After a 5.7 earthquake hit the Salt Lake Valley on Wednesday, March 18, Layton employees immediately went to work ensuring everyone was safe and assessing damage to buildings and projects near the epicenter. Two of those buildings belonged to UPS and Amazon—buildings that Layton had constructed.

Here are two examples of what we saw happening across the company that day.

Layton received a request from Amazon to assist with the inspection of Project Husky shortly after the earthquake. It didn’t take long for Todd Hardcastle and Richard Fox to get there. All personnel had been removed from the building and sent home. The exterior looked intact; however, once they got inside, they found problems. Many conveyors had shifted, and they found loose bolts all over the floor.

Todd mobilized a crew from Glassey to get things bolted back together, even though the conveying system was not part of our scope of work. He also requested and organized personnel from our major subs and went completely through the systems and corrected any problems. Work started that afternoon and continued all night and concluded early Thursday morning. Engineers then thoroughly inspected the building and Amazon’s operations were back up and running that evening.

United Parcel Service (UPS)
Our local team of Cameron Treat, Mike George, and Travis Mortensen reacted in a unique way by texting UPS and Babcock and Dunn Associates to see if everyone was okay. The team then sent out our structural engineer to inspect the UPS Salt Lake hub. Engineer Greg Dunn arrived on site to see hundreds of evacuated workers outside. He immediately went to work inspecting the building, under emergency lighting, and found that there had only been minor movement, which was built into the design and was anticipated. The building performed very well. Ultimately, only a handful of roof drain leaders had disconnected from their roof drains. Therefore, Greg was able to clear the building and allow UPS employees to return to work.