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Tracy Kerns joins Sundt Construction

Tracy Kerns, Sundt Construction

Tracy Kerns, Sundt Construction

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

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

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

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ASU selects construction team, designers for stadium renovation

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Sundt donates $60K to Phoenix nonprofits

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

In awarding the second quarter grants, Sundt surpassed the $6 million mark, which included grants to 22 Phoenix nonprofit organizations totaling $60,000. The Sundt Foundation was established by Sundt to give its employee-owners a means of giving back to their communities. It provides financial support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and adults. Most grants are made to organizations in the communities where Sundt has offices and construction projects. The Foundation is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching. Here’s a closer look at the Phoenix organizations that recently received funding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sean Lynch and Rich Keil.

Sundt Construction Expands Tempe Team

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

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

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

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

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Sundt Construction breaks ground on Friendship House at Royal Oaks

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

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

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

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

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

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TGen recognized as ‘2014 Economic Driver’

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has selected the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) for one of its 2014 Impact Awards.

TGen was selected among small to medium business in the category of 2014 Economic Driver.

“These companies represent the spirit of the entrepreneur — a spirit that truly makes an impact on our community and our Chamber,” Todd Sanders, GPCC President and CEO, said in a press release. “It’s a privilege to honor those who continue to innovate, take risks, boost our economy and create jobs. Their ability, tenacity and sense of community are an inspiration to all.”

The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large businesses and the impact they have on the Valley’s business community and economy.

“TGen is honored to be recognized by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Through our research into the human genome, we strive to not only make an impact on the Arizona economy, but also endeavor — though precision medicine — to help develop new tools, capabilities and therapies that benefit our patients, and benefit Arizona patients first,” said Tess Burleson, TGen’s Chief Operating Officer.

This year, GPCC recognizes two recipients in each of four categories: Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Response to Adversity.

Small to Medium Business Category:

2014 Community Champion: Native American Connections

2014 Economic Driver: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence: Risas Dental and Braces

2014 Response to Adversity: NJOY, Inc.

Large Business Category:

2014 Community Champion: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

2014 Economic Driver: Sundt Construction, Inc.

2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence: The CORE Institute

2014 Response to Adversity: Phoenix Zoo

The 2014 IMPACT Businesses of the Year will be selected from these honorees and announced at the 27th annual IMPACT Awards luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 15, at the Arizona Biltmore. For more information, visit www.phoenixchamber.com/impact.

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.

Patrick Dooley, Sundt Construction

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.

Ken Dean, Sundt Construction

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.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Coyote Center

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.