The opening salvo of Crosby, Stills and Nash’s classic rock n’ roll song ‘Long Time Gone’ starts out “It’s been a Long…Time… Coming…”. As the debut issue of Utah Construction & Design has finally come to fruition, I’d have to echo that line in regards to this publication. It’s a project I’ve thought long and hard about for the past couple of years, and one I trust will be well-received by our readers.
It’s an honor and privilege to be back working in this capacity in Utah’s A/E/C industry. It’s an industry I’ve been fortunate to work in, in various positions, since 1996, and one I covered editorially for over six years. It’s an industry that in many ways is under appreciated by the general public, and one that certainly doesn’t get the comprehensive editorial coverage by other local publications that it deserves.
At Utah Construction & Design, our goal is simple: to be recognized as Utah’s “Voice” of the A/E/C industry by architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, public and private owners, and real estate developers in this state.
We know it’s a major undertaking, but with your timely input and consistent suggestions, we believe we’ll soon gain the credibility and readership that will benefit the entire industry.
A Long…Time…Coming is also appropriate in describing two major highway projects that were started in early 2010 and completed in December 2012 – I-15 Utah County Corridor (CORE), and Mountain View Corridor, each of which held ribbon-cutting ceremonies on the same day, December 15. Our coverage in this issue includes feature articles on each of these projects. I-15 CORE is one of the most revolutionary projects ever completed in the U.S. – it is the first billion dollar-plus project to be completed within three years, and included many significant innovations, including moving the 354- foot Sam White Bridge into place via self-propelled modular transports. It marks the largest two-span superstructure moved via SPMTs in the Western Hemisphere.
In each issue of Utah Construction & Design, we will spotlight a prominent public or private Utah owner; this time around we take a look at Cowboy Partners, a Salt Lake-based developer whose roots trace back to the days of Prowswood, a leading developer of multi-family developments since the early 1950s.
Finally, I’d like to pay my respects to V. Jay Wadman, founder of Ogden-based general contractor Wadman Corporation, who passed away January 5 at the age of 85. I had the privilege of interviewing Jay in 2000 and recall him as a very warm, hospitable man who exuded great pride in the company he founded in 1951.
I hope each of you will look at this publication as something that will be of great benefit to Utah’s A/E/C industry. Our focus, first and foremost, will be on Utah companies and projects based in the Beehive State. We will expand our coverage from time-to-time to include significant, unique regional projects being built or designed by Utah-based firms, but for the most part our focus will be on local projects.
We welcome your input and want to know what projects you’re working on, or what issues and trends are noteworthy or cutting-edge. We appreciate our current advertisers and those who have offered their support in behalf of our publication. Our goal is to be read – and appreciated – by all major decision-makers in this industry throughout the state. We hope you’ll help us out along the way.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions about our mission.
I can be reached at (801) 433- 7541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.