLC; John Douglas Architects; Jones Studio; Kinney Construction Services, Inc.; Lewis and Roca LLP; Logan Halperin Landscape Architecture; Pima County; RSP Architects; Southwest Gas Corporation; SRP; University of Phoenix; TEP / UNS Energy Corp.; The Greenleaf Group


Sundt Begins Renovation Plans for UA's Old Main Building


Sundt Construction is returning to the University of Arizona to renovate the school’s historic Old Main building.

This is the second time Sundt will have helped preserve the 121-year-old iconic structure.

With an extensive background in rehabilitation and preservation, Sundt recently was awarded the project by the Arizona Board of Regents. Sundt’s project team already is evaluating the structural integrity and envelope of the building, identifying issues with the roof, porch, foundations and load-bearing structures, and determining solutions and options for the renovation.

“As we continue to evaluate and plan the renovation of Old Main, we are cognizant of the building’s existing condition, unique character and history,” said Kurt Wadlington, project director for Sundt. “The key is to find the balance between preserving the original aspects of the building and updating the structure for safety and efficient use.”

Built in 1891, the university’s Old Main building has been renovated twice before. The first was 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. In 1972, Old Main was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Additional upgrades to the building took place between 2006 and 2008.

Sundt, serving as the design-build contractor, and the project’s architectural team of Poster Frost Mirto and NTD Architecture, plan to fence the site and begin design and preconstruction work in December and January. The $13.5M renovation project is scheduled for completion by July 2014.


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Hedlund Joins Sundt Foundation Board of Directors

Sundt Construction appointed Eric Hedlund to a position on the Sundt Foundation board of directors, replacing Ray Bargull, the contractor’s longtime CFO who retired earlier this year.

Hedlund, Sundt’s executive vice president and COO, manages the company’s Building Group. He is a past president and life director of the Arizona Builders’ Alliance and has held a number of leadership positions with national construction industry organizations.

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 or major construction project.

The Foundation is primarily funded by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching. This year, the organization surpassed the $5M mark in grants awarded since its inception.

The Sundt Foundation Board of Directors is comprised of nine employees, four appointed by the company and five elected by the membership. The board convenes quarterly to approve grants based on recommendations made by employee committees in each Sundt office.

In another announcement, Sundt promoted Marian Enriquez to the newly created position of Manager of Employee Owner Experience and Diversity.

In her new role, Enriquez will be part of the company’s talent management team, responsible for leading a strategy intended to help create an environment where people can thrive and perform their best. In addition to maintaining employee-owner relations, her duties also include providing leadership on workforce and subcontractor diversity, equal employment opportunity, and human resource and federal contracting compliance.

Additionally, Enriquez will continue serving as Sundt’s Small Business Liaison Officer and overseeing the company’s subcontractor diversity program, which has been recognized by numerous highly regarded minority associations.

Enriquez joined Sundt 11 years ago and has been promoted to roles of increasing responsibility. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in business management, both from the University of Phoenix. Enriquez also is certified as a Master Human Capital Strategist, Professional in Human Resources and Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional.


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ASU's ISTB 4 Achieves LEED Gold Certification


Arizona State University’s recently opened Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB 4) research facility was recognized as LEED Gold certified from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

To earn the LEED Gold, the $110M, 7-story ISTB 4 achieved 46 total LEED points under the LEED for New Construction Version 2.2 Rating System. One of the major project goals for the 298,000 SF building was to reduce energy as much as possible — when fully occupied ISTB 4’s energy use will be nearly one-half of a typical laboratory building.

HDR, as executive architect, collaborated with the design architect, Ehrlich Architects,  for the uniquely sustainable research and laboratory building. Sundt Construction was the general contractor.

As sustainable designer, Mathew Cunha-Rigby, LEED AP BD+C, point outs, “ASU and HDR were committed to making ISTB 4 a high performance, sustainable building from the beginning of the project. The university set a minimum goal of LEED Silver, with a stretch goal of LEED Gold.

“ASU also outlined sustainability targets that needed to be met for all new projects on campus, which helped influence many of the design strategies that were implemented in the building.”

Some of the sustainable strategies implemented in the building include:

>> Optimal building orientation based on local climate conditions and a high performance façade with vertical sunshades to reduce heat gain and incorporate passive cooling strategies.

>> Efficient active systems to minimize lighting, mechanical and process loads including energy recovery, reduced heating and cooling requirements for ventilated air, variable-air-volume settings for offices, labs and fume hoods, as well as, energy-efficient lighting, with occupancy sensor controls.

>> On-site renewable energy. ASU allocated energy produced by a photovoltaic array on the adjacent parking structure to ISTB 4 to supply more than 16% of its energy use.

>> Building performance monitoring to ensure the building will continue to meet its energy use reduction goals over the life of the building.

>>  Minimized resource use. Local building materials, extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of the site, totaled more than 44 percent of the entire material cost.

>> Daylighting. The building envelope and the interior space are designed to admit natural light into as many spaces as possible, and a central atrium brings daylight deep into the building interior.

>> Users are encouraged to use alternative transportation. ISTB 4 is within one fourth of a mile from a light rail stop and bus stops, serving five different bus routes. Bicycle racks are provided on site and the number of parking spaces has been reduced by 55% from that of a typical university building, with 10% of the parking spaces dedicated to carpool and fuel-efficient vehicles.

With the ISTB 4 certification, HDR now has a total of 14 LEED Gold projects.


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Sundt Construction Expands Civil/Industrial Team

Sundt Construction added three new employees to its civil/industrial team: Larry Fickel, area manager; Andre Castaneda, estimator II; and Nicholas Aguilar, field engineer.

As an area manager, Fickel will be responsible for projects throughout Greater Phoenix. He brings more than three decades of experience to his new role, most recently serving as a senior project manager for a Colorado-based contractor, where he was involved with a variety of projects, including water and wastewater treatment plants. Fickel earned a Bachelor of Science in building construction from Texas A&M University and continues to serve on the university’s Construction Industry Advisory Council.

Castaneda, an estimator, joins Sundt from a Tempe-based firm, where he worked as a project engineer and field estimator on roadway expansions and water treatment facilities. Castaneda earned a Bachelor of Science in construction management from Arizona State University.

Aguilar will work as a field engineer on the BHP Pinto Valley Restart project. He most recently worked as a project engineer at the Solana Generating Station in Gila Bend. Aguilar earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Arizona State University, and remains active in the engineering community. He is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Engineers without Borders, and Bridges to Prosperity.

For more information visit sundt.com.


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Sundt Expands Industrial And Federal Teams

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

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

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

Sundt Honored With ACCE Founder's Award

Sundt Honored With ACCE Founder's Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sundt Recognized By BestCompaniesAZ For Reshaping State

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

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

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

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

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

AZRE Newsmakers

Newsmakers: AZRE Magazine May-June 2012

Find out about Arizona’s newsmakers for May/June 2012

newsmakers - canada, oconnell, poulin» McCarthy Building Companies has appointed Scott Canada to the merit review committee for the SunShot Concentrating Solar Power R&D funding opportunity solicitation in Phoenix. The initiative is an aggressive research and development plan led by the U.S. Department of Energy and aimed at developing solar technologies to meet a levelized cost of energy target of 6 cents/kWh without subsidy by 2020. McCarthy also promoted two associates to project directors. They are Lee O’Connell in Albuquerque and Steve Poulin in Tempe.

newsmakers - morrow» Voit Real Estate Services appointed Donald Morrow as managing director of the firm’s Phoenix operations. Morrow will oversee all aspects of Voit’s operations in the Phoenix market, including brokerage, asset and property management. Prior to joining Voit, Morrow served as a partner at Biltmore Holdings.

» Sundt Construction chairman and former CEO J. Doug Pruitt was named among the recipients of the prestigious 2012 Golden Beaver Award. Pruitt received the Management Award from The Beavers, a heavy civil engineering construction association. He retired as CEO of Sundt in September 2011, but remains involved with the company serving as chairman. Sundt also added Tom Auay-Fuay to serve as project manager in the Southwest. He will concentrate his efforts on preconstruction activities relating to mining and industrial construction projects.

» Commercial Properties Inc. (CPI) hired John B. Daley, who brings 30 years of commercial, retail, office and industrial real estate experience. Daley has coordinated some of the largest commercial real estate deals in Arizona. CPI also was selected by CoStar Group as recipient of a CoStar Power Broker Award. In addition, four brokers won individual awards as Top Industrial Leasing Brokers. They include Leroy Breinholt, Darin Edwards, Cal Johnson and Eric Jones.

» The Arizona Builders’ Alliance was honored by the Associated General Contractors of America as a 2011 Community Award recipient, one of 13 organizations recognized as the construction industry’s best charitable work. The ABA Community Board supported four projects in 2011.

newsmaker - byrd» Lincoln Property Company hired Tina Byrd as property manager in the Desert West Region office in Phoenix. Byrd is responsible for managing the newly renamed and remodeled Camelback Square.

» CBRE announced that Ike Isaacson has been named the new leader for its Tucson office and the Southern Arizona market. Isaacson has nearly 15 years of commercial real estate experience in the Tucson market, specializing in the leasing and sale of office, medical and R&D buildings.

» Erin Harper joined Alliance Project Advisors as senior project manager in Phoenix. Prior to joining Alliance Project Advisors, Harper worked with CBRE Global Corporate Services on site at American Express’ TRS Division since 1996. She has more than 20 years of project management experience.

newsmakers - gaylord, hawks, bladine» Jennings, Haug & Cunningham expanded its legal services with the addition of a prominent Arizona environmental law practice group. The three attorneys include senior partner Karen Gaylord, Ronnie Hawks and Janis Bladine. They have been representing clients in environmental law.

» Scottsdale-based MC Companies has announced the new joint venture with Phoenix-based Clark-Wayland Construction. This venture will focus mainly on development and construction of new multi-family projects in Phoenix and Tucson. The combined company has more than 75 years construction experience and has built more than 25,000 units in Arizona.

newspaper - plapp» Colliers International announced that senior associate Danny Plapp joined the office properties team of Charles Miscio, Greg McMillian and Niki Ward. Plapp will focus on procuring new tenants for property owners, while working with the specific needs of users. He joins Colliers from LevRose Commercial Real Estate in Scottsdale. Plapp has more than four years of commercial real estate experience, specializing in office properties.

» Carlyle Development Group announced a leasing and management team for the newly acquired Metrocenter in Phoenix. This team includes the addition of Brent Meszaros as general manager, real estate veteran Anita Blackford as senior VP of leasing, and locally based Phoenix Commercial Advisors as Metrocenter’s exclusive retail broker representative.

» Gensler added three new associates to its Phoenix staff. They include Jennifer Gozzi, interior designer; Lori Stenguist Johnson, project coordinator; and Stephanie Gomez, marketing manager.

AZRE Magazine May/June 2012