August 9, 2019
July 25, 2019
Sundt Construction recently hired Danielle Intorf as Business Development Representative in its Transportation Group. In this week’s blog, we caught up with Danielle to learn more about her as well as her new role.
How long have you been in construction, and what drew you to this industry? Since I graduated from NAU in 2013, and before coming on with Sundt, I worked for another general contractor and then a large geotechnical engineering and consulting firm. I’ve always worked in a marketing role, internal and external, and I’ve always loved the business development side of construction as well. My new role with Sundt is the perfect bridge between those two areas.
What brought you to Sundt? I mean, Sundt did! I’d heard only good things about the company from several people I trust, and the role they offered me was the right fit. It gave me the opportunity to use both my business development skills and my marketing abilities to help win jobs on a more personal level. I love working in a client-facing capacity and putting myself in the client’s shoes. I was also drawn to the charity aspect of what Sundt does through the Sundt Foundation. Overall, there were so many signs that this was the right fit.
What transportation projects or opportunities are you excited about? Broadway Curve here in Phoenix and SR 189 in Nogales would be really cool projects to win and get to build. I’m excited to not only be involved in those pursuits but to live that process—to take pursuits from SOQ to interview to final, and really understand the whole storyline. So yes, we have a lot of big projects in our future to get excited about.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? Well, I have a one-year-old, and she’s pretty much my life. I really enjoy being a mom. My husband and I love to travel. I swam competitively in college, and I still enjoy doing that. I’m a foodie—I love visiting new restaurants, trying new things. Also, I’m from a big family, and we do a lot of stuff together. Lastly, I love event planning.
Is there a book, movie, or quote that inspires you? I’ve always liked the saying, “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, and how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.” That’s something I try to live by in my career. Also, I love the Avenger’s movies. I can quote all of them. Every single word. Challenge me. I dare you.
I’m okay, thanks. I believe you.
July 15, 2019
Each year at Sundt, we’re excited to bring on a new group of interns who are eager to gain firsthand experience in the construction industry. Our interns come from across the country and are placed on a project team in all of our groups and regions. Many of them go on to become full-time Sundt employee-owners after graduation. For this year’s National Intern Day, we picked a few interns from the Southwest District of our Building Group to find out how their experience is going.
Abe (Project: Banner – University Medical Center Tucson):
“This will be my third internship. The team was ready to answer all my questions and help me as a young professional.”
Erik (Canopy by Hilton Tempe)
“Last year, I interned with Sundt’s Transportation group in the preconstruction unit. This year, working with the Building group, I learned all about what happens on the project after the precon phase. It was nice to see both sides of construction: behind the scenes, then on the job. I liked being able to work hands-on. Plus, getting exposure to two different types of construction was interesting. The team was helpful and willing to answer any questions I had.”
At the close of their internship, the interns from our Building Group, Southwest District are given the opportunity to explore their creative side. Each intern is tasked with making a short, one-minute video that summarizes their experience as an intern. They are encouraged to be as creative as they want, with no boundaries. We spoke with a few interns about their experience making the video as well as their time with Sundt.
Andrea (University of Arizona Student Success District)
“This is my first internship. It has been an interesting journey and helped me grow as a young engineer. The team has been extremely supportive, and everyone has taught me a lot: how to process submittals, interact with the owner, and submit RFIs. We had so much fun making my video. It took a long time to edit, but everyone helped out.”
See Andrea’s video below.
If you’re interested in learning more about an internship at Sundt, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 11, 2019
Longtime Sundt employee William (Bill) Allin passed away last month, leaving behind a legacy of service, hard work and humor. Bill worked for Sundt for over 37 years, including his first position as a timekeeper on our then-top-secret project in Los Alamos, New Mexico during WWII. Though given a draft deferment for his job, Bill willingly gave this up to volunteer for the U.S. Army Air Corps and graduated with his pilot wings in 1944.
William (Bill) Allin, 1923-2019
Following the war and his honorable discharge in 1946, Bill returned to work for Sundt in Tucson, where his career and family would continue to grow. He held positions ranging from accounting clerk to chief estimator to manager of the Tucson Building Division, (first) manager of building operations in Saudi Arabia from 1975–1977, and ultimately Secretary of Sundt Corp, the position from which he retired in 1983.
It was people like Bill who built Sundt’s reputation into what it is today, not only in Arizona but nationally and internationally. Former Sundt CEO J. Doug Pruitt said, “Bill was an excellent leader during some very critical years. He was known as a great mentor of young people and really focused his energy on developing great builders.” A family man who led by example, a veteran and die-hard Arizona Wildcats fan, Bill will be dearly missed by everyone he leaves behind.
July 2, 2019
Sundt and joint-venture partner Trinity Hughes Construction are nearing the finish of a $34.3 million project at Midwestern State University (MSU). The new 88,000-square-foot building will house several programs in the Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services, with updated facilities and space for Dental Hygiene, Social Work, Radiologic Sciences, Respiratory Care and the Wilson School of Nursing. Substantial completion is slated for the end of this month, and classes start August 26. In other words, it’s crunch time. The team is kicking things into whatever-it-takes gear to complete what will be a huge addition to the university and its student body.
Skilled craft professionals work diligently to complete the the building’s complex interior.
“There are lots of moving parts and pieces to the inner workings of this building, with all of the different things it will be able to do,” said Sundt Project Executive Bob Aniol. New hospital equipment, dental equipment, and simulators will assist Midwestern State faculty in providing hands-on instruction, which is part of MSU’s larger goal to be a premier education provider for healthcare and human services fields. “The challenge is to coordinate all the consultants and installers of the different equipment, to make sure everyone’s on the same page,” said Bob.
Crews work on the exterior of the building to prepare for students arriving in late August.
Another factor behind our progress has been consistent performances from skilled craft, many of whom worked with Sundt’s Building Group in North Texas on the successful Wichita Falls Regional Airport Terminal project. “We’ve had great showings from key trades, including MEP, drywall, and masonry,” said Bob. “They’ve given us a consistent level of service and skill to drive this project forward.” Sundt worked hard to hire from the local workforce in Wichita Falls, bringing in outside work for niche scopes when absolutely necessary. According to Bob, “Sundt really maximized participation from the local workforce to the best of our ability.”
Similar architectural features seamlessly connect the building to the existing campus.
On the subject of creating jobs, the impact of this project will extend far beyond its completion. “For Midwestern State’s programs like nursing and dental, this provides a huge upgrade in how they train and equip their graduates, as well as how they attract new students,” said Bob. As the finish line approaches, the Trinity Hughes | Sundt joint venture has worked some long hours, had hard conversations and made tough decisions. Turning the vision behind this project into a reality, however, has been well worth the sacrifice. “It’s a small team, and I’m extremely proud of them,” said Bob. “Nobody has given up. Nobody has complained. We’re all bought in here—it’s whatever it takes to make it happen.”
Every morning for the past two weeks, patients at El Paso Children’s Hospital have looked out their windows to find some fun characters hanging around the construction site next door. Some with pink fur, some with tails of fire or lightning, and all with big, adorable eyes. Yes, Pokémon have taken over Sundt’s jobsite on the neighboring Texas Tech El Paso Medical Sciences Building II project. Early each morning, crew members place life-size cut-outs of characters in new positions around the site. The Pokémon characters can be seen mingling with workers or operating equipment (safely, of course), and kids next door can’t help but crack a smile as they search each morning for where the characters have moved.
A few months after Sundt’s spinoff of “Elf on the Shelf” in December, El Paso Children’s Hospital contacted Sundt Project Manager Larry Kurtz to brainstorm another interactive idea. “Their initial plan was ‘Where’s Waldo?’” said Larry, “but I had just seen the Detective Pikachu movie with my grandkids, and they loved it, so I suggested Pokémon instead.” In mid-June, Sundt team members including Larry paid the patients a visit, bringing Pokémon cards, coloring sheets and a Pokémon book which they read to the kids.
Sundt Project Manager Larry Kurtz and El Paso Children’s Hospital oncology patients display their freshly painted Charmander
Afterwards, life-size Pokémon cut-outs began popping up all over the project’s hospital-facing side. Each day, a new character was added, and existing ones changed locations, greeting kids with the morning sun. After a week, Sundt enlisted the kids’ help in painting and signing the new characters to go up next.
Some might wonder: why add this event to an already busy schedule? “We do this for the kids,” said Larry. “They’re tired and sick, and this gives them a reason to get up and be active. Reading, coloring, painting—it’s all a healing experience. It makes them forget about their ailments for a while.”
Both patients and staff at El Paso Children’s Hospital had a great time with the Pokémon takeover. “We’ve had the pleasure of a fruitful and rewarding relationship with Sundt for more than 18 months now,” said Taylor Moreno, Director of Institutional Development. “From donations to help with service line growth, to Elf on the Shelf and this event, we cannot be more grateful for the continued support.”
El Paso Children’s Hospital oncology patients pose with Pikachu, Jigglypuff and the Sundt team
Patients Axia and Hailee have been big fans of their colorful new neighbors. “It was fun. Every time I would wake up, I’d look out the window to see what new character popped up,” said Axia, 12 years old. Hailee, who is 10, said “I loved it, and it was very interactive. My friends and I would share pictures and compare.”
Sundt employee-owners who attended the reading or helped create the cut-outs (or did both) include Larry Kurtz, Mike Dominguez Jr., Matt Gomez, Larry Hulett, Joe Riccillo and Angie Rosales. Our subcontractor Diversified Interiors’ Justin Hernandez and his daughter also contributed.