Published on January 12th, 2016 | by UC&D Magazine
UC&D 2015 Outstanding Small Sports/Recreation Project
Utah Olympic Park Ski Jump
Owner: Utah Olympic Park
Architect: Elliot Workgroup Architecture
General Contractor: Jacobsen Construction
Structural Engineer: BHB Structural Engineers
Civil Engineer: Alliance Engineering, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Van Boerum & Frank Associates
Mechanical Engineer: Van Boerum & Frank Associates
Electrical Contractor: Hunt Electric
After more than two decades of use, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation decided to replace existing warped wooden ski ramps and staircases at Utah Olympic Park. The construction team removed four existing jumps and replaced them with seven steel jumps, something that had never been done before. Crews also replaced existing wooden stairs with a safer concrete staircase, expanded the existing pool, and retreaded the hillside to allow for training in new events.
The new seven jumps include two singles with hydraulic kickers that lower or raise the jumps according to an athlete’s specific level of training. One double and one triple jump are also part of the new facility. The jumps also offer three surfaces, which better mimic an actual snow surface.
Crews had to deal with slopes of more than 40 percent and constructed 215 concrete footings and piers. The structure was built to tolerances of less the five-twenty-thirds of an inch.