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Excellence in Construction Awards
The Excellence in Construction Awards recognizes and celebrates outstanding projects built by Utah-area ABC members annually. The awards competition serves to raise the level of construction standards throughout the industry by recognizing the workmanship of those who contribute and by showcasing the results of their dedication. Teamwork and cooperation between general contractors, specialty contractors, and material suppliers are prerequisites for building excellence into any construction project.

We would like to congratulate the Excellence in Construction Award Winners for 2015
Congratulations to all ABC Excellence In Construction award recipients for projects completed in 2014 and to all our ABC STEP and Utah Workplace Safety award recipients.   Your commitment to excellence in all you do reflects in the caliber of projects recognized.


Champion of the Year
Odyssey Elementary School
Hughes General Contractors


 
 In Odyssey Elementary, form and functionality are truly wedded.  There are four distinct habitats- or groups of classrooms called "habitats".  Each house corresponds to one of the thematic motions of the school which are run, jump, swim and fly.  Davis School District wanted the school to be an inspiring, fun atmosphere for students to learn and grow.  Large classroom doors can be opened onto collaborative space with the potential to create one huge learning center, or smaller learning centers of varying sizes. 
With the schools theme in mind, the landscape architect, ArtSiteo Design, looked at how four-legged creatures run and represented their different patterns of foot strikes with plant material and concrete benches.  in the middle courtyard the landscape illustrates the idea of flight and the swirling vortices that are created by beating wings.  This movement was represented with benches and raised planters.  On the south side of the building, the idea of jumping was expressed using benches to represent a springing motion.  The tight radiuses of benches and planters required for zigzag patterns and other formations required Hughes to design and implement unusual forming material that could bend while still retaining the structural strength necessary to hold the concrete. 
The masonry work deserves special elaboration: Odyssey Elementary features very specific and unusual design patterns on the building's exterior.  The colors and shapes employed create the appearance of shimmering fish scales along the outer shell.  The intricate design called for blocks of varying materials, textures and colors that needed to be placed in a highly precise manner to achieve the desired look.  The mason made use of blown up drawings to make sure every detail was exposed to avoid one misplacement which could throw the rest of the pattern off and result in having to tear down significant amounts of material in addition to added labor costs.

THE QUALITY, INNOVATION AND COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION THAT ARE INHERENT TO THIS PROJECT ILLUSTRATES THE CALIBER OF CONSTRUCTION IN THE STATE OF UTAH.  CONGRATULATIONS TO HUGHES GENERAL CONTRACTORS FOR THIS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AS ABC'S CHAMPION OF THE YEAR!



Subcontractor Champion of the Year
 Ogden LDS Temple
 GSL Electric

 

 
GSL Electric worked with ABC member Big-D Construction on this ambitious renovation of the Ogden LDS Temple.  The project involved a complete interior and exterior remodel of the existing building, originally constructed in 1971, and the complete relocation of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers museum to a location three blocks away.  This was a design build project that GSL, working alongside Rocky Mountain Power, was able to provide discreet underground power solutions to the facility without disturbing the appearance of the building exterior or temple site.  Overhead power lines running down 21st and 22nd Streets had to be removed.  GSL installed all new underground conduit and cabling to replace the poles that were taken down.  It is believed to be the largest underground vault ever installed in the state for Rocky Mountain Power.  The design build method for GSL allowed them to address a lot of the timing issues that would typically slow down a project of similar size.  The amount of pre-planning time resulted in the required level of detail necessary.  Every electrical device had to be considered including exact location as well as purpose it would serve.  This project was on a tight schedule which required careful coordination between design and construction groups.  GSL provided fully turnkey electrical service for the temple remodel and the museum location.  The results of the project speak for themselves, as the new building is both elegant and timeless.

2015 ABC Utah Excellence in Construction Award Winners by Category

Commercial

Commercial Under $2 Million
Winner
LDCC School Remodel
Pentalon Construction

The LDCC School Remodel project consisted of the major remodeling of a 16,500 square foot office/warehouse building into a K-12 private school.  The remodel had a challenging project schedule and in order to meet the demands of the owner's timeline, a strong team worked closely with all subcontractors, suppliers, owners and design team.  During the course of construction $120,000 of change orders were added to the original scope of work by the owner with no extension to the schedule.  Close attention to crew shifts and collaboration with all involved ensured that any lost time was recovered and the project met its critical completion date.  Project schedule was 3 months with a contract value of $1.2 million.

Honorable Mention
Keller Williams Office Tenant Improvement
Pentalon Construction

Commercial $2-$10 Million
Winner
The Cottonwood Country Club
Cameron Construction

The scope of work for The Cottonwood Country Club included two phases of design and construction.  Phase 1 included the demolition of existing facilities to make room for a new 4,800 square foot cabana complete with outdoor bar searing, and a new seven lane lap pool and tennis courts.  Phase 2 included demolition of the existing clubhouse and construction of a new 20,000 square foot clubhouse among other amenities.  The majority of material specified and used in the project were selected based on specific energy criteria for a natural environmental friendly and sustainable product.  Additional green elements were developed into the design and construction including tubular skylights for the interior toilet rooms to provide natural lighting, large window areas strategically located to maximize the southern exposures, and finally using the clubs existing well system to match with ground source mechanical system.

Honorable Mention
Smith's Marketplace North Ogden
Wadman Corporation


Commercial Over $10 Million
Winner
Wyndam Vacation Resorts
Kier Construction

KIER Construction was the construction manager of the $17.5 million Wyndam Vacation Resorts development in Park City, Utah.  The property is four stories consisting of 86 "Alpine Lux" units for a total of 164,000 square feet of resort vacation space.  Innovative programs relating to quality included the use of post tension concrete deck as the lid of the underground parking structure allowed for four levels of wood construction.  Steel was used sparingly resulting in structural costs containment.  In addition, a large tunnel driveway was created to allow guests access to neighboring properties.  This was a coordination achievement that allowed operations to remain uninterrupted during construction.  One site challenge arose when bedrock was detected during the initial excavation.  KIER's excavating subcontractor was required to hammer out 25 vertical feet of rock causing a six-week delay on the parking structure.  3,000 square feet of temporary shoring was required to maintain a high slope of the neighboring property.  Regardless of multiple site challenges KIER Construction brought the project in on-time.

Honorable Mention
Somerset Meadows Apartments
Pentalon Construction


Commercial Over $20 Million
Winner
Xactware Corporate Headquaters
Big-D Construction

Completed ahead of schedule and under budget, this $46 million, four-story, 210,000 square foot facility doubled the work space to include indoor and outdoor environments that appeal to well-educated, ecologically savvy employees.  The facility's exterior has a striking silver-gray zinc skin with a 100- year life with each floor having a unique color scheme from bright blue to lime green.  To ensure the interior provided ample light and unobstructed views, the originally planned cross-brace structural system was changed to a more open system after the project was underway.  Due to the collaborative design-build process and use of building information modeling (BIM), the structural change was implemented without a hitch.  Additional innovative elements included the utilization of underground storm detention system to ease the impact of the site into the city's storm system; and superior spray-applied air barrier for superior enclosure tightness.  The facility was constructed to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification standards and is currently seeking LEED Gold certification.

Historical Renovation

Historical Renovation
Winner
Wasatch Academy Music Building Historical Renovation
Paulsen Construction

As part of Wasatch Academy's on-going campus master plan, Paulsen Construction was chosen as construction manager to complete their ninth project for the owner.  Wasatch Academy took ownership of the historic First Presbyterian church in 2013.  The church is adjacent to other buildings owned by the school and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The project involved structural upgrades and remodeling including an addition totaling 12,700 square feet.  The 15 month project included extensive seismic upgrade work to reinforce the masonry building as well as sound attenuation throughout the building and new addition.  The framing and structural work was a mix of different systems including some wood framed interior walls added to existing unreinforced masonry walls, structural steel columns in the sanctuary and bell tower; 8" of shot crete on the two high gabled end walls of the sanctuary, and curved radius walls for sound attenuation.  Special precautions were taken in preserving the stained glass windows throughout.  Historic rough style brick needed to be matched to new brick that would be sympathetic to the old look and feel of the existing brick.  All seismic work, portions of concrete work, 75% of the wood framing and 100% of the finish carpentry were completed by Paulsen Construction employees for quality control.  Total project cost $3 million.

Industrial

Industrial $2-$10 Million
Winner
Honnen Equipment Building
Hughes General Contractors

Hughes General Contractors was the construction manager for the new multi-million Honnen Equipment Building located in Salt Lake City.  The 60,000 square foot tilt-up concrete panels.  The walls are stepped both vertically and horizontally to add vigor to the buildings appearance.  The original rendering of the project called for painted concrete.  The Hughes team strongly suggested and delivered exposed architectural tilt-up with the black and grey colors included in the admixture.  The colored panels will retain their hue without ever needing to be painted.  The polished concrete floor is low maintenance, versatile, affordable and lost lasting.  Hughes invented a new concrete mixture and placement technique that created large slabs of crack-free concrete without the aid of saw cuts.  This process is particularly beneficial for industrial and distribution slabs.  Hughes self-performed 40% of the work on the project.

Industrial Over $10 Million
Winner
Deseret Mills Pasta Plant Addition
Wadman Corporation

Wadman Corporation was the general contractor on this 43,000 square foot new construction addition.  The entire scope of the project included demolition, remodel and modification of the existing structures, site work and new concrete tilt up construction of the 43,000 square foot addition. The tilt-up panels involved sandwich slabs weighing over 135,000 pounds and 14 inches thick.  Modifications of existing structures included structural upgrades, minor alterations including new walls and finishes and roof modifications.  An upgrade of mechanical and electrical systems and equipment was also a part of the scope.  An element of specialty construction on the project included the assembly of the pasta machines manufactured in Italy.  Each machine was valued at $3.5 million and air-freighted in the thirty containers to the project site.  Machines were built in Italy, disassembled, shipped and rebuilt on site; each taking 2 months to reassemble.   Wadman self-performed 25% of all the work on the project.

Electrical

Electrical
Winner
Ogden LDS Temple Renovation
GSL Electric

GSL Electric worked with Big-D Construction and the LDS Church on this ambitious renovation of the Ogden LDS Temple.  The project involved a complete interior and exterior remodel of the 106,000 square foot facility originally constructed in 1971.  This was a design build project that GSL, working alongside Rocky Mountain Power, was able to provide discreet underground power solutions to the facility without disturbing the appearance of the exterior or temple site.  The three-and-a-half year renovation included replacing old electrical, heating, and plumbing systems with modern, energy-saving equipment.  GSL provided 107,000 electrical man hours on the project; total conduit totaled 265,000 feet; total wire & cabling was 850,000 feet; and over 3,000 light fixtures.  GSL self-performed 98% of the electrical and other systems for this project.

Institutional

Institutional Less Than $2 Million
Winner
St. George Russian Orthodox Church
Paulsen Construction

Paulsen Construction was the general contractor on the design-build new construction project.  Scope of work included demolition of existing facility, a new 3,500 square foot single story building, large sanctuary with alter area, meeting hall with kitchen space, restrooms and a courtyard.  Challenging site conditions included the installation of a storm tech subsurface storm system under the parking lot to accommodate all run-off water and disperse of it properly underground while maintaining the structural integrity of the soil above on which the parking lot was constructed.  In addition, collapsible soil was detected throughout the site.  Paulsen worked closely with geotechnical engineers to over excavate the affected areas to another 5 feet and then bring it back up to grade.  This allowed for the stabilization of the soils and a solid foundation.  Interior features included 20 foot walls to accommodate specially ordered domes that were dedicated by the congregation during placement.  Exterior was designed and constructed to replicate the style of the buildings originally built in Russia.  Paulsen self-performed 13% of the labor.  Contract amount $1.2 million and was a 9 month schedule.

Institutional $2-$10 Million
Winner
Weber State University Public Safety Building
R&O Construction

The Weber State University Public Safety Building, a Division Facilities and Construction Management project, is a new stand-alone facility of 10,000 square feet of steel frame and masonry construction.  The new facility functions as a day-to-day operational building for campus parking services and also houses the University Police Department.  The scope included demolition of tow existing structures on the site, construction of the new building and the addition of a parking lot.  Continued efforts for eco-friendly features were an important aspect of the project.  The solar technologies capture a reliable  renewable source of energy that will reduce the reliance on other systems through the campus.  The $3 million project was completed in seven months and was finished ahead of schedule and earned a 5-Star DFCM Rating.  

Institutional Over $10 Million
Winner
Odyssey Elementary School
Hughes General Contractors

Hughes General Contractors was the construction manager on Odyssey Elementary School located in Woods Cross, Utah.  Odyssey is an innovative learning environment designed and built around the theme of "Bodies In Motion", The Animal Kingdom.  The school champions the importance of healthy, active lifestyles and helps students to understand their place in nature.  It is a net-zero facility and has successfully become the greenest, most energy-efficient public school in the state of Utah.  It is worth noting that Hughes General Contractors invented a new proprietary concrete mixture and placement technique that creates large slabs of crack-free concrete without the aid of saw cuts.  These large slabs form a stunning polished concrete floor that allows for flexible high efficient use of space.  Not only does this make the floor flatter and more visually appealing, it has a number of long-term durability and maintenance benefits for the owner.  Utterly unique is its design, it's contribution to learning environments and community are enormous.  It has become the new prototype for the Davis School District and has raised the bar for energy-efficient construction in Utah.  With a contract amount of $18 million and a project schedule of 15 months, Hughes self-performed 33% of the work.

Honorable Mention
Utah Valley University New Classroom Building
Big-D Construction


Salt Lake Community College Center for Arts & Media
Big-D Construction

Federal Gov/Military

Federal Government/Military
Winner
Design Build F22 Systems Support Facility, Hill Air Force Base
Creative Times Inc.
Creative Times was the general contractor on this design build F-22 Systems Support Facility located on Hill Air Force Base.  The two-story F-22 Systems Support Facility will be an administration and operations support building adjacent to F-22 industrial facilities on base.  Construction consisted of steel reinforced CMU exterior walls, steel-reinforced concrete footings/foundations/floor slabs and insulated TPO roofing.  Interior spaces include administrative office space, break rooms, classified conference and training rooms, classified video teleconference center and a large secured conference room.  The interior is provided with fire detection and suppression systems.  The project also required cipher locks, Intrusion Detection System, and secured electronic communications networking.  CTI accomplished this project while maintaining sustainability requirements and earned a LEED certification of Silver.

Healthcare

Healthcare Over $5 Million
Winner
Ogden Clinic Professional Building North
Wadman Corporation

Wadman Corporation was the general contractor for the $9 million Ogden Clinic Professional Building North.  The 41,000 square foot ambulatory health care project consists of non-combustible construction with steel frame, concrete floors, E.I.F.S. and stone exterior with single-ply membrane roofing and metal roofing overbuilds, and an VRF mechanical system.  Other improvements included the addition of a sleep lab, space for neurology providers and an expanded dermatology, ENT, and radiology lab service. 

The design build team went to great lengths to ensure that the owner was satisfied with the design and space programming.  The entire space was mocked up out of cardboard so the providers could walk through the space and actually visualize how their space would flow.  Based on the changes that were made from this process, the value engineering process produced a savings of $50,000.

Honorable Mention
Intermountain Draper Clinic
Big-D Construction

Landscape

Landscape
Winner
Hampton Place Apartment Landscape
Sinc Constructors

Hampton Place Apartment complex consisted of 12 apartment buildings, a clubhouse, dog parks and a playground.  Sinc Constructors completed the landscape and irrigation systems for the entire project site.  The landscape included approximately 111,000 square feet of sod, 340 cubic yards of mulch, 1900 plants and trees, and 2 separate irrigation systems.  All planting beds are drip irrigated to conserve water.  The irrigation system was modifies from a traditional 3-wire system to a 2-wire system.  Decoders were used to reduce the need to run wire to and from the individual valves.  This change reduced the wire needed for the system by 80%.  Rotor spray heads were replaced by a more standard spray head with a rotator nozzle allowing more efficient watering.  Sinc self-performed 86% of the contracted scope of work. 

Renovation

Renovation Under $2 Million
Winner
YCC Renovation & Addition
Wadman Corporation
Wadman Corporation was the general contractor on the YCC renovation and addition project located in Ogden, Utah.  The 37,000 square foot project consisted of a refresh of the first and second floors, an addition of a 32-bed shelter space, a new common area, new kitchen, and new adult education classrooms.  To control the quality of the project, Wadman incorporated Field Lens software application as a construction management tool.  Its use sped up problem resolution, increased safety performance, and increased overall quality of the project.  The main challenge was coordinating the work in such a way that the shelter could continue serving the community without decreasing their capacity.  Because of YCC's non-profit status, throughout construction Wadman looked for cost saving synergies to overcome any unforeseen costs.  Most of the unforeseen items were handled with Wadman's own workforce that was already on site without adding costs to the project.  In some cases when more specialized construction was needed to deal with these items Wadman would trade work with a sub-contractor so they could perform the specialized work and Wadman could do a portion of their work.  This enabled YCC to spend their contingency funds on meaningful additions to the project.  This truly was a community and team effort. 

Honorable Mention
The Ronald McDonald House
R&O Construction


Renovation $2 to $10 Million
Winner
Snowbird Cliff Lodge Conference Space Addition
Paulsen Construction

The Snowbird Cliff Lodge renovation consisted of the demolition of the existing patio area above the main entrance to the Cliff Lodge and valet area.  A new structural steel building was erected next to the existing building with the two entrances existing exits to the patio area being reused as the entrance into the new conference room space.  In addition, a new 6,000 square foot single story building that included a new conference space area and new mechanical room were added.  All new exterior walls were glass to allow for the natural light and views of the surroundings to be a major part of the project.  The BIM coordination of the project resulted in coordination of all major subcontractors resulting in the successful completion due to the preparation in the beginning of the project.  Contract amount was $3 million with a project schedule of 8 months.