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13 Aug

Big-D Construction Nabs ENR ‘Best Projects’ Awards

Two recently completed Big-D projects received accolades from the Engineering News-Record Mountain States region. The publication announced the winners of its annual Best Projects competition. Winning projects from Big-D include the Home Depot Distribution Center in Ogden, Utah and the Cornerstone at Cottonwood Corporate Center Phase 2 project in Salt Lake City.

The 260,000 square-foot distribution center for Home Depot is unique in that it features a rail line that allows Home Depot to move products in and out of the facility seamlessly. Inside, the warehouse also features a “drive-thru” lane that provides the flexibility to move multiple semi loads inside the facility. The project also earned accolades from the Associated Builders and Contractors – Utah Chapter and from Utah Construction & Design Magazine.

The Cornerstone at Cottonwood Corporate Center Phase II project consists of an 180,000 square-foot addition to Phase I. The new building stands four-stories and connects to the first office building (also constructed by Big-D) through an elegant three-story class lobby. This project also earned accolades from the Associated Builders and Contractors – Utah Chapter.
This is the 18th year for ENR’s Best Projects awards. A panel of nine judges across all areas of the industry selected winners from the more than 100 entries.

09 Aug

Big-D Tops List for Utah General Contractors

For the second consecutive year, Big-D Construction ranks #1 for Utah Construction & Design’s annual “Top Utah General Contractors” list. The rankings are based on revenues generated in 2017 by firms with headquarters and/or offices in Utah according to the magazine.

In 2017, the construction firm recorded more than a billion dollars in revenue. This figure includes revenue from projects across the country. Big-D’s Top Market sectors last year include Food & Beverage, Multi-Family, Industrial, and Office. Currently, Big-D and Holder Construction – a Joint Venture (HDJV) is working on the state’s largest project – the Airport Redevelopment Program at the Salt Lake International Airport. The first phase of the $3.6 billion project is nearing the halfway point.

The Top Utah General Contractors rankings comes on the heels of Big-D being named “Best of State” for Commercial Construction.

To read more about the Top Utah General Contractors list, click here.

06 Aug

Growing Big-D Midwest Office Moves to St. Paul

In 2013, Big-D Construction opened its Midwest office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The construction firm’s reputation and client relationships have been catalysts to the success of the Midwest office for the last 5 years. Recently, Big-D Midwest received ‘Top Projects’ awards for both The Finn project and the Foundry Lake Street project.

Within the last year, the Big-D Midwest office has grown in tandem with the bustling construction activity currently being experienced in the state. To accommodate the growth of its construction family, Big-D purchased and renovated the 2-story Gannon Building in St. Paul Minnesota.

The Gannon Building was formally a U.S. Bank Branch that was constructed in the 1950s. Over the years, the building had many tenants such as the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and Anytime Fitness. Effective August 6, 2018, it will become the new location for Big-D Midwest. Partnering with Big-D for the renovation project was Collage Architects.

“Our whole team is excited about the move, and we will finally have a location large enough to accommodate offices and workstations for all of our Midwest office staff,” said Chris Grzybowski, Vice President & Managing Director of Big-D Midwest.

Currently, Big-D Midwest employs 47 construction professionals. The company is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and was founded in 1967 by Dee Livingood. “We have taken the branding from the Salt Lake office and our existing office, and we are excited to turn out a bold new Big-D Midwest,” said Cory Schubert, Vice President of Operations for Big-D Midwest.

31 Jul

Big-D Midwest Nabs ‘Top Projects of 2017’

The State of Minnesota was bustling with construction activity in 2017, and Big-D’s Midwest office was on the front lines of growth with the execution of several projects. Two projects were selected for Finance & Commerce’s annual Top Projects.

An independent panel selected 33 honorees for Top Projects. Big-D’s The Finn Apartments and Foundry Lake Street are both honored as Top Projects. A panel of judges looked at the degree of difficulty, creativity in design, innovative construction techniques, cooperation among contractors and management, and sustainability efforts.

The Foundry is a 164-unit, 6-story residential mixed-use building in the heart of the Lake Calhoun District in Minneapolis. The residential area includes a hotel style sky lounge, conference room, a fitness center and yoga room, a grilling lounge, and an outdoor pool. There is also underground parking and a 5,400-square-foot restaurant connected to the building.

The Finn is a 4-story building that features 57 apartments, 11,000 square feet of retail space, and another 8,000 square feet dedicated to office space. There is also a parking structure that currently accommodates more than a hundred parking stalls. The apartments range from 571 square feet to 1,500 square feet.
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03 Jul

Big-D Construction Climbs Rankings for Top Contractors; #1 in Utah for CMAR Firms

New rankings from Engineering News-Record (ENR) show Big-D’s continued growth and project success is getting noticed nationwide. In May, ENR released its annual Top 400 Contractors rankings. Big-D was ranked 61 on the list – a climb from the 76 ranking the construction firm received in 2017.

In June, ENR released its annual Construction Management-at-Risk rankings. Big-D was ranked as the 24th largest CM/GC contractor in the nation and #1 in the State of Utah. The rankings are based on the amount of revenue reported the year prior from projects where construction firms provide CM services on an at-risk (CMAR) basis. Big-D Construction earned more than a billion dollars in revenue in 2017. The construction firm is currently working on two of the largest projects in the state, including the Airport Redevelopment Program at the Salt Lake International Airport and the new Utah State Prison project.

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