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.