After completing the Jordan River Temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1981, Alan W. Layton made plans to step aside. In 1985, Alan W. and Mona Layton left to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the responsibility of the company rested completely upon the shoulders of Alan S. Layton and his management team. At that time, David Layton, the youngest of the Layton children, was completing his engineering degree and began taking a more active role in the company and its management.
The important value of Constructing with Integrity, integrated into the company’s logo in 1993, represents the company’s commitment to excellence. It articulates the company’s fundamental values of hard work, thrift, honesty and fairness.
The 1980s were a time of transition and addition to the organizational structure of the company. Business management, accounting, business development and marketing professionals were added to the team. Trusted members of the construction team were given specific responsibilities including safety, quality assurance and scheduling to enhance the performance and quality of the Layton organization, management and projects.
Despite a soft economy and high interest rates in the early to mid-1980s, Layton Construction continued to find projects to maintain its stable base. As the economy began to grow in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Layton was well-positioned to take advantage of construction opportunities. In 1987, Layton Construction established an office in Phoenix, Ariz., a strategic move to diversify geographically and enter a market not affected by the same economic forces that were driving the Utah market.
The sluggish economic drought of the mid to late ‘80s was followed by the “golden decade of the ‘90s.” It was a season of tremendous economic growth and optimism in the state, as Utah was discovered by corporate America as a place with a stable and well-educated labor force. Economic development officials relished in one of the country’s fastest growing economies. Government leaders basked in the increased tax revenues that funded state growth and infrastructure development. The International Olympic Committee selected Salt Lake City to host the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Layton Construction built office buildings, warehouse and distribution centers, manufacturing plants, health care facilities and sports venues. High-profile projects like the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium and the Utah Olympic Oval raised Layton’s presence and stature in the community and nationwide.