Layton Construction Co, Inc. was named 2013 Contractor of the Year by the State of Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management (DFCM). The award is based upon the successful completion of construction projects awarded to Layton by DFCM, including the Veterans Administration (VA) Nursing Homes in Payson and Ivins, and the Spence and Cleone Eccles Football Center at the University of Utah.
“Layton provided excellent leadership over their design/build teams on each (VA) project. They provided value engineering that enabled us to meet a very tight budget. Without their teams’ efforts to provide a cost within the budget, we would have gone back to the bottom of the Federal VA waiting list and it would have been many years before we would be approved again,” said Jim Russell, state DFCM Construction Program Manager. “The projects were not only completed ahead of schedule, they also passed a week-long complicated Federal VA inspection process the first time. There has only been one other new facility (in the United States) to pass the first time, and both (Utah) facilities passed the first time.”
Dave McKay, DFCM Construction Program Manager, commenting on the University of Utah
Football Center, said, “The Layton team worked tirelessly to complete the project on time, even with surprises that could have delayed completion or raised costs. They kept daily communication open with the football representatives, and a host of specialists like commissioning, branding, nutrition, AV/IT, and facilities management staff. The design/build team re-designed original work to achieve the football program’s goals even though they could have justified adding significant charges to their fees. The Layton team went out of their way to visit other Pac-12 facilities bringing a wealth of experience to the project, yet they remained flexible and adaptive to the needs and circumstances presented by the existing facilities and site.”
Layton recognizes and applauds its design/build partnerships with Beecher Walker Architects on the VA Centers and VCBO Architects on the Utah Football Center.
The award was presented by DFCM division director P. Joshua Haines at the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Utah Annual Awards Meeting on January 25, 2014.