DIY Projects – Tips To Make Any Project Simpler

While using down economy, many people are accepting home improvement projects themselves somewhat than hiring someone to get it done for them. This kind of can save a lot of cash if you really know what you do. Nevertheless, it requires some planning and know-how. In this article, you will find many helpful tricks for taking on your home improvement projects.

Gutter repair and installation is often a project that is forgotten throughout the year.  If your gutters are leaking or not cleaned properly it can cause damage to your house.  Not only can it erode the soil around your house, it can also damage, or rot the wood on your homes foundation.  If you have a leak in your gutters, an easy fix is to apply a rubber spray sealant found at your local hardware store.  Another simple way to keep your gutters in working order is to simply spray them out with high pressure water from your garden hose.

When hiring someone to perform do it yourself work on your residence, do not pay cash. Always pay by either check or credit card; you will have a documented piste showing that your company has been paid. In the event you pay cash, it might become your word against his word, and you won’t have any resistant that you followed through with payment.

Using the home improvement tips explained in this article, you will be capable of completing your do-it-yourself tasks in a cost-effective and timely manner. Keep these helpful tips in head, and you will be soon on your way creating the living space and home you have always desired.

College Road Trip All About Finding Interns

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Sundt University Relations Recruiter Michael Morales spent time working as an intern earlier this year to better understand what students do on jobsites.

As Sundt’s University Relations Recruiter, Michael Morales spends several weeks each fall on the road talking with college students who could someday end up working for the company.

Mike Morales photoMichael’s first task is to identify which students would be the good fits for the company as interns. He will visit several campuses between now and November to find students who will work for us at one of our jobsites or offices next summer.

Michael took a few minutes off from packing his bags for the big trip to answer questions about our internship program.

What does Sundt do to recruit college interns?

Sundt targets campuses across the nation that produce students with high potential. My role as the University Relations Recruiter is to attend job fairs, present information sessions on the company, host Q&As and have our college alumni building working relationships with students. Sundt has a great reputation, which is why we average 30-plus interviews at each campus we visit.

How long are the internships?

They typically last 10 to 12 weeks. However, some students have co-ops that last much longer, and we have the ability to keep interns on part time throughout the school year.

What are the most common majors for our interns?

The most common major we see is Construction Management. We have employed interns with all different majors, though, including Civil, Mechanical, Engineering Technology, Mining and even Software Engineering.

What kind of work do interns perform?

It varies. They assist superintendents, work job specifications and drawings, process requests for information/submittals, attend safety inspections, work with Building Information Modeling, etc.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy seeing our interns become full-time employee-owners. Our internship program is a great way to train, mentor and filter our top performers into full-time positions upon graduation. I also enjoy traveling to schools across the U.S. and showing students why Sundt is the company to work for.

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Teamwork Keeps Cal Baptist Tradition Flowing

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Cal Baptist University’s Kugel Fountain is an important part of the student experience at the school.

College campuses thrive on landmarks and traditions. A Sundt team recently helped keep one going at California Baptist University in Riverside.

Already on campus for an events center, we were asked by the university to replace the Kugel Fountain, a floating granite globe sculpture located in the Ronald L. and Jane Dowden Ellis Great Commission Plaza.

The fountain was out of commission and a new globe was being manufactured in Germany. University administration needed a reliable contractor to make sure the fountain remained an important part of student life and we were more than happy to help.

Work included replacement of the globe, colored concrete around the base, the water storage tank and all piping, pumps and filters. Our crews also added the capability to monitor the Kugel remotely.

“Cal Baptist University is an excellent client,” said Project Manager Lars Fredrickson. “They look to Sundt as their trusted advisor.”

Tradition calls for newly enrolled students to touch the Kugel as they begin their studies and again on commencement day. The Kugel plays a similar role for participants in other activities such as International Service Projects. The tradition symbolizes each student’s commitment to live a life of purpose in accordance with his or her spiritual beliefs.

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Sun Devil Stadium Crew Answers Call for Better Wi-Fi

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Arizona State University’s football stadium is going from no wireless access points to 785 after next year.

When Arizona State University football fans enter Sun Devil Stadium for the team’s opening game Saturday night, many things will be clear, including their wireless signals.

A Sundt joint venture team has spent the past several months working on improving the fan experience at the 58-year-old stadium. Better seating, larger concourses and improved bathrooms and concession areas are easy to notice. But when fans check the bars on their phones, they will be pleasantly surprised.

“This will be the most technologically advanced stadium in college football,” said Sundt Project Superintendent Todd Gantter. “People who are streaming won’t mess with people trying to make phone calls.”

Before the university construction project started last year, there were no wireless access points, networking hardware devices that allow Wi-Fi compliant devices to connect to a wired network. When work finishes next August, there will be 785. The stadium will also go from 130 cellular antennas to 273. Antennas improve cell-phone reception.

Todd estimates the team has installed close to 70 percent of the infrastructure for the stadium’s wireless network. That includes reworking media truck connectivity, which will make life better for those watching games on TV.

“We’re building for the future,” he said. “There are numerous additional pathways for future use as technology changes.”

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Three Sundt Projects Bring Home Regional Awards

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Sierra Hall is located on the California State University Channel Islands campus.

Three Sundt projects recently earned Engineering News-Record (ENR) Regional Best Projects Awards, including two that were named the best in their divisions.

California State University Channel Islands Sierra Hall (Southern California Higher Education/Research) and Valley Metro Northwest Extension (Southwest Airport/Transit) received top honors. Cal State East Bay Warren Hall earned the Award of Merit for Northern California Higher Education/Research.

Sierra Hall started as a major remodel/renovation and became a complete tear-down and rebuild when the team demonstrated that the school could have all the contemporary features it wanted with a coveted historic look without increasing the budget. The university construction project ended up including demolition of the original West Hall, courtyard walls and a small out building.

The main project included construction of the three-story, 66,500-square-foot classroom and laboratory building, which houses state-of-the-art labs, offices, lecture halls and related support spaces to accommodate growth in the departments of anthropology, archaeology, computer science, environmental science, geography, geology, psychology and physics.

The Northwest Extension is a 3.2-mile addition to the Valley Metro Rail system, an effort to deliver transportation options to Greater Phoenix. It included roadway widening and installation of embedded double track for the entire alignment with associated overhead catenary system, train signals, three traction power substations and traffic signals. The project added three stations and a park-and-ride, and 6.4 miles of sidewalks, curb and gutter and pavement.

The team removed and replaced more than 50 miles of water, sewer, storm, gas, electric and communications utilities. Design and constructability of this work were key points the team focused on during pre-construction. The team used Building Information Modeling to help with design and clash detection of the work. At peak, there were 22 self-performed, subcontracted and private utility crews working concurrently.

In Northern California, the original Warren Hall, a 13-story administration building that opened in 1971, was imploded and replaced with the new structure. The project also included demolition of a two-story bridge that spanned an adjacent roadway and connected the original building to the campus’ main library. Sundt also closed the opening in the library created by the bridge removal, adding a window to capture a panoramic view of the San Francisco/Oakland Bay.

The new five-story, 67,000-square-foot building contains faculty offices and other administrative support space. Designed to be an attractive focal point on the busy campus, it features metal ceilings, stainless steel wall panels and terrazzo flooring. The building was designed to include energy-efficient, environmentally friendly features and is expected to earn LEED Gold certification. The new building improves working and learning conditions for faculty, staff and students and provides a safer, seismically sound environment. The original Warren Hall was the most seismically vulnerable building on campus.

ENR awards honor the best construction projects and companies that designed and built them in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Projects compete in 20 specialized categories, ranging from airports to sports/entertainment. ENR has 10 regional editions.

ENR highlights our industry by providing news and features about projects, products and people in construction, architecture and engineering.

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Interns Head Back to Class After a Summer of Sundt

Intern BusSundt’s Class of 2016 has clocked out for the last time. The 64 interns who came to the company for a summer of construction experience have completed their work and headed back to school.

This group of interns came from 25 colleges and universities across the country: Alabama to Cal Poly. They worked on projects in Arizona, Arkansas, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas.

We appreciate all their hard work and look forward to seeing many of them as employee-owners in the future.

Want to get on the intern bus next year? Get in touch with Talent Acquisition & University Relations Specialist Michael Morales at (480) 293-3012.

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Her Goal is Clear: Benefitting Women in Construction

Melanie HealeySundt Benefits Administrator Melanie Healey is the Vice President of the Greater Phoenix Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, and the incoming President for the 2016-2017 membership year. She has been in human resources and administration for more than 15 years and finds her work in benefits to be one of the most rewarding experiences in her career. Melanie is a graduate of The Art Institute of Phoenix (1998) and Grand Canyon University (2015), and considers herself a lifelong learner. Her work history spans many different industries including aerospace, chemical plating, tattoo and behavioral health, just to name a few. A mother of two, wife and avid mental health and Autism awareness advocate, Melanie is passionate about people and helping individuals make wise, creative, and chaos-free decisions that will help them live the best lives they can.

How did you become involved with the National Association of Women in Construction?

When I was hired at Sundt four years ago, I was new to construction. I grew up in aerospace manufacturing and worked in a number of different industries prior, so construction was a whole new world for me. My supervisor at the time encouraged me to get involved in industry organizations that would help build my knowledge of construction as a whole. NAWIC was the first place I found with a well-rounded group of individuals, from operations and support, to vendors and contractors, who I believed would offer me the best opportunity to learn from others in the construction industry.

What does the organization do?

NAWIC’s core purpose is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry by providing education and a network of likeminded individuals for support. In the Greater Phoenix Chapter, we offer multiple opportunities to meet throughout the year, including a monthly educational meeting. We also do events in the community, including our annual Block Kids, which encourages kids to get into the spirit of building. Among other things, we provide scholarships to women pursuing construction-related certificates and degrees in higher education in Arizona, jobsite tours of local and national projects, as well as volunteer building inspections with the Phoenix Fire Department. And we have a little fun while doing it all, too!

How much of a positive impact can organizations like this have on young women who have an interest in the construction field?

As with any organization or opportunity, the impact the organization will have on a member is dependent upon what the member puts in. When I joined, I stayed back to observe and figure out the culture. But when I realized the great things NAWIC was doing in our community and the mutual opportunity for success, I jumped in and started volunteering. I began as a member of a planning committee and continued on to join our board as secretary in my second year. It has made a world of difference in my confidence, my understanding of the industry, awareness of what our folks in the field encounter day to day, and most importantly, perspective and knowledge to be successful in my role in our industry. I think NAWIC brings a level of camaraderie to our members and provides young women entering our industry with role models, great support and opportunities to expand their knowledge.

How important is it to have an organization that offers networking and mentoring programs for women in the industry?

It’s 2016 – support for women should just be support for workers. But we still have a ways to go, particularly in the construction industry. An organization that invests in showing women the opportunity and impact they can make and invests in the future of young women in STEM as well as the trades will be instrumental in bringing the construction industry light-years ahead of what we’ll see from other sectors. We have more than 9 million people working in construction in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but only 9.3 percent are women. It’s vital for leaders in our industry, like Sundt, to continue to seek diversity in our workforce. Women bring to the table different perspectives and ideas that create a thinking environment. Encouraging a mentorship mentality and networking opportunities will help bring the best talent to our work and continue to encourage the great talent we have.

How well represented are women in Sundt’s workforce?

I think Sundt has recognized that we have a lot of room to grow in this area. Our female craft population is roughly 1.5 percent of our entire workforce, operations and pre-construction rests around 7.5 percent and our support staff is about 4.5 percent. Sundt’s population is less than 20 percent female, yet the workforce in the U.S. is much closer to 50/50 than it ever has been. Sundt is making great strides to connect with organizations like NAWIC, in Greater Phoenix and in other regions, as well as reaching out to college groups like Advancing Women in Construction, to bring smart and talented new minds into the construction field. Our involvement with the East Valley Institute of Technology and Metro Tech High School, as well as local apprenticeship programs at community colleges are changing the shortage of women in the field as well, and will help us stay relevant and informed. As a leader in our industry, Sundt recognizes that this ratio needs to change and the need to be prepared for the challenges women face in the workforce. Recognizing these needs, acknowledging possibilities for improvement and making a plan to grow is just one way we remain a great place to work.

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Intern’s First Project as Employee-Owner is a Home Game

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Improvements at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium are being made over three offseasons.

Former Sundt intern Oswaldo Robledo went back to familiar turf after being hired full-time.

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Oswaldo Robledo serves as a Field Engineer on the Sun Devil Stadium project.

An Arizona State University graduate, Oswaldo is serving as a field engineer on our joint-venture project making improvements at Sun Devil Stadium, where the school’s football team plays. This is the second offseason we have worked on the stadium with one more phase to come next year.

“I think that being part of a team that gets to build the football stadium for the university that I graduated from is pretty awesome,” Oswaldo said. “I feel like it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Oswaldo, a Phoenix native, was as an intern at Sundt while earning his degree in construction management. He was hired by our company after graduation and immediately went into the field on the Sun Devil Stadium project.

Oswaldo’s story isn’t unique. We have gained national recognition for our efforts to hire recent college graduates.

“Sundt gave me the opportunity to grow as an individual by allowing me to experience real-world issues and providing enough knowledge and tools to figure out those issues on my own,” Oswaldo said.

For more information on internships with Sundt, please contact Mike Morales at mkmorales@sundt.com.

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