Published on August 1st, 2014 | by UC&D Magazine0
TRP Finally Underway at SLC Int’l Airport
HDJV Construction team of Atlanta-based Holder and Salt Lake-based Big-D Construction start on Economy Lot/Rental Car Facility, the first phase of a planned 8-year, $1.8 billion project.
After decades of meticulous planning and preparation, the first phase of the Terminal Replacement Project (TRP) at Salt Lake City International Airport officially broke ground July 18.
A joint-venture team of Holder from Atlanta and Salt Lake-based Big-D Construction (HDJV) is building the facility, which is expected to take up to 8 years. The first phase consists of the Economy Lot parking area and the Rental Car Facility, slated from completion in about a year, according to Leon Nelson, Construction Director for Big-D.
“It’s typical of any large project,” said Nelson. “The details, the level of communication required between project teams, and just trying to get everybody in the same direction is a challenge. We’ve had a chance to interface with a lot of good people at the Airport and the local design community is participating in this project. We have a good plan, it’s now a matter of execution.”
“It’s been 20 years in the making and it’s been needed for a long time,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker.“ One advantage of it taking so long is that designs get refined and we can prepare better for the future. This is a huge economic boost, both directly from airport construction of almost $2 billion, but also indirectly in terms of serving as a hub for so many destinations. We can get anywhere in the country reasonably quickly.
“We have made this airport to be an integral piece in our sustainability efforts,” Becker added. We are requiring the highest environmental standards – LEED Gold is where we’re now – but we’re aiming to be the first Net Zero airport in the country. With so much open land we have the ability to develop a solar farm in conjunction with the new airport.”
Major aspects of the project include new concourse, terminals, new aircraft gates, multi-level passenger pick-up/drop off, a new light rail station, and a five-level parking garage with 3,600 spaces. The two-level rental car facility with offer quick turnaround, and a new central utility plant is being added.
Alan Bright, Design Principal for HOK, the design architect from San Francisco, said the new airport will include plenty of daylighting throughout the facility, with a design emphasis on local Utah materials and features, including mountains, deserts, and Utah’s famous red rock landscape in Southern Utah.
“The design is tied to the beauty of Utah and Salt Lake City,” said Bright. “We want to bring Utah’s majestic outdoor beauty into the airport.”
“We come in with no illusions about what it will take to get this done,” added Nelson. “We come in with a quiver full of tools, processes and systems that will help us be successful.”
IEA Awards 29 Scholarships at Annual Luncheon
The Intermountain Electrical Association (IEA) held its 27th annual Scholarship Luncheon, with $30,000 presented to 29 students.
“It’s a great event for us and it has been an important aspect to the foundation over the years,” said Ryan Taylor, President of Salt Lake-based Taylor Electric and Chairman of the IEA
Depending on how well it is funded, Klaas DeBoer of NECA said the fund awards anywhere from 30 to 40 scholarships on a given year. Since the program started in 1988, IEA has awarded more than $850,000 in scholarships.
“IEA takes revenues generated off 7investments, along with other fundraising
events we have during the year,” said DeBoer.
Utah Again Ranked as Top Pro-Business State
For the third consecutive year, Utah has been recognized as the top pro-business state by Pollina Corporate based on 32 factors controlled by state government.
“Cultivating an environment where businesses can thrive has been a significant focus of our economic development efforts,” said Gov. Gary R. Herbert. “It’s one thing to win once, but to consistently rank in the top spot shows something special is going on here. I am proud of the hard work being done by the private sector that has resulted in Utah being recognized once again by Pollina Corporate.”
As rankings go, receiving a top title from Pollina Corporate carries a lot of weight. The study is considered the most comprehensive, unbiased and unvarnished by the economic development industry. The factors used to evaluate states include: taxes, human resources, education, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, infrastructure spending, regulatory environment, workers compensation laws, economic incentive programs and economic development efforts.
Utah scored highly in high school and college completion, unemployment rate and workers compensation to name a few. The state also scored very strongly across all tax categories.
Pollina noted some areas where Utah can still improve, such as teacher compensation, incentives and college funding per-student.
“In Utah we are always working to improve,” said Sophia DiCaro, Interim Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.”
Fiber Project Improves Service in Little Cottonwood Canyon
Crown Castle, a wireless telecommunications infrastructure company, is in partnership with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to install a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) network on Route 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon to allow improved wireless, cellular, and E911 service. Construction is expected to finish this fall. The project will consist of installing 11 new antenna poles in UDOT’s right-of-way and the fiber optic cabling connecting the poles will be installed underground starting at the mouth of the canyon and terminating at Alta 1 Entry Number 2.
The DAS network will improve the full range of wireless services in the area, including voice quality, high speed data transmission, photo, video, audio, email, and web access offered by today’s latest, more sophisticated wireless devices like iPhones, Blackberrys, etc. Multiple cellular service providers will be able to utilize the network.
With this project, UDOT will increase its statewide fiber network by 9 miles and be able to monitor weather, roadway and traffic conditions within Little Cottonwood Canyon at virtually no incremental cost to Utah’s taxpayers.
- The antenna poles are 35 feet tall and will be painted brown. The pole boosts wireless services and will hold UDOT weather, traffic, avalanche equipment, etc. 12 new guardrail sections will also be installed along the highway as an added safety precaution.
- The “hub”, which holds the carrier’s equipment and fiber connections, will be built in the upper end of the canyon, near Alta.
- Construction on the road is scheduled to be complete this fall.
- Wireless services will be available by summer 2015, after the hub construction is complete.
- The system will allow the means for a service provider (CenturyLink, Verizon, AT&T, Syringa, etc.) to connect a new or existing service to the system. A computer or other device would benefit if connected through a wireless carrier’s mobile hotspot for better streaming. Crown Castle does not provide data service to residences or businesses.
Honnen Hosts Grand Opening
Honnen Equipment officially held its grand opening of its new facility at 1380 S. Distribution Drive in Salt Lake on September 18. The event had several items on tap, including an operator rodeo, equipment demonstrations with product specialists, maintenance and wear products, and raffle prizes.
Hughes General Contractors of Salt Lake built the 60,000 SF tilt-up concrete facility. (Pictured Honnen Equipment executives at the firm’s Open House Sept. 18 in Salt Lake City. (left to right) Dave Kolesky, Utah Senior Sales Manager; Mark Honnen, President; Shawn Walker, Utah Region Service Manager; Paul Rasmussen, Utah Region Parts Manager.)
Grand Opening Held for Ogden LDS Temple
Originally dedicated in 1972, the Ogden LDS Temple has been reconstructed and will be formally rededicated September 21.
Built by Big-D Construction and designed by Richardson Design Partnership, both of Salt Lake, the temple was unique in that it is not a ‘new’ project, but required the construction teams to get down to the building’s structure before beginning the rebuild.
“Substantially the core and foundation, and the basement footings, remained in tact,” said Alma Marcum, Big-D Project Manager. “We did add more footings and oversized columns in the central core area up through the third floor and added concrete and steel reinforcement to walls on the east and west walls tied into the center core via a drag strut reinforcement system. The project was unique in that we dismantled quite a bit of the building. It’s always more challenging and takes a little more time to get new properties dialed into design.”
The temple’s entire exterior has been reshaped with new stone and architectural glass, and the temple entrance was moved from the west side to the east side, where it faces Washington Boulevard. The renovation of the temple also includes reconfigured rooms and new energysaving electrical, heating, and plumbing systems. Other notable improvements include underground parking and a complete re-landscaping of the temple block and inclusion of a major water feature.
“The LDS Church opted to go with an aggressive design – they wanted to make this a destination temple,” said Otto Gehring, Principal with Richardson Design Partnership. “Structurally the building needed real help. The construction crew had to build new cages around existing concrete columns, dowel into them, build a sleeve and bore a concrete jacket around the existing column. They used some interesting coring techniques with thinner concrete pumped up from below to fill in all gaps.”
“It’s a challenge whenever you’re working with an existing structure,” said Dale Satterthwaite, Senior VP for Big-D. “Everybody had to put their heads together and work through the challenges. It was a very special project, and to those of us of faith, it means even more. When it comes to the level of finish and attention to detail, there is nothing that surpasses a temple. The Ogden Temple is one of the highest levels of detail I have seen.”
Kent F. Richards, Executive Director of the LDS Church’s Temple Department and a member of the Seventy, said “As with Solomon’s Temple, we used the finest materials throughout the building. Mahogany variety from Africa, marble quarried in Egypt and fabricated in China. We have gratitude for the design and construction workers and all who have helped put this together. When this temple was first built it was the 14th temple in the world. Now there are 14 functioning temples in Utah, with three others announced.”