Case Studies

Sundance Construction Company

Building for businesses in Texas since 1982

Sundance Construction Company (SCC) is a family-owned and -operated builder based in Sugarland, Texas. Steve Varney, president and CEO, established the business in 1982 and more than 30 years later, the company is riding high on a reputation for quality work and a unique ability to build and maintain client relationships. Craig Varney, Steve’s son and president of business development, joined the family business in 2013.

The company currently employs approximately 30 people, all dedicated to promoting SCC’s success through building safety and value for clients. From a single office in Sugarland, the team serves the commercial and industrial market throughout Texas. The company’s growing portfolio includes retail, medical office and warehouse space, among other diverse projects. As a general contractor, SCC strives to maintain strong relationships with clients and subcontractors, emphasizing repeat work with both.

High-profile projects

Most of the company’s contracts are negotiated bid, ground-up construction projects, although the team also performs interior finish work and renovations. Value of projects ranges from $500,000 to $8 million. Working with clients from start to finish is SCC’s specialty. The business has exceeded expectations with design-assist, design-build, build-to-suit, negotiated fee and competitive bid work.

With every project, the Varneys and partners work side-by-side with project owners to put together a final product that meets end-use needs and wants while sticking to a defined budget and timeframe. For SCC, every project holds the same key to success: making the client’s vision a reality. Throughout the process, safety and efficiency are paramount.

“Safety is a huge part of our business,” Craig notes. “We have never had injuries or deaths on any of our jobsites.”

The company’s preferred business is tilt-wall construction. The experienced team has performed hundreds of new construction projects throughout the state, drawing a loyal customer base. “We value our relationships and a majority of our business is repetitive,” Varney explains. “We have been building for the same clients for more than 20 years. We deliver the project they are looking for on time.”

One of the company’s major clients is Walgreens. SCC has built more than 300 of these pharmacies over the last three decades. The crew has built lasting relationships with the chain’s developers and is a preferred contractor for the company.

SCC is also a preferred contractor for Wal-Mart. The major retailer has recently introduced a new store layout called Wal-Mart Express. The company selected SCC to be part of the new buildup for pharmacies throughout Texas, which will be 12,000- to 14,000-square-foot tilt wall structures.

Other clients include a number of banks, retail chains and other commercial entities. SCC also performs projects for independent clients and developers on a case-by-case basis. One such project is the Westwood Country Club, a $9 million club house in Houston, completed in 2013. The crew has also performed several high-end interior build-outs.

Steady growth

“We have always stayed steady in business,” Varney notes. “We like to be able to stay in control. We have started rebranding as we are looking to grow a little more. Luckily, Houston has been still moving forward and Texas has been relatively strong despite the economic downturn. Construction is huge in Houston right now.” With a growing market, SCC continues to look for new construction opportunities throughout the service area.

The team has a lot going on and continues to draw business from new and repeat customer. “One of our greatest indicators of success is the experience of our employees,” Varney explains. “The other is being able to get repeat and new business, which is based on word-of-mouth and referrals.” Teamwork has been integral to the company’s growth over the years.

“We have a great team,” he adds. “It’s really been nice working with my father, to see him be hands on with everything. We have great relationships with our employees and our strategic partners. Most of our work is negotiated bid. We have excellent relationships with our subcontractors. They have been a huge driver in our success. With so many repeat contracts, we have then been working with many of the same subs for several years.”

In the coming years, Varney and his team are looking to pick up more negotiated fee work and to work with developers a bit more. “We have been building for retailers so long as a preferred contractor, so we will be looking for larger retail projects,” he explains. With a strong portfolio and a reputation for safety, quality and efficient work, Sundance Construction Company has a bright outlook for building new relationships in the coming years.

Published on: March 25, 2015


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