Published on May 20th, 2013 | by UC&D Magazine


ABC Utah Experiencing Solid Growth, Has Bright Future

Current leaders of the Utah chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC Utah) are excited about the growth the chapter has achieved in the past 18 months, and expressed great confidence that things will continue to get better.

Led by President/CEO Chris Hipwell, who took over the chapter reigns in November 2009, and current Chairman Ron Hadley, ABC Utah achieved 26% growth in 2012 and is already halfway to its goal of adding 30 new members in 2013. The association held its annual State Convention April 10 in Salt Lake City – which was attended by nearly 250 people – where it handed out a bevy of awards to various ABC members.

“The growth of our Utah ABC chapter is a result of our leadership and their desire to become a stronger voice in the industry for both general contractors and subcontractors,” said Hipwell. “This success is a result of promoting the value that ABC offers in terms of helping members win work and perform that work safely, ethically and profitably. By focusing on the tenants of safety, workforce development, and legislative representation, we will developer a stronger industry.”

“From our perspective the Utah chapter is doing a fantastic job,” said Michael Bellaman, President/CEO of ABC National since February 2011, which represents 72 chapters across the U.S. “We have a great board, great staff leadership and engaged members who believe in the merit shop philosophy and deliver great work. Chris has been on board for over three years and she’s one of our best chapter presidents.”

The ABC Utah chapter was created in the late 1970’s by several firms who believed in the merit shop philosophy, including John Cameron, founder of Salt Lake-based Cameron Construction. Cameron said in 1978 his firm was having union issues on the Crossroads Mall project, and realized that bringing the ABC to this market could be a great resource for firms.

“I was concerned about my employees having access to the jobsite without being harassed by unions,” recalled Cameron. “We brought ABC to this market to try and level the playing field in 1978. By ’83 the Utah State Legislature made Utah a right-to-work state, one of seven in the U.S. at that time to have that legislation passed. It was a very big achievement.”

“ABC stands for principles that focus on your company being allowed to do business and not get hammered by government regulations and through unfair competition,” added Dave Hill of Cameron Construction, who is the 2013 Chairman Elect. “Utah is a great place to endorse that philosophy and we have to keep championing that. We want to make sure Utah is protected. It’s as much an opportunity for others to come into the market as it is to protect yourself. There is a place for merit shop philosophies and a place for unions to exist. We need to keep that in balance and respect each other.”

“We believe in a system of free enterprise and we work hard to support and defend that system,” said Hipwell. “We also believe in the right of every owner to choose whether or not to belong to an open shop organization or a union shop organization. This philosophy encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction based solely on merit.”

In addition to membership growth, ABC Utah has worked on improving its core programs and services, including safety programs, legislative representation and member discounts from vendors on goods and services. ABC has partnered with the Utah Labor Commission and the local OSHA office to improve upon its services. Hipwell also said it’s important that firms understand that any member of ABC can serve in leadership and executive positions.

“Our board reflects a diverse leadership group including general contractors, subcontractors, professionals and suppliers,” said Hipwell. “Equal representation is our niche. ABC membership is about being part of a collective voice – we are much stronger collectively than any one company can be as a stand-alone.”

“What’s nice about ABC is that all of our members have the opportunity to serve on the board and other leadership positions,” echoed Hadley, a 39-year veteran with Jack B. Parson Companies who has been involved with ABC for more than three decades. “We’re also getting some young people involved to carry on for some of us who are a little older. We’re excited about the long-time members we have and the new ones coming into the chapter. I like the way ABC believes in the right to work and freedom of choice. We’ve made a strong investment in our chapter’s future and we expect it will provide a good return on that investment as we move forward. We have a goal to increase membership by at least 30 members and we’re already halfway to that goal.”

Bellaman said he and other executives at ABC National look at Utah as one of the strongest, economically-sound construction markets in the country.

“Utah is a very business-friendly state, a free enterprise, merit state, which is good,” he said. “Utah is the third most cost-effective state to construct a building, 14.2% below national average costs. Utah also has the third highest concentration of construction laborers, according to Bureau of Labor Standards, and Utah has added 4,900 construction jobs from February 2012 to February 2013, which is sixth highest. It’s also the second highest in overall employment growth. So from a statistical perspective, Utah ranks very nicely.”

Hipwell expressed appreciation to her chapter’s current board and leaders.
“The strength of our leadership group, Ron and Dave and my entire board of directors is that they subscribe to the same principles as ABC’s founders,” she said. “Ron’s 2013 initiative is to visit every single ABC member and talk with them about their membership value. He is passionate about his leadership role in the industry, both on a local and national level, and his vision is in line with the national ABC founding principles. With his large personality and passion for ABC and our members, he is a strong voice for ABC.”

UC&D.May13-83ABC Honors Firms, Projects at Annual State Convention
Award Category: Exterior

Project Name: Scheels
Winner: IMS Masonry

The Scheels project is 220,000 SF of upscale retail space in Sandy dedicated to the sports and outdoor enthusiast. The IMS Masonry team incorporated a perfect combination of soldier courses, ribbons of headers and stack bonds as they completed the intricate arched masonry assemblies. The interface between the brick and precast masonry accent trim as well as the soaring glass arches sets the stage for long lasting beauty and quality of a true masonry exterior and interior project. Clay brick masonry used for this project included 250,000 brick units, 1,700 precast concrete units, 175 bags of mortar and 4” x 4” x 12” utility brick. Scope of masonry on the project was $1.8 million dollars.

Award Category:
Renovation $2 Million
Project Name: Clearfield Care Center
Honorable Mention: Pentalon Construction
Architect: ACM Architects

Clearfield Care Center was a renovation of an existing rehabilitation and skilled nursing home facility in Clearfield, Utah. The remodel consisted of 24% of the 8,000 square foot building. The project was phased to accommodate the patients and staff of the facility and made schedule management of the project critical to ensure that interruptions were kept at a minimal. The project required a fast paced schedule to accommodate the Owner’s need. In addition, the team worked hard to maintain sensitivity to patients’ privacy and comfort during the phases of the project.


Award Category:
Renovation $2-5 Million
Project Name: Radisson Hotel Renovation
Winner: Cameron Construction
Architect: Degen & Degen

The $2.5 million Radisson Hotel project consisted of the renovation of 254 guest rooms, 12 corridors as well as the entire lobby. While the project itself was straight forward, the project schedule came with its own distinct set of challenges. The entire project schedule allowed for 58 days for completion which ran through the three biggest holidays of the year, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Crews worked 20-hour days, 7 days a week, to successfully complete the project on time. Through very close coordination with the hotel management the hotel was divided into five areas of three floors each with only one area being taken out of service at any given time.

Award Category:
Renovation Over $5 Million
Project Name: Millcreek Community Center
Winner: Big-D Construction
Architect: Architectural Nexus

The Millcreek Community Center is a 64, 583 sq. ft. recreation center with library and senior amenities that integrates a cohesive entity providing a space for all ages. The center was designed and constructed with a LEED certification of Gold and incorporates several sustainable design elements including the use of low SRI roofing materials, plumbing fixtures, solar panels and geothermal walls which will assist in heating building water, construction waste management and emphasis on recyclable and low emitting materials.

UC&D.May13-87Award Category: 
Healthcare Under $5 million
Project Name: Sugarhouse Medical
Winner: Pentalon Construction
Architect: SL&A Architects

Sugarhouse Medical is constructed of dimensional wood framing over concrete slab on grade. The exteriors are comprised mainly of a hard coat stucco system. The facility was designed for medical/dental use totaling 7,000 SF. The project was completed early giving owners an additional one month of revenue.

Award Category: Specialty Construction
Project Name: MultiLing Tenant Build Out
Honorable Mention: Pentalon Construction
Architect: Ken Harris Architects

The MultiLing project was a Class A tenant improvement project located in the new Zions Financial Center in downtown Salt Lake. The project totaled 17,200 SF and was completed one month early.

Award Category: Specialty Construction
Project Name: Tracy Aviary Visitors Center
Honorable Mention: Big-D Construction
Architect: ajc architects

Tracy Aviary first opened to the public in 1938 through a charitable act by its founder, when he donated his private bird collection to the city and its children. This design-build project included new education and guest services spaces, plazas, and extensive site work. The building’s façade consists of patterned metal panels contributing to the buildings sustainable efforts. In addition, the panels are one of several means used to reduce bird death due to impact on the naturally reflective glass. The panels provide a non-organic pattern and literal block that is recognizable to birds as something not to fly in to or through.

UC&D.May13-85Award Category: Specialty Construction
Project Name: Falcon Hill Phase 1
Winner: R&O Construction
Architect: Architectural Nexus

Falcon Hill is the first public-private partnership at Hill Air Force Base and the largest enhanced-use lease (EUL) project in the history of the United States Air Force. The project is a five-story steel-framed office building that includes site development and complete interior finishes. The steel structure has a curtain wall system with special blast mitigation design. There is a footprint of approximately 24,000 SF which includes the basement level plus five additional levels each approximately 25,000 SF. The Anti-Terrorism Force Protection facility was built with 30% more steel which controls a collapse, blast-proof glass, a window apron and an 82-ft setback barrier with bollards to prevent crashes into the building. The facility houses the Northrop Grumman Building, the Security Forces Squadron office building and the West Gate House.

Award Category Industrial 
Over $5 Million
Project Name: 47th BCT Physical Fitness Facility, Fort Carson, CO
Honorable Mention: Creative Times, Inc. (CTI)
Architect: Architectural Nexus

CTI performed as the prime contractor on this $32 million design-build project located at Fort Carson, Colorado. The 85,000 SF multi-story physical fitness facility houses five different modules for cardiovascular fitness, aerobic exercise, climbing, racquetball, weight training, a gymnasium, a theatre and a natatorium which houses the indoor pool facilities. The project was designed and constructed to meet all Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) requirements including blast resistant windows, exterior door design, roof access control, air intake locations, emergency air distribution shutoff, equipment bracing, and mass notification.

UC&D.May13-86Award Category:
 Industrial Over $5 Million
Project Name: Swire Coca-Cola
Winner: Big-D Construction
Architect: Architectural Nexus

Big-D completed Swire Coca-Cola USA additions to its corporate headquarters warehousing and distribution center in Draper. A 346,842 SF addition was added to an existing 402,577 SF facility. Project requirements involved working on an 87.63 acre site while keeping the daily operations of the facility uninterrupted. Major utility services had to be relocated along with upsizing one electrical service while adding a second electrical service. The facility is certified with LEED which was added to all 4 sides of the building that was originally built in 1998.

Award Category: 
Institutional Under $5 Million
Project Name: St. Francis of Assisi
Winner: R&O Construction
Architect: Sparano+Mooney

Saint Francis of Assisi was constructed for the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City. The project included a 1,000 seat chapel, pastoral offices, a gymnasium, kitchen and classrooms for a total of 20,300 SF. Saint Francis was constructed with a masonry exterior and a steel deck and wood roofing system. What appear to be exposed wood beams are actually pre finished laminate panels stained to look like wood beams. The church has unique curved wood pews constructed by the Amish and was constructed as an old mission style church with arches and clay tile roof.

UC&D.May13-88Award Category: 
Institutional Over $10 Million
Project Name: Utah Valley University Science Center
Winner: Big-D Construction
Architect: GSBS Architects

Big-D Construction recently completed the new 160,000 SF, three- story academic building at Utah Valley University. Within the facility are 27 lab/classrooms, 18 lecture rooms, 400 seat auditorium, faculty offices, 12 research labs, a human performance lab, 2 anatomy labs, and support spaces for teaching. A large 3-chamber glass greenhouse caps the building providing visual cues to the science and discovery mission of the project. The structure is steel with Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete and curtain-wall skin. BIM was used for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and steel fabrication.

Award Category: Commercial Under $2 Million
Project Name: Intermountain Bobcat Headquarters
Honorable Mention: Hughes General Contractors
Architect: Richardson Design Partnership

Intermountain Bobcat’s new headquarters was constructed of exposed architectural tilt-up concrete with concrete walls, polished concrete floors and an exposed steel roof structure. All of these elements combined create an architectural expression of durability like the equipment it houses. Natural lighting techniques were used throughout and on sunny days no artificial lighting is necessary. The building also features many insulation techniques that reduce heating and cooling loads.

Award Category: Commercial Under $2 Million
Project Name: Rolex by OC Tanner
Winner: Big-D Construction
Architect: GSBS Architects

Rolex by O.C. Tanner is a small project in terms of square footage but large and magnificent in terms of design and finishes. This 760 square foot space has close to $1 million dollars in finish work. Rolex has selected approved manufacturers to build all Rolex specific casework and wall finishes. The casework and wall manufacturer for the project was Redwood Interiors from Singapore. Careful coordination with designers, fabricators and installers resulted in a unique scheduling approach that kept the project on schedule. Big-D carpenters self-performed 10% of the project including all casework and wall panel installation and concrete flatwork.

Award Category: Commercial Over 
$5 Million/Multi-Family Housing
Project Name: Rendon Terrace Senior Housing
Honorable Mention: Pentalon Construction
Architect: Harold P. Woodruff Architects

The Housing Authority of Salt Lake City had the dream to re-develop a property in the older section of Salt Lake at Capitol Hill and the Rendon Terrace was born of that dream. The project accommodates a 70-unit senior housing development. The complex which sits on 2 acres is 72,000 square feet and comprised of one and two bedroom units. This project was constructed of dimensional wood framing over concrete slab on grade with CMU stair towers. Brick façade, wainscot and hard coat stucco system made up the exterior. This project was built under the compliance for Energy Star rating and meeting Enterprise Green Communities criteria.

Award Category: Commercial Over 
$5 Million/Multi-Family Housing
Project Name: The Village at South Campus
Honorable Mention: R&O Construction
Architect: Ken Harris Architects

The Village at the South Campus of BYU University is the first of its kind. This new Provo Development is a mix of housing, professional offices, commercial and retail businesses. The village includes for a total of 371,686 SF and 190,000 SF of podium. The parking deck is cast-in-place concrete capped by a post tensioned concrete podium that is the base of the building. The first level of each building is masonry and steel construction with wood frame construction on levels 2 through 5. This project includes 236 units and 500 parking stalls, which was roughly 50,000 cubic yards of material to be Excavated. 14,000 cubic yards of structural backfill was brought onto the site and 628 tons of steel was needed.

Award Category: Commercial Over
$5 Million/Multi-Family Housing
Project Name: Sienna Villa Apartments
Winner: Pentalon Construction
Architect: Carpenter Stringham Architects

Siena Villas out of Orem is constructed on dimensional wood framing over concrete slab on grade. The exteriors of the 3 building project is comprised, complete of hard coat Stucco systems to incorporate the Italian Architecture. With 81 residential units the Siena Villa masses a total of 83, 670 SF. Materials included finishes such as 9 foot ceilings, granite countertops, Ceramic tile and Euro-style glass shower enclosures. The exterior incorporated a technique of over-grouting to give an aged, old world look. This project used green Energy Star efficient appliances.

UC&D.May13-89Award Category: 
Commercial Over $5 Million
Project Name: City Creek West Block Retail
Winner: IMS Masonry

IMS Masonry performed masonry work on City Creek’s entire west retail block. IMS first faced the challenge of providing a design that would comply with the high category D seismic requirements of a downtown structure. Due to complexity of the wall envelope, the bricks were designed as structural brick Veneer to sustain a need for 100 year life. It was critical to the overall success of the building envelope that thermal bridging and wall tie penetrations be eliminated or drastically reduced. Masonry materials had to comply with the ductile, drift requirements and multi-story buildings. Earthquake design dictated that each heavy precast concrete panel would be incorporated into the brick walls which would require unique support conditions. The structural brick veneer system was designed like a precast concrete wall panel. The bricks became the form for the grout and reinforcing. Special wall systems and details were developed to capture the architectural charm while providing durability.

Award Category: Commercial Over $5 Million
Project Name: Westminster On The Draw
Honorable Mention: Big-D Construction
Architect: VCBO Architecture

Westminster’s 87, 439 SF, 7-story mixed-used project offers students housing, classrooms, restaurants and shops. The project schedule was exacerbated by the tightness of the site. The building and the garage were built to the property limits on three sides and to unforeseen site conditions. Adjacent owner preferences, adjacent simultaneous construction projects and weather were all challenges that were faced. This college town model follows the growing national trend of building vital communities by integrating business districts and college campuses. Material used included concrete structural steel, wood framing, typical finishes, glass and handrail academic stair, masonry façade, metals panels, curtain walls and punch windows.

Award Category: Commercial Over $5 Million
Project Name: U of U Conference Center
and Guest House
Honorable Mention: Big-D Construction
Architect: Jacoby Architects

This project included adding a new wing, fire line and paving for the 35,000 SF 4-story structure. The wing facilitates 51 new guest rooms, a large meeting room, two stair towers, a new elevator and new entrance for both new and existing meeting rooms. Some challenges Big D faced was to overcome egress from the existing building which was to be maintained open during the entire Construction process. Some materials used were structural steel, concrete, wood framing, stone and masonry façade, curtain walls and punch windows. The complete construction of this project was of high quality and resulted in a nice finish. The exterior stone and masonry added to the appearance of the existing structure.

Award Category: Landscape
Project Name: West Valley City
Fairbourne Station
Winner: Wadman Corporation
Architect: GSBS Architects

The West Valley City Plaza and Promenade at Fairbourne Station is a high traffic Utah Transit Authority TRAX hub. The plaza includes a performance stage, hardscape and water features, and a large shade structure and lighting to accent the project. The project had custom scopes of work that involved specialized out-of-state subcontractors, which posed a scheduling challenge at times. Cast-in-place concrete vaults were constructed 40 feet underground as well as underground power lines running underneath both sides of the rail tracks between the plaza and the promenade. The project transformed Fairbourne Station into a beautiful community plaza designed to accommodate daily public use and community oriented activities.

UC&D.May13-90Award Category: ABC Champion of the Year & Historical Renovation
Project Name: Ogden High School Renovation
Winner: Hughes General Contractors
Architect: Edwards & Daniels Architects

The Ogden High School Historic Renovation project was unique and demanding. The team had the singular challenge of creating a structural renovation plan to increase the level of safety for the occupants while preserving the many historical elements both inside and outside. In 1936, the auditorium portion of the building was constructed of unreinforced brick masonry walls with custom built steel trusses and metal deck for the roof. Extensive cracking, fading, and water damage had occurred on the ornate plaster, paint, and leafing. Decades of deterioration resulted in significant damage, delaminating, and sagging of the ceiling system. This extraordinary building was in need of massive repairs, seismic upgrades, and restoration in order to preserve its iconic nature and maintain functionality.

Effective center coring of the walls produced significant savings over other seismic upgrade options. The real value was in preserving the artistry without any damage whatsoever. Micro-piles were installed using specialized equipment that could travel down the hallways in the building instead of large drilling rigs. And, historic finishes on the auditorium walls precluded conventional methods of seismic reinforcing. Water could not be used for any saw cutting of core drilling operations. Due to the brittleness of the slender brick walls, all holes had to be drilled without percussion. Massive foundations, shear walls, slabs, and beams were required in several locations, but could not impact the historic finishes.

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