Published on May 1st, 2013 | by UC&D Magazine


A/E/C People

Hal Clyde, Former W.W. Clyde Executive, Dies at 85

Hal M. Clyde, who worked at Springville-based W.W. Clyde & Company for more than 50 years, passed away January 24, 2013 at the age of 85. Clyde was devoted to the construction industry on many levels, and served as President (now Chairman) of the Associated General Contractors of Utah in 1973.

Clyde was born in Springville, Utah, February 13, 1927, to Edward Clyde and Hannah Mendenhall Clyde, the same year W.W. Clyde & Company was organized by his uncle, Wilford, and his father, Ed, to do heavy/civil construction. He began his career with W.W. Clyde & Company in 1943, unloading cement bags from rail cars at Hill Air Force Base.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah in 1950, and pursued a career managing diverse construction projects for W.W. Clyde throughout the West for more than 40 years. Among the most memorable projects he worked on were the two award-winning structural steel arch bridges on Highway 95 over the Colorado River and the Dirty Devil River between Hanksville and Blanding above Hite, Utah. The settings were unique and preceded the formation of Lake Powell. These bridges, and the subsequent highway, opened the otherwise inaccessible terrain to travelers. The adventures and recollections of those years became an integral part of family folklore.

“The industry lost a great supporter,” said David Hales, former President/CEO of W.W. Clyde Company, who worked with Clyde for some two decades starting in 1970, and recalled his love of flying airplanes. “He was tenacious and loved what he was doing. He displayed a passion for the business that few had.”

“Hal spent his life working to make our community a better place to live,” said Wilford Clyde, President/CEO of Orem-based Clyde Companies. “He dedicated his life building dams, highways, bridges, and other heavy construction projects in Utah and throughout the Intermountain Area during his career at W.W. Clyde & Company. He was always looking for a solution to solve today’s challenges both in construction and in life. He will be missed at Clyde Companies.”

“Hal was a great champion of the construction industry,” added Rich Thorn, President/CEO of the AGC of Utah. “He was passionate about making the industry better and that is evident by his service and long career.”

Following his retirement, Clyde served as a Commissioner for the Utah Department of Transportation for 12 years. He also served as chairman of the Civil Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Utah when the department was challenged with internal conflict and even outside attempts to eliminate civil engineering in the College of Engineering. The advisory group prevailed and today the department is thriving. In 2011, Clyde was named Distinguished Alumni of the College of Engineering.

Clyde is survived by his wife, Aileen, of Springville, and his sons and their wives, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Norman. He also has two sisters, Pauline and Martha, and three other brothers, Grant, Calvin and Roger, who are deceased.

Colvin Announces New Leadership

Colvin Engineering Associates, a Salt Lake City-based mechanical engineering consultant, recently named Stephen Connor, P.E., as President of the firm. Connor replaces founder Tom Colvin, who remains as a full-time senior consultant. Colvin also named Roger Hamlet, P.E., and Bret Christiansen as Vice Presidents.

Connor has been with Colvin for 21 years. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1984 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Hamlet has 15 years of experience at Colvin. He graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado in 1991. Christiansen is an 11-year veteran of Colvin and studied Mechanical Engineering at ITT Technical Institute. All three are LEED AP certified.

Tom Colvin founded Colvin Engineering in 1986 and serves as Chairman of the Board. The firm specializes in sustainability, energy conservation, design and commissioning of HVAC, plumbing, process piping, CFD modeling and fire protection systems.

Steel Encounters Promotes Brad Hardy

Steel Encounters, Inc. of Salt Lake City has promoted Brad Hardy to its structural sales division. Hardy previously worked in the firm’s operations division. Hardy has more than 30 years of experience in operations and sales and will serve clients throughout the Intermountain West.
Hardy joined Steel Encounters in 2005 and has worked on projects such as Xactware, Chobani and the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum at BYU.

VCBO’s Jackson First Utah Woman Granted AIA Fellowship

The 2013 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated Jeanne Jackson, FAIA, to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. Jackson, a Partner with Salt Lake-based VCBO Architecture, will be among 122 AIA members and seven international architects to be honored at the National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Denver, Colorado. She is the only woman in Utah with such a high distinction of accreditation.

Out of a total AIA membership of over 83,000, there are just over 3,100 distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship.

For more than 22 years Jackson has specialized in the design of educational facilities. She has extensive experience in the planning and design of numerous innovative elementary and secondary schools, which have garnered over 50 state, national, and international awards.

Dennis Burbidge Retires After 35 Years

Dennis Burbidge, a longtime executive at Salt Lake-based Burbidge Concrete Pumping, announced his retirement at the end of March after working at the company for 35 years. Burbidge and his wife will serve a mission for the LDS Church in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Mission.

“I’ll miss a lot of things,” said Burbidge, whose father, Eugene Burbidge, founded the company in 1972. Dennis’ brothers, Vaughn and Dave, will continue to run the family business. “I really enjoyed the big pours that we did; the big hospitals, the big high-rise jobs where we would pump 5,000 to 9,000 yards of concrete at a time.”

Burbidge is known in the industry for his always upbeat demeanor and character, and for his passion for golf. He served for many years on the golf committee for the Associated General Contractors of Utah and was a fixture at AGC golf tournaments. He also instilled a strong work ethic at his company and prided himself on honesty and integrity.

“Dennis brought 35 years of pure joy, kindness and happiness to the industry,” said Rick Adams, Burbidge Marketing Director. “It’s all about taking care of the customer and being focused on making sure that things are done right and that we live up to what we say we’re going to do.”

“I’ll miss the many great associations I had with all those great superintendents, project managers and lead men, and the people involved with the AGC,” said Burbidge. “I’ll miss the crews; I just hope someone will keep bringing them muffins and drinks. That was my forte. They’d see me on the jobsite and come running.”

Reaveley Announces New Team Members

Reaveley Engineers + Associates of Salt Lake City announced the hiring of two new team members, Ryan Hillstrom and Clayton Burningham. Hillstrom is a graduate of Utah State University and has 15 years experience in structural engineering, specializing in masonry, steel and precast concrete design. Burningham is a fourth generation engineer who earned a Phd from the University of Utah in 2011.

Reaveley also promoted Oliver Burt and Cameron Empey to Senior Engineers, and Jesse Malan to Project Engineer.

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