September 20, 2023

Biltmore Golf Club: Sundt Construction’s Renovation is a Big One

A historic Arizona property has been undergoing some exciting renovations, thanks to one of Build Your Future Arizona’s Champion-level investors.

The investor? Sundt Construction. And the property? The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club.

As part of the legendary Biltmore Arizona Hotel, it’s been nearly 100 years since this adjacent golf club first opened. And through the years, everyone from Clark Gable to Dwight D. Eisenhower have walked its historic fairways.

Let’s take a closer look at Sundt Construction’s ongoing project.

Improvements Everywhere

Sundt’s work on the Biltmore Golf Club is happening in two phases. Phase one, which included a new golf shop, member facilities, and underground golf cart storage, was recently completed. Phase two consists of a new restaurant, kitchen, bar, piano lounge, ballroom, private conference room, rooftop lounge, outdoor patio seating, outdoor event space, water features, and fireplace — this is scheduled for completion in 2024.

Additionally, the golf club’s parking will be expanded, and new resort-style landscaping will tie together the surrounding Biltmore community and resort.

All-in-all, this project boasts an estimated construction value of $28 million. Visitors shouldn’t worry, though: Both golf courses and the adjoining Adobe Restaurant will stay open during renovations.

A Nod to the Past

When the Biltmore Hotel’s architect, Albert Chase McArthur, collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright on the hotel in the 1920s, the result was the legendary “Biltmore Blocks.” These pre-cast blocks were made on site from desert sand, and featured a complex, eye-popping geometric design — this design became enormously influential on Arizona architecture and beyond.

It’s a key piece of Arizona’s architectural history, and part of the recent Sundt renovations pay homage to this unique design: Sundt is self-performing a concrete finishing technique called board-form, which leaves a woodgrain image on the finished concrete face. This stylized touch helps bridge the past and present while keeping the original design’s integrity.

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders

Sundt’s impact goes far beyond the golf course. In recent years the local construction company has been leading the way in workforce development.

Sean Ray, Sundt’s vice president of craft workforce development, currently serves on the board for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Sundt also provides leadership training for young construction professionals via its START initiative. This program involves thorough evaluations of personal strengths and areas for growth, along with business projects to tackle, valuable networking chances, and an extensive educational curriculum. The START program’s three-part strategy helps uncover leadership aptitude, aligns personal and company objectives, and boosts performance by means of fresh encounters, skill enhancement, and knowledge exchange.

It’s no surprise, then, that Sundt has continually supported Build Your Future Arizona’s construction career awareness campaign, having been a BYFAZ investor since 2018  . To learn more about investing with us — and the many benefits it brings — visit our Investors Page. And as always, don’t hesitate to reach out. The future is something we build together.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation‘s Construction Workforce Initiative, Build Your Future Arizona’s mission is to create a sustainable and skilled craft workforce by creating awareness about high-paying construction careers, training opportunities and mapping career paths to employment in these high-demand occupations.