August 16, 2012 | Updated April 16, 2013
Layton Construction Co., Inc. has been selected as the contractor for the new $110 million, 2,500-seat Utah Performing Arts Center. The mega-theater will be designed by HKS Architects, in conjunction with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The announcement was made August 15, 2012 at noon on a busy sidewalk adjacent to the project site. Prior to the announcement, the audience of more than 200 were treated to a rendition of "The Wizard and I" by actress Carla Stickler of the Broadway musical "Wicked," which is currently performing its sold-out run in Salt Lake City.
The state-of-the-art theater will be located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City and will be designed to attract traveling Broadway musicals, in addition to providing an additional venue option for Utah's performing groups such as Ballet West and Utah Opera. Design of the theater is expected to take approximately a year. Once the design is finalized, a preliminary timeline has construction starting in December 2013 and the theater opening in March 2016.
"This will be something this community is proud of," David S. Layton, president and CEO of Layton Construction, said.
City leaders are touting the theater as a regional attraction and an important key to adding to the vibrancy of downtown Salt Lake. Construction of the center will help Utah's local economy by creating 1,600 - 4,000 jobs during construction and 115 permanent jobs once the theater is completed. Additionally, the theater will aid in patrons spending more money downtown in terms of entertainment, parking revenues and restaurant and retail sales.
Layton will hire local workers to build the theater and support the local economy.
"This community is in the midst of a renaissance...This is a significant time in the history of this city. And I think it's only fitting that the performing arts would not be left out of that renaissance," Layton said. "Historically we've been known as the crossroads of the West, and I believe the Utah Performing Arts Center will perpetuate the reason to come to this city and enjoy what's going on here."
Layton Construction Company was founded nearly 60 years ago by Alan W. Layton to provide commercial construction services along the Wasatch Front. The company has grown to become a national construction leader, providing construction management, general contracting and design-build construction services.
Layton Construction is a Utah-based company with a national presence, with current projects from Hawaii to Pennsylvania. In addition to its headquarters in Sandy, Layton has offices in Phoenix, Boise, Irvine, Koloa, Nashville and Orlando to serve targeted customers and geographic markets.
Layton's roots are firmly planted in Utah and its six decades worth of construction projects have touched virtually every Utahn. Layton has built athletic facilities including Rice-Eccles Stadium, LaVell Edwards Stadium and Rio Tinto Stadium; hospitals such as Primary Children's Medical Center and major expansions and renovations at University of Utah Hospital; class-A office parks like RiverPark Corporate Center in South Jordan; and convention and exposition facilities including the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy.
Selected as the builder of the Utah Performing Arts Center, Layton Construction is a seasoned constructor of performing arts centers and theaters, including the Mesa (Arizona) Arts Center, Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory at Westminster College, Dolores Dore Eccles Fine Arts Center at Dixie State College, George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Performing Arts Center at Snow College, Sandy Amphitheater, Utah Cultural Celebration Center and Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah. Layton was also a joint-venture partner in the construction of the 21,000-seat LDS Church Conference Center.
Layton is currently ranked as the Top Commercial Contractor in Utah on Engineering News-Record's Top 400 Contractors list, which is published annually.
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