Corporate Social Responsibility
BREAK THE MOLD. REVOLUTIONIZE THE EXPERIENCE. BUILD WHAT MATTERS.
CORPORATE OV E RV I E W Saunders Construction is an employee-owned corporation headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, primarily performing construction management/ general contracting (CM/GC)work in the Rocky Mountain region. Founded in 1972, Saunders provides integrated CM/GC, design-build, publicprivate partnership (P3) and commercial real estate development services to a variety of market segments. Ranked as one of the largest contractors in Colorado, Saunders has over 550 employees and a 2018 revenue of $619 million. In addition, Saunders is dedicated to corporate social responsibility (CSR). CSR at Saunders recognizes that investing in our people, focusing on safety, improving business processes and reducing environmental impact adds value in our industry.
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86 Inverness Place North Englewood, CO 80112 p 303.699.9000 w saundersinc.com
1705 17th Street, Suite 350 Denver, CO 80202
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SELECT MEMBERSHIPS Urban Land Institute
Associated General Contractors
Lean Construction Institute
United States Green Building Council
ABOUT THIS REPORT Saundersâ€™ 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report highlights information and data available to us from the 2018 reporting period. The 2018 CSR Report uses the B Corp Impact Assessment as a framework to disclose the most relevant information pertaining to Saundersâ€™ CSR initiatives.
preface economic environmental social
A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO
n 2018, Saunders took to task one of its largest and most demanding work programs to date — but
when the going got tough, our people rose to the
occasion. As a company, our literal and figurative
foundation is the result of committed, industrious
employees. That fact was never more evident than in 2018.
Aside from our essential environmental and
community impact, this 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report highlights the
perseverance and spirit of our people. Buildings don’t build themselves and relationships don’t
Time and again, I find myself
reflecting on the journey to get
to this point, our ninth consecutive CSR Report. The values that are ingrained in the Saunders culture don’t happen by accident — they are driven by
our purpose. Over the years, CSR has remained a
constant, albeit evolving, aspect of what it means to
be a Saunders employee. The resilience when times
get tough, the kinetic energy focused on continuous improvement and the honest compassion for
community have only gotten stronger through the years.
thrive without someone fostering them. Not only
As you read this report, you’ll learn about Saunders’
started and safely completed some of Saunders’ most
environmental and social initiatives. But it’s my hope
did our people face a larger workload, but they also complex projects to date. From finishing our tallest building to dissecting our most invasive occupied hospital renovation, our people showed their
grit with the task at hand and their dedication to
providing exceptional experiences for our clients.
progress in 2018 — making strides in economic,
that what you’ll really see is our uncompromising
commitment to the Saunders values that guide us in what really matters.
Greg Schmidt, President & CEO
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER LOLA AND ROB SALAZAR STUDENT WELLNESS CENTER
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES ECONOMIC
Maintain, grow and diversify our work program. Cultivate high-quality relationships with industry partners. Implement efficient and effective business processes.
Require all project sites to recycle construction waste. Reduce our use of water through efficient fixtures and smart watering systems. Measure our greenhouse gas footprint and evaluate best practices for emissions reduction.
Encourage participation in company-sponsored wellness events. Create opportunities for employees and their families to participate in volunteering. Provide continual opportunities for training and development to employees.
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RIVERVIEW AT 1700 PLATTE
DENVER MILK MARKET
MARKET SECTORS 4.9% 0.5%
CULTURAL $56,484,428 HEALTHCARE $62,265,764
10.0% 3.3% 0.5% 2.5% 6.9% 2.8% 8.7% 0.1%
HIGHER EDUCATION $20,478,003 HOTEL $3,048,870
MUNICIPAL $17,270,562 OFFICE $53,904,690 PARKING $714,925 RECREATION $87,770,781 REMEDIATION $2,912,183 MULTI-FAMILY $135,965,321 RETAIL $7,742,767
TENANT IMPROVEMENT $78,184,799 MISCELLANEOUS $969,483
*includes all Saunders subsidiaries
K-12 EDUCATION $42,617,076
ESTIMATED MARKET SHARE OF COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION IN COLORADO *based on available data
he dirt, sweat and early mornings often
take center stage when one thinks of a job
in construction. However, those perceptions are simply byproducts of a nature of work that first requires passion, skill and ability.
THE FUTURE WORKFORCE In Colorado, the available workforce
With a focus on bridging the gap of skilled
That is to say, there is plenty of work, but
High School, in Aurora, Colorado, to host a series
has struggled to meet the demands of a
construction market saturated with work. not enough skilled people to build it. As a
result, Saunders created an outreach program
focused on creating awareness and generating excitement with local youth about the career opportunities available in the construction industry. By highlighting the critical
importance of trades, Saunders is working to support tomorrowâ€™s capable workforce.
workforce by educating on the benefits of trade schools, Saunders partnered with Grandview
of Construction Career Days throughout the year. Saunders volunteers, from vice presidents and general superintendents to project engineers, helped students participate in hands-on
demonstrations, which included operating
construction machinery. In addition, students got to learn just how much qualified trades can drive industry standards and impact economic vitality. Students also saw construction in action during
a job site tour of Saundersâ€™ 9+CO Redevelopment project. Several trade partners were on hand
during the tour to provide insight on the variety of satisfying and prosperous career paths available within the construction field.
here’s an adage, if you want something done, ask a busy person. And Saunders Heath, a Saunders
subsidiary based in northern Colorado, knows a thing or two about being busy. After a record year —
$62.4 million in revenue and the largest work program completed to date — what more could you ask for? How about a new office?
Call it progress, call it an upgrade — Saunders Heath just called it time. Since rebranding to Saunders
Heath in 2017, the company has continued to evolve, shaping its identity as northern Colorado’s premier construction provider. This move signified that growth and Saunders Heath’s commitment to the local market.
“This next chapter for Saunders Heath provided us the
opportunity to create a space unique to us as a company,” said Dave Sandlin, Saunders Heath president. “The office design promotes better department coordination and greater collaboration, and the Saunders Heath team
that built out the space delivered upon our expectations tenfold.”
It’s only natural that a construction company would build its own space. In the case of Saunders Heath, that meant
renovating the former Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper building to fit their needs as a growing company. The new office, which totals a little over 8,000 square feet, consists of two stories and includes a breakroom on each floor, new office furniture and an open concept design.
2018 SNAPSHOT WORK PROGRAM
Projects Started Over $100,000
Diverse Subcontractor Participation
Projects Completed Over $100,000
Man Hours Worked
THEO LUXURY RESIDENCES
WHEN IT MEANS THE MOST H
To date, PAH – Phase 1A is one of Saunders’ most
and facilities, and potential output is in overdrive.
over seven floors, totaling 48,000 square feet. It
ealthcare construction is rarely spoken about
without the words complex and competitive. Couple
that with the growing demands of healthcare services When Porter Adventist Hospital (PAH) made the
decision to pursue a multi-phase renovation within the walls of several critical departments, its next decision was equally important — choosing the right team.
With industry-best healthcare training, years of acute
care construction experience and proactive ingenuity, Saunders was selected as the best fit to meet the demands of a difficult job.
intricate and invasive occupied renovations.
A 27-phase and sequenced project was spread out
included updates to electrical services and mechanical equipment, interior renovations to laboratory and
morgue areas, a physician lounge, health information management offices, medical library, four operating
rooms and supporting corridors, as well as an updated café and dining area.
The project also included an updated central utility plant (CUP). In order to construct this new space, the project
team created an intensive, down-to-the-second electrical switchover plan.
The planning phase for the switchover took four
system to access construction spaces, which allowed
end, the successful switchover from the old electrical
livelihood of patients is where the project teamâ€™s hard
months, ensuring hospital operations would feed off of temporary power during the planned outages. In the switchgear to the new required a two-weekend, 72-
hour continuous cutover for both the normal power and emergency power.
Construction on the project was completed over 15 months, all while the hospital remained fully operational. The Saunders project team knew
fluidity in their project approach was crucial, while still maintaining control of budget, schedule and expectations.
That meant rigorous early site investigations and working off-hours in observance of Adventistâ€™s
Saturday Sabbath, as well as to accommodate surgery schedules. The team also proposed creative solutions to site access, like the removal of an exterior window
the interior corridors to be free of construction traffic
throughout the hospital. But protecting the safety and work truly paid off.
The slightest vibration during surgery or granular speck of dust through an HVAC system can have
dire repercussions. To alleviate outside influences,
Saunders implemented best-in-class infection control pre-fabricated walls and employed negative air
machines with full-time pressure monitoring, and
issued dozens of vibration and noise level methods of procedures (MOPs).
Keeping a patient-centric approach takes an immense amount of planning, coordination and stringent
protocol, but safety is always worth the extra effort, and on this project that resulted in zero incidents.
CONSUMPTION Reducing paper consumption became a Saunders environmental initiative 10 years ago. Since then, weâ€™ve fully implemented a paperless program on all projects â€” first using feasible alternatives where applicable, with the ultimate goal of eliminating paper consumption completely.
Pollutants such as oil, fuel and sediment are prevalent in construction operations and can have a significant negative impact on the local environment. Saunders implements stormwater management practices on all of our projects to reduce impact and is proud to report no violations.
For waste data in 2018, approximately 56 percent was diverted from landfills. Saunders continues to divert waste from landfills by functionally and creatively re-purposing materials, and/or simply recycling, when applicable at all project sites. Projects inventory all materials and clearly communicate diversion expectations within subcontracts and vendor agreements, as well as daily on-site communications to all construction professionals.
In 2018, Saunders began tracking water usage on the projects for which we pay the water bill, in addition to our offices and
warehouse. This differs from past years, where water usage was only tracked at Saundersâ€™ office and warehouse. Our refined
approach expands the scope of what is reported and provides a higher level of clarity on water consumption.
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S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y C O M M I T T
800lbs. of produce grown each season
T E E G A R D E N S FO R G O O D
aunders’ Sustainability Committee, which was created in 2010, is a cross-section of employees dedicated to researching and implementing green business processes and protecting company resources.
But their passion for sustainability doesn’t end when they leave work — the committee also volunteers their time with local nonprofits whose missions closely align with sustainability. Grow Local Colorado is one such nonprofit. Dedicated to producing local food for the benefit of local communities and in support of local economies, Grow Local Colorado maintains 11 gardens in the Denver metro area, all through volunteers. Our Sustainability Committee volunteered their time in April 2018 by preparing Ralph’s Garden — an entire backyard donated to Grow Local Colorado — for its summer and fall harvest, and hauling compost. And in August 2018, the committee was able to see the fruits of their labor — so to speak — by harvesting the produce in that same garden. All produce was donated to the Community Ministry Food Pantry.
14,000 People fed each year
“Not only are these events a great way to give back to the community, but they are also beneficial in raising food awareness by helping our employees to see where their food comes from and the importance of buying local, organic produce,” said Sarah Schulz, Saunders project engineer and Sustainability Committee member.
GREENHOUSE GAS FOOTPRINT Saunders' commitment to continuous improvement in how we reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in day-today operations includes: Reduce waste on 100 percent of our projects.
Encourage alternate modes of transportation.
Replace traditional light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs. Efficient heating on project sites.
Educate employees on methods to reduce their impact at work and home.
10,885 metric tonnes
tonnes per $1 mil revenue
tonnes per $1 mil revenue
2016 8,326 metric tonnes
tonnes per $1 mil revenue
LEED CERTIFIED PROJECTS IN 2018
55 TOTAL LEED
16 Chestnut LEED Platinum
REGIONAL PRIORITY CREDITS SUSTAINABLE SITES ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE WATER EFFICIENCY
LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE INNOVATION
Riverview 1700 Platte
SUSTAINABLE SITES INNOVATION ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE
Saunders Headquarters LEED Silver
Civica Cherry Creek LEED Silver
INNOVATION REGIONAL PRIORITY CREDITS SUSTAINABLE SITES ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE
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BUILDING A BETTER TOMORROW,
T O D AY
ince adopting the B Corp Impact Assessment in 2017 as a framework for CSR goals
and strategies, Saunders continues to deepen and expand our impact goals. As proof
of Saunders’ continuous improvement and transparency, our B Corp Score increased by 5.8
percent from just one year prior, jumping to 86.3. B Corp scores evaluate a company’s impact on its workers, community, environment and clients.
Due to our comprehensive approach to CSR and industry-best B Corp Score, Saunders was
recognized as a “Best for Colorado” company in 2018. Best for Colorado honors companies
that strive to create higher quality jobs, build stronger communities and preserve a healthier environment. Of the 16 Colorado companies to receive this honor, Saunders was the only
company in the construction management/general contractor industry to be recognized.
SAUNDERS’ B CORP IMPACT ASSESSMENT SCORE
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RED TRUCK BEER COMPANY
LOST WORK DAYS (LWD) INCIDENT RATE
DART DAYS (DART RATE)
0 NO CHANGE from 2017
from 2017 TOTAL CASE RECORDABLE INCIDENT RATE (TCIR)
SAFETY N E V E R TAKES A BREAK
n 2018, Saunders completed over one million man hours worked without a single lost time incident.
“I am so proud of our project teams,” said Saunders Safety Director Justin Tourdot.
“We faced a significant amount of work and it’s quite impressive to reflect on 2018
and know we sent our employees home safely at the end of each work day. I would like to thank our employees for keeping safety a top priority through these demands.”
Throughout the past five years, Saunders’ Safety Department took significant strides to ensure the safety program evolved with the growth of the work program.
From employee surveys to bilingual focus groups with our field teams, Saunders took a step back in 2018 to reconnect with our people to understand if changes to the
safety program were working. With that in mind, the theme around safety in 2018 was all about keeping employees engaged and giving field teams a voice. STARTING EVERY DAY WITH SAFETY We all know there’s no break from safety. So whether it’s technology-based
solutions to help manage field observations or simply promoting the tried and true buddy system, Saunders supports our employees’ efforts to maintain a safe work
environment not just for themselves, but for their family, friends and communities in which they build.
2018 SUCCESSES 2018 Associated General Contractors Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Award Documented over 3,000 safety observations in BIM 360 Zero environmental violations Lowest OSHA incident rate in 20 years Zero Lost Time Incidents
by the numbers
SAUNDERS TRAINING Training Courses In addition to training sessions in safety, ethics, career development and sustainability, Saunders offered employees ways to discover new and improved skills through:
Unconscious Bias Training Customer Experience & Procurement Training
Tips for Delivering a Great Interview
2018 Training Data
STA F F
33% Increase from 2017
FIRST WOMENâ€™S SUMMIT
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n honor of National Women in Construction Week, Saunders hosted our first Women’s Summit to celebrate
diversity in the construction industry. More than 80 participants attended the summit, which included discussions
with a diverse line-up of industry leader panelists and networking festivities.
Studies show an organization that values and works toward diversity and inclusion experiences higher productivity and better financial
outcomes. Saunders is moving the needle through employee training,
nondiscriminatory recruiting and promotion practices, external advocacy for diversity, and inclusion in the construction industry.
Speakers, both women and men, on the leadership panel represented
local Colorado companies including Denver Art Museum, Weifield Group
Contracting, The Beeble Co., Associated General Contractors of Colorado, Sky Blue Builders and BuildMark Project Management. Topics of
discussion between the panel and the audience included the importance of continued education, working with purpose, stress management and mentorship.
“Saunders’ Women’s Summit was an important event for men and women to have a safe space for an open discussion about equal opportunity,” said Mowa Haile, founder, president and CEO of Sky Blue Builders. “It was
important for me to be a panelist at this event because it’s a topic that is of high importance for me and my company.”
At the event, Saunders awarded a $500 scholarship to Mattie Carter, a
Construction Management major at Colorado State University, in support
of Saunders’ ongoing commitment to recruitment and training, as well as ensuring women are represented as part of the company.
SAUNDERS FITNESS 147
130 miles hiked
415 miles ran
432 obstacles conquered
PROMOTING FROM WITHIN — CREATING A CULTURE OF WELLNESS
onstruction is an often arduous, fast-moving and deadline-driven industry. As a company, Saunders tries to proactively approach
industry pitfalls in the best interest of employees. Providing
employees an outlet for fitness was just a start — a benefit that the company began offering in 2000. From sponsored marathons and
basketball tournaments to obstacle courses and mountain bike races, the original idea was to get employees together to sweat out the stress.
It became apparent, however, that physical activity was only a
fraction of the equation in employee wellness. Saunders recognized this and adapted the original fitness concept into a new program
— Saunders Well-being — that approaches living well in a holistic manner.
The goal is to support employees’ overall health and well-being
through a broad assortment of wellness offerings, as well as our
continued support of fitness events. Administered by Nest Health Connections, Saunders Well-being offerings are available for all
employees and are hosted both in the field and office.
STRESS MANAGEMENT BRAIN HEALTH FINANCIAL WELLNESS WORK/LIFE BALANCE CLEAN EATING MENUS SLEEP AND DIGESTIVE HEALTH
C R E AT I N G R E A L C H A N G E
for local nonprofits
eart & Hand Center was selected as Saunders’ 2018/2019 Building Confidence in Kids™ (BCiK) partner based on their nurturing strategy to create a stable environment for youth in northeast Denver.
In 2018, BCiK proved that dedicating time, skills and resources to a nonprofit can be more profitable than a typical
monetary donation. Our staff dedicated volunteer hours for eight student events, created three fundraising events that
raised more than $90,000 and offered their own marketing and technology expertise to help Heart & Hand become more efficient in different business activities.
“BCiK has created a new paradigm for nonprofit corporate partnerships centered on mutually beneficial, authentic relationship development. BCiK has far exceeded our expectations and we are eternally grateful for our friends at Saunders,” said Mary Cipollone, executive director of Heart & Hand Center.
BCiK by the numbers
WHERE TO GO
WHEN WE NEED TO KNOW In May of 2018, Saunders launched a new safety and ethics platform
providing employees and the general public a safe and secure resource to anonymously submit company-related concerns and/or grievances via a telephone hotline or an online form.
DOES HARD WORK REALLY PAY OFF?
t does if you’re a Saunders employee. Over four
years ago, Saunders began offering a four-week paid
sabbatical leave to employees for every 10 years of
Visited 6 States
service at the company. To date, 77 employees have taken advantage of the benefit, with 19 employees taking their sabbatical in 2018. This work hiatus
provides respite and gives employees the opportunity to recharge, something Saunders recognizes as crucial to employees’ well-being..
For those who took their sabbatical in 2018, that meant tackling various home projects, traveling the world and
National Parks Visited
checking major bucket list items off their life’s to-do
list. But whether they stayed state-side or flew half-way around the world, they all agreed — it was great not knowing what day it was.
Home Projects Completed
9 Bucket List
Items Checked Off
CORPORATE G I V I N G L I S T 27J Schools
Civic Center Conservancy
Heart and Hand Center
ACE Mentor Program
ACE Scholarship Program
Colorado Sporting Clays Association
Historic Denver, Inc.
Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation
Save Our Youth
Invest in Kids
Jeffco Schools Foundation
South Suburban Parks & Recreation
Special Olympics St. Joseph Hospital Foundation
Adams/Weld County School District
American Heart Association
American Red Cross
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
American Transplant Foundation
Associated General Contractors
Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation
Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, Inc.
Aurora Economic Development Council
Denver Art Museum
Limb Preservation Foundation
Denver Civic Ventures Inc.
Littleton Adventist Hospital Foundation
B:CIVIC Blind Institute of Technology Blue Sky Fund Boy Scouts of America Boys Hope Girls Hope Brent’s Place Centennial Airport Foundation Chanda Plan Cherry Creek Area Business Alliance Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Children’s Diabetes Foundation Children’s Hospital of Colorado City Year
NET PROFIT TO CHARITIES
Denver Health Foundation Denver Leadership Foundation Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Littleton Public Schools Foundation Lutheran Medical Center Foundation Mental Health Center of Denver Mental Health Colorado
Denver Office of Sustainability
Denver Performing Arts Center
Mile High Youth Corps
Denver Public Schools Foundation
Douglas County Bright Futures for Kids
Mount St. Vincent Home
Downtown Denver Partnership Eagle Mountain Billings Elevate USA Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) Faces of St. Paul Family Homestead Girl Scouts of Colorado Good Samaritan Medical Foundation
Muscular Dystrophy Association National Jewish Health National Sports Center for the Disabled National Western Stock Show North Jefferson Junior Baseball Association Peak Program Value, LLC (Doull Elementary) Rally for the Cure Ralston House
Rocky Mountain Adventist Health Foundation
St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation Teach Men to Fish, Uganda Africa Tennyson Center for Children Tom McMahon Construction Scholarship Fund University of Colorado Denver University of Colorado Foundation University of Denver Bridge Project Urban Youth Ministries Volunteers of America Warren Village Women’s Foundation of Colorado Youth Employment Academy Yahweh Health Clinic
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA PEACEFUL VALLEY SCOUT RANCH
TOP WORK PLACES #9 IN LARGE COMPANIES THE DENVER POST
ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD MOUNTAIN STATES 2018 BEST PROJECTS
SOCIETY OF MARKETING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, COLORADO CHAPTER
ARCHETYPE DISTILLERY, WINNER FOR RENOVATION/ RESTORATION
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - INTERNAL NEWSLETTER
THEO LUXURY RESIDENCES, WINNER FOR RESIDENTIAL/ HOSPITALITY
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - CORPORATE IDENTITY
DOWNTOWN DENVER PARTNERSHIP AWARDS
ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS
RIVERVIEW AT 1700 PLATTE
WILLIS TOWERS WATSON CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD
BEST FOR COLORADO 2018 BEST FOR COLORADO COMPANY
SOCIETY OF MARKETING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES, NATIONAL MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - INTERNAL NEWSLETTER
DESIGN-BUILD INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION RIVERVIEW AT 1700 PLATTE DESIGN-BUILD AWARD OFFICE PROJECT
CITY AND COUNTY OF DENVER MAYORâ€™S DESIGN AWARDS THE ART ALLEY AT DAIRY BLOCK - ART ALL AROUND CATEGORY THE COLORADO HEALTH FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS - BUILDING WELL LIVING WELL CATEGORY
All financial and project data is based on information available on March 31, 2019. Saunders’ logo, “Building Confidence” and “Building Confidence in Kids,” along with the vision statement are registered trademarks of Saunders Construction, Inc.
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