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Layton has had a measurable impact on Boise. Landmark projects include our first project, a new RC Willey home furnishings store in 1998, followed by a new terminal at Boise airport in 1999 (and a new tower a few years later). We brought another major retailer to Boise with the addition of Cabela's in 2006, followed by the Stueckle Sky Center in 2008. Layton expanded new car buying options for residents with the addition of new Larry H. Miller dealerships in 2015, and in 2017, we completed work on the new St. Alphonsus Medical Center. In 2018, Layton continues to build its relationship with the Strider Group and its warehouse and office projects, along with starting construction on the massive St. Luke’s Downtown Capital Improvement Program.

Layton Continues to Make its Mark in Boise

By Nicole Martin
Public Relations Manager

Boise is booming. Though it is probably not a surprise to residents, Forbes magazine recently confirmed it, naming Boise the fastest-growing city in the country.

Layton built the new terminal at Boise Airport in 1999 as well as the new air traffic control tower years later, above. Layton also built the Stueckle Sky Center at Boise State University’s football stadium, below.

While some construction companies have moved in to take advantage of Boise’s growth potential, Layton Construction planted deep roots 20 years ago and is proud to be a permanent piece of the community fabric, having built many of the iconic buildings for which the city is known and recognized.

When Layton employees came to Boise to work on the RC Willey building in 1998, they felt an instant sense of home that made them want to stay after the job ended.

“For us, constructing this community goes well beyond being a ‘job.’ It means improving quality of life,” said Jeff Miller, vice president. “Quite literally, we are constructing the buildings where people will be making memories, and we take that responsibility seriously,”

In the early 2000s, Boise visionaries knew an airport expansion was necessary to keep up with growth. It was Layton Construction who was trusted with building the new terminal and creating a showpiece that would leave an indelible “first impression” for visitors to the Gem State’s capital city.

These two high-profile jobs were quickly followed by the construction of many other iconic structures throughout Boise and surrounding communities, including the Stueckle Sky Center at Albertsons Stadium for the Boise State Broncos, Cabela’s, Simplot World Headquarters concrete, Larry H. Miller auto dealerships and the Boise Air Traffic Control Tower — at the time hailed as the tallest structure in Idaho, figuratively and literally raising Layton Construction’s presence in the Boise area.

“There can be no question that our company growth has relied heavily on the skills, capabilities and the trust-worthiness of Layton, and we would not be where we are without them.”

Scott Thomson, Strider Group

Jeff attributes Layton Construction’s long-lasting success in Boise to shared values. “We are a family-owned company built on strong work ethics, quality, predictable outcomes and integrity — all values shared and appreciated by Boise residents. We don’t just do work, we build lasting relationships.”

This dedication to relationship-building is shown by the large number of repeat clients, of which Strider Group is one, having partnered with Layton Construction on over $30 million in construction projects in the past two years.

Scott Thomson, managing director of Strider Group, adamantly states that their growth as a company is directly attributable to their decision to work with Layton. “There can be no question that our company growth has relied heavily on the skills, capabilities and the trust-worthiness of Layton, and we would not be where we are without them.”

“In every single interaction with Layton, I’ve always felt the goal was to further our relationship,” Scott said. “It’s not the typical back-and-forth of nickel-and-diming or change orders for the sake of additional profit, or a mentality of us vs. them.”

As a top-50 national general contractor, Layton Construction’s goal is to offer the best of both worlds to their clients by using their vast resources to increase efficiencies, lower costs and provide expertise, all while never losing sight of the importance of caring about the bricks-and-mortar legacy we build for this community.

“So many of our employees are lifelong residents of Boise, and we take pride in building our city,” Jeff said. “We find joy in seeing fans entertained at the Stueckle Center, in hearing of people healed at St. Alphonsus Medical Center, in watching business travelers and tourists arrive and depart from the airport, in creating jobs within communities and in providing shopping therapy on the weekend.”

“We love to build in Boise because we know we can make a difference.”

D’Neill and Jeremy Hobbs visit her doctor at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa, where Layton vice president Jeremy had been a construction manager and D’Neill was a patient.

If our walls could talk, this is the story they’d tell …

Hospital He Built Saved his Wife

Jeremy Hobbs returns to St. Alphonsus, not as CM, but as husband of stroke victim

By Nicole Martin
Public Relations Manager

March 25, 2018 started like any other day in the Hobbs household. The frantic hustle to gather all of the children had calmed, as all were attending their respective church classes. D’Neill was doing what she loved best, leading the music for the primary kids and enjoying their enthusiastic singing.

D’Neill became dizzy, sat down and quickly became unconscious. Luckily, there were health professionals close by who quickly offered aid until the paramedics could arrive.

When D’Neill’s husband, Jeremy, was given a choice where to take his wife, it was a quick decision: St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa.

As fate would have it, Jeremy had spent two years as the construction manager building St. Alphonsus, and he knew the doctors and staff. He had ensured state-of-the-art equipment was installed and he knew, had made sure, this hospital could offer the best care to the community.

Still, he could have never known that within months of completion, he would be taking his seemingly-healthy 41-year-old wife there as she fought for her life with an undetermined ailment.

It was eventually determined that D’Neill had suffered a stroke, with the cause still unknown. With the relief of knowing that she would survive the scare, D’Neill and her family began the challenging road to recovery. There were the lows of having to learn basic skills all over again, the frustration of struggling with once-easy tasks, the fear of realizing one’s mortality. But with the lows came highs of having a daughter use her nursing experience to care for her mom, the family all pulling together to accomplish the “mom things,” the heightened love everyone felt for each other.

The Hobbs look back on this experience as “the best thing they never want to go through again.” Looking at family pictures, Jeremy and D’Neill teared up and expressed gratitude for the outcome. Nearly four months later, the Hobbs got to see the doctor who helped save D’Neill’s life, with D’Neill meeting him for the first time.

After sharing an emotional first hug, patient and doctor conversed about D’Neill’s admittance to the emergency room, the uncertainty of her condition or the cause. D’Neill heard of the efforts to save her for the first time. Everyone felt immense gratitude and happiness in being able to celebrate this bright spot, especially since the hospital staff know it’s so often not a happy ending.

Inevitably, thoughts turned to the future. D’Neill summed it up best when she said, “I appreciate life more, and live it more fully and gratefully. It’s a richer, more meaningful life now. That’s a gift. Bringing that back to my family is an even greater gift.

As Jeremy and D’Neill held hands and enjoyed the walk out of St. Alphonsus, D’Neill showed almost no visible signs of her stroke. They walked into St. Alphonsus Medical Center on the worst day of their lives, and they walked out as a stronger family, with an inspirational story to share with all.

Constructing the building where that good memory took place is the “why” behind what we do. We build for the community because we know if our walls could talk, these are the kinds of stories we want them to tell.

Top row: Tristen Leberknight, Garrett Mantz, Conner Burke, Spencer Smith, Braden Wall
Middle row: Malyn Dickson, Devin Campbell
Bottom row: William Summers, Logan Kimball, Kevin Cruz, Taylor Pitman, Trace Houston.

What's the Best Part of a Layton Internship?

Taylor Pitman, University of Florida, Vanderbilt University project, Nashville office

It’s hard to narrow down one single part because in my opinion the entire experience is the best. We (interns) have an opportunity to jumpstart our career outside of the classroom, which is the most difficult learning curve. Something that I have noticed within Layton, that I didn’t feel at previous companies, is the sense of family and unity; that is rare within a company this size, or even smaller. To have those ties within the workplace is very important to the outcome you have on the site, and that relationship is further carried to be formed with the client. This is one of the reasons that Layton is so successful; they put their employees and clients first. That is how you build and grow a company to thrive the way we are; connections formed within your team will extend to the community you are building for, and that is how Layton leaves its mark. For an intern who has only been here a few months, I feel very much a part of Layton and the community within! I cannot thank each of you enough for showing me that work is not just a job.

Devin Campbell, THE University of Louisiana in Monroe (ULM), Methodist Stone Oak Hospital, San Antonio, Texas

It’s hard to say what has been the best part of this experience so far. Honestly, everything has exceeded my expectations. The entire Layton Family here on the Methodist Stone Oak Hospital Project in San Antonio has gone above and beyond to make us feel welcome. From the lengths they go to provide proper training, to just being enjoyable people to be around, it has been an incredible experience. I have learned so much and made some friends that I hope to work with on down the road. I am so grateful for this opportunity with this company.

Malyn Dickson, Utah State University, Dunn Edwards Thomas Rd, Sprouts Headquarters Expansion TI preconstruction, Phoenix office

The best part of my internship has been learning the entire construction process, including preconstruction, business development, being out in the field and then finishing up with the closeout of the project. It has been interesting learning everyone’s role in the process and how important each role is. Layton is a great place to work, I feel very lucky to have this experience and to work with the people in the Phoenix office!

Kevin Cruz, California State University of Long Beach Valley, Presbyterian Hospital ED Remodel in Van Nuys CA.

The best part of my Layton internship is the experience of being on site and being able to work directly under the superintendent and project manager. It has cleared up a lot of questions like what I can expect after I graduate and what career path I would want to pursue.

Braden Wall, UVU, Sierra Vista Replacement Hospital project, Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; Utah office

There are many great things about being an intern with Layton, but I would have to say that my favorite is being treated more like an employee than an intern. For me this shows the company putting its trust in me and pushes me to do my very best every day. It also provides more of a real world experience to help bridge the gap between classroom and career.

Spencer Smith, Brigham Young University, Brigham City Community Hospital project, Utah

My favorite part of the internship so far has got to be the people I get to work with on my project team as well as the upper management here in HCG. They expect a lot, but it helps elevate performance and they set you up to succeed and learn the ropes as best as you can.

Logan Kimball, Brigham Young University, BIM
The best part about this internship thus far would have to be the relationships I have made.

Tristen Leberknight, University of Utah, Rapid City Regional Health Advanced Orthopedic Hospital and Sports Performance Institute, South Dakota

The best part of my internship is being in the field every day and being able to help with the flow of work in the building. 

Trace Houston; University of Louisiana in Monroe (ULM), Methodist Stone Oak Hospital Project in San Antonio, Texas

The best part of my internship, without question, is the people. Each member of this team has played a critical role in my growth since I’ve been here. No matter how busy they are, they always find time to guide me.

Garrett Mantz, Utah Valley University, HCA Sunrise Hospital Emergency Department and Patient Tower Addition,Central Plant Upgrades and Interior Renovation, Las Vegas, Nevada

The best part of my internship is seeing amazing projects come together and working with some incredible individuals. The two teams here at the Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas help me learn not only the process of work, but also the bigger picture of getting the job done right. I owe it to them and Layton for an amazing experience.


Westdrift Earns Accolades in Highly Competitive ENR Region

The Westdrift Manhattan Beach project has won an Award of Merit in the Renovation/Restoration category of ENR California's 2018 'Best Projects' competition.

ENR judges reviewed more than 100 projects throughout California and Hawaii. Projects were evaluated on the ability of the project team to overcome challenges, contribution to the industry and community, safety and construction and design quality.

The Westdrift, tucked away in the South Bay city of Manhattan Beach, California, is a boutique hideaway on 26 acres, with a 9-hole golf course and located just a few miles from the beach.

Some of the extensive work featured in the project included the removal of the cast-in-place main lobby staircase, complete demolition of the hotel’s restaurant, demolition of three ballrooms as well as removal of the lobby and guest arrival facades.

A new entrance was also built and includes a custom designed porte-cochere, infill of the lobby deck for a new reception area, indoor/outdoor balcony space within the existing shell, a new three-meal service main kitchen, and the revitalization of all public service areas including the ballrooms and meeting rooms.


Take a Tour of Emergency Department and Lobby of NAMC

After 20 months of construction, North Alabama Medical Center in Florence, Alabama, is less than 5 months away from welcoming patients. Take a tour of the 485,000-square-foot hospital’s lobby and emergency department in the video below.


Layton executives speak directly to company employees in a new video highlighting Layton’s two operating statements. The video will be presented in SBU retreats and department meetings later this year. Pictured are Executive Committee members David S. Layton, president and CEO, Craig Tingey, vice president and chief human resources officer, Paul Drecksel, vice president and Dallis Christensen, chief financial officer; and Alan S. Layton, chairman of the board.

Great Expectations

Company emphasizes Layton’s guiding principles with relaunch of 2 operating statements

Sixty-five years ago, with just a dream and a desire, Alan W. Layton started Layton Construction. He hired a few good men, and embarked on a journey to build quality buildings, and along the way, develop a reputation that would continue to grow the company.

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In that first year, Layton completed $53,000 in construction. From that humble beginning, Layton grew to more than $1.4 billion completed nationwide in 2017.

“The formula for Layton’s remarkable growth and ongoing success is same as it was in 1953 – living the values of honesty, safety, unity and quality,” said David S. Layton, president and CEO. “It is from this foundation that we always have and will continue to deliver predictable and positive outcomes.”

“Our employees are our lifeblood,” said Craig Tingey, vice president and chief human resources officer. “We want each employee to know what is expected – then using their own distinct skills and personalities – to predictably deliver results consistent with these values.”

“That is why we are re-launching Layton’s two operating statements: The Layton Way: Delivering Predictable Outcomes and Our Values: Constructing With Integrity.” Layton is asking all employees to read these documents and be prepared to discuss them during upcoming SBU retreats and in other meetings as directed by SBU and functional leaders.

“These are not just words. This is our culture.”

David S. Layton

The operating statements are the culmination of more than a year’s worth of work by Layton’s executive committee, comprising David, Craig, Dallis Christensen, chief financial officer, and Paul Drecksel, vice president. Many other SBU leaders and executives also contributed to these documents. With the addition of many new professionals to Layton’s national workforce, the executive committee felt it was important to reiterate Layton’s bedrock operating principles and values and ask employees to embrace them.

“We can’t possibly train you for every situation and circumstance you’ll encounter,” David said. “It’s up to you to internalize these principles and put them into practice. Whenever you consider how to deal with a new situation, ask yourself these questions:

‘Is it honest?’
‘Is it safe?’
‘Does it build unity among my team and in the company?’
‘Does it meet Layton’s standard of quality?’

“These are not just words. This is our culture,” David said. “It is what sets us apart from our competitors. It is the way we choose to do business—The Layton Way.”

Alan Rindlisbacher, right, spent about 22 hours riding the New York subways in May with son Braden, grandson, Austin and son, Alex. Why? Why not?!

3 generations of Rindlisbachers set out to ride every line on the New York subway over 1 wild weekend

By Alan Rindlisbacher
Director of Corporate Communications

I am a road warrior. I find great delight in watching out the windshield, seeing the wonders of the world as miles fly by. I’ve driven the Pacific Coast from the Peruvian border to Santiago, Chile, a trip of some 1,300 miles. A Great Lakes grand circle adventure tour took me and my family some 2,500 miles through Ohio, Michigan, the province of Ontario, Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and back to Ohio again. Another time, to kick off the summer tourist season in Utah, the Utah Travel Council followed the antics of me and four of my friends as we embarked on a road trip to visit every county in the state of Utah in one day. Some said it couldn’t be done. We proved them wrong: 1,350 miles and 22 hours and 27 minutes later, we claimed victory. The other four friends? After having spent those hours cooped in the same vehicle without a break, we haven’t talked since.

What’s next? I have an affinity for New York City, having lived there for a time many years ago. About five years ago, while riding the New York subway with my family, and navigating the subway map to get to our next stop, I thought, let’s ride every subway line in the New York City Transit Authority system. Some would say, “Why?” I say, “Why not!”

The intrepid Rindlisbachers set out to ride ride every subway line in the New York City Transit Authority system, composed of 472 stations on 245 miles of routes.

The riders took a break from the trains to enjoy the crowds at Times Square.

On a three-day weekend in early May, the feat was accomplished. We selected dates to avoid dealing with the biting cold of a New York winter, or the sweltering heat of a New York summer, when the smells of urine in the depths of the subway system are intensified.

My travel partners included my two sons and a nine-year-old grandson. The logistics of travel included three of us arriving from Salt Lake City at LaGuardia Airport, and the son from San Francisco, whose flight took him to Kennedy Airport. From the two airports, we found our way to meet at the Archer Avenue/Sutphin Boulevard station on the “E” Line. That alone was a feat, to find each other at one of 472 stations on 25 different lines in the system, among more than 20,000 people that pass through the Archer/Sutphin station each day.

“We estimate having covered about 375 miles of track in about 22 hours of actual train time.”

The journey began, as we headed to Far Rockaway, south of J.F. Kennedy Airport, one of the most distant reaches in the system. While at one of the Rockaway Beach stops, it was lunch time. We had not eaten since our red-eye journey from the west, stopping for a sandwich at Subway, of course!

To check off all of the lines often meant back tracking or circling back to the same central stations. We became quite familiar with places like Broadway Junction in Brooklyn, which links A, C, J, L and Z lines. To cover the vast expanses of the borough of Brooklyn, we passed through the Coney Island station at least four times, to check off B, D, F, N, Q and R lines. While at Coney Island, we stopped to have a Nathan’s hot dog, made infamous by Joey Chestnut’s hot dog eating supremacy (74 dogs, July 4, 2018). After a full-day of riding the rails, we found ourselves at the Times Square station, where the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S and W lines converge, seeing 175,000 riders a day. We exited the turnstiles and climbed the stairs from the system at the peak of rush hour to stand in Times Square among the throngs of city workers and tourists.

Forty percent of the subway system is above ground, so we saw many sights of the city, including diverse neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx, from tightly placed single family residences to wall-to-wall multi-story apartment buildings almost as far as the eye could see, as well as many views from many places of the Manhattan skyline. Early Saturday afternoon, as the “D” line pulled up to the 161 St/Yankee Stadium station, crowds were everywhere. Coincidentally (or not!), we got off to take a break and enjoyed a little major league baseball game between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. But the entertainment break cost us precious subway time. About 5:00 p.m., we were back on the train to continue checking off the lines on the subway map. We spent the evening on lines in The Bronx and Manhattan before calling it a day at about 1:00 a.m.

Sunday found us scrambling to wrap up lines in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn, as we watched the clock closely for the ride back to JFK for flights home. Take a cab? No, ride the subway!

Yes, we saw a rat scurrying along the tracks. Yes, for three days, we were in subway cars literally shoulder to shoulder with a sea of humanity representing so many facets of life. We estimate having covered about 375 miles of track in about 22 hours of actual train time. Due to construction closures on some lines, and just running out of time, convinced that we did not want to miss our flights home, we left about 10% of the system unridden. But we did pass through most of the 472 stations on 245 miles of routes. Looks like we’ll have to go back sometime to finish the adventure. Why? Because you can.

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Southern California

Standard Portfolios Twelve Oaks Winery and Resort ($150M)
Huntington Hotel Group Element Hotel – Irvine ($22M)
Mingei Museum Renovation ($25M)
United American Properties Home2Suites Hotel Downtown Los Angeles ($25M)


FBI Regional Field Office, Denver, CO
$2 million
Start date: August 2018
Exterior renovation replacing over 200 glass panels in the Denver FBI field office.

Thompson Hotel, Denver, Co
Start date: September/October 2018
Finish date:  December 2019
190,000 square feet
Thompson Hotel is a 217-key boutique hotel for T2 Hospitality located in Denver, Colorado.  This 190,000-square-foot project features 11 stories above-grade and one below-grade, and is situated on one-half acre in the heart of downtown Denver on the corner of 16th and Market. Pre-construction is set to begin immediately.


Layton Gets Another Top 5 Ranking in Hawaii

Layton Construction has been ranked Hawaii’s #4 contractor in the July issue of Building Industry Hawaii. Layton also picked up a #4 ranking in a recent edition of Pacific Business News.

“Shooting up four spots from No. 8 to No. 4, Layton Construction Co. LLC saw revenues increase by more than $33 million in 2017,” the magazine says. “Projects completed in 2017 include Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach, The Point at Poipu, Kainani Villas and Embassy Suites by Hilton Oahu Kapolei. 2017 also saw Layton honored for its work on the Kapiolani Medical Center Diamond Head Tower. The project received both the General Contractors Association of Hawaii’s 2017 Build Hawaii Grand Award and the NAIOP Kukulu Hale Non-profit Project of the Year award.”

“Layton has a rich tradition of building in the public sector,” says Tyler Dillon, executive vice president. “We’ve built everything from local schools to office buildings and recreation centers to sewer treatment facilities. It’s rewarding to complete projects for our public sector partners and we work hard to give them the very best product at a budget that’s watched so closely by their constituents.”

Will Summerhays, executive vice president, sees potential for growth in some sectors and a slowing down in others. “We’re seeing growth in hospitality rebranding and renovation, along with popularity in multi-family housing, and we expect that growth to continue through 2018 and 2019,” he says.

Layton project manager Jennifer Sakaba is also featured in the magazine's women building Hawaii story.

The July 2018 issue of Building Industry Hawaii ranks Layton Construction as the 4th largest general contractor in Hawaii


Layton Exceeding Safety Improvement Objectives for 2018

By Hendrik van Brenk, C.S.P., LEED AP
Vice President, Environmental Safety and Health

I am pleased to report that for the first half of 2018, safety performance for Layton Construction is well below the aggressive targets set for this year. Our total recordable incident rate is 1.85 (target <2.25) and our lost time accident rate is 0.39 (target < 0.50).  It is important to note that our target values represent a 20% reduction over 2017 actual!  Among the factors that account for our success is leading indicator participation at an all-time high of 68% which demonstrates ongoing engagement with our craft.  We have also strengthened our corrective action plan (CAP) process such that our expectations are clearly defined and measured.

See all the Layton projects without recordable incidents in “Safety Superstar” story below

As we continue to focus on core safety processes, our efforts and commitment continues to deliver the predictable outcome of improved safety performance.  Although we have exceeded our targets for 2018 through June, our aspiration continues to be zero.


Layton Breaks Ground on Industrial Spec Building in Idaho

Construction is now underway on the Skyway Building, a 60,000-square-foot tilt-up concrete industrial spec building, in Caldwell, Idaho. Skyway is the 10th Layton-built project for Idaho-based Strider Group since 2015 and is set to finish late this year.

Retiring Director of Environmental Safety and Health Chris Bardin said working at Layton has been a great experience." He's looking forward to "spending most of my time with my bride of 38 years" Jill (below) and scheduling time around the lives of their grandchildren.

So Long, Cowboy

After 17 years, Chris Bardin retires as Layton's Safety Director

Chris Bardin easily summed up his 17 years at Layton.

“This company has been a blessing in our lives and the lives of so many people.”

“Jill and I have never had a bucket list, but we’ve always had a blessings bucket. And it was always overflowing as God blessed us through this company.”

The feeling is certainly mutual.

 “We’ll never know the full impact of what Chris achieved, because we can’t measure the incidents that didn’t happen because of his influence,” said Layton President and CEO Dave Layton, as he spoke at Chris’s retirement celebration on June 27.

On behalf of the company and his brother, former CEO Alan S. Layton, Dave praised Chris for elevating Layton’s safety standards and culture.

Chris credits Dave with supporting and pushing for safety as Layton’s top priority. One example was allowing Chris to join a peer group of safety leaders from 25 of the top general contractors in the nation to help better understand best practices for elevating its safety practices. “It was a game changer,” Chris said of the exchange of ideas with other safety officers, and added: “Most of top competitors couldn’t believe the support we had from the Layton company leadership. Some of them are still a little envious.”

After all those years as Director of Environmental Safety and Health, Chris says Layton is embedded in his DNA. “All of the projects are great – when they’re finished. But I don’t really remember the projects. It’s the people and the relationships that stay with you.”

“The families in this company that have allowed me to get to know their families, I just cherish that,” Chris said.

“The yearly Safety Calendars allowed me to go into a lot of homes and meet the kids. Then those same kids would come through at Halloween and remember me. Then in subsequent years, they would come back and remember me because I always encouraged them to take two fistfuls of candy.”

“It is really fun to see how much he enjoys people and how much he cares about the kids," said Heather Densley, Layton Safety Administrative Specialist, of Chris Bardin's personal visits to the young artists whose artwork is featured in Layton's annual Safety Calendar.

Safety Administrative Specialist Heather Densley echoed Chris’s statements about the Safety Calendars. “One of my favorite times of year is when the Safety Calendar comes out, because Chris likes to notify and deliver the prizes to the top three winners. It is really fun to see how much he enjoys people and how much he cares about the kids. He asks them all sorts of questions, what they are doing in school, what they like to do, why they drew the picture they did and how things like being safe everywhere is important.”

“Last year when we delivered the prizes, there were some siblings, and at least one neighbor friend. When it was time to take the picture, Chris was surrounded by children, and he was smiling and laughing. It was a lot of fun to see that,” Heather said.

Chris reminisced about a trip he made early on, with Dave Layton and his father and company founder, Alan W. Layton. “It’s always been a favorite memory of mine, just watching father-son, new CEO-past CEO discussions. Plus, it was my first time on a corporate jet.”

Dave Layton poses with Chris and Jill Bardin at Chris's retirement celebration on June 27. Dave thanked Chris for elevating Layton's safety processes and culture.

Chris also spoke about getting to know Dave and Julie Layton. “Dave and Julie extended an invitation to Jill and me to go to a grand opening of a hospital in Texas. It was fun just getting to know them on a personal level. We had some great laughs.”

“I don’t know if it was a blessing, but I appreciate Paige Pryor getting me to join the running team for Ragnar one year. When you spend 24 hours in a van with someone, you get to know them. I enjoyed that weekend for sure. I also won’t ever do it again.”

Any ongoing concerns for safety in construction?

“Owners always seem to want more done with fewer people,” Chris said. Even though Layton and other companies continue to deliver on virtually impossible deadlines, Chris says someday that may implode if owners don’t realize the importance of having enough time and enough people to do the job safely.

It’s also critical to realize the impact of compressed schedules on the lives of the men and women in the field. “When their ‘give-a-damn’ meter gets turned down pretty low it doesn’t matter what our processes are,” Chris said, stressing the importance of work-life balance. He says Layton does a good job with its own employees, but the industry as a whole still has a long way to go.

For those and other challenges, Chris says Layton is in good hands going forward. “The addition of Van (Vice President of Environmental Safety and Health Hendrik van Brenk) is incredible. Van’s a powerhouse and he’s going to take us to the top.”


Learning CPR at Layton Helped Michelle Patey Save Her Husband's Life

One of Utah major newspapers recently highlighted the life-saving actions of Layton Project Assistant Michelle Patey. Michelle had learned CPR at Layton and ended up using those skills to save her husband's life.

Several months ago Michelle woke in the middle of the night to the sound of her husband Robert snoring — something he doesn't typically do. As The Deseret News recounted the story, “She tried to wake him, but he didn't respond. Shaking him and yelling, she still couldn't get him to wake up. ‘His eyes rolled to the back of his head,’ she said. She realized he wasn't breathing and called 911. The dispatcher told her to roll him off the bed, which she did, and then began administering CPR. Michelle performed nine straight minutes of CPR on her husband before the emergency responders arrived, and she said those minutes ‘felt like an eternity.’ She broke one of his ribs in the process.”

According to the newspaper, once a person stops breathing, it can take as little as six minutes for brain damage to occur and 10 minutes without oxygen for a person to die, according to the National CPR Foundation. Michelle couldn't wait for the emergency responders and had to literally take matters into her own hands.

Robert said he hopes more employers will offer CPR training to their employees.

Read the full story in The Deseret News

Layton Says Thank You, Bon Voyage with ‘Gratitude Getaways’

Layton Sr. Superintendent Charlie Goggin and his wife, Penny, enjoy a Caribbean cruise as part of Layton's Gratitude Giveaways program for field personnel.

Twenty years ago, Layton Construction began a policy of thanking superintendents and field employees with what were known as “Safety Cruises”. Fast forward to today and we are excited to announce our enhanced program, Gratitude Getaways, which continues in the spirit of gratitude to these employees, while expanding the offer with features based on feedback we’ve received, ultimately making this unique industry benefit even more rewarding.

Gratitude Getaways program

  • NEW!  Eligible employees are now given more choice with either a cruise or an all-inclusive resort experience;
  • NEW! While previously the length of the vacation differed depending on years of service, all of our Gratitude Getaways are now 7 days/6 nights for all eligible employees achieving service milestones of 5, 10, 15, 20, and continuing every five years of employment;
  • Open to all superintendents and field employees employed for five years or more as a reward for the challenging, on-demand nature of their jobs;
  • Gratitude Getaways times are pre-booked, with all eligible employees needing to travel during the established time, or take advantage of the cash-out option;
  • To ensure a level of consistency while providing new travel experiences for those earning multiple Gratitude Getaways, travel locations will remain the same, whenever possible, for five years and will then be changed to new locations;
  • Current Gratitude Getaways are either a 7-day cruise to the Western Caribbean or 7 nights at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico;
  • A cash-out option is available for those not wishing to travel;
  • Upon approval, earned getaways can be rolled over to the next year due to extenuating circumstances;
  • Required taxes can be paid on a payment schedule to reduce the financial burden

Ashley Hill, senior HR business partner with Layton Construction, is excited with the additions in this already popular perk. “The on-demand nature of the job of our superintendents and field employees often takes them away from their families if/when the project demands it,” said Hill. “By rebranding this program and making changes based on employee feedback, such as offering more choice in where or if you travel, we have created a benefit that better meets the needs of all.”

We appreciate the service given by all of our employees and we recognize the sacrifice their families make on behalf of their employment. We consider each and every one of you part of our Layton family and we become stronger when we work to improve our employee’s lives and strengthen their families. This program is all about expressing gratitude for the superior service you perform day in and day out, displaying “The Layton Way” in all you do.

Strengthening Families
Two years ago, Layton Sr. Superintendent Charlie Goggin’s wife, Penny, was diagnosed with lung cancer, ultimately resulting in the removal of one of her lungs. Having both faced an uncertain future, they could not have been more grateful for the seven days they got to spend together on Layton Construction’s Royal Caribbean cruise of the Western Caribbean.

“Without a doubt, we would never have had this travel opportunity if not for this reward program by Layton,” said Charlie. “While I suppose I wouldn’t work for a company just because they offered a cruise, I definitely stayed with Layton because they show they truly care about employees and their families. From Dave Layton calling the night before my wife’s surgery to giving she and I an adventure that cancer most certainly would have taken away from us—those are the actions that prove I am much more than an employee here.”

Due to Penny’s limited mobility, she required a scooter to get around. And while she was able to go on the excursions, Charlie’s fondest memories are reserved for those private, shared moments they had on the ship together, watching the ocean go by as they talked and planned their future together.

The benefit of our Gratitude Getaways is best expressed by Charlie who said it was quite a morale boost to realize Layton cares enough to create lifelong memories for families.

We thank all of our employees for their dedicated service to Layton Construction, with our expanded Gratitude Getaways being just one of those ways we hope you feel our appreciation.

Please contact Ashley Hill with any questions at (801) 563-3590 or at


Congratulations to Winners of Hawaii’s Da Kine award!

Two Layton employees in Hawaii have been named Best in Class winners of the SBU's monthly Da Kine award. “Da kine” (rhymes with pine) is a Hawaiian Pidgin expression that is often associated with something good.

Nominee: Grace Yee, Project Assistant
Nominator: Jef Johnson, Construction Manager
“Recently Grace came upon videos of a high rescue of two men hanging from a failed swing stage. Recognizing the Ae'o project is using six swing stages, she brought the rescue to our attention. From there, this spurred discussions regarding the adaptation of our high rescue gear and team to conform to the various swing stages on our project. Thank you, Grace, for your observation and initiative to improve the high rescue safety plan!”

Nominee: Ashley Quinn, Assistant Project Manager
Nominator: Damon Owens, Sr. Project Manager
“Ashley has worked really hard and is performing tasks above her title, proving to be reliable by delivering predictable outcomes and growing our relationship with Howard Hughes. The event that stands out as to how she has demonstrated these traits is the pay application review meeting yesterday with Howard Hughes. She came prepared and was able to answer every question. The client eventually stopped asking questions after it became clear to them that she had reviewed and knew every line item in the pay app. Great job, Ashley!”

Congratulations to Melissa Humphrey and Bert Stephens, who were also nominated for this month's Da Kine Award!


Layton Celebrates 65th Birthday with Breakfast Bash

Tuesday at Layton's Utah campus, we celebrated 65 years with a breakfast bash attended by several hundred of our best friends, customers, subcontractors, suppliers and employees.

We looked to the past and the fledgling company started by Alan W. Layton that did $53,000 in business that first year.

We looked at the present, recognizing our role as one of the top 50 builders in the nation.

We looked to the future and what the next 65 years has in store. We are grateful for the good wishes and great work of our employees over the past 65 years.

Work Begins on Mayers Memorial Hospital Expansion

Dirt’s been turned on the Mayers Memorial Hospital expansion in Fall River Mills, California.

Construction will add a new 10,000-square-foot wing to the existing hospital, expanding and modernizing the facility with a new emergency room, imaging and lab space, as well as centralized administration and check-in locations. Layton will also perform seismic upgrades, installing a seismic separation to isolate the existing facility from an older attached section built in the 1950s.

Mercedes-Benz Dealership Opens in Utah

Larry H. Miller Dealerships cut the ribbon this month on Mercedes-Benz of Draper in Draper, Utah. Layton built the 45,000-square-foot building on the same campus as a new Layton-built Ford dealership and Prestige Financial office building.

The sleek AutoHaus2-designed Mercedes-Benz showroom is reminiscent of a precisely engineered machine, featuring automotive-grade finished steel columns, exposed steel structure, a full-height window wall, silver metal roof canopy and stainless steel accents throughout. The showroom houses a customer lounge, and the 22-bay service area is fully-enclosed for customer comfort.

“We’re thrilled for our customers to experience our new state-of-the-art dealership,” said Ray Gunn, general manager. “From the beautiful design of the building, to the customer lounge, large private offices for customers to complete their vehicle purchase, and additional service bays, we look forward to continuing to deliver the same outstanding experience to which our customers have become accustomed.”

Draper Recreation Center Breaks Ground

Ground broke last week on the new 60,000-square-foot Draper Recreation Center in Draper, Utah. The facility, designed by Architectural Nexus, will feature an eight-lane competition lap pool, leisure pool with water slide and play amenities, a sports court, dance room, fitness area and more. The center is set to be LEED Gold certified and construction will finish in 18 months.

CenterCal Mountain View Village Opens

CenterCal Properties held a grand opening and sculpture unveiling on June 15 for its newest mixed-use project, Mountain View Village, in Riverton, Utah. “Mountain View Village offers a beautiful and safe public meeting area, which is so important to the framework of a vibrant community,” said Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs. “As Riverton continues to grow, it’s important to have developments like Mountain View Village to bring our community together. We now look forward to the completion of the next phase of this project.”

The newest addition to CenterCal’s 19 unique properties across five states — which include Station Park in Farmington and Layton-built Canyon Corners in Park City — Mountain View Village is comprised of 85 acres in one of the fastest growing areas in Utah. When completed, the development will include retail, restaurants, an office complex, a gym, a hotel and a full luxury theater.

Penn Owens, Dave Knorr, Paige Pryor, Vicki Jones and Brandy Wilkins take a moment to rest and enjoy the wildflowers at the Ragnar Wasatch Back, top. Team captain Paige Pryor and Brandy Wilkins confer, left. Melissa Wilson takes off as Shane Silcox warms down, right.

Layton's Utah Running Team members who competed in the 2018 Ragnar Wasatch Back: Logan Deal, Dave Knorr, Todd Lippard, Matt Almond, Shane Silcox, Chris Scott, Ryan Tanzie, Penn Owens, top row. Melissa Wilson, Paige Pryor, Brandy Wilkins and Vicki Jones, front row.

Conquering Ragnar Again

Layton’s Utah Running Team takes another long, long trek through the mountains

Some people just can’t get enough. On June 1-2, Layton’s intrepid Utah Running Team tackled the Ragnar Wasatch Back for the fourth straight year, finishing 277th out of 393 teams with a time of 33:02:09.

This year Ragnar finished at High Star Ranch in Kamas, Utah, where a few years ago Layton built/renovated the world-class Dejoria Center.

Going into its 15th year, Reebok Ragnar Wasatch Back is beyond legendary to the locals of Northern Utah. It’s the race that inspired the entire Ragnar series. On June 1-2, teams of 12 runners came together in Logan, UT, at the back of the Wasatch Mountain Range to kick off their 200-ish mile adventure. From there, teams ran two days and one night, up stunning green mountainsides, past world-class ski resorts and into a postcard-worthy countryside dotted with horses, barns and wildflowers. Each team member completes his or her three legs, then the whole team crosses under the orange arch at the finish line together.

Here’s what a few of our Ragnarians had to say about this year’s race.

Chris Scott

This was my first experience running Ragnar. Paige Pryor, the team captain, had originally put me on stand-by but ended up calling me two times to run. The second time she called – I gave in. I’m glad I did. This is one of those events you do because others won’t. That was my motivation here. I was in van 2 and having the two main IT guys at Layton in the same van…we dodged a bullet! Haha.

Todd Lippard catches his breath after a grueling uphill run.

I have never run so much in my life, been so tired, bloated, and sore! My nickname on the trip became “Honeybucket.” Needless to say – I was looking for one constantly! Haha. I definitely want to run again next year if there is a spot open!

Vicki Jones

One of my favorite things about the Ragnar Race is the time spent laughing with such great people that work at Layton (Dave Knorr can make anyone laugh).  I also love watching everyone put their heart into running challenging legs that are given; then it is a sweet thing when we all cross the finish line together after 31 plus hours!

Brandy Wilkins

I had a great time running with everyone on the team! Although it’s hard to choose a favorite memory, I think two of my favorites were crossing the finish line as a team, and when we helped one of our race competitors (who happen to also be one of our industry competitors) find jumper cables to help them get their van started after the battery had died.

Layton’s Hawaii employees also compete in Ragnar each year. Layton employees in Utah who are interested in joining the running team should contact Paige Pryor.


Layton to Construct Union Project in Mesa

MESA, Arizona — Layton has been picked to serve as general contractor for the “Union” project.

The Mesa City Council has also selected Lincoln Property Cos. and Harvard Investments to develop 28.2 acres of city-owned land in the Riverview mixed-use district of Mesa. Upon completion, Union will bring 1.35 million square feet of Class A office space to the district.

Union will include four buildings ranging from four to eight stories and from 225,000 square feet to 450,000 square feet. Constructed in phases, the first building will be the four-story, 225,000-square-foot Building A located at the northwest corner of the property, followed by Buildings B and C, totaling up to six stories and 337,500 square feet. The final building, Building D, will feature eight stories and 450,000 square feet. Construction on Building A is slated to begin in 2019. DAVIS is the project architect.


North Alabama Medical Center MOB Taking Shape

FLORENCE, Alabama (June 12, 2018) – Crews poured concrete earlier this week at the North Alabama Medical Center Medical Office Building project. The 72,000 square-foot building will be connected to the new North Alabama Medical Center hospital in Florence.

The MOB will house complementary services to those offered in the new 263-bed medical center, also being built by Layton. NAMC and North Alabama Bone & Joint Clinic (“NAB&J”) – a leading orthopedic group serving communities in Northern Alabama, Southern Tennessee, and Northeastern Mississippi – will anchor the building. NABJC’s orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation specialists and physical therapists will offer services including adult reconstructive surgery, sports medicine, hand and foot surgery, pediatrics, and fracture care. NAMC lab and imaging functions will also be in the MOB, along with obstetrics, gynecology and cardiology physician offices.

The opening of the new NAMC MOB is slated to coincide with completion of the new hospital in late 2018.

Photo courtesy of Lithko Contracting.

Rivulon Commons Rising Quickly in Arizona

GILBERT, Arizona (June 13, 2018) –In only a few weeks, Rivulon Commons Building A, the first of two concrete tilt and steel Class A office shells, went from slab-on-grade to tilt. An overnight pour completed the 45,000-square-foot slab, and 33 total tilt panels, which required two concrete pours, were lifted in only three days. Because the panels include more openings, reveals and architectural details than standard tilt buildings, quality control was especially critical, and Layton worked closely with Butler Design Group, concrete subcontractor Riggs Companies and the project owner in advance to successfully accomplish the task.

In addition to several tenant improvement projects, Layton has built four other buildings at Rivulon, a 250-acre mixed-use development in Gilbert, Arizona. New York-based Deloitte also recently announced it will occupy the first building and bring 1,500 jobs to the area.


Utah Employees Enjoy at Day at Lagoon Amusement Park

On June 9, Layton's Utah employees enjoyed the annual company summer party at Lagoon, an amusement park in Farmington, Utah. Employees received a discounted entrance to the park, a company-provided lunch and entry into a drawing for cool prizes (for example, Melanie Bowcutt won a 55-inch Samsung TV with curved screen, and promised Dave Layton he could come over to watch the Super Bowl on it next year. Said Melanie: “Holy crap! The screen is super clear.”) To see all the fun photos posted by employees follow Layton on Instagram and check #LaytonLife.

Layton has completed thousands of healthcare projects over the years, including the Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Layton's Healthcare Construction Group is having another strong year, with more than $700 million in backlog.

3 HCG Executives Promoted Amidst Banner Year

Layton's Healthcare Construction Group (HCG) announced the promotion of Randy Patterson to Senior Vice President and Jason Adams and Jeremy Hobbs to Vice Presidents. HCG has grown to more than 250 employees in the past 12 years.

As a result of another banner year for Layton’s Healthcare Construction Group (HCG), three HCG executives have received promotions.

Randy Patterson has been promoted from Vice President to Senior Vice President, and Jason Adams and Jeremy Hobbs have been promoted from Construction Managers to Vice Presidents.

“We in the Healthcare Construction Group are having another outstanding year,” said Layton Executive Vice President Steve Brecker. “Each and every one of you understand what it takes to ‘WOW’ our clients. The fruits of your labor have sparked our unprecedented growth year-over-year for the past 12 years.”

“We currently have over 45 active projects; we are on track for our best year ever. We have grown from 35 to over 250 employees in just the past 12 years. This year we have been awarded more than $700 million in new work, making our SBU backlog the biggest it’s ever been,” Steve continued.

I continue to be amazed at the timeliness and quality of the work you all do. These projects are among the most difficult in the industry, and yet you all contribute to make them look easy.

David S. Layton
President and CEO

Randy will continue to lead the Nashville office and our South Eastern Commercial (SEC) initiative, support multiple healthcare projects, and be the point of contact for many of our Nashville-based clients. Chris Jensen will continue to work in his role as a Vice President in Northern California, with Jason and Jeremy being responsible for healthcare projects throughout the rest of the country. This augmented leadership structure will help solidify Layton’s reputation of completing projects with predictable outcomes, and ensure that we continue to grow and maintain our elite client base.

Layton President and CEO David S. Layton praised HCG’s success. “I'd also like to pass along my congratulations to all of you for the tremendous success of our Healthcare business unit.  I continue to be amazed at the timeliness and quality of the work you all do. These projects are among the most difficult in the industry, and yet you all contribute to make them look easy. Thank you for your dedication and outstanding results and reputation. I'm proud of each one of you.” 

“I remember in great detail the efforts to get HCG started when we brought Mike McDonough into the company to lead our pursuit of a mega hospital in Salt Lake City,” Dave continued. “We were not successful in winning that project and directed Mike to ‘go find another one to take its place’ – and he did – many times over.” 

“So instead of building a project, we embarked on building a piece of our business. This healthcare initiative was incubated inside the Construction Services business unit (CSG) because Mike needed to tap into existing estimating and operational resources to support the early wins. A few years later, we brought Steve Brecker aboard to solidify the business unit leadership, and since that time, things have continued to take off. Steve is correct in stating that growth creates opportunities at ALL levels for the organization and we've seen that play out accordingly.”

Industry organizations have taken note of Layton Construction this year as well. HCG’s University of Utah Farmington Health Center was named ENR’s 2017 “Best of the Best” healthcare project in the nation, a singular honor, where the project was selected over hundreds of other healthcare projects submitted by construction companies from around the nation. And in the latest rankings from Modern Healthcare magazine, Layton is ranked eighth in the nation.

Other business units are getting attention as well. Layton Arizona was named NAIOP General Contractor of the Year and Tenant Improvement Contractor of the Year. Layton was just named the 4th Largest Commercial Contractor in Hawaii. CSG's Herriman City Hall and Towne Center earned Utah Construction & Design Outstanding Municipal Project of the Year, Hale Centre Theatre was named Entertainment Project of the Year and Canyon Corners was named Mixed Use Development of the Year.


CSG Celebrates Opening of New Weber Valley Youth Center

Weber Valley Youth Center Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting was held Friday to mark the opening of the new Division of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) Weber Valley Youth Center 1305 South 700 West in Ogden, Utah.

Weber Valley Youth Center

The new Weber Valley Youth Center consolidates eight program services (five buildings) from the Ogden/Weber area: early intervention programs, secure detention, case management, school classrooms, and transitional support for youths returning to the community.

OGDEN, Utah (May 18, 2018) – High risk youth often see a lot of closed doors: one slamming after a domestic argument, one firmly shut for yet another meeting with the school principal or sadly, for some, the clang of a jail cell. With the new Weber Valley Youth Center, we are closing the doors on five facilities and programs, while opening the door to a new way of delivering services to at-risk and delinquent youths—one that balances the needs of the youth and those who care for them, focuses on positive development and creates efficiencies in service delivery.

On May 18, the Ogden area celebrated opening doors and creating opportunities for troubled youth with the formal ribbon cutting of the new Weber Valley Youth Center in Ogden. The center was built by Layton's CSG team, with design by JRCA Architects.

This multi-functional facility is a nation-leading model for a youth correctional facility that fosters more family connections, reduces trauma and provides access to a broad array of supportive services in one location. The facility consolidates eight program services (five buildings) from the Ogden/Weber area: early intervention programs, secure detention, case management, school classrooms, and transitional support for youths returning to the community. The $20 million facility was built with taxpayer investment and in partnership with local community leaders.

This Building Improves Lives
The Division of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) Weber Valley Youth Center in Ogden, Utah, serves at-risk and delinquent youths. Services include home and locked detention (24 beds), early intervention programs, case management and transitional support for youths returning to the community.

  • Five residential housing units provide a safe, trauma-informed living environment, which will enhance therapeutic and rehabilitative services while improving operational efficiency
  • Replaces the aging Weber Valley Detention Center in Roy, which opened in the mid-1960’s
  • Consolidates five program services into one location to better serve youths, families and allied agencies; the program areas are detention, early intervention services, observation and assessment, case management, and transition for youths returning to the community
  • Has an approximate footprint of nearly 65,000 square feet
  • Includes a total of six school classrooms, and 7,200 square feet of activity space to include a gymnasium, library and arts and crafts rooms
  • The $20 million project was funded by the Utah State Legislature, and championed by local legislators and Weber County Commissioners
  • Design and building materials will meet the State of Utah’s High-Performance Building Standard (HPBS) and both interior and exterior elements are energy efficient 

It’s said that when one door closes, another opens. This door is now officially open, and for those taking advantage of these services, will lead to many more open doors in the futures of troubled youth and their families.


Tyler Dillon Appointed to Hawaii State Building Code Council

HONOLULU (May 25, 2018) – Layton Executive Vice President Tyler Dillon has been appointed by the General Contractors Association of Hawaii to represent the GCA on the State Building Code Council for a two-year term. He has also been nominated by the council to serve as vice chair of the committee.

Tyler Dillon

Tyler is a construction industry veteran with 25 years’ experience and oversees the company’s operations in Hawaii.

Tyler has extensive experience in healthcare construction, serving as project manager, project executive and vice president managing healthcare work on a number of healthcare projects on the mainland. Projects include hospitals in Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, and healthcare expansions and renovations in those states, as well as in Tennessee, South Carolina and Colorado.  Since arriving to Hawaii in 2016, Dillon has engaged in projects on the Big Island, Oahu and Kauai.

Since joining Layton seven years ago, Tyler’s work profile has expanded to include diverse projects such as construction of the Faena Forum, an arts center located on the trendy South Beach of Miami, Florida.

Layton Construction is building many high-profile projects across Hawaii, including the Ae'o residential tower at Ward Village.

Pacific Business News Ranks Layton as Hawaii's 4th Largest Commercial Contractor

HONOLULU (May 29, 2018) – Layton Construction has been ranked Hawaii’s fourth largest builder by Pacific Business News, climbing three spots from last year’s ranking.

Layton has been building in Hawaii since 2005, and we’ve completed projects in a wide variety of sectors across four islands. Congratulations to our Hawaii business unit on their continued success!

Layton Ranked 8th Largest Commercial Contractor in Arizona

Cambria Hotel

Layton Construction recently completed the Cambria Chandler Hotel in Chandler, Arizona. The 133-room hotel is one of many projects leading to Layton’s No. 8 ranking by Phoenix Business Journal.

Lincoln Logistics 40

Layton Construction is currently building Lincoln Logistics 40, a 901,700-square-foot spec industrial development in Goodyear, Arizona.

PHOENIX (May 22, 2018) – Layton Construction was recently named the eighth largest commercial contractor in Arizona by the Phoenix Business Journal. The publication ranks commercial contractors according to billings for structures built in 2017. Layton jumped five spots from its No. 13 ranking in 2017.

In addition to the Phoenix Buisness Journal’s ranking, Layton was named General Contractor of the Year for 2018 and Tenant Improvment Contractor of the Year by NAIOP Arizona.

2017 was a banner year for Layton Construction in Arizona. Not only did Layton celebrate the 30th anniversary of its Arizona office, but it also saw 60 percent year-over-year growth from 2016 to 2017. Layton’s Arizona revenues exceeded $180M for the first time in its 30 years in Arizona.

Layton’s continued ascent to the top tier of Arizona contractors is largely based on providing clients predictable, positive outcomes in regard to schedule and budget. Layton’s ability to clearly understand client expectations, develop a plan to meet or exceed those expectations and then execute that plan has endeared Layton to the clients they serve.

Nationally, Layton is ranked by ENR Magazine as the 50th Largest Contractor in the United States. Other national rankings include eighth Largest Healthcare Contractor, 14th Largest Hospitality Contractor and 28th Largest Retail Construction Firm.

Groundbreaking in Hawaii on Ward Village Central Plaza

HONOLULU (May 18, 2018) – Construction is underway on the Central Plaza in Honolulu’s Ward Village. The plaza will bring green space to the urban area and become home to free events such as yoga classes, a farmers market, outdoor movies and live Hawaiian music. Layton is currently constructing Ae'o residential tower in the Ward Village development.

Quarterly Check-Ins Need to Be Completed by End of June

You can always access Quarterly Check-Ins through the Layton intranet.

This is a reminder to all employees that Layton Quarterly Check-ins are now online. This performance and development check-in is an opportunity for employees and their immediate supervisors to share feedback and discuss what is going well, what needs to change, and agree on an action plan. Check-ins should be face-to-face. When distance makes that impossible, then please review together over the phone (voice-to-voice instead of keyboard-to-keyboard).

  • You can complete your Check-in any time during the quarter, i.e. Jan-Mar (Q1), Apr-Jun (Q2), Jul-Sep (Q3) and Oct-Dec (Q4). The cutoff date to submit the current Quarterly Check-in is June 30. The new quarter starts July 1st.
  • At the moment, the Check-in won't work with mobile devices. You must complete your Quarterly Check-in from a computer.
  • Contact your HR Manager (Jared Smith, Ashley Hill or Dan Lee) if:
    • Your manager's name is not correct
    • You are not showing the correct person(s) reporting to you
    • It is showing “No Record Found” when you click on the link
    • Any other questions!
Step 1
Click here to log in to your Quarterly Check-in, using Single Sign-On (please use Firefox or Internet Explorer)

Step 2
Enter your User Name and Password. This is the same user name and password that you use to log in to CMiC (fill out time sheets, etc.).

Step 3
Click Quarterly Check-ins (1), then click on your name (2). Note: employees will only see their names. Managers will see the names of all employees they manage.

Step 4
Click on Edit in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Step 5
Complete the three questions. There is a separate box for the employee and manager to fill out.

Step 6
Be sure to select your Overall Performance Rating from the drop-down menu, then click on Save at the top of the page. If you don't click Save your work will not be saved.

Step 7
When the discussion between the manager and employee is finished, the employee will have a chance to digitally sign.

Please use your Quarterly Check-in as a way to build good communications and chart the course for success and development.


2018 Safety Superstar List

At Layton, safety is our No. 1 priority, and we’d like to recognize those projects that remain incident free.

Congratulations to the following projects have had no recordable incidents in 2018. We’ll publish this list in every edition of The Layton Way.

1515 Courtyard Interior Renovation
American Express Garage One
Avnet Corporate Office Remodel
Cambria Hotels & Suites Phoenix-Desert Ridge
Cambria Hotels Chandler
Cantor Law Offices TI
Central Admixture Pharmacy (CAPS)
Chandler Corporate Center - Van Trust
Cibola Vista Phase 4
Element Skysong Hotel
Madison Street Build Back
Madison Street Jail Selective Demolition
Maricopa County OPS Bldg TI
NW Mutual TI
PCH East Building ASC
PCH Estrella Clinic TI
Ren Square Conference Space
Ritz Carlton Paradise Valley
Rivulon Commons Office Project Building A&B
Skyline & Finance of America
The Hub
The Reserve at San Tan Phase 3A
Turbo Resources
USPI Arizona Specialty Surgery Center
Verve Pain Operating Room Expansion

Affiliated Metals
Cummins Service Center - Atlanta
DSU Human Performance Center
DSU Stadium Expansion St. George
Flamingo Building TI
IMD Boresight Building
IMD Fiber Optics Repair
IMD General Instruction Bldg.
Larry H Miller Spokane Honda
SUU Business Building - Cedar City, UT
The Laramie Readiness Center
The Slipstream Building
TMC Medical Office Bldg.
Ultradent Formulations
Ultradent Gateway Office TI
University of Utah Hospital Front Entry Remodel
UPS SLC Parcel Distribution Facility
Utah State Corrections Facility GMP
Wasatch Renal Center
Weber Valley Multi-Use Youth Center
West Valley City Police Headquarters

Kapaa Elementary School Library
Makana North Shore Urgent Care
Marriott Residence Inn Kapolei
Point at Poipu
UH Life Sciences Building
Ward Village Gateway Demolition & Parking Improvements

Acadia Erlanger Behavioral Health
Alameda Health System San Leandro Acute Rehab Relocation
Carondelet St. Joseph's Medical Center Pharmacy Renovation
Carondelet St. Mary's Pharmacy Renovation
City of Hope Medical Center, Familian Critical Research Unit
Dignity Glendale Hospital Seismic Retrofit in CA
ECH LG Lobby & Cafe & Site Work
GSH Cath Lab #2
GSH Sterilizer
Hamilton Medical Center Parking Garage in GA
HCA Aliante Free Standing ED
HCA Good Samaritan Hospital ED Expansion and Renovation
HCA Lafayette Regional Hospital Additions & Upgrades
HCA Parkridge Medical OR Renovation
HCA Plantation General Hospital Hurricane Cleanup in FL
HCA Pres St. Luke’s Surgery Expansion and Reno in CO
HCA University Hospital Hurricane Remediation in FL
JMH Oncology Pharmacy Renovation
John Muir Hospital Morgue Buildout
John Muir Medical Center Concord Campus Elevator Tower Retrofit

Healthcare (cont)
LLU Church Ministry Building Phase 1
LLUMAC Steam Plant Upgrades
LLUMC Unimed Substation Replacement
Los Robles Rehab Renovation
Mainstreet Rapid Recovery Center at Amarillo
Mayers Memorial Seismic Upgrade and ED Addition in CA
McKenzie Willamette Tower Addition & Renovation
Med Center of Aurora
Methodist Stone Oak Renovation
Mountain View Las Vegas Vertical Expansion
MPT Idaho Falls Community Hospital (Mountain View)
MSHA DB Unicoi County Mem Hospital in TN
N. Alabama Florence Medical Center MOB
NWMC Freestanding ED-Marana
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital IT Remediation
Saint Mary's Medical Center IT Remediation
Sierra Vista Replacement Hospital in NM
Summerville Med Patient Tower Expansion in SC
Sunrise Air Handler Unit Replacement in NV
Sunrise Cosmetic Upgrade
Sunrise DHW Recirc
Sunrise Hospital Tower Expansion
Sutter Pharmacy Amador
Sutter Pharmacy Davis
Sutter Pharmacy Eden Medical Center
Sutter Pharmacy Lakeside
Sutter Pharmacy Novato Community
Sutter Pharmacy Solano Cancer MOB
Switch Atlanta Data Center Retaining Walls in GA
Switch Atlanta NAP 1 Site Prep in GA
Switch Atlanta NAP 1 Site Prep in GA
Switch Vegas NAP 10 Power System TI in NV
Tropical LS7
Vanderbilt Residential College Halls RC-A
Vanderbilt University Site Infrastructure in TN
West Hills Hospital 4th and 6th Floor West Interior Finish Upgrade
West Hills Hospital CT & Fluoro in Reno

257 Tower Lobby Remodel
Ames Construction
Assembly Hall Building Light Rigging Upgrade
BonCom 7th floor
BSA GSLC Service Center
CBRE 18th Fl 222 Main Office Wall Removal
CBRE 222 Main 4th Floor
COB 2 Way Communication System
COB 7th Floor East
Daybreak Visitor Center
EDA Office Remodel Phase 2
Edwards 1st Floor Office Remodel
Edwards East Assembly Room Remodel
Elase American Fork
HHS PSC at Wells Fargo Tower
L3 Building C & D Windows
L3 Pacific Landing
LDS Print Center Security & Parking Lot Upgrade
Millrock North Lobby Remodel
Millrock Office Relocation
Nike Farmington
Roseman Remodels
Snowbird Center Courtyard Infill & Forklift Bar Renovation
Snowbird El Chanate
The Grove
VA OIG - Wells Fargo Tower
WOB VRF System
Woodside Homes Office TI

Southern California
Gilead Building L50 TI
Macy's Manhattan Beach Expansion & Renovation
Waxie Ontario

An Altaview concrete truck passes under the tram at Snowbird Ski Resort in Snowbird, Utah, en route to a project at 11,000 feet.

A concrete truck crawls up the mountain access road to Hidden Peak.

Snowbird maintained full operations during construction.

Layton hired its client, Snowbird, to transport equipment and supplies.

When not battling freezing temperatures, Layton crews got pounded by the sun, which can be taxing with the loss of much of the atmosphere filter. Jon Brinkerhoff heaped praise on the construction team.

Every pour had to be precisely calculated - no concrete could come back down.

Jon Brinkerhoff, left, and Sam Koceja of Altaview Concrete present “Overcoming Challenges in Concrete Construction - The Snowbird Project” at the ACI Convention earlier this year.

Despite the rigors of the job, it did have its perks, including amazing views and the occasional moose.

“It’s like a work of art on top of the world,” said Jon Brinkerhoff.


Editor's note: Jon Brinkerhoff, Layton Manager of Self-Performed Construction, recently delivered a presentation at the American Concrete Institute's Convention and Exposition on the concrete construction at The Summit at Snowbird. The project spanned two summers and won multiple awards.

As Jon Brinkerhoff’s 4 x 4 truck crept up the steep, narrow access road to Snowbird’s Hidden Peak, he had just one thought: ‘What are we going to do?’ ”

Jon, Layton Manager of Self-Performed Construction, was tasked with overseeing the concrete construction of the Summit at Snowbird restaurant and ski patrol lodge atop the 11,000-foot peak. Despite the rugged beauty of the surrounding Wasatch Mountains above Salt Lake City, Jon wasn’t feeling a rocky mountain high. He was wondering how to get a 38-foot, 35-ton concrete truck safely up and down the mountain.

“You’re driving and you’re backing up or backing down a really steep grade, and if you miss, you’re going to roll down the mountain and die,” Jon said.

Never mind the brutal schedule, massive temperature swings and working in an environmentally sensitive area.

To succeed, the team launched a complex coordination effort where work was scheduled to the minute and there was a contingency for everything.

“The schedule was extremely tight, so you can’t make a mistake. The concrete had to be just right. Pours had to be spot on. We had to have backup plans for backup plans. If something went wrong, we had to be able to fix it,” Jon said. No concrete could come back down the mountain, so everything that went up had to become part of the project. And nothing the construction team did could hamper the customer experience at the busy resort (that included loaded concrete trucks yielding to hikers on the road).

Getting up a road full of switchbacks required expanding a few switchbacks, multi-point turns and even backing a loaded concrete truck up a steep grade with no shoulder and no guard rail. Layton’s concrete supplier, Altaview Concrete, carefully selected their best drivers and trucks and adapted the drivers’ schedules to accommodate the project. Because of the expert crew and training from Altaview and intense coordination from Layton, 289 truckloads of concrete arrived without serious incident.

It took two and a half to three hours to get the concrete up the mountain. “Concrete won’t last that long in a truck on its own, so we had to use a delay set and basically put the concrete to sleep,” Jon said. “So we’d put a 2-hour delay set in it at the batch plant, and as the concrete truck reached the mountain the delay set had begun to wear off. We’re monitoring the truck, so the concrete can be poured at the exact right time.”

But getting the concrete up the mountain in good shape was only half the battle. “Then you face the opposite issue,” Jon said. “Because we had to be off the mountain at certain hours, we would accelerate the concrete with non-chloride accelerators to get it to set fast enough so we could complete the work and leave by the time Snowbird set for us each day.”

On top of the tight schedule, the work days were limited by conditions and the resort. “We couldn’t start too early. The concrete trucks couldn’t drive up in the dark. And they couldn’t drive down in the dark,” Jon said. “We also had to get all of our workers off the mountain by last tram, which was five o’clock.”

“When it came time to pour decks, we would again stage the trucks,” Jon Said. “The plant would batch what we needed, and put varying amounts of delay set in each truck, depending on the order in which they were arriving on the mountain top. Then we would add the accelerant. We also used a lot of heat on the decks so the concrete wouldn’t freeze.”

Layton took unusual steps to protect the exposed decks over the winter at such a high elevation. “On the decks we minimized troweling, which is not how we would typically deal with air-entrained concrete (concrete with tiny air bubbles added to help absorb stresses from freeze-thaw cycles). We reduced the amount of air in the mix to four percent. Standard is six percent,” Jon said. And the result was solid, stable concrete with no flaws.

Let’s talk about the weather. “At 11,000 feet elevation, the environment can change on a dime – and it does. You can go from a great morning with lots of sunshine and warm to snow if the afternoon and back to sunshine again. Freezing temperatures when it’s mild down in the valley,” Jon said.

But it’s not only the cold. “Sometimes you get up there and at that altitude even the sun feels worse – you don’t have the atmosphere to protect you from the sun. I spend a lot of time in the mountains, but 11,000 feet can be tough, even on people who are accustomed to high altitudes.”

How about the groundwork?

When Snowbird built the original tram decades ago, they rounded off and flattened the jagged rock at the top of the tram. And they placed the overburden around the base of the tram. The Summit had to be built on bedrock.

“Part of the tiny, man-made plateau where it was being built was bedrock and the other half was overburden,” Jon said. “So we had to dig down through the overburden until we reached the bedrock. We had a soils engineer onsite during that part of the process to help us verify that we were on bedrock and a structural engineer on standby to help us adjust to the reality of the mountain.”

Layton actually hired its client, Snowbird, as a subcontractor to transport most of the steel and other supplies and equipment up the mountain. The project team was transported via the tram that hauls skiers in the winter and hikers in the summer.

Jon heaped praise on the team that worked on the Summit project.

“The guys who did the work up there day in and day out, they made personal sacrifices for the company on that project. They worked long hours under a very tight schedule and often harsh conditions. They were always on time, and we didn’t have to remind them about anything. They always brought their best to work,” Jon said.

“There’s a photo of The Summit with the sun shining on it. It’s so beautiful. It’s like a work of art on top of the world. It’s the type of job you want to do. Despite the challenges that came with it, this job is something we’ll always remember.”

ENR Survey Lists Layton as 50th Largest Contractor in U.S.

ENR Magazine announced the results of its annual Top 400 Contractors survey today, and Layton Construction is ranked #50 among more than half a million commercial contractors in the United States. The ENR rankings are considered the gold standard for success in the construction industry.

Layton, perennially ranked in the ENR Top 100, rose three spots from its No. 53 ranking from 2017, on revenues of $1.4 billion.

ENR, the publication of record for the construction industry, noted that domestic construction is experiencing one of its longest booms ever, and yet companies don't see any signs of slowing down in the near future. “Contracting revenue from U.S. projects rose a healthy 4.9%, to $322.83 billion, on top of a 9.4% rise in domestic revenue last year and a 9.5% increase the year before,” the magazine said.

North Alabama Medical Center

Workers at Layton's North Alabama Medical Center project in Florence, Alabama, join hundreds of jobsites across the country discussing safety and fall prevention.

Layton Workers Nationwide Stand Down for Safety

Thousands of workers at Layton Construction jobsites across the country took an extra moment last week to discuss fall prevention as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) annual National Safety Stand Down to Prevent Falls May 7-11.

Macy's Manhattan Beach expansion project

Workers at Layton's Macy’s Manhattan Beach project in Manhattan Beach, California, discuss fall prevention last week.

Gowan Industrial Park construction project

At the Gowan Industrial Park construction project in Boise, Idaho, construction team members review safety procedures.

Sierra Vista Hospital expansion project in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Layton workers stand down for safety at the Sierra Vista Hospital expansion project in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Layton workers enjoy a safety lunch at Project Tropical in North Las Vegas.

The event encourages companies and workers to pause during the workday for topical discussions, safety demonstrations, and training in hazard recognition and fall prevention. Safety training and coordination is part of morning huddles at all Layton jobsites every day (see details below).

The lack of proper fall protection is the most frequently cited OSHA violation. Stand-downs provide employers and workers the opportunity to talk about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals, and expectations.

Layton Construction’s Approach to Safety

Layton Construction’s commitment and devotion to being injury free remains steadfast, believing that every accident is preventable and no injury is acceptable. Our 0.67 EMR is one metric that demonstrates our success, however we continue to measure, manage, and improve utilizing both lagging (performance) indicators and leading (predictive) targets.

Over the past three years we have made a substantial investment to further enhance our safety culture, including the formation of the National Safety Leadership Team (NSLT), development of, and focus on leading measures, growing our safety department, and providing ongoing trainings to our site leadership, including OSHA 30-hour certifications.

Layton Construction Safety Strategy and Actions

At the conclusion of 2017, Layton’s executive leadership with the recommendation of the National Safety Leadership team, set aggressive hard targets aimed at the reduction of accident frequency and severity, even though our performance could be considered excellent. These annual targets are milestones to better track our progress toward our ultimate target of zero incidents. Our 2018 targets set an aggressive 20 percent reduction of OSHA recordables and the same reduction of lost time accidents.  Our safety targets included all Layton employees AND all sub-contractor employees working on Layton Construction projects.

During the first quarter of 2018 we have realized a 30 percent reduction of frequency and our results year to date are a total case incident rate of 1.97, and a lost time rate of 0.16.  While we are pleased with these results (lost time rate being a fraction of industry average) our efforts remain diligent and focused.

Traditional lagging metrics are supported with meaningful leading indicators such that our safety performance becomes predictable.  Leading metrics are designed to facilitate our administrative processes such that they become a way of working.  Below is a sampling of our leading metrics that you would expect to see at a Layton project. 

  • Morning huddle and stretch and flex.  (measured and recorded using BIM 360 field)
  • Orientation day 1. A comprehensive orientation that clearly defines expectations. (measured and recorded using BIM 360 field).
  • Pre-task planning. Observed by Layton project team and reviewed daily. (measured and recorded using BIM 360 field).
  • Craft engagement by Layton site team, creating an open dialog. (measured and recorded using BIM 360 field).
  • Weekly focused safety walks by Layton superintendent and relevant subcontractors. (measured and recorded using BIM 360 field).
  • Monthly comprehensive site audits by Layton safety professional. (measured and recorded using BIM 360 field).

Other Factors

Subcontractors on a Layton project must go through a pre-qualification effort.  For those subcontractors that do not meet these requirements a focused corrective action plan is developed through a collaborative effort between Layton Construction and the subcontractor.  This process has recently been revised such that corrective actions are specific and measurable creating clear expectations regarding safety behavior and practices at a Layton project.

Employees who drive Layton trucks are asked to display a campaign decal on the tailgates of their trucks.

5 for the Fight for Project Teams: Display Decals and Download Posters, Brochures

Layton employees have done an outstanding job of getting others to join 5 for the Fight, a global giving campaign that encourages everyone to donate $5 (or more) towards cancer research. Because of employee sharing at jobsites, offices and through social media, several subcontractors and clients have signed on to the campaign. Layton is asking employees to continue this great outreach.

Layton is asking superintendents to display posters in the job trailer. Download a PDF featuring multiple poster choices here. If you'd like a poster customized with your photo, email Steve Hawkins.

Employees Who Drive Layton Trucks
If you drive a Layton truck, you are asked to display the 5 for the Fight decal on the tailgate. Decals and instructions have been sent. Contact Kyle Reed with questions.

All Employees
If you know of a business that would like to participate in 5 for the Fight, you can download a one-sheet or a brochure that explains the campaign and process for getting involved.


Congratulations to the May winners of Hawaii’s Da Kine award!

“Da kine” (rhymes with pine) is a Hawaiian Pidgin expression that can be compared to “whatsit” or “whatchamacallit,” however, it can refer to anything from a person to abstract concept, and is often associated with something good, for example “the best.” Our Hawaii group chose the name for lack of a better one, hence da kine. There have been 186 nominations since its creation in September.

Other May Da Kine award nominees included Bryan Horvath, Casey Grimmett (with two nominations), Chris Glosser, Dade Apao, Dean Tyler, Grace Yee, Istvan Fodor, Jennifer Sakaba, Larry Wintermantel, Michael Hayton, Tom Jacobs and Trevor Ford.

Winner Darnell Clay, ESH Coordinator, was nominated by Gary Weston, Sr. Superintendent, who said, “Darnell has developed and implemented a meaningful and interactive orientation on the Block M project. They are informative and very valuable in educating new subs so they can work in an extremely dynamic environment. He also makes time each day to hold orientations so the project can stay adequately staffed.” Winner Keith Maupin, Asst. Superintendent, was nominated by Eric Mach, Sr. Project Manager, who said, “Keith leads inspirational and energizing morning huddles. He not only facilities a discussion between the subs about who will be doing what work and where so they can coexist safely on site, but he will also share a story that gets everyone thinking about safety and why it is so import to us and to our families.”


2018 Safety Superstar List

At Layton, safety is our No. 1 priority, and we’d like to recognize those projects that remain incident free.

Congratulations to the following projects have had no recordable incidents in 2018. We’ll publish this list in every edition of The Layton Way.

1515 Courtyard Interior Renovation
American Express Garage One
Avnet Corporate Office Remodel
Cambria Hotels & Suites Phoenix-Desert Ridge
Cambria Hotels Chandler
Cantor Law Offices TI
Central Admixture Pharmacy (CAPS)
Chandler Corporate Center 
Cibola Vista Phase 4
Element Skysong Hotel
Lincoln Airfield Warehouse
Madison Street Build Back 
Madison Street Jail Selective Demolition
Maricopa County OPS Bldg TI
NW Mutual TI
PCH East Building ASC
PCH Estrella Clinic TI
Ren Square Conference Space
Ritz Carlton Paradise Valley
Rivulon Commons Office Project Building A&B
Skyline & Finance of America
The Hub
The Reserve at San Tan Phase 3A
Turbo Resources
USPI Arizona Specialty Surgery Center
Verve Pain Operating Room Expansion

Affiliated Metals
Cummins Service Center - Atlanta
DSU Human Performance Center
DSU Stadium Expansion St. George
Flamingo Building TI
IMD Boresight Building
IMD Fiber Optics Repair
IMD General Instruction Bldg.
Larry H Miller Spokane Honda
SUU Business Building
The Laramie Readiness Center
The Slipstream Building
TMC Medical Office Bldg.
Ultradent Formulations
Ultradent Gateway Office TI
University of Utah Hospital Front Entry Remodel
UPS SLC Parcel Distribution Facility
Utah State Corrections Facility
Wasatch Renal Center
Weber Valley Multi-Use Youth Center
West Valley City Police Headquarters

Kapaa Elementary School Library
Makana North Shore Urgent Care
Marriott Residence Inn Kapolei
Point at Poipu
UH Life Sciences Building
Ward Village Gateway Demolition & Parking Improvements

Acadia Erlanger Behavioral Health
Alameda Health System San Leandro Acute Rehab Relocation
Carondelet St. Joseph's Medical Center Pharmacy Renovation
Carondelet St. Mary's Pharmacy Renovation
City of Hope Medical Center, Familian Critical Research Unit
Dignity Glendale Hospital Seismic Retrofit in CA
ECH LG Lobby & Cafe & Site Work
GSH Cath Lab #2
GSH Sterilizer 
Hamilton Medical Center Parking Garage in GA
HCA Aliante Free Standing ED
HCA Good Samaritan Hospital ED Expansion and Renovation
HCA Lafayette Reg Hosp Additions & Upgrades
HCA Parkridge Medical OR Renovation
HCA Plantation General Hospital Hurricane Cleanup in FL
HCA Pres St. Lukes Sugery Expansion and Reno in CO
HCA University Hospital Hurricane Remediation in FL
JMH Oncology Pharmacy Renovation
John Muir Hospital Morgue Buildout
John Muir Medical Center Concord Campus Elevator Tower Retrofit
LLU Church Ministry Building Phase 1
LLUMAC Steam Plant Upgrades
LLUMC Unimed Substation Replacement
Los Robles Rehab Renovation
Mainstreet Rapid Recovery Center at Amarillo
Mayers Memorial Seismic Upgrade and ED Addition in CA
McKenzie Willamette Tower Addition & Renovation
Med Center of Aurora
Methodist Stone Oak Renovation
Mountain View Las Vegas Vertical Expansion
MPT Idaho Falls Community Hospital (Mountain View)
MSHA DB Unicoi Cnty Mem Hospital in TN
N. Alabama Florence Medical Center MOB
NWMC Freestanding ED-Marana
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital IT Remediation
Saint Mary's Medical Center IT Remediation
Sierra Vista Replacement Hospital in NM
Summerville Med Patient Tower Expansion in SC
Sunrise Air Handler Unit Replacement in NV
Sunrise Cosmetic Upgrade
Sunrise DHW Recirc
Sunrise Hospital Tower Expansion
Sutter Pharmacy Amador
Sutter Pharmacy Davis 
Sutter Pharmacy Eden Medical Center
Sutter Pharmacy Lakeside
Sutter Pharmacy Novato Community
Sutter Pharmacy Solano Cancer MOB
Switch Atlanta Data Center Retaining Walls in GA
Switch Atlanta NAP 1 Site Prep in GA
Switch Atlanta NAP 1 Site Prep in GA
Switch Vegas NAP 10 Power System TI in NV
Tropical LS7
Vanderbilt Residential College Halls RC-A
Vanderbilt University Site Infrastructure in TN
West Hills Hospital 4th and 6th Floor West Interior Finish Upgrade
West Hills Hospital CT & Fluoro in Reno

257 Tower Lobby Remodel
Ames Construction
Assembly Hall Building Light Rigging Upgrade
BonCom 7th floor
BSA GSLC Service Center
CBRE 18th Fl 222 Main Office Wall Removal
CBRE 222 Main 4th Floor
COB 2 Way Communication System                                        
COB 7th Floor East                                          
Daybreak Visitor Center                                               
EDA Office Remodel Phase 2                                     
Edwards 1st Floor Office Remodel                                           
Edwards East Assembly Room Remodel                               
Elase American Fork                                      
HHS PSC at Wells Fargo Tower                                   
L3 Building C & D Windows                                          
L3 Pacific Landing                                            
LDS Print Center Security & Parking Lot Upgrade                                              
Millrock North Lobby Remodel                                 
Millrock Office Relocation                                           
Nike Farmington                                             
Roseman Remodels                                       
Snowbird Center Courtyard Infill & Forklift Bar Renovation                                          
Snowbird El Chanate                                     
SoFi TI                                  
The Grove                                          
VA OIG - Wells Fargo Tower                                       
WOB VRF System                                            
Woodside Homes Office TI                                         

Southern California
Gilead Building L50 TI                                     
Macy's Manhattan Beach Expansion & Renovation                                          
Waxie Ontario

Layton crews placed the final beam Wednesday on the 60,000-square-foot Macy's addition in Manhattan Beach, California. Layton is rebuilding the Manhattan Village store on the interior, too, with a 110,000-square-foot renovation underway. The project will finish in late 2018.

St. Luke's in Boise leads list of recent new project wins

Editor's note: This story highlights project wins from the past several months. Because not all projects are under contract and the scope of work can change, please do not share outside of Layton. This edition: Healthcare, Hawaii and Southern California.

By Nicole Martin
Public Relations Manager

Let’s get ready to ruuuuuuumble!! On this side we have unsuspecting, outmatched competitors and on that side, weighing in at a svelte, “dance like a butterfly, sting like a bee” size, we have Whitney Walter and both the NorCal and HCG teams, knocking out opponents left and right. Someone even mentioned they heard Whitney menacingly mutter, “We will break you”** prior to landing a “body blow” of a presentation. Rumors.

Recent Southern California Wins

Cadence Capital Edin Park Los Angeles  $48,000,000
Edwards Lifesciences Exterior Garden & Gather Space Irvine $2,000,000
Frontier REI Capistrano Plaza Renovation San Juan Capistrano $1,500,000
Frontier REI Long Beach Shopping Center Long Beach $3,000,000
Frontier REI New Haven Marketplace Ontario $14,000,000
Frontier REI River Street Retail Center San Juan Capistrano $18,500,000
Frontier REI Stanton Retail Center Stanton $14,000,000
Frontier REI The Village at Whittier Whittier $27,000,000
Gilead Sciences La Verne Lab La Verne $700,000
Surf and Sand Resort Renovation Laguna Beach $30,000,000
VE Equities Hawthorne Parking Structure Hawthorne $10,000,000
Waxie Ontario Expansion Ontario $9,714,724

In an impressive combination move, these two teams had huge wins giving them the honor of sharing this week’s heavyweight championship belt.

Three years of pounding away by the HCG team resulted in the raised fist win of an estimated $350 million multi-phased project with the Downtown Capital Improvement Program of St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, starting preconstruction in July for the first phase of a five-year contract.

Because it’s not enough to just win, we want to win big — NorCal also won a five-year construction management contract with Santa Clara County in San Jose, with the ability to negotiate work up to $50 million without having to go through the RFP/interview process. They are already sizing up opportunities in the $17 million range.
Rocky IX in theaters soon!

** Rocky IV reference for those not as old as me. The one where he fights the Russian and we’re all supposed to suspend reality, and believe he would actually beat Drago, #Skeptical

St. Luke’s Project “At a Glance”

Shipping and Receiving Building
The Shipping and Receiving Building is a two-story building with one subgrade level. The Shipping and Receiving Building will be connected to the new Central Plant via a new tunnel.

Central Plant and Tunnel System
The Central Plant Building is a one-story structure with one subgrade level aligned with the main hospital subbasement elevation. The new tunnel system will connect the following major DCIP projects: the existing hospital, North Tower, 1st St. Medical Office Plaza, Central Plant, and the Shipping and Receiving Building.

Northwest Parking Garage
The Northwest Parking Garage is currently planned for eight levels of parking (two below grade) and will accommodate approximately 1,200 stalls.

North Tower
The North Tower is a nine-story building with two additional levels below grade to be constructed adjacent to the existing hospital, on the north side of the campus.

1st St. Medical Office Plaza
The 1st St. Medical Office Plaza is a multistory medical office building constructed between the North Tower and Northwest Parking Garage.  This will be a six-story medical office building with an interstitial mechanical floor, spanning 1st St.

New HCA Lake Nona Hospital
Orlando, Florida
200,000 SF
Contract amount: $93M
The project consists of a new acute care hospital and a central energy plant on a 36-acre parcel of property.  This 64-bed facility will be a three-story greenfield facility. We anticipate starting construction in the 4th quarter of this year.

Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital - ICU Tower, Surgery Expansion 
Bozeman, Montana
106,000 SF
Contract Value: $50M
Finish date: 2019
Layton was recently awarded an ICU tower expansion, OR infill, and new main entry upgrade to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital in Bozeman, Montana. The project will be the most significant capital improvements to the core of patient care areas in the last 30 years, and is the first phase in a master plan to address these areas and plan for future growth.
Layton will be constructing a three-story patient care tower, which will include space for administrative offices, an ICU expansion from eight to 20 beds and create shell space for future growth. The hospital is also set to get a major main entry upgrade and an expansion doubling the current number of operating rooms. One of the most complex components of the job will be keeping the entire hospital active during construction.


Marriott Residence Inn Kapolei
Project location: Kapolei
Contract value: $46 million
Finish date: June 2019
The Marriot Residence Inn in Kapolei is a 138,000-square-foot wood-framed hotel featuring 183 guestrooms and a pool. The hotel is being built for the same owners as the recent Layton-built Embassy Suites, also in Kapolei.

University of Hawaii Gym 1 & 2
$8 million
26,000 SF
Finish date: April 2019
The University of Hawaii Gym 1 & 2 project will transform the university’s two volleyball and basketball practice gyms into world-class training facilities. Upgrades include new acoustic panels, window systems, flooring and other finishes, new air-conditioning units, installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system for net-zero energy usage, as well as a new audio video (AV) system and an overall graphics enhancement.

Kauai County Adolescent Healing and Treatment Facility
Groundbreaking: July 2018
Project value: $7 million
13,000 SF
Scope: The Kauai County Adolescent Healing and Treatment Facility will provide services and rehabilitation to help troubled teens turn their lives around. The project includes seven small buildings, including administrative and office space, a health clinic, dining hall and transitional housing.

Quarterly Report: Looking Good, Keep Reaching

The office is abuzz with activity at each quarterly management meeting, when company leaders from around the nation descend upon the Sandy offices to report recent activity and project the future. These leaders also like to bend the ears of all of the centralized functions at company headquarters. Accounting, Communications, Marketing, Risk Management and Safety departments all brace themselves for the impromptu meetings of “we need this,” or “can you please do that?”

Even though the meetings are held quarterly, it is a still a time of reunion of executive vice presidents and vice presidents who come in from their distant locations. As they gather face-to-face, strategies are discussed, project successes reported and challenges that need to be dealt with are addressed. The group discussions are very valuable, as best practices are shared, which can be learned from and implemented by others. Of course, there’s a fair amount of friendly bantering and competitive spirit as each business unit or geographic location likes to flex their “we’re the best” muscles.

David Layton’s 2017 year-end recap celebrated the successes of the year, including company-high year-end revenues earned of just over $1.4 billion. Those numbers have been reported to ENR Magazine, which will release its “Top 400 Contractors” list later in May. Currently, Layton is ranked as the 53rd largest contractor in the nation.

At the meetings, discussions of safety are always first and foremost, as we’re all reminded that no project is a successful project unless it is a safe project.

David and SBU leaders highlighted successful projects, including many award winners: University of Utah Farmington Health Center was named ENR’s 2017 “Best of the Best” healthcare project in the nation, a singular honor, where the project was selected over hundreds of other healthcare projects submitted by construction companies from around the nation.

Other prestigious awards for the year, to name a few, but not all, include Layton Arizona’s being named NAIOP General Contractor of the Year and Tenant Improvement Contractor of the Year. NAIOP Hawaii named Kapi’olani Medical Center as Project of the Year. Herriman City Hall and Towne Center earned Utah Construction & Design Outstanding Municipal Project of the Year.

ENR annually honors rising stars in the industry, naming them Top Young Professionals. Three Layton professionals earned the distinction, including Brady Edwards (ENR California/Hawaii), Dave Minegar (ENR Mountain States/Idaho) and Eric Nay (ENR Mountain States/Utah). Congratulations!

David concluded the meeting with a challenge that we can’t rest on our laurels, but must continue to stretch, to find new opportunities, to continue to be safe, and reach to continue providing the predictable outcomes that result in great projects and continued opportunities with our clients in the future. 

Living la vida Layton: Ready to Run and Slugging It Out

Eric Daniels gets ready to steal home at a softball game in Sandy, Utah.

Layton sponsors a handful of employee sports teams across the country. Here is a report from our Utah running and softball teams.

Twelve members of the Layton Running Group are now in the final weeks of training for the Ragnar Wasatch Back on June 1-2. We are excited to represent Layton and broadcast our 5 for the Fight message. There is a training run (a 4-mile loop through the Daybreak area) tentatively scheduled for 5 am, Tuesday, May 15th. Anyone is welcome to join us. Please contact me for details. – Paige Pryor

Layton's Utah-based softball team lost a heartbreaker last night - 16-17, but the team is having fun. The park where we play has a nice playground, and families come out a make a party of it. Please contact me if you'd like to play. – Jared Smith

Guidelines for Layton Teams
Layton supports company-sponsored softball, running and cycling teams. If you’d like to form one of those teams in your area, contact Ashley Hill at 801 563-3590 to discuss the parameters and get the official go-ahead for your proposed team. She’ll help you understand Layton rules and sensibilities for:

  1. Costs
  2. Safety
  3. Publicity
  4. Use of Layton logo
  5. How to order shirts and other gear
  6. Incorporating the 5 for the Fight logo, etc.

Layton Employees Mentoring Future Builders Through ACE Program

Over the course of the past school year, Layton’s Amber Perkins, estimator, and Summer Butler, assistant project manager, mentored Ravenwood High School students (Team 9) through the ACE Mentor of Greater Nashville program, which aims to inspire and encourage students to pursue careers in engineering, design and construction. The 15-student team recently presented their motion-themed project – a rotating restaurant with 360-degree views of Nashville, inspired by a turning record – at a scholarship banquet, where two of the team’s students were awarded scholarships.

Amber, who is a program alumna, was also nominated by ACE Mentor of Nashville for recognition in the ACE Mentor Yearbook to be published in the Engineering News-Record. The feature will highlight her professional success and return to the ACE program as a team leader and board member.

Layton Hawaii's clean-up crew spent a day serving their community, including cleaning the sports field and vegetable garden at an elementary school, where they hoisted heavy picnic tables over fences, scooped tons of mud and debris and sanitized equipment. Later in the day, they joined a human chain loading supplies into boats for people on the north shore cut off from the rest of the island by mudslides. They also helped clean a church and clothing store and fed several dozen volunteers and those in need.

Hawaii Crew Takes On the Dirty Jobs, Shows What ‘Ohana’ Really Means

The Hawaiian Island of Kauai experienced near record-setting rainfall last weekend, causing severe flooding and landslides. Houses, schools and a church were damaged, roads lost and residents evacuated, but the U.S. Coast Guard and American Red Cross aren’t the only ones to start relief efforts. Below, Mia Checkley (project assistant) tells the story of Layton’s Kauai crew jumping into action. Mia, along with Nic Clark (pre-construction manager), Istvan Fodor (superintendent), Phil Anderson (estimator), as well as six spouses and friends rounded out the group, with other Layton crew, including Brady Edwards (sr. project manager), helping out later in the week.

Living in Hawaii, you have several ohanas, or families. You have your family at home, your work ohana, your church ohana, and your community ohana.  When even one member of our ohana is in need, we feel it is our kuleana, or responsibility, to help.

Over the weekend, some of the Layton Kauai ohana members were texting about the storm and resulting devastation.  Nic Clark said “We should see if we could find some kind of service that Layton Construction could do to help this week.”  We all agreed and on Monday morning, we purchased shovels, trash bags, cleaning supplies, along with food and drink to share with anyone we might meet, waited to get a work assignment, and then Tuesday morning, we headed up north.

Our group spent the morning at Hanalei Elementary School. There, we cleaned the sports field out and the vegetable garden.  There was a large amount of debris tangled up on the soccer goals that needed to be cleared and hauled out, and two of our volunteers helped to sanitize all of the outdoor sports equipment.  Mind you, there was a brown water advisory due to the possible presence of dead animals, fecal matter and other delightful things.  The school had some picnic tables that floated away and needed to be removed from their vegetable garden, relocated, and cleaned off.  We were in shin-deep mud hefting wet, heavy picnic tables over a six-foot chain-link fence.  We also scooped three inches of mud from three tether ball courts and hauled it off, helped load debris into trucks, cleaned out a storage shed, and more. 

Mid-day, we left the school and started to serve lunches to anyone we could find.  One of our volunteers, Irene, and I set up a makeshift buffet on the tailgate of a Layton truck and set out to feed as many people as possible. Down the road a bit, there were a few county workers at the transfer station hard at work.  We fed those eight weary workers, and then across the street, we fed another dozen or so folks at a local church.  While Irene and I were making lunches, the guys on our team helped pull up soaked, ruined carpet in a nearby church and hauled it to our trucks for disposal. They also helped the church folks clear sections of decking and sidewalk of inches of mud. 

Then, we drove down to the beach where crews of volunteers had formed a human chain to move supplies from trucks to waiting boats.  There are countless people on the far north shore of the island who are completely cut off, as the only road north is blocked by multiple landslides.  These supplies of water, food, and other necessities are being boated in to people in these areas. Since we still had more food, we also fed some of these volunteers, as well as a group of cowboys who were in Hanalei rounding up a herd of bison that got loose on the beach. Yes, bison on the beach. In all, we fed about 40 people.

After that, our crew spent the next three hours helping clean up a local clothing store.  The store seemed to “take the brunt” of the rushing water, as it was the first building the water hit coming into Hanalei.  The waterline was about four feet high.  It used to be a pretty little boutique, but everything was ruined and the floors were covered in about two inches of water and mud.  The store owner had us bag up upwards of 100 trash bags full of wet clothing and help discard many wet and ruined items. When Istvan Fodor had to undress a mannequin, it got a little uncomfortable for all involved.  Lastly, we tackled the wet and muddy floors. It was quite a task.

In the end, though, the good goes around. Before our project, I didn’t own rain boots. Apparently neither did Nic Clark.  The morning of our relief effort, I called a locally owned shoe shop and asked if she could open early so we could purchase some boots and get on the road.  She opened early, helped me quickly pick out boots, and then refused to accept our payment.  She said she wished she could go help out, but since she could not, this was her small way of helping our Kauai Ohana.

Layton Public Relations Manager Bryan Packer and his father, Randy, top. Randy poses with Bryan and his wife, Amber, and sons Riley and Neal, at AT&T Park in San Francisco, left. Randy received blood stem cells from an unknown donor for his bone marrow transplant.


What Do Star Wars and 5 for the Fight Have in Common?

By Bryan Packer
Public Relations Manager

What do Star Wars and 5 for the Fight have in common? Not a lot for many people, but in my case, they have a lot in common. I could go into some detailed story about how a noble Jedi and the Force helped the Rebels overcome Darth Vader and the evil Galactic Empire and how that applies to a noble cancer patient like my dad as he valiantly works to overcome the greatest battle of his life. For many fortunate cancer patients, the battle of good over evil is won. Here’s the story of my dad – Randy and his fight with cancer – the evil Empire.

My dad’s battle with cancer started in 2006 when he was diagnosed with CLL – Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and doubled in 2007 when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. That’s when the battle against the Empire began. Chemotherapy put the cancer under control for five years. But, then it came back. More chemo. Under control – once again. Then it came back a third time. After ten years of treatment and some respite with remission, a bone marrow transplant was the final and most significant step to take to try to heal my dad and give him a few more quality years of life.

Why do I associate my dad’s battle with cancer with Star Wars? Our family has always loved Star Wars. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was one of the first movies I recall seeing with my dad when it debuted in May 1977. His final battle to overcome cancer was scheduled with a bone marrow transplant on May 4, 2017 – Star Wars Day as many associated with the Star Wars universe like to call it. “May the fourth be with you…”

Our family celebrated my dad’s 67th birthday just days before his transplant. Since his transplant was scheduled for Star Wars day, we had a Star Wars themed birthday party. He wasn’t feeling well but he smiled and enjoyed every minute with the family – especially being able to be with eight of his 17 grandchildren who live locally.

The next day, dad started a regimen of treatments to prepare for the transplant. Those few days leading up to the transplant brought about hospitalization due to an infection. Bone marrow transplant recipients are very susceptible to infections and in my dad’s case the Force wasn’t on his side – infection had entered his body. Fortunately, his doctors determined he was able to proceed with the transplant. Our family was relieved at this news and once again optimistic.

The bone marrow transplant procedure itself was simple and peaceful. The procedure is performed in order to replace bone marrow that has been damaged or destroyed by disease, infection or chemotherapy. The procedure involved transplanting blood stem cells, which travel to the bone marrow where they produce new blood cells and promote growth of new marrow. The transplant was completed in about 30 minutes – but that was after three straight days of intensive chemotherapy and a morning of radiation treatment to make sure as much of the cancer cells as possible were out of his body.

The transplant day was a day of “cellebration” for our family. We were excited about the coming days, weeks and months and what they would bring in his road to recovery. We felt peace and were hopeful that we just took care of the first step of taking down the evil Empire, knowing this was going to be a long road to recovery. We were also thankful for an unknown donor who sacrificed to provide necessary stem cells in the attempt to heal my dad. Hopefully one day we will get to meet my dad’s donor.

After a week of recovery on the 8th floor of the bone marrow unit at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, my dad was feeling well enough to go home to continue his recovery. After being home for about 36 hours, he returned to the hospital with symptoms of another infection. Our battle to overcome the evil Empire just became a little more difficult. The doctors and our family were committed to do anything we could to help him hold up that light saber and fight to the end.

More complications from multiple infections took over and after a long battle, my dad passed away on May 30, 2017. The battle was hard. It took a great physical toll on the family. May was a long, difficult month.

A day doesn’t pass that I don’t think fondly of my dad. I miss going to games with him and cheering on our favorite team. I miss calling him on the phone to talk about what happened in the game the night before. I miss seeing him when I walk in my parent’s front door.

So, what does my dad’s battle have in common with 5 for the Fight? To me 5 for the Fight is personal. It’s associating two things that I love and am committed to. These connections are different for everyone.

At the time our family was going through all of this, I was taking steps to make a change my career and join the Layton team. Little did I know at the time how committed Layton is to supporting cancer research and helping find a cure for cancer. The Layton team supported me during some of the most difficult times of my life – before I even started working here. I am honored to work for a company that is doing so much to put an end to cancer and the evil Empire.

I don’t know how soon it will happen, but the simple gesture of giving $5 or more to help fund cancer research is going to one day end this horrible disease. Then the battle over evil will be won. It won’t bring back my dad, but it may mean that the likelihood of me or someone else I love succumbing to this evil disease will end. I envision a grand celebration just like the one at the end of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – with or without the Wookie. That’s my hope.

So far in 2018, Layton employees have committed more than $105,000 to cancer research. We're asking all employees and business partners to join us by donating $5 or more to 5 for the Fight. If every Layton employee committed to give just $5 per paycheck, Layton would reach its 2018 donation goal of $200,000 or more by tomorrow.

Wasatch Renal Center in South Salt Lake, Utah, is a 55,000-square-foot, multi-tenant medical office building features a hemodialysis clinic, a chronic kidney disease (CKD) clinic, pharmacy and office space.

Project Spotlight: Wasatch Renal Center

Layton recently completed construction of the 55,000-square-foot Wasatch Renal Center in South Salt Lake, Utah. The multi-tenant medical office building features a hemodialysis clinic, a chronic kidney disease (CKD) clinic, pharmacy and office space, as well as space for future build-outs. During construction, crew discovered two underground artesian wells which had been flowing since the 1930s. This required bringing on a local well drilling company to properly decommission the wells. The project, designed by Christopher Kidd and Associates, was built in linear phases from west to east, which allowed for better quality and speed to market for tenant occupancy.

The Wasatch Renal project team also won Layton’s coveted Oak Hard Hat Safety Award for best exemplifying safe building practices.


Layton Breaks Ground on Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital in Montana

Layton broke ground on a new three-story patient care tower at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital in an effort to provide the residents of southwest Montana more advanced medical care close to home. The tower, designed by CTA Architects Engineers, will include space for administrative offices, expand the ICU from eight to 20 beds and create shell space for future growth. The hospital is also set to get a major main entry upgrade and an expansion doubling the current number of operating rooms.


To Mark Architecture Week, Layton Offers VR Tour of Innovation Pointe

In celebration of Architecture Week, Layton partnered with MHTN Architects, Inc. and the Utah Center for Architecture to host a VR event on April 10 demonstrating how virtual reality technology is used in design and construction.

Attendees had the chance to put on a VR headset and virtually tour the under-construction Innovation Pointe office development in Lehi, Utah. Layton's Shane Sumsion gives a visitor a virtual tour of the office development, bottom right.

Interior Construction Specialists: Different By Design

Layton SBU reaches $1 billion milestone by not following the crowd

This is NOT your “Father’s Tenant Improvement Group.” ICS likes to work hard and play hard.

If you were to walk into ICS, it would not be uncommon to see a stray Nerf bullet, a tattered paper airplane or an employee proudly displaying the rotating “Builder Bob” trophy. This is a company that prides itself on working hard and playing hard. They were designed to be different, and they’ve been highly successful because of it.

In 2000, a tenant improvement contractor was born with the goal of using Layton’s expansive resources to offer a higher level of service not previously seen in the Utah market. Eighteen years later, they’ve grown up, achieving an impressive milestone of $1 billion in revenues since inception and arguably becoming the most successful tenant improvement company in the Intermountain West.

They continue to make their mark by purposefully NOT being your “Father’s Tenant Improvement Group” with stuffy corporate formality. On the contrary, they describe themselves as the “Tech Start-Up Company that Does Construction” with a culture resembling a tight-knit family or friends who just happen to all do construction together.

This formula breeds the creativity and expertise necessary to stay at the top of the food chain in a hot TI market that is growing as never before and seeing new and exciting construction trends. One such trend ironically shows companies who 5-10 years ago devoted the bulk of their budgets to their exterior façade now flip-flopping and focusing on the creative branding of their interior spaces while leaving exteriors relatively plain. Interior spaces are becoming more open, communal, colorful and full of fun amenities designed to attract and keep employees.

There is no doubt ICS will continue to not only effectively adapt to a changing industry, but to lead the way with creativity, technology, and an “edgy cool factor” not easily replicated.

Layton Public Relations Manager Nicole Martin and her big sister, Laurie.


What Would I Give to Have my Sister Back?

By Nicole Martin
Public Relations Manager

My older sister loved to tease me. She’d lock me out on the balcony, she’d play Hide and Seek, but never actually try to find me and then there’s the time she put underwear in my Trapper Keeper to embarrass me at school. I still have PTSD from that last prank. I have wonderful memories of my sister… and that’s all I have now.

My 49-year-old sister died of lung cancer on February 4, 2017. More than a year later and I still can’t say those words without feeling disbelief. The diagnosis was unexpected, the cancer was merciless, the remaining time with her was heartbreakingly short, and the inability to heal her or ease her pain was maddening.

I was blessed to be at her bedside in her final hours as she was told she was going to die. What I will never forget is that, despite the fact that cancer had gutted her physically and emotionally, she still had hope until the end. In her impossibly frail state, she was still willing to fight. Upon hearing the news, she simply said, “Well this sucks. I don’t want to leave you or my kids.” She didn’t think of herself or her suffering, she simply wanted more time to love the people she loved.

Nicole shared her story on Instagram to inspire others to join 5 for the Fight.

Coincidentally, I joined the Layton Construction family in January as a public relations manager on the corporate communications team as we were launching the “5 For the Fight” campaign. I find it quite healing to feel empowered to do something to battle cancer, even if my efforts don’t help my sister now.

The phrase I kept finding myself saying was, “What I wouldn’t give”… for Laurie to have more time with her kids; to see her hold her grandkids; to hear her laugh over a big sister prank; for her to grow old with me.

What the “5 For the Fight” campaign gives me is the opportunity to say, “What Would I Give?” What would I give to provide time or healing to others going through this same trial? Five dollars is so little in the grand scheme of things, so little compared to life and memories made. So, what would I give? I’d give up a trip to Starbucks, I’d give up my chocolate cake addiction … for a day, let’s not go crazy here, I’d buy one less fun ring. What I’d give up is a frivolous purchase in the hope that it contributes to a cure or a priceless opportunity for someone to have the one thing my sister didn’t, more time.

So far in 2018, Layton employees have committed more than $100,000 to cancer research. We're asking all employees and business partners to join us by donating $5 or more to 5 for the Fight. If every Layton employee gave just $5 per paycheck, Layton would reach its 2018 donation goal of $200,000 or more by tomorrow.

PV 303 Building A

PV 303 is a 1,600-acre, master-planned business park located in Goodyear, Arizona. PV 303 - Building A was named Spec Industrial Project of the Year and fully leased to UPS in May of 2017.

Layton Wins 3 Prestigious NAIOP Arizona Awards

On March 22, Layton Construction was named NAIOP Arizona’s General Contractor of the Year and Tenant Improvement Contractor of the Year. Layton’s PV 303 project was also awarded Spec Industrial Project of the Year.

Waypoint Homes

Layton Construction was named NAIOP Arizona’s Tenant Improvement Contractor of the Year for its work on notable projects such as CBRE Workplace360. Designed by Gensler in collaboration with CBRE’s local in-house project management team, the 75,000-square-foot interior integrates the latest trends in office design and technology, emphasizing employee collaboration and choice.

Below, Andrew Geier, Layton Executive Vice President, Ashley Hoffman, Business Development Manager, and Brock Grayson, Vice President, had a good night at the NAIOP Arizona Awards.

Layton has been creating new spaces in Arizona for over 30 years, and in 2017, it completed more than 6 million square feet of commercial space.

2018 NAIOP Arizona Awards

General Contractor of Year
TI Contractor of Year
Spec Industrial Project of Year

In 2017, Layton built 5,180,165 square feet of office and industrial space in Arizona, distributed across 34 projects. Additionally, Layton constructed an additional 1 million plus square feet of hospitality, healthcare and public works construction.

Layton’s projects included several high-profile projects, including PV 303 Buildings A & B, The Hub, CBRE Workplace360 tenant improvement, Cushman & Wakefield tenant improvement, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) tenant improvement, Western Window Systems tenant improvement and Kudelski Security tenant improvement.

PV 303 – Spec Industrial Project of the Year
Strategically located on the Loop 303 freeway, north of I-10, PV 303 is a 1,600-plus-acre, master-planned business park located in Goodyear, Arizona. PV 303 Building A is a 618,350 SF cross-dock warehouse with 36-foot clear height on 38.79 acres. The building was fully leased to UPS in May of 2017 and serves as a new package processing hub for their e-commerce division.

The phased hub construction modifies a 618,350-square-foot structure on 140 acres in the PV 303 Development. During the past holiday season, the facility provided additional processing and efficient automated sorting capacity for lightweight small packages typical of e-commerce that were moving throughout Arizona and the Southwest.

With its planned completion of phase two in late 2019, the new facility will showcase more than 970,000 square feet of advanced operational technologies and sortation equipment under one roof and bring more than 1,500 jobs to the Goodyear area.

Phase one includes Building A, a parking lot to the west for 275 cars, truck parking to the north and south, a fire lane to the east and a private drive to the south. The site will accommodate future parking for an additional 264 cars. Parking stalls for 129 trailers are also provided. Truck areas are screened by an eight-foot-high articulated masonry wall with provisions for future gates. Berms, entries and landscaping are located along Sells Street and Sarival Road to provide a visual softening to the site.

PV 303 embraces its Loop 303 freeway exposure by creating an identity element on the northwest corner of the building to attract a full-building tenant. Design elements are bold in mass, color and pattern to address the view of the building at freeway speeds.

Dock doors on the north and south sides of the building take advantage of favorable solar exposure. Warehouse skylights filter natural light into the facility to minimize the number of lights used, reducing energy cost and usage.


Layton Begins Construction on Church at Loma Linda University

Layton’s been building continuously at Loma Linda University for six years, and our work continues with the construction of a church building at the heart of campus. The church’s construction will begin with a shotcrete foundation and be topped off with a 40-foot-tall artistic sheet metal flame spire. The building also features a 10,000-square-foot amphitheater, 17,000 square feet of terraces and 60,000 square feet dedicated to a fellowship hall, classrooms, offices, a café and more. The on-campus church serves one of the largest Seventh-day Adventist congregations in the world.

Project start date: April 3, 2018
Estimated finish date: September 11, 2019
Contract: $32 million
Architect: Adrian Gaus Architects, Inc.
Key subs: Bergelectric, ACH Mechanical, IMAC Construction, Able Iron Works
Rendering by Jon Ferguson

Dixie Technical College Ribbon Cutting Marks Major Step for Southern Utah

Layton Vice President Josh Haines speaks a the ribbon cutting for Dixie Technical College.

See the video at (Josh is at 5:02)

Layton Construction Vice President Josh Haines was one of the featured speakers at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Dixie Technical College on March 29.

The school was founded in September 2001 and called DXATC. It began with 26 adults in three programs. Today, Dixie Technical College offers 21 specialized programs within seven specialties: emergency medical training, health-care sciences, computer technologies, construction technologies, service professionals, opX (welding, industrial automation), and transportation technologies.

The college will have a major impact on Southern Utah, providing high-paying skills to students from Utah and surrounding states.

Massive Tilt Panels Rise at Lincoln Logistics 40 Warehouse in Goodyear, Arizona

The first half of 166 tilt panels went up this week on the Lincoln Logistics 40 spec warehouse in Goodyear, Arizona. The panels measure up to 57-feet-tall and the heaviest weighs in at 212,000 pounds – as much as 64 Honda Accords.

The 900,000-square-foot building is one of the Phoenix area’s first 40-foot clear height projects to be built on a fully speculative basis. Designed to serve ultra-modern e-commerce and distribution tenants, the project will be finished in only 9 months, finishing in fall 2018.


Layton Executive Vice President Steve Brecker and David Dixon, principal architect/founder of Dixon + Associates, pose with their ENR Award.

Steve Brecker Picks Up ENR Best of the Best Award for Farmington Health Center Project

NEW YORK - Executive Vice President Steve Brecker accepted ENR Magazine’s Best of the Best Award for the Utah Healthcare Farmington Health Center today (April 6) in New York. The project was named the top healthcare project in the nation for 2017. Steve was joined in New York by David Dixon, principal architect/founder of Dixon + Associates.

The project was led by Sr. Project Manager Porter McDonough and Sr. Superintendent J.R. Howell.

The Farmington Health Center project is considered the “pinnacle of design and construction achievement in the entire U.S.” among projects completed between May 2016 and May 2017. The health center was selected by a national panel of industry judges and the ENR editorial team.

The ENR Best of the Best designation is considered the highest award in the construction industry.

The Farmington Health Center project competed against several dozen outstanding healthcare construction projects nationwide. The competition distinguishes the best from the best in terms of teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality.

The University of Utah Healthcare Farmington Health Center is a state-of-the-art multi-specialty clinic offering primary care, urgent care and specialty care services, with a full-service pharmacy, in-house branches of the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Moran Eye Center, a café, espresso bar, and a large conference room with amenities suitable for banquets, seminars and educational training.

Red-hot Layton Arizona Building Inspired Office Spaces

In midst of a variety of big projects, SBU winning awards for interior excellence

CBRE’s new Phoenix office, which spans the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of Tower IV at The Esplanade, represents the workplace of the future. Designed by Gensler in collaboration with CBRE’s local in-house project management team, the 75,000-square-foot interior integrates the latest trends in office design and technology, emphasizing employee collaboration and choice.

Layton Executive Vice President Andrew Geier accepts the Office Interior of the Year award at AZRE magazine's annual Real Estate & Development (RED) Awards.

On March 8, the Layton-built CBRE Phoenix – Workplace360 won the prestigious 2018 Office Interior of the Year award at AZRE magazine's annual Real Estate & Development (RED) Awards.

The stunning office is just one of raft of inspiring office spaces built by Layton in The Valley (see accompanying story).

The Phoenix office at The Esplanade ranks as CBRE’s largest Workplace360 office in the world.

Boasting a “metropolis-in-the-desert” themed interior, this new global workplace strategy promotes flexibility, mobility and productivity through a tech-enabled, completely free-address and paperless office.

Central to the design concept was technology. In the free-address space, employees are no longer tethered to assigned desks or cubicles but instead can choose from nearly a dozen collaborative and private work settings that align with their changing needs throughout the day. Workspace variations include sit/stand workstations, private offices, huddle rooms for formal and informal meetings, conference rooms and “pod” areas with tables and comfortable seating. Set up for plug-and-play, workstations and private offices are equipped with dual monitors and “follow-me” phones.

Layton Employees Step Up Big to Support Cancer Research

Social Post Tips to Get your Friends and Family Involved

By Amy Headlee
Social Media Manager

Social media is one of the best ways for us to spread the word on our efforts to fight cancer through our new 5 For The Fight employee giving campaign. Here are 5 tips for your own social media post to ask friends and family to join our fight against cancer.

Personalize it:
Tell the story of your personal experience with cancer. Everyone knows someone who’s fought cancer. Make your 5 For The Fight pledge and post about them.

We want to see your stories! Send me a screenshot of your social media posts on any platform for the chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.

My social post might say something like: “Both of my mom’s parents, my grandparents, lost their battles with cancer. It’s for them that I’m joining with my coworkers and Layton Construction to donate money from every paycheck to cancer research.”

Share a picture:
Write on your hand why or for whom you’re donating toward the fight against cancer, and snap a photo!

A landscape (horizontal) orientation photo will work best, but any photo will do. If you want to get technical, consider cropping your photo to 1200x630 px or 600x315 px.

Platform choice:
Facebook is still the most widely used social media platform and the platform that best facilitates sharing. Consider posting there, Instagram, Twitter, and/or your favorite channel.

If you post on Facebook, consider making your post “public” so it can be better shared and so friends of your friends, coworkers, or people searching with the hashtag #5ForTheFight can see it.

To make a post public on Facebook, click the lock icon under your name (within the post), and select “Public.”

Use the hashtags #5ForTheFight and #LaytonGives to help spread the word!

Also consider tagging family and friends. I might tag my mom, aunts, uncles or cousins.

Tagging Layton and 5 For The Fight will also help improve visibility for the cause.
Facebook: @5forthefight @LaytonCompanies
Twitter: @5forthefight_ @LaytonBuilds
Instagram: @5forthefight @laytonconstruction
LinkedIn: Type @Layton Construction (with the space), and select Layton Construction in the drop down menu.

Call to action
Ask your friends and family if they can give $5 or more for the fight against cancer and give them the link to Layton’s 5 For The Fight web page.

“Can you spare $5 for the fight against cancer? Donate at:

Your final post might look something like:

Have ideas or questions? Let me know.

Fight's Not Over; Here's What You Can Do to Help

When asked to join the fight against cancer, Layton employees came out swinging. In just one week after the March 12 launch, employees committed more than $90,000 to cancer research.

That’s an uplifting success and speaks to the heart and character of the people at our company. There are still many opportunities to join the fight and help us reach our goal of $200,000+ in 2018.

If You Haven’t Donated, Join the Fight Today
While more than a third of Layton employees have donated, all employees are invited and encouraged to participate. If every employee gave just $5 a paycheck, then our annual giving would exceed $200,000, and at the end of our five-year campaign we will have donated more than $1 million to cancer research. You can choose to donate any amount or even to make just a one-time donation.

Step Up on Social Media
Layton’s social media manager, Amy Headlee, talks about sharing on social media in the accompanying story.

Show Your Fighting Spirit at the Jobsite
Download this poster template to customize and hang in your job trailer. Share your own photo with your personal reasons for joining the campaign. The endorsement from a superintendent, project manager and other members of the project management team will have a big impact on recruiting subcontractors and others to join the fight.

Add a Callout to Your Email Signature
Add a text link to your email signature like Mia Checkley did.

Thanks again for your generosity and willingness to join the fight.

Everyone can give five dollars, and we need everyone – because we’ve got to find a cure.


North Alabama Medical Center Opening Date Set

The new North Alabama Medical Center is on track to finish ahead of schedule and set to open in less than nine months. Check out the project’s live progress here:

Learn more:

Groundbreaking on 157-room Element Hotel in Scottsdale

Dirt flew as Layton broke ground on a 157-room Element Hotel in the southwestern corner of ASU SkySong, a 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use development located on a 42-acre campus in Scottsdale. The 100,000-square-foot hotel will provide a highly sustainable, health-focused environment for guests and amenities including a natural saline swimming pool, gym and bike rentals.

Top Young Professionals: Eric Nay

He makes a big impact in business development – and in the community

Eric Nay and his wife, Kasey, pictured in Park City, Utah, are both avid skiers, top. In fact, they got married at the top of Solitude Mountain Resort, bottom left. Eric enjoys boating and fishing at Lake Powell, a reservoir that straddles Utah and Arizona. He’s pictured here catching stripers (striped bass). Eric also enjoys spending time with his nephews. Eric is an archery hunter, and hiked 100 miles to get this trophy public Utah elk. He butchered the elk himself and packed it out, bottom right.

The Layton Way concludes its spotlight on three Layton employees who were recently named Top Young Professionals by ENR Magazine. Today's story: Eric Nay from the ENR Mountain States divison.

Eric Nay, Director of Business Development at Layton Construction, is a client relationship expert who finds success through engagement as a client advocate, ensuring that projects deliver the service, schedule, and outcomes that company owners expect. In less than two years, at Layton Construction, he’s developed solid relationships with clients and developers at multiple Fortune 500 companies. This effort, accompanied by talented project teams, a strategy on team subcontractors, focused preconstruction efforts, client retention through excellent service, and a focus on new national building programs; has resulted in Layton securing over $420 million in new projects within Eric’s first 21 months with the company. Eric and his teams are working to build upon this momentum with several exciting pursuits currently underway that will hopefully award later this year.

Eric’s ambition has also enabled him to grow Layton’s already-successful business to reach new clients and expand geographically. He has succeeded in growing Layton’s presence in Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Oregon, with efforts underway for additional work in Texas, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Georgia and Washington. Eric is also highly skilled at piecing together complicated deals, especially those that intersect construction, development and government interaction.

Prior to joining Layton, Eric was the Director of Business Development at Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), and helped attract new business to the state.

Project Wins

Projects that Eric has helped win include:

  • UPS Regional Hub Facility, Salt Lake City
  • UPS Distribution Facility, Goodyear, Arizona
  • UPS Distribution Facility, Portland, Oregon
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center, Salt Lake City
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center, Las Vegas
  • Wasatch Dialysis Center, Salt Lake City
  • Cummins Service Facility, Atlanta
  • Lowes Home Improvement Center, Queen Creek, Arizona
  • Lowes Home Improvement Center, Spanish Fork, Utah

Career and Leadership

Prior to joining Layton Construction, Eric was the Director of Business Development at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), and supported the governor’s administration and the GOED Board in achieving its many objectives.  In his role, he evaluated corporate relocations and recommended state incentives, evaluated economic opportunity, and was extensively involved in state boards, committees and legislative coordination. He was also engaged in urban and rural economic development activities, where he helped expand business opportunities, financing, services to help companies thrive, infrastructure development, the establishment and growth of outdoor companies, and corporate development. 

Eric was awarded the prestigious Utah Governor’s Award for Leadership in 2015 for exceptional leadership and cooperative teamwork during an organizational management transition and legislative audit recommendations. This required exceptional personal development and improved program results. He was also awarded the prestigious Utah Governor’s Award in 2013 for exceptional service and outstanding contribution to the State of Utah for performance results as Incentives Manager.

Focus on the Community

Eric has worked with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to improve Utah’s future for hunting, fishing, and wildlife management. For nine years, he’s been a project manager for the Utah Dedicated Hunter Program and volunteered for the Hunter Education program, where he oversaw three service projects with a combined 800 donated hours. One project included the creation of a permanent Hunter Education shooting range, where youth learn firearm safety and gun enthusiasts can safely recreate.

Eric also donated time to his hometown in a rural Utah community effort called Gunnison City Legacy Project. A gas leak from an underground storage tank did significant damage to vegetation, contaminated water and required businesses to vacate their establishments. It significantly affected the health and heartbeat of a small rural community.  Eric provided service hours organizing and managing manpower for post-mitigation beautification efforts, which included tree planting projects and a planter box installation. He also assisted the mayor in creating a local incentive program encouraging business investment and provided service and charitable donations to a permanent mosaic art installation.

Eric has also served internationally as he focused on community service and humanitarian work in Ukraine. At an orphanage, he helped construct an assembly room extension and organized a weekly service gathering that continued for years.  Eric also coordinated the donation of high-value dialysis equipment to two Ukrainian women’s hospitals and a maternity hospital.

When Eric learned that the Salt Lake YMCA’s flag football teams didn’t have coaches, he planned to step in for a couple of weeks. Three years later, he’s still coaching. Eric’s involvement at the Y has become about more than just scoring points and winning or losing a game. In an environment where some youth are lacking parental presence and guidance, his efforts are as much about providing direction in life as in the game.  

Layton Hawaii Team Adds a Dragon Castle to its Impressive Resume

Layton Construction raised the bar at the 2018 Sand Castle Esquisse hosted recently by the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Hawaii Chapter.

The Layton team sculpted a dragon going through a castle to fit the event theme of “Inside Out.”

The group was led by master sand castle builder Jeff Peterson, vice president, who moved to Hawaii to work on Layton’s Koloa Landing project 11 years ago and started doing sandcastles shortly after.

“I am not very artistic,” Jeff said. “I am an engineer at heart, so building – specifically castles – are typically what I make. Occasionally I branch out to things that don’t really exist, like dragons. For 90 percent of the castles I build, I don’t design it on paper beforehand. For this one, I made a few sketches and printed some ideas for dragon scales off the internet.”

While Jeff led the effort, Layton’s sand squad also included employees Joey Montano, Kaleb Binkley, Preston Christensen, Reed Ewell, Gary Weston, Jamie Weston, and Eric Mach, along with helpful family members from near and far.

“All of the Layton team members were great,” Jeff said. “None of them had built a sand castle like this before, but they all jumped right in.”

The judges, who included architecture teachers and professional architects, awarded our team “best overall.”

Layton's Olympic Legacy May Get a New Chapter

In 2002, the opening ceremonies were held at the Layton-built Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Layton President and CEO Dave Layton traveled to PyeongChang to promote Utah's effort to host the Games again. Next to Dave are Jeff Robbins, CEO of Utah Sports Commission; Peter Mouskondis, member of exploratory committee; and Steve Price. Dave is shown with Olympic speedskater Apollo Anton Ohno, middle row.

Layton also constructed the 267,000-square-foot Utah Olympic Oval, which contained what was called the “fastest ice on earth.”

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games have come to a close. But for those at Layton who helped construct venues for the 2002 Winter Games, the Olympic spirit left an indelible mark.

And Layton President and CEO Dave Layton is keeping the quest alive for Utah to host another Winter Games. Dave Layton is a business leader member of the OEC and joined key members of the group to attend PyeongChang events, just as Utah officials have done in Torino, Beijing, Vancouver, London and Sochi.

One favorite construction memory is the 267,000-square-foot Utah Olympic Oval, an indoor speed skating oval known as the “fastest ice on earth,” and located 14 miles outside of Salt Lake City. Official Olympic records say that “Due to (the Oval’s) high altitude, 4,675 feet, and the associated low air resistance, ten Olympic records and nine world records were set at the Oval during the 2002 games, the largest number of world records ever set at one event.”

We know Layton’s experience and attention to detail to the concrete placement and cooling system beneath the expanse of ice also made the difference. The Utah Olympic Oval was the first LEED-certified building in the state of Utah, and at completion was the largest LEED-certified structure on the planet.

The site held a total of 10 events, each skating to a full house – a total of 53,056 spectators. The Oval also hosted four speed skating test and training events from 1999 to 2002.

Layton also constructed two international size hockey rinks within a 400-meter speed skating oval.

The Layton-built Rice Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah played host to the 2002 Games’ opening and closing ceremonies, with the turf covered by asphalt blacktop.

Planners had originally estimated the project would take three years to complete in phases. However, the total project time decreased significantly when both the design and construction were completed in one phase, and Layton finished the entire stadium in 15 months.

It may not be long before Utah has more than just Olympic memories.

On February 7, Utah’s Olympic Exploratory Committee (OEC) voted to pursue hosting either the 2026 or 2030 Winter Games, based on the the possibility the International Olympic Committee will award the two simultaneously, like they did with the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games.

Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution the Legislature passed to support the bid, and an overwhelming majority of Utahns support playing Olympic host once again too - 83 percent, according The Salt Lake Tribune and University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics.

Salt Lake City was the first in the U.S. to announce its bid but will likely also face competition from Reno and Denver.


Madison Street Jail Adaptive Reuse Project is Focus of ENR Feature

ENR Southwest wrote a lengthy feature, Vacant Jail Sheds Cells For Offices, about turning the former Madison Street Jail into the home of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

The old jail in downtown Phoenix sat vacant for over 13 years, and when studies showed that renovating as a correctional facility or tearing down the building would be too expensive, Maricopa County looked to Layton to redevelop the 278,000-square-foot cast-in-place concrete structure. Crews, including subcontractor Dickens Quality Demolition, are currently using remote-controlled demolition to take the building down to its bones, as well as safely remediating asbestos and lead paint. Build-back will start this summer to create an open, sunlight-filled space for the county attorney’s offices.

Top Young Professionals: Dave Minegar

Boise Project Manager and Former Stock Car Champ Wins Praise as a Leader and Mentor On and Off the Job

Being present with his family is a priority for Dave Minegar, and he says he tries to be off the phone when he’s not working.

Dave was a full-time champion stock car driver for 12 years.

The Layton Way continues its spotlight on three Layton employees who were recently named Top Young Professionals by ENR Magazine. Today's story: Dave Minegar from the ENR Mountain States divison.

The story of Dave Minegar’s foray into the construction industry is more exciting than most. You could say he literally raced his way in. Dave raced as a full-time stock car driver for 12 years, winning multiple races and track championships. He also began working on cars and selling parts, and when a client set up a race shop, they hired him to build his race team. The same client also owned a construction company, and since Dave was establishing a family, he was interested in a job with greater career growth opportunities. He began as a project coordinator and worked his way up to project engineer and then project manager. Although he didn’t begin with the same background as most people in the industry, Dave’s hard work, enthusiasm for learning, ability to admit what he didn’t know and ask the right questions quickly turned him into a skilled project leader. Dave also credits mentors and management who saw his potential and offered opportunities. His successes at his former company include the major achievement of establishing a special projects division.

Within a month at Layton, Dave began leading the company’s $20 million concrete package project on JUMP and Simplot World Headquarters in Boise. Despite the transition from leading seven small projects to leading one large project, Dave quickly found success through building strong relationships with his construction team. To him, it was natural to spend time on-site supporting and cheering on the crew. Management quickly noticed his skill for genuinely connecting with others and credit Dave’s approach to teamwork and project management as the key to this project’s successful completion.

At Layton, Dave is also known for the leadership and mentorship he shows fellow employees. New industry professionals can sometimes get lost in the shuffle of getting work done quickly to meet deadlines, but Dave makes conscious efforts to pause what he’s doing if it’s an opportunity for his project engineer to do something new or if it’s something he knows they may enjoy. He takes the time to know where each person on his team wants to go with their careers and gives each person responsibilities that align with their goals and helps coach them through the tasks. Efforts like this not only improve the strength of Layton as a company but improve the industry as a whole.

Dave spends several hours a week serving kids in his community. He has six and eight-year-old sons and when they first got involved in football, he noticed the coach could use some help. The following season, he volunteered as head coach. He says he’s happy to have the flexibility in his work to be able to be present, since he knows that isn’t possible for everyone. He’s been coaching now for three years, and volunteers for two football teams, two basketball leagues and two soccer teams each year. He knows how many kids also need a good father figure in their lives, so he enjoys being a role model, father figure and all-around good influence.

Being present with his family is also a priority. It’s important to Dave to spend quality time with his family and to be off the phone when he’s not working. He also recognizes that work-life balance is important in being the best employee possible; those with a good balance are happier, less stressed out and have higher energy and work ethic.

Dave has been coaching now for three years and volunteers for two football teams, two basketball leagues and two soccer teams each year.

Dave also stays involved in racing by spotting for a couple of his racing buddies. The spotter communicates to the driver during the race, helping them navigate the race from a bird’s-eye view above the track. Dave still has his race car and is working toward getting it ready to race in the 2018 season. Now that his kids are old enough to assist, they can’t wait to help dad race again.

Dave’s Project Experience

Dave has spent over 10 years in the construction industry, with experience in commercial, retail, grocery, restaurants, health care and churches. Dave’s varied experience with new construction, remodels and tenant improvements has given him perspective to relate and effectively communicate with owners and customers throughout construction. Dave’s ability to connect with the entire project team while managing the schedule, budget, changes and personalities makes him an effective project leader.

After Dave’s work on his first Layton project, Simplot World Headquarters, he successfully managed the construction of two speculative industrial facilities for Strider Group; Beechcraft is a 54,000-square-foot tilt-up building, and Slipstream is 60,000 square feet.

“There’s no question in our mind that Layton is the ‘A’ team — with depth of knowledge, capacity, capital, and an ability to draw on unparalleled experience,” says Scott Thomson, Strider Group Principal. “What’s more important to us though, is that we aren’t just a job or a draw or a change order to Layton — we are a relationship to them. And we feel like Layton takes the long view of that.”

Strider was so satisfied with their experience and Dave’s leadership, that they have several other projects under construction with Layton, including:
Gowen Industrial Park - Boise, ID 20-acre site development, including three spec warehouses
Griffin Creek Office Building TI - Boise, ID: new Strider Group office building
Flamingo Building TI - Nampa, ID: Office building remodel and elevator installation
Beechcraft - Boise, ID: 54,000-square-foot distribution warehouse
Slipstream - Caldwell, ID: 60,000-square-foot industrial building, including full TI
Goosecreek Insurance Tenant Improvement - Nampa, ID

Dave’s other projects include:
Larry H. Miller Toyota Spokane - Spokane, WA 
Simplot World Headquarters Concrete - Boise, ID: 10 Story Concrete Office Tower
JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place) Underground Parking - Boise, ID


Layton Guides Students at Associated Schools of Construction

Layton Construction was back at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) competition in Reno, Nevada, last week. The ASC event is the largest construction management student competition in the nation, and this year, over 1,400 students from 49 universities and 21 states are competing.

Layton sponsors the mixed-use construction problem each year, and within only 24 hours, 10 student teams were required to respond to an RFP, which includes the preparation of a detailed schedule and an estimate for the entire project. They’re encouraged to think outside of the box and to find ways to build better and faster by using current and upcoming technologies.

Layton’s judges include Karina Smith, Jordon Gillman, Adam Rasmussen, Shaun Keep, Brandon Howell and Kyle Krutsch. HR was represented for recruiting by Ashley Hill, Jared Smith and Dan Lee.

Layton has been a competition sponsor since 2003, and some of our best employees have been recruited from the event. While BYU’s team had the best style – showing up in Aloha shirts to present on the project located in Honolulu – it was Arizona State University who pulled off the win. Montana State University took 2nd place, and Utah Valley University, last year’s winner, took 3rd.

The event’s MVP was awarded to Colorado Mesa University student Jamie Groman. “Although his team didn’t win, he was the standout star,” said Ashley Hill, Sr. HR Business Partner.

“Jamie stood out in his demeanor and knowledge of the project,” said Jordon Gillman, Preconstruction Manager. “He often looked at his teammates during the interview to encourage them to answer the questions asked. He was well-spoken and answered every question well.”

ASC at a Glance

Participating Universities – 49
Number of States – 21
Total Teams – 195
Number of Students on a Team – 1,160
Number of Alternates – 253
Number of Student Volunteers – 30
Number of Faculty Attending – 160
Number of Companies Participating in the Job Fair – 103
Number of Registered Industry Attendees – 1,199
First place – Arizona State University
Second place – Montana State University
Third Place – Utah Valley University


New Cambria Hotel Opens in Chandler

PHOENIX, AZ — The Cambria Hotel Phoenix Chandler–Fashion Center is now open.

The new 136-room upscale hotal features a pool with cabanas, fitness room, lounge area, and 1,300 square-feet of multi-function meeting space. The property also has onsite dining, including a menu comprised of locally-inspired specialties, signature cocktails, and local craft beers.

“The design team (DLR) did a really good job when designing a five-story, completely wood structure,” said Andrew Geier, Layton executive vice president. “The building is designed as a Type 3B, Heavy Timber Construction allowing us to not have to fireproof the interior steel components and work around having to do complete assemblies of two-hour rated walls and floors throughout. The owner was great to work with. They are smart guys who helped us be successful.”

“Our project team did a great job,” said David Blaser, executive vice president.  “These wood-framed hotels are hard. They did a great job connecting with the client, managing the subcontractors, and the project quality was fantastic.”

Located near Loops 101 and 202 at 3165 West Fry Rd., the new Cambria hotel is part of the Chandler Viridian, a 25-acre mixed-use development project that includes office space, luxury apartments, retail offerings, and a pedestrian promenade to the Chandler Fashion Center. The hotel is near many Phoenix area attractions, including premier golf courses, national parks and several corporate offices, such as Intel, Microchip Technologies and PayPal.

50-Acre Reserve at San Tan Office Project Breaks Ground in Gilbert, Arizona

PHOENIX, AZ — Community leaders and other dignitaries gathered on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, for the groundbreaking of phase three of the Reserve at San Tan, located at 343 East Germann Road in Gilbert, Arizona. Building 6 will be developed in two phases and consist of two three-story, Class A multi-tenant office properties measuring a total of 145,000 square feet.

The Reserve at San Tan is a 50-acre office project located east of Gilbert and Germann Roads and is one of the first developments in the area, with a strategic location a quarter mile south of Loop 202. Currently, the Reserve at San Tan consists of approximately 265,000 square feet of office space ideally located in an amenity-rich area with 1.2 million square feet of retail, 40 dining locations, and six hotels, all easily within walking distance or accessible by car.

“Layton Construction is excited to be involved in the construction of this phase of the Reserve at San Tan,” said Andrew Geier, Layton executive vice president. “Gilbert is a fast developing and growing community, and this new Class A office space will be state of the art and very attractive to businesses looking to showcase their brand in the community.”


Hartford Connecticut LDS Temple Named Most Beautiful Place of Worship in Connecticut

Architecutral Digest recently named the Layton-built Hartford Connecticut LDS Temple as the most beautiful place to worship in Connecticut. In its article, “The Most Beautiful Place of Worship in Every State,” the magazine said, “With formal gardens in front, the Hartford Connecticut LDS Temple boasts an elegant entry. Once inside, this new temple (open since 2016) features gold Art Deco-like railings around the bapistry area and soaring ceilings with crown molding in the Celestial Room.”

The temple joins such iconic gems as the Princeton University Chapel (New Jersey), Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (New York), St. Louis Cathedral and the contemporary Temple Judea in Tarzana, California.

AZRE Names Layton as a Top Company Shaping the Future of Arizona Real Estate

Layton was listed this week as one of 40 Companies to Watch by AZRE Magazine. The list focuses on innovative companies that are “changing the shape” of Arizona.

“Layton celebrated its 30th anniversary in Arizona in 2017 with record-setting results. With a strong backlog and diverse set of projects across many segments of the market ranging from hospitality, healthcare, office, industrial and public works to tenant improvement, Layton is on track to significantly outperform those results in 2018.”

Employees Immerse Themselves in VR During VIZ Open House

Layton’s visualization department recently held an open house for employees at our Sandy, Utah, campus. Around 40 Layton employees were able to go into the group’s Immersive Design Lab, put the headset on and navigate virtual mock-ups.

“Overall I think it gave employees a little insight into the new technologies that Layton is using,” said Jon Ferguson, Corporate Manager of Visualization. “We had two examples of projects that differed a lot from each other to give a broad sense of the capabilities and how VR can be used as a great tool in our industry.”

“I’ve never tested out VR before,” said Vina Fonseca, Project Accountant, who is pictured above. “I thought that it was completely realistic down to the smallest detail of those Pringle cans and croissants in the cafeteria. It’s pretty remarkable how far technology has come. I had no idea that Layton’s Visualization team was making VR models or even had the capability to do so. I believe this is going to be a complete game changer for Layton.”


Best of the Best: ENR Honors Layton Employees and Projects

Brady Edwards, Dave Minegar and Eric Nay Named Top Young Professionals; Farmington Health Center is Top Project in Nation

Top Young Professionals: Brady Edwards, Dave Minegar and Eric Nay

Top Project: Univerity of Utah Healthcare Farmington Health Center

The hits just keep on coming.

Three Layton employees were recently named Top Young Professionals by ENR, and the magazine also selected the Farmington Health Center as the Top Healthcare Project in the Nation for 2017.

Brady Edwards, Dave Minegar and Eric Nay earned Top Young Professionals honors. Brady is a Sr. Project Manager and was selected from the ENR California and Hawaii region. Dave is a Project Manager, and Eric is a Director of Business Development, and they were chosen from among candidates in the Mountain States Region.

The Layton Way turns the spotlight on these talented professionals in a three-part series, beginning today with Brady and continuing with Dave and Eric in subsequent editions.

The Farmington Health Center, part of the University of Utah Healthcare system, was picked ahead of multiple top projects from across the country (see story below).

Congratulations to these outstanding employees and construction teams!

Brady Edwards is Outstanding Team Builder

Brady Edwards, Sr. Project Manager, has been recognized by ENR California and Hawaii as a Top Young Professional. This annual program honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary expertise, leadership and community service in their careers. This year’s contest saw a high number of entries, but despite the extra competition, Brady was judged a winner and was the only professional from Hawaii to make the cut.

Brady Edwards loves hiking. He’s pictured here at the end of the Nualolo trail which overlooks the Napali Coast of Kaua‘i. He says the Napali coast is one of his favorite spots on earth.

As a student, Brady Edwards was a zoology major and planned to pursue a career in medicine. While completing his studies, he also worked as a housing manager responsible for maintaining and remodeling 75-80 apartments and houses. That’s where he fell in love with construction. So, eight credit hours away from graduating with a degree in zoology, he decided it wasn’t too late to switch his major to construction management. This added three years to his schooling, but Brady says it’s the best decision he’s ever made.

Brady joined Layton’s Hawaii business unit as a Project Engineer on the $100-million Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach project in 2007. Just two years later he was promoted to Project Manager and completed the first phase of Koloa Landing. With his contribution, Layton’s Hawaii unit has enjoyed fantastic growth. Throughout his 10 years with Layton Construction, it is noteworthy that Brady continues to find incredible success through hard work and team building. Most recently Brady has transitioned to a Sr. Project Manager role where he acted as a Construction Manager, providing executive oversight of major projects on Kauai totaling nearly $200 million in value. His focus on the training and development of project teams has contributed to project success.

“Brady is one of Layton Construction’s greatest assets in the Hawaiian Islands,” says Todd Hadley, owner’s representative for Layton client Poipu Beach Villas LLC. “For almost a decade, I have had the privilege of working with Brady as he managed the construction of multiple phases of our resort. In fact, as we negotiated the contract with Layton for the phase recently completed, we specified that we wanted him to be project manager.”

Though the demands of being a key player for a thriving construction company are great, Brady remains devoted to his Ohana (family) – both at home and in the community.  For years, he has been involved with Boy Scouts, coached community youth basketball teams, and served in volunteer roles in his church. Work life balance is a struggle, and Brady believes it takes work and planning for good results. Despite heavy community involvement and his senior role in the construction industry, Brady would likely indicate his greatest aspiration is being a good husband and father to his wife and three young kids. He believes the most important thing you can build is family relationships. He is dedicated to his family and to creating good memories.

Currently, Brady is overseeing construction on projects including:

  • Kauai North Shore Urgent Care:  A much needed care facility and doctor’s residence.
  • Kapaa Elementary School Library – New library shell construction in the middle of an elementary school campus. 

Some of Brady’s other projects include:

  • Kainani Villas: Multi-family housing structure in upscale residential neighborhood. Includes five buildings with four high-end units. Phase 1 includes two buildings at $12.5 million.
  • Koloa Landing Resort at at Poi’pu Beach Phase 3: An $85 million project including the resort’s main amenity core, four new residential buildings with 208 units, large main pool with waterslide and infinity edge, convention building, snack bar, restaurant building and more. The entire construction of this phase took place concurrently with the adjacent operating resort. 
    • ENR California/Hawaii “Best of” Merit Award.
  • Koloa Landing Resort at Po’ipu Beach Phase 2,  Kaua’i: $15 million project included spa, sales offices and fitness facility building. This project won the following awards:
    • ENR California “Best of” Merit Award
    • ABC Hawaii Excellence in Construction Award
    • Build Hawaii Award of Excellence
  • Koloa Landing Resort at Po’ipu Beach Phase 1: Over $100 million project included two pools, five residential buildings and reception/lobby building.
  • Ka’anapali Beach Club Bali Gardens & Porte Cochere Improvements

Farmington Health Center Wins Best of the Best Award

ENR Magazine names the Layton-built center as the top healthcare project in U.S.

NEW YORK – The Layton-built University of Utah Healthcare Farmington Health Center has been named ENR Magazine’s Best of the Best Healthcare Project for 2017. The Farmington Health Center project is considered the “pinnacle of design and construction achievement in the entire U.S.” among projects completed between May 2016 and May 2017. The health center was selected by a national panel of industry judges and the ENR editorial team.

The Farmington Health Center’s clinics and treatment areas are organized around an atrium into simple pod with a feeling more akin to hospitality than a hospital.

Unlike traditional medical facilities with a clinical atmosphere, the Farmington Health Center’s clinics and treatment areas are organized around an atrium into simple “pods” with a feeling more akin to hospitality than a hospital.

The ENR Best of the Best designation is considered the highest award in the construction industry.

The Farmington Health Center project competed against several dozen outstanding healthcare construction projects nationwide. The competition distinguishes the best from the best in terms of teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality.

About the Project

The University of Utah Healthcare Farmington Health Center is a state-of-the-art multi-specialty clinic offering primary care, urgent care and specialty care services, with a full-service pharmacy, in-house branches of the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Moran Eye Center, a café, espresso bar, and a large conference room with amenities suitable for banquets, seminars and educational training.

More than 300 physicians and staff work at Farmington Health Center. The health center sits on 10 acres, with additional land set aside for future expansion of the medical campus.

The departments at the new healthcare facility include orthopedics, physical therapy, optometry, lab facilities, pharmacy, radiology and oncology, urgent care, neuroscience, pulmonary, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, and family practice. With such a facility, patients from the surrounding community are able to address a variety of medical needs in one location.

The University of Utah Healthcare Farmington Health Center is a state-of-the-art multi-specialty clinic offering primary, urgent care and  specialty care services.

The University of Utah Healthcare Farmington Health Center is a state-of-the-art multi-specialty clinic offering primary, urgent care and specialty care services. The center cares for patients and families across the lifespan, providing comprehensive care for people of all ages in all health conditions.

Overcoming Challenges and Teamwork

To design and build a 130,000-square-foot, $45 million world-class healthcare facility in 12 months is a major undertaking. The project included the input of over 40 different departments into the design and construction.

The design-build method requires the utmost in cooperation and collaboration, and almost daily coordination with all team members. At times, construction in the field came close to passing the progress of the design, requiring the design team and consultants to work even more closely to finalize time-sensitive design elements, related to decisions that needed to be made on long-lead materials and equipment.

Other unanticipated challenges included a high water table that required drilling over 300 aggregate piers. A concurrent accelerated schedule was created to dovetail this activity into the master schedule. Midway through construction, Farmington was hit by a storm that brought 100+ miles per hour hurricane-force winds. There was extensive damage to the roof, exterior glass and aluminum curtain wall material. Any insulation that was exposed was torn from the building. Layton immediately began a cleanup effort, not only at the jobsite, but also in the surrounding community.

Duane Palmer, University of Utah Healthcare, said, “Completing a design-build project is challenging at best. With so many stakeholders—including the state, the university, Huntsman Cancer, and the diverse group of healthcare providers—all have very unique needs. You better have people at the table! It’s highly unusual to find this type of project and its complexity built as a design-build project.”


Stellar Safety Record
3b. OSHA Recordable Incident Rate: 0
3c. Lost Time Accident Rate: 0
3d. Total Man Hours on Job: 62,232

This 130,000-square foot facility peaked at just over 200 men working on the jobsite daily for several weeks. Weekly safety/coordination meetings and daily pre-task planning were required to ensure that proper coordination took place, and especially to ensure safe working conditions. Several interviews were conducted daily with most workers on site to evaluate that safe practices were being implemented. There were no OSHA recordable incidents, nor lost time incidents on this project. In addition to the weekly meetings with the entire jobsite, a separate meeting was held to discuss safety with the project foremen to discuss safety concerns so they would be addressed with urgency.

The University of Utah Healthcare Farmington Health Center is a state-of-the-art multi-specialty clinic offering primary, urgent care and  specialty care services.

The University of Utah Healthcare Farmington Health Center has brought healthcare to the people. It features in-house branches of the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Moran Eye Center and offers a full-service pharmacy.

The University of Utah Healthcare Farmington Health Center is a state-of-the-art multi-specialty clinic offering primary, urgent care and  specialty care services.
Innovation and Contribution to the Industry/Community

The University of Utah Healthcare Farmington Health Center cares for patients and families across the lifespan, providing comprehensive care for people of all ages in all health conditions. Farmington Health Center also makes recommendations for positive and proactive lifestyle changes so patients can stay healthy at home and at work.

The center offers acute care, preventative care, routine wellness exams, health-risk assessments, immunizations, screening tests, behavioral health services and personalized counseling on healthy lifestyles. Prior to the construction of the Farmington center, those who received medical care at the University of Utah had to travel to the main campus in Salt Lake City, which could make for a long commute, even on good traffic days. University of Utah Healthcare has brought healthcare to the people. Those with acute and chronic illnesses, with treatment regimens—often daily—and who often experience great pain and discomfort, are relieved knowing treatments are now available close to home.

Structural innovations included using aggregate piers to mitigate poor soil conditions, and side-plate moment frame steel construction used to resist seismic forces, resulting in a cost-efficient design.

Energy efficiency was enhanced with a low-maintenance rain screen with continuous air barrier and exterior insulation. The exterior glazing is high-efficiency Solarban Z50, sized to maximize lighting and views while minimizing heat gain. Mechanical systems incorporate three-stage cooling. Electrical system innovations include LED lighting, occupancy sensors, daylight sensors and a full energy management system.

Construction Quality and Craftsmanship

With an aggressive schedule, quality and craftsmanship were a constant and successful focus. Installers were appropriately certified, particularly for the sheet vinyl flooring throughout sterile and non-sterile areas.

Healthcare projects are also subject to stringent state building standards and restrictions, department of health standards, and healthcare industry accreditation. Life safety was also scrutinized, including safety lighting on the property, path lighting systems and sidewalks.

Another first for this facility is the inclusion of a protected corridor with a skylight in the linear accelerator used for cancer treatment. Typically, these rooms have heavy doors with massive surrounding concrete walls where a patient is confined for radiation treatments. In designing a protected corridor leading into the vault to eliminate the need for heavy doors, the architects noticed a corner of the space that was naturally protected from radiation rays so a skylight was included. Patients now enter the area through glass doors with natural light and plants that help reduce their anxiety.

Aesthetics and Design

The building incorporates patient-centered innovations in healthcare design. Unlike traditional medical facilities with a clinical atmosphere, large waiting rooms, congested hallways, and complicated circulation patterns, the center’s clinics and treatment areas are organized around an atrium into simple “pods” with a feeling more akin to hospitality than a hospital. Each pod contains a dozen exam rooms, procedure rooms, provider areas, a lab and restrooms. Patients access the exam rooms from the building atrium via quiet patient hallways, while the providers have an active work/collaboration space accessed from the back side of each exam room. The result is a tranquil patient experience with easy wayfinding.

The building offers a wide array of medical services divided by function between the two wings of the building. Quasi-hospital functions (endoscopy, surgical center, imaging and Huntsman Cancer Center) are located in the south wing, while primary and specialty services occupy the north wing. The wings intersect at a light-filled space that serves as the hub to welcome visitors.

The architect took all five senses into consideration when designing the interiors. Regardless of the weather outside, the inside always feels like spring with an abundance of natural light, bright colors, live trees, soft piano music and pleasant aromas from the café.

The facility used rapidly renewable resources like organic resilient flooring and recycled-content flooring.  Other materials used have high post- and pre-consumer recycled content, use regional materials, and are FSC-certified wood products.

The exterior skin of the building is composed of brick, terracotta tiles and composite panels in a rain screen configuration where the building insulation is installed continuously outside of the framing, sheathing and waterproof membrane.

Sandy City Summit Awards Honor Calvin Ostler and Layton

This week’s Sandy City Summit Awards recognized both Layton Construction and Layton Sr. Superintendent Calvin Ostler.

Pictured: James Sorenson, Community Development Director; Scott Marsell, Chief Building Official; Calvin Ostler, Layton Sr. Superintendent; Emily McIntyre, Miss Sandy

Pictured: Scott Marsell, Chief Building Official; James Sorenson, Community Development Director; Mike Daniels, Vice President with Layton’s Construction Services Group; Emily McIntyre, Miss Sandy

Calvin Ostler, Construction Manager of the Year
Taking on construction of Hale Centre Theatre was no easy task. With plans still being completed, complicated soil conditions, intricate technical design and an intense accelerated 14-month schedule, this job was dependent on precise collaboration. With 31 years of construction experience with Layton Construction, Calvin Ostler, Sr. Superintendent, along with Sr. Project Manager Jared Adamson, Superintendent Dan Thackeray, Asst. Superintendent Kyle Krutsch and Assistant Project Manager Chad Thueson, tackled this seemingly impossible deadline. Managing a workforce of 35 subcontractors and 225 crewmembers, daily challenges were persistent throughout the entire project. With Calvin at the helm, communication, along with working closely with the project’s owner, architect, engineers, Sandy City, and his own team, was instrumental in completing project on time and key to the project’s success.

Layton Construction, Commercial Builder of the Year
James Sorenson, Sandy City Community Development Director, presented Layton Construction’s Mike Daniels with Sandy City’s Commercial Builder of the year award. “Constructing with Integrity” is Layton’s commitment to excellence that symbolizes their philosophy of doing business,” he said. “The 122,000-square-foot Hale Centre Theatre, with its unique 900 seat Centre Stage, 461 seat Jewel Box Theatre and state-of-the-art stage, is an accomplishment few can match.”


North Alabama Medical Center Moving Fast

Senior superintendent Bill Cofer talks to the team during the morning huddle at North Alabama Medical Center. Watch time lapse of the project, below.

Layton is making quick progress on the 465,000-square-foot North Alabama Medical Center. We now have a crew of 500 on site, and construction is on track for a December 2018 hospital opening.

Fact Sheet


  • Full site is 25 acres
  • Building footprint is 5.8 acres
  • Excavation of 100,000 cubic yards of dirt


  • 263 beds
  • 14 operating rooms + 1 future OR
  • Fully-equipped imaging department
    • 4 cath labs
    • 3 nuclear medicine
    • 1 MRI
    • 2 CT
  • Emergency Department
    • 4 Trauma
    • 30 exam rooms
  • Construction worker count will peak at 650 on site


  • 485,000 square feet
  • Approximately 12,700 cubic yards of concrete
  • 292 tons of concrete reinforcing rebar
  • 2,800 tons of structural steel

Exterior Materials

  • 150,000 square feet of EIFS
  • 20,000 square feet of brick/block
  • 35,000 square feet of exterior glass

Interior Materials

  • 9,200 linear feet of handrail
  • 112,000 square feet of sheet vinyl
  • 320,000 square feet of luxury vinyl tile


  • 1,400 plumbing fixtures
  • 525,000 pounds of HVAC sheet metal
  • 50 miles of pipe
  • Approx. 865,920 linear feet of electrical conduit
  • Approx. 4,800,000 linear feet of electrical building wire

Groundbreaking was November 2016
Steel erection began in March 2017
Project set to complete ahead of December 2018 opening


Macy's Manhattan Beach Project Gets Underway in SoCal

Layton’s Macy's Manhattan Beach project team posed for a celebratory groundbreaking photo on February 1 to kick off our work.

The Southern California project includes the renovation of an existing 110,000-square-foot store in Manhattan Village, along with a 60,000-square-foot ground-up structural steel addition, and is targeting completion in late 2018. Our pictured team includes crew from Layton Construction, Rick Hamm Construction, Timken Plumbing and Sunwest Electric.

SoCal Success: Irvine office forms new business unit

Layton’s Southern California office — located in Irvine — is also now an independent business unit, separate from our Construction Services Group (CSG) and is headed by executive vice presidents Bob Maxwell and John Thornton.

Bob Maxwell and John Thornton
Southern California Executive Vice Presidents

Bob recently joined the Layton team with decades of construction experience in California. He will direct business development, and John oversees construction. John is known for his strategic planning in driving business results. Since the start-up of Layton’s Irvine office several years ago, John has been instrumental in managing a number of key projects, including ENR Best Projects award recipient Monarch Beach Resort.

Layton has built a steady base of work in Southern California. Retail, hospitality, healthcare, government, correctional and tenant improvement projects dot the landscape. Among other clients, loyal customer Waxie Sanitary Supply, based in San Diego, has trusted Layton with construction projects at its corporate headquarters, as well as Salt Lake City and Mesa, Arizona.

Bob comes to Layton, after most recently leading business development efforts at California’s fastest growing construction company. Bob and John have a long history of working successfully together at other companies before joining Layton.

“Layton is strategically-oriented and client focused,” Bob says. “We develop the client relationship, and wherever the client goes, Layton goes, which helps to further build the client relationship. John and I are excited about the opportunities ahead of us.”

Pink’s Parallels: Customer Experience, Service and Quality

Pink's world famous Lord of the Rings Dog

About eight years ago, Layton Construction built a hot dog stand, perhaps one of its smallest projects ever, as part of a multiple tenant improvement package at LAX. Pink’s — one of the most famous hot dog purveyors in the country — has had California customers clamoring to their locations for a famous chili dog for nearly 80 years. The original Hollywood landmark has stood the test of time, and Pink’s continues to grow, having expanded to nearly 20 locations because of the customer experience, service, quality and variety of products offered.

When Layton Construction ventured into the California market nearly two decades ago, it was based upon a success model similar to Pink’s. Offer a quality customer experience with a consistent and dependable level of service, with a superior product, and customers will be drawn to you.

Andy Rowland, an estimator for CSG, used to compete at the Masters level of StarCraft and is still among the top players in the U.S.


Estimator Andy Rowland Once Ruled the Galaxy as Elite Gamer

Not your mama's basement: StarCraft is credited with helping spawn eSports. More than 170,000 people attended the Intel Extreme Masters event in Katowice, Poland, in 2017, where top gamers competed in StarCraft II and other top PC games. Another 45 million fans tuned in via television. Building Design+Construction is predicting a building boom for eSports arenas.

Andy Rowland, screen name, TanTrum, is ranked No. 1 in the StarCraft Diamond league.

When not slaughtering alien races by the billions or dealing with subcontractor bids, Andy likes to spend time with him family. He and his wife, Ari, have four daughters. Ari thinks StarCraft is pointless.

After a hard week of evaluating labor and material costs and putting together bids for Layton Construction, estimator Andy Rowland likes to unwind with a little galactic domination.

Andy is a bona fide high Diamond-level StarCraft star.

For the uninitiated, StarCraft is a military science fiction PC game. The series is set in the beginning of the 26th century in a distant part of the Milky Way Galaxy and centers on a galactic struggle for dominance among four species—the Terrans, the insectoid Zerg, the Protoss, and the "god-like" Xel'Naga creator race.

The series debuted in 1998. Since then it has grown into a major franchise and, according to Wikipedia, is credited with spawning the professional-gaming and game-broadcasting phenomena and helping to drive the growth of the PC-game-room business.

If that sounds a little nerdy to you, look at the company Andy keeps. Celebrities like Vin Diesel, Mila Kunis, Dave Chappelle, the late Robin Williams, Edward Norton, and Jonathan Davis of Korn are all into StarCraft.

Some professional athletes are also StarCraft addicts, including Brian Gionta, former Stanley Cup champ and current captain of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, retired Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, and former Utah Jazzman Gordon Hayward, currently with the Boston Celtics.

Hayward is an advanced StarCraft player, also competing in the Diamond league where Andy is ranked at the top. That’s right, Hayward and Andy are in the same league, but honestly, Hayward’s not a major threat to Andy. In StarCraft terms, Andy could dunk on Hayward’s head.

While Andy and Hayward are among the top players in the U.S., the real StarCraft big leagues are in Asia, where players compete in stadiums and other mega venues, with play-by-play announcers and tens of thousands of fans watching the action unfold on giant screens. They even have groupies.

“Some of the Koreans and Chinese are very serious about the game. I’ll say that I have to be quick because I have to make my kids lunch in 20 minutes, and they will respond that they intend to defeat me and bring their clan honor. They’re dead serious about it.”

Andy Rowland

Andy started playing StarCraft while growing up in Montpelier, Idaho. He and his brothers would link their computers together to compete against each other. “I always beat them, and sometimes I got beat for beating them, you know, physically beat,” Andy says with a laugh. “I have two older brothers who play and a younger brother who’s really good. He’s ranked top-tier Diamond so he’s playing at the same level as me.” But you’re still better, right Andy? “Of course.”

Andy says the main focus of StarCraft is building an economy, a home base and an army, and then competing against other people. “When you play against other people there are endless types of strategies and styles of play to keep it interesting,” he says. A typical game takes 20-40 minutes to play. Andy’s gamer name is TanTrum because he “used to throw tantrums a lot.”

Andy honed his skills competing with professionals across the world. In South Korea, Japan and other Asian countries, professional gamers live in in sponsored grid-houses, where maids serve them food right at their console, clean up after them and generally treat them like the big shot geeks they are. Top players can make great money, netting hundreds of thousands or even millions a year.

It’s not all fun and, ahem, games though. Players can ruin their health playing 14-18 hours a day, and there are even rumors of young South Koreans “gaming themselves to death.”

Who's scarier, an Ultralisk from StarCraft or your boss, Jacob Keith?

“Jacob looks innocent, but I’ve seen him be pretty scary when he needs to be.”

“StarCraft is by far the hardest game I've ever played – competition-wise.”

NBA star Gordon Hayward

So far Andy has avoided the danger zone. Even in his heyday (before he got married) he was only playing three hours a day, and now is lucky to get in three hours a week. But even with his relatively scant screen time, he continues to compete at a professional level.

“In my prime I enjoyed a high Masters ranking,” Andy says. Had he been so inclined, he could have traveled the globe vanquishing cocky gamers in big tournaments, like the World Championship Series (WCS) and BlizzCon and “all kinds of these nerdy get-togethers.” But instead he chose the stress-free life of construction estimating.

“No offense, but the United States isn’t really that competitive in professional StarCraft,” Andy says. “Some of the Koreans are playing at insane speeds. Some are playing at 500-600 APM (actions per minute – think mouse clicks or keyboard strokes). Andy says he can’t match the international players for APM speed so he relies on an overall up-tempo game instead.

“I play a more aggressive, quicker game, whereas others like to play the long game. I’m more micro-oriented, and they are more macro-oriented. The macro-oriented players I compete against are just expanding constantly, and their APMs might be in the 500s. I focus on being decisive at the battle scene instead of raw power and mechanics. I’m at 180 APM which is half of what the other guys are doing.”

“It’s kind of like a chess game, where you don’t take turns making moves. It’s whoever can make the most moves the fastest. So these guys might be making three moves for every one move of mine. So my decision making has to be superior because their speed is superior. I have to get in their face early and make good decisions that can hopefully overcome their wave of actions and skills.”

Beyond family, Andy doesn’t have a massive fan base like the really elite players whose followers watch them on Twitch TV 12 hours a day. But some of those elite players know who Andy is, and some of his games have had commentators calling the action and posting his game to YouTube where a lot of fans will watch.

Andy admits to having the jitters when playing in front of a crowd. He won tournaments and prizes in college “but it was really stressful for me. I had to play a lot of games to win $400 and an Xbox.”

StarCraft players typically message their opponents before and after a game. Which brings up the question, do gamers trash talk?

“Yes, it’s bad. Some of the Koreans and Chinese are very serious about the game. I’ll say that I have to be quick because I have to make my kids lunch in 20 minutes, and they will respond that they intend to defeat me and bring their clan honor. They’re dead serious about it.”

It’s customary to start a game by typing GLHF (good luck have fun) and when it’s over to send the message GG (good game).
“A lot of players don’t like my aggressive play style, and so they get frustrated with me and instead of ‘GG,’ I get comments that are a little raunchy.”

“It’s kind of like a chess game, where you don’t take turns making moves," says Andy Rowland of StarCraft. “It’s whoever can make the most moves the fastest. So these guys might be making three moves for every one move of mine. So my decision making has to be superior because their speed is superior. I have to get in their face early and make good decisions that can hopefully overcome their wave of actions and skills.”

So has Andy damaged U.S.-Chinese relationships? “No, because they always beat me.”

“No American has ever won a major tournament,” Andy says. “We need to get more serious about our video games here in the U.S.”

In addition to limited playing time, Andy blames his drop from the Masters to Diamond level on age. “I’m getting old. Some university did a study to determine at what age our brains start declining, and they used StarCraft to measure that. And the age of decline was about 22 or 23.”

Andy built his own computer, naturally, which is liquid-cooled to keep up with the pace of his gaming.

What does his wife, Ari, think of Andy's StarCraft stardom?

“She likes it even though she thinks it’s totally pointless. But she’s OK with it because then she gets her alone time,” Andy says.

To quote Ari more specifically: "NNNNNEEEEEEERRRRDDDDDD!!!!!!! Just kidding – everyone needs a hobby, I guess."

Is there any overlap between his playing StarCraft and Andy’s day job? “Not really, although I will say it has made me a more efficient estimator. I’m really good at hot keys and keyboard shortcuts and learned how to record macros – the kind of things that make you faster and more efficient.”

Any advice for Layton employees who are thinking of taking up StarCraft?

“It really is a complex game. And it’s extremely discouraging to start playing these matches. When I first started playing online I got beat for 30 or 40 games before I won a single game. It’s a fun game but takes a lot of up-front commitment to learn.”

One of the world’s top two players, a Korean with the screen name, Rogue, made over a million dollars last year, and a man Andy used to compete against won over $600,000 last year. “But that’s all they do. They have no lives outside of StarCraft.”

Congratulations to Andy Rowland, who won $50 for sharing his Glory Days story.

Send a brief story of your own personal glory days to

Layton is interested in the past successes of all employees in any organized competition, in their heyday, from sports to dance to chess to bass fishing tournaments. Everyone who submits is automatically entered in a random drawing to win $50. Too shy to submit? Remember the old saying, "No guts, no glory."


Loma Linda University Medical Center Upgrades Steam Plant

LOMA LINDA, California – With the ever-increasing concern of a major earthquake hitting the West Coast, Loma Linda University Medical Center and Layton have teamed up to make major seismic updates to the hospital campus steam plant. The update will be one of the first projects to meet regulations for seismic compliance standards in the state of California. Work on the steam plant seismic updates began in June 2016 and will wrap up in December 2018.

“This project is very complex in regards to the seismic work being done in order to meet current standards all while keeping the steam plant fully operational,” says Kris Jenson, Layton senior project manager. “We will be able to update the steam plant while keeping the hospital fully operational through a phased approach.”

The updates include increasing the steam plant’s capacity by removing two existing chillers and one boiler and installing three new 1,400-horsepower boilers and associated equipment. The boilers are the largest fire-tube boilers in the state of California with each boiler having the capacity to produce up to 48,300 pounds of steam per hour.

Layton Completes Crucial Upgrade to University of Utah Utilities

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – This month, Layton will complete the $85 million-dollar electrical distribution system upgrade at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The project began in January 2013.

It takes a massive amount of power to support a major university campus like the University of Utah, and the older electrical distribution system coudn't keep up with the demands of a modern 1,500-acre campus. The system serves approximately 320 buildings, such as University of Utah Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute and Primary Children’s Hospital as well as major research facilities, student housing and athletic, academic and administration facilities.

“The campus was experiencing many power disruptions, which were becoming more and more difficult to troubleshoot and fix,” says senior project manager Porter McDonough. “The goal of the project was to replace the medium voltage system and upgrade the three substations servicing the campus to prevent any further electrical disruptions all while minimizing the impact to a very busy campus during the duration of the project.”

The electrical distribution system provides power to the campus through an underground network of duct banks that originate at three different substations on campus. Approximately 10 miles of duct bank were placed to assist with distributing 134 miles or 707,000 feet of electrical wiring. The upgrade of the substations was done in a way that two substations can provide the necessary power to the campus in case one goes down or one needs to be shut down for maintenance purposes.


Reminders on Gym Memberships, Holidays and Phone Upgrades

In case you missed the emails, here is a recap of recent company announcements regarding gym memberships, holiday office closures and mobile phone upgrades.

Gym Memberships

The program includes $25 toward gym membership/fitness class membership reimbursement. Gym memberships became taxable in 2017 so the net amount will be slightly less. The money will be direct deposited into your account.

For the employee only.

For reimbursement, you must go 8 times per month

  1. Requests submitted for reimbursement, must have your “visit history” on a form containing some indication of the gym or facility’s name.
  2. Your “visit history” must always include your name and the dates you attended.
  3. There is no reimbursement for any weight loss programs (ex. Weight Watchers)
  4. For those who love exercising in the beautiful outdoors, there will be no reimbursement where ‘there is no cost,’ but please keep it up!

Please submit your reimbursement request, accompanied with your “visit history" form to Pat Schouten by the second Friday after the month you want reimbursed.

It’s up to the employee to submit their proof of workouts on time. No late submissions will be accepted.

Holiday Office Closures

After consideration, the Executive Committee has decided to maintain the holiday and office closure policy currently in place. For your planning, here is the calendar for the remainder of 2018:

  • Monday, May 28 – Layton offices are closed for the Memorial Day company holiday
  • Wednesday, July 4 – Layton offices will be closed for the Independence Day company holiday
  • Tuesday, July 24 – Sandy, Utah office is closed due to company holiday. Non-Utah offices are open.
  • Monday, Sept. 3 – Layton offices are closed – Labor Day company holiday
  • Thursday, Nov. 22 – Layton offices are closed – Thanksgiving company holiday
  • Friday, Nov. 23 – Non-Utah Layton offices are closed due to company holiday. Utah office is closed.*
  • Monday, Dec. 24 – Layton offices are closed due to company holiday the following day*
  • Tuesday, Dec. 25 – Layton offices are closed – Christmas company holiday
  • Monday, Dec. 31 – Layton offices are closed due to company holiday the following day*
  • Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 – Layton offices are closed – New Year’s Day company holiday

*For non-company holiday office closures (Dec. 24, Dec. 31 for all offices, and Nov. 23 for Utah) employees assigned to work in a Layton office can choose to take a PTO (Paid Time Off) day or unpaid day. Please note: the Sandy, UT office will be open on July 23, 2018.

If you are working on a project site please follow the work schedule required by the project. Contact your Superintendent for questions. As you make your plans, please discuss with your immediate supervisor for information and approval.

Mobile Phone Upgrade Policy Revised

Layton's mobile service provider Verizon recently changed their upgrade policy, and this will affect how often Layton employees are eligible for a phone upgrade. We will now receive upgrades every 24 months instead of every 20 months. Human resources will email you to remind you when it's time to submit your phone upgrade order form. This applies to all employees with company-provided phones.

Layton's Will Summerhays conquers the long road back from serious accident

Will Summerhays races toward the finish of the Old Koloa Sugar Mill Half Marathon in November 2017.

The Summerhays family after the Old Koloa Sugar Mill Half Marathon. From left, Karen, Will, Lucas and Spencer.

By Bill Buley
The Garden Island

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017, reprinted by permission

The leg turnover was fast.

Arms were pumping.

Will Summerhays ran straight, tall and strong, driving for the finish line. He was not going to let anyone pass him near the end of the Old Koloa Sugar Mill Half Marathon on Saturday.

Not on this day.

Not when he’s running like the Will Summerhays of old, which he was.

The Kalaheo man felt wonderful after just hammering 13.1 miles in one hour, 39 minutes and 17 seconds.

Oh, he’s run faster. He’s run longer. He’s run better. But this performance, this race, was something he had been hoping for, working toward, for three years.

This was special.

“This is the first race since that accident I felt somewhat back to normal,” Summerhays said, as he sat on the grass at Anne Knudsen Park with his wife, Karen, and sons Spencer and Lucas at the awards ceremony. “That felt like a good run. This was really good for me.”

“I felt better than I have in a long time running a race,” the 44-year-old added. “It was very uplifting. I’m really, really happy with how I did today. I feel like I can start improving even more.”

Good news for Summerhays. Bad news for locals going up against him.

The Kalaheo man finished ninth overall out of 116 runners and second in his age division. While the place and time were solid, even more satisfying was that Summerhays simply felt fine out there. He felt fast and even had to tell himself to slow down after checking his split when he passed the first mile.

He had to tell himself to take it easy and relax.

“I kept a pretty steady pace the rest of the way,” he said.

“With this run I think I’m in a position where next year I can hopefully qualify for Boston. That will be my goal. I want to do another marathon.”

Will Summerhays

In the final three miles of the race, the toughest because it’s uphill on the Koloa Bypass Road, under the sun with no shade, he charged for home, swept past runners and held off others trying to chase him down.

“Those last three miles up the hill, I was prepared for them and felt stronger than I thought I would. I felt like I had energy the last miles,” he said.

Summerhays was one of Kauai’s top runners, finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon — the year of the bombing — in 3:39:23. He routinely knocked out tough training sessions to prepare for running fast in races like the 8-mile Haena to Hanalei.

Fitness and exercise was part of his life — and then came the accident three years ago.

Summerhays was riding his bike toward Waimea on the shoulder of the road when he was struck from behind by a car, tossed in the air and run over.

His injuries were severe.

He suffered head trauma, bruised lungs, broke all his ribs, his collarbone was shattered and he suffered nerve damage in his right arm. It took nearly a year before he could use his arm again.

Will Summerhays runs in Ragnar.

Summerhays was hospitalized for days and spent months at home in bed. He was, he said, not able to do anything but rest at home. And hurt.

The head, the body, everything ached. Agony. The recovery was long, slow and painful.

Will Summerhays didn’t quit. Didn’t even consider it.

As he regained his strength and his health, he began to run — to learn to run all over.

Just steps at first. Then more steps. Then down the street, and eventually miles. Then, more miles. He started competing in local fun runs again.

“It’s been a long, slow comeback of just running,” he said.

No biking. Not yet.

“Actually, I haven’t been back on a bike since the bike accident. That’s something I have to deal with,” he said.

For now, he’s glad to be back on course with running, perhaps toward another Boston Marathon.

“It’s taken me a long time to feel like I do right now,” he said. “From that standpoint, it’s a big deal for me.”

His training is going well. He runs three to five days a week, about 20 to 30 miles. He’s gaining confidence and plans to push the pace a little more, add miles and crank things up a bit.

“I gained my base back to where I can start improving,” he said.

His performance Saturday gave him new confidence.

“With this run I think I’m in a position where next year I can hopefully qualify for Boston. That will be my goal. I want to do another marathon. I want to try and qualify for Boston,” he said.

It was a good day for the Summerhays family at the 15th annual Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run.

Spencer won his 14 to 19 age group in the 5k in 22:15. Son Lucas was third in the 1-13 age group, finishing in 24:58.

Wife Karen was third in the 10k in her 40 to 49 age group, finishing in 57:36.

Will was proud of his sons and his wife, highlighting their efforts over his own.

“They all did well,” he said.

Karen was equally proud of her husband. To watch him cruising in was a delight.

”It was so fun to see him at the end,” she said. “He looked great, strong and fast and back at it.”

Yes, Will Summerhays is back.

Next up is a half marathon on Thanksgiving in Utah, where their daughters attend school, when the Summerhays family gathers for the holidays.

“It will be a little bit colder for us, but it will be fun,” Will Summerhays said.

And they plan to run the Great Aloha Run in Honolulu.

Summerhays smiles at the talk of those races. He loves to run. He loves to run fast.

And on Saturday, he did.

Oh, yeah, it felt so good — the kind of hurt that comes with running well. It’s the pain that comes with gasping for air, gutting it out in the final miles, so no one passes you, nearly collapsing at the finish.

“I haven’t been as happy with a race for a long time,” he said.

Sounds like many more happy days are ahead.

Pre-con Manager Nic Clark Makes a Habit of Winning Races

Will Summerhays wasn’t the only Layton employee to do well in the Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run half marathon. Nic Clark, pre-construction manager, took first place overall with a time of 1:23:52. Nic, who has won this race four times – twice when it was a 10 miler and twice as a half marathon, said his strategy was simply to “run as fast as I could and hang on.” The victory, he added, was nice. “I’m happy,” he said.


Wasatch Renal Center Wins Oak Hard Hat Award

Congratulations to Wasatch Renal Center, winner of the 2017 Oak Hard Hat Safety Award. The traveling award recognizes the project teams that best exemplify Layton's safety practices.

“The team at Wasatch Renal Center embodies the practices and attitudes that are at the core of Layton's safety program,” said Dave Layton, President and CEO. “They and the other nominees demonstrate Layton's commitment to keeping safety at the forefront of all we do.”

Top Nominated Projects

Superintendent John Hall and project manager Ryan Hansen talk about safety while walking the jobsite at Wasatch Renal Center.

Project of the Year – Wasatch Renal Center

“When the system is followed, combined with stellar leadership, we get extraordinary results. This project is an example of what can be achieved on every project if our team commits to follow basic principles.” – Jeff Beecher, EVP

Senior superintendent Bill Cofer talks to the team during the morning huddle at North Alabama Medical Center.

North Alabama Medical Center

“Layton senior superintendent Bill Cofer and his team have provided the leadership where workers enjoy coming to work every day to a place where everyone knows the plan and works the plan properly.” – Steve Brecker, EVP

Rob Cunico, Brent Lundevall and Joe Wells are the core of an ICS team at the LDS Church Office Building.

LDS Church Office Building and Church History Library

“The majority of the work was completed by one project team – Brent Lundevall, Joe Wells and Rob Cunico. Most of the work was high profile, and mitigating risk was paramount. All work was completed without incident, zero first aids, recordables or lost time accidents.” – Jason Hill, EVP

Project manager Brian Van Gorp, project engineer Ben Robson and superintendent Trevor Ford have put safety first.

North Shore Urgent Care

“The North Shore Urgent Care team has demonstrated that good planning coincides with safe, profitable projects. NSUC is an exemplary project that demonstrates our company values. We are confident this directly correlates to the 151 injury-free days at the project.” – Tyler Dillon, EVP

Read in-depth story about Oak Hard Hat projects

Layton Construction Donates $20,000 to Cancer Research

Layton Construction Community Affairs Director, Julie Layton, and President and CEO, David S. Layton, present a check for $20,000 to the 5 For The Fight campaign to fund cancer research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The donation is a match to one made by Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, center. Next to Rubio is Dr. Martin McMahon and Dr. John Stringham of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Company pledges to donate a total of $100,000 over 5 years

Layton Construction teamed up in December with Utah Jazz player Ricky Rubio to fight cancer, matching the point guard's donation of $20,000 to the 5 for the Fight Foundation.

The 5 For The Fight campaign is committed to raising $50 million for cancer research.

Layton has pledged to donate $20,000 per year over the next five years for a total of $100,000. The funds will support research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

“We hate cancer,” Dave Layton said. “We’ve lost parents and employees to cancer, so we strongly support the Huntsman Cancer Institute.”

The cause is personal for Rubio, too. He lost his mother to lung cancer in 2016. Both Rubio's and Layton Construction’s checks were marked designated for lung cancer research.

Rubio recently launched a PLEDGE IT campaign inviting fans to donate a specific amount of money for every assist he makes this season with the goal of raising $150,000. Both Rubio and corporate partners are matching gifts made by fans. The first $20,000 in donations was matched by Layton.


Layton Breaks Ground on New Cummins Service Center in Atlanta

Layton broke ground on a new 50,000-square-foot, 27-bay vehicle engine service facility for Cummins in Atlanta, Georgia. The tilt-up building will also include 9,000 square feet of office space with a full TI build-out. The project is slated to finish in the fall of 2018. Congratulations to our CSG team!


Employees Across the Country Make It a Season of Giving

As usual, Layton employees made time to look out for others during the holidays.

In the spirit of aloha, which is sometimes translated as peace, love, compassion and mercy, Layton’s Ae’o Block M team in Honolulu, Hawaii, coordinated donations for the Institute for Human Services (IHS), which provides a range of support services to the homeless community. Layton Safety Coordinator Darnell Clay oversaw the drive which received donations from Layton employees, subcontractors and their employees. The team generously collected clothing items and over $2,300 in cash donations which will allow IHS to cook and serve over 1,800 meals.

Our Phoenix office employees participated in their building’s Christmas Angel Tree Program to help make the holiday season brighter for kids in need. The group sponsored five children, donating Christmas gifts for three girls and two boys.

Layton’s Utah area employees teamed up to help warm the toes of people spending time at The Road Home this winter by donating over 200 pairs of socks! Those who donated also received a spiffy pair of Layton socks in return.

Utah employees also donated gifts for patients at the Utah State Hospital through its Forgotten Patient Christmas Project. Struggling with a mental illness is never easy, and for patients at the hospital, the holidays can be a difficult and lonely time. Employees donated 60 gifts to provide Christmas for 15 patients.

Layton Senior Project Manager, Jef Johnson, presents a check to Paul D. Hoe, Institute for Human Services (IHS) Volunteer and Community Relations Manager in Honolulu, Hawaii. To Jef's left is Eric B. Batalon, IHS Advancement Director. Far right is Darnell Clay, Layton Safety Coordinator, and next to him is Layton Vice President Jeff Peterson. Layton’s Ae’o Block M team, below, collected clothing items and over $2,300 in cash donations which will allow IHS to cook and serve over 1,800 meals.

Phoenix office employees sponsored five children through the Christmas Angel Tree Program.

Pat Schouten, HR Assistant, helps deliver gifts for patients at Utah State Hospital in Provo, Utah.

Layton Marks the Holidays with Fun and Games and Plenty of Good Food

Layton's Utah office threw a “Wild West” holiday party, top row, while Hawaii opted to hang loose, second row. Meanwhile, Layton construction manager Cameron Treat shows all of us how to dress for holiday success, below.

Layton Ranked 8th Largest Healthcare Contractor in U.S. by Modern Healthcare

The Modern Healthcare rankings are in, and Layton Construction is ranked the eighth largest healthcare general contractor in the nation by the magazine. Layton is perennially ranked in the top 10 and currently has over 100 projects underway in 20 states spanning from Alaska to Florida.

Layton Bucks – Who You Gonna Email?

So you've been saving your gift vouchers from birthdays and work anniversaries, and now you have $150 in Layton Bucks so you can buy that OGIO Surge RSS Pack ($149.50 in the Layton Store).

But how do you combine all your gift vouchers so you can spend them all together in one transaction?

Simple. Scroll the to bottom of any page on the Layton Store and click on "Contact Us." You'll be taken to a form. Just list your gift voucher coupon codes and contact info and ask the Layton Store people to combine your vouchers. They'll respond with a code that has all your vouchers combined.

Then you can get that Ogio pack without spending a dime of your real bucks. Happy shopping!

You can also email customer service directly at:
and provide the coupon codes as mentioned above and get the same results.

Ashley Hoffman Takes Us on a Tour of 7 Energized Offices

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Together with forward-thinking clients and visionary architects, Layton is building office spaces for the modern workforce.

Ashley Hoffman
FFE Integration Specialist

These offices provide a variety of spaces for employees to collaborate and intersect, formally and informally, and in large or small groups.

Free-address space is common, allowing employees to choose an enviroment for maximum productivity based on their immediate tasks.

Need some quiet time? There are also plenty of “focus rooms” where employees can retreat to work uninterrupted.

Food plays a central role in the modern office, with well-stocked and well-lighted kitchens with comfortable seating, company provided snacks and even wine bars.

Give the Planet a Break and Bring Your Own Utensils

If Maison Fournaise, the restaurant in Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party (1881), served lunch with plastic forks, the utensils would still be sitting in the ground today.

That’s one reason you may want to think about bringing metal silverware for your work lunch.

There’s a monetary cost associated with buying plastic utensils, but the biggest setback is that plastic just won’t go away. The lifespan of a single utensil could be 1,000 years or more, depending on how it’s disposed.

The environmental cost of making plastic cutlery isn’t small, either, using up about eight percent of global oil every year.

Once thrown “away,” up to a third of all plastic ends up in the world’s oceans, specifically in the world’s largest garbage patch.

Usually a type of Polystyrene, plastic cutlery is not usually recyclable and is not safely reusable, even if Australian airline Qantas got caught reusing plastic utensils up to 30 times before discarding them.

Source: National Geographic

Happy Birthday to Us

Layton Construction celebrated its 65th birthday on February 13. The company was founded by the late Alan W. Layton in 1953 and funded by his retirement savings.

Joy Ames Wins $50 in Layton Football Contest

Joy Ames, a Business Systems Analyst, won Layton's Super Bowl contest by picking the Philadelphia Eagles to win and having the smallest point differential. Congratulations, Joy!

Alan Rindlisbacher Wins Volunteer Award

Alan Rindlisbacher, Layton's Director of Corporate Communications, on February 8 was named Volunteer of the Year for the Sandy Chamber of Commerce. Alan was recognized for going above and beyond to strengthen Utah’s business environment and the community.

Congratulations, Alan!

In an interesting side note, over the past two decades, Alan has attended thousands of lunches and dinners on Layton's behalf. When asked how many meals he's eaten for the company, Alan estimated a little over 2,000. That's a lot of rubber chicken.

Get in the Spirit and Share your Holiday Movie Recommendations


“You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”

“You serious, Clark?”

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”

“Buzz, your girlfriend…woof!”

Whether it’s whilst debating if “Die Hard” is a holiday movie or wiping away a single tear after witnessing the Grinch’s heart grow three times, ‘tis the season for holiday movie binge-watching. And we want to know your top three favorites. Tell us why those saccharine Hallmark movies are so addictive. Which festive films bring you the most joy? Why do Kevin McCallister’s parents forget him twice? Instead of doling out fruitcakes to your co-workers, give them the gift that keeps on giving by emailing your top three holiday movies, with a short explanation of why they’re your favorites, to by Monday, December 11. We’ll compile the scientific findings and create a master holiday movie recommendation list to ensure each of us gets our fill of cinematic holiday cheer.

Austin Lay wins College Pick ’Em Contest

Visualization specialist Austin Lay won the Layton College Football Pick 'Em Contest for games from the week of Thanksgiving. Austin scored 14 correct picks and tied Dave Whitaker in the general contest but won the tie-breaker. For his prognosticating skills, Austin won $50.

ENR's 2017 Year in Construction Photo Contest Is Opens for Submissions

ENR is hosting its annual photo contest. It's free to enter and open to both amateurs and pros. If you'd like to submit this year, go directly to ENR's contest page.

This could be your year!

Congratulations, Maribel

For most closely predicting the final score of the 2017 BYU-Utah football game, San Jose employee Maribel Lopez won $100.

Maribel’s pick was 21-14, with a point differential of 3, besting more than 50 other contestants.

Arizona Escapes at Retreat

Layton’s Arizona office enjoyed their annual retreat earlier this month. The group participated in a team building activity at Escape the Room, which is described as a real life adventure game where teams find hidden objects, figure out clues and solve puzzles to earn their freedom and “Escape the Room.” Each team was given 60 minutes to escape. EVP Andrew Geier’s team came in first place among the Layton Arizona group by earning their freedom with 13 minutes to spare. VP Brock Grayson’s team came in second place by escaping with 10 minutes left on the timer.

Kauai Team Treks to Makaleha Falls

Members of the Kauai SBU took a hike earlier this summer and then had a BBQ at Jeff Griffin’s house. The group climbed to Makaleha Falls near Kapaa.

OSHA 30 Training Available

OSHA 30 Training in Sandy, Utah, has been revised to two, two-day classes. Online training is also available. Download the flyer.

Help Layton, Help Yourself

Do you know a highly-qualified construction professional? You could earn up to $4,000 if Layton hires someone you refer. Click on the image above to download the flyer and get more details.

Salute to Layton Pioneers

Earlier this week, Layton’s Utah headquarters celebrated a state holiday. Pioneer Day commemorates pioneers entering the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Now, 170 years later, we celebrate that same pioneer spirit when, in 1952, Alan W. Layton left his government job to start a new construction company the following year. He blazed the trail for Layton’s continued growth and success, from Arizona to Idaho and from Tennessee to California and Hawaii and many other states.

Layton Ranked 53rd by ENR

Layton moved up four spots to #53 on this year's ENR Top 400 Contractors list. The ENR ranking follows Layton's jump to No. 6 on Modern Healthcare's list of Top General Contractors for 2017.

Groundbreaking for UPS

Construction is officially underway on the new UPS Utah Regional Operations Hub in Salt Lake City. The 840,000-square-foot distribution center was designed by Babcock Design Group and will finish in late 2018.

Latest Fashions from the Layton Life Store

Layton's own Melissa Wilson won out in a secret celebrity showdown vs. the Pretty Woman herself, Julia Roberts. Melissa won 88% to 12% in secret voting by Layton's Corporate Communications and Ops departments. Way to go, Melissa!

Read About Layton Life Store Grand Opening

Layton Cycling Rides Again

The Layton cycling team hit the road for Bike MS in June! Together, they raised more than $2,800 for the National MS Society Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter. Pictured are: Todd Williams, Randy Gunn, Jan Williams and Ivan Bustamante. Way to go, team! #LaytonLife #bikemsutah

Simplot Team Recognized for Safety and Schedule Successes

Layton’s Simplot World Headquarters team in downtown Boise recently celebrated one year with no lost time injuries.

Layton is self-performing concrete on the nine-story tower and five-story annex as a subcontractor to Hoffman Construction. Hoffman recognized Layton superintendent, Brent Conger as “key individual” for his contribution to leading our team and subcontractors, keeping the project on schedule and driving Layton’s perfect safety record on the project.

Congratulations to Brent and the team for a job well done!

Kris Jenson Profiled in Real Life of a Construction Project Manager

Layton senior project manager and father of six, Kris Jenson, gets real with answers to questions from Autodesk’s Line//Shape//Space. The story was published last month as a part of “The Real Life” series that reveals trials, triumphs, and truths about being an architect, engineer, contractor, designer, or other creator/maker.

Read full story about Kris Jenson

Nic Clark Wins Haena to Hanalei Run

Hawaii preconstruction manager Nic Clark won the Haena to Hanalei eight-mile run on June 4, completing the race in 47:16 and after knee surgery just 11 months ago.

Read story about Nic's race

Nashville Helps Homeless

Layton’s Nashville office recently collected toiletries and stuffed bags to donate to The Bridge Ministry, a local under-resourced ministry serving the homeless. Pictured: Amber Perkins, Kelli Jodway, Joseph Neyman and Abby Weis.

Layton Construction Locations

Layton has permanent offices in 11 locations, coast to coast.

2355 E Camelback Rd
Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 840-8655

1444 S Entertainment Ave
Suite 300
Boise, ID 83709
(208) 429-6740

8961 Research Drive
Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 453-8300

12707 High Bluff Dr
Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 877-5993

226 Airport Pkwy
Suite 570
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 626-9090

1001 Bannock Street
Suite 126
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 209-7853
5401 S Kirkman Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 681-0185

707 Richards St
Suite PH-1A
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 245-8680

4463 Pahe’e St
Suite 210
Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 245-8680

5409 Maryland Way
Suite 320
Brentwood, TN 37027
(615) 376-6217

9090 S Sandy Pkwy
Sandy, UT 84070
(801) 568-9090

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