04 Jan

Big-D Construction Opens Office in Park City

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 4, 2016 — Big-D Construction has opened a new office in Park City, Utah.  This is the firm’s ninth office, and fourth in the State of Utah.

The new office will primarily support Big-D’s Signature Group, a division of the company that focuses on the construction of high-end residential and resort projects (Click here to view Big-D Signature’s portfolio).

“Big-D has been constructing projects in Park City for over 30 years, including the current expansion of the Park City Medical Center.  This time, we finally decided to stay,” said Mike Kerby, Vice President of the Park City office. “We are not only committed to building the best projects, we are committed to being part of the community for the long term.”

Some of Big-D’s notable projects in the Park City area include the Swaner Eco Center; Newpark Hotel & Condominiums; Newpark Town Center; Cottonwood Newpark Office Buildings; the current Park City Medical Center Expansion; as well as Victory Ranch, a project consisting of 23 high-end cabins (9 of which are currently under construction).

Click here to read a related article in the Park Record.

15 Dec

Mining Profile | Jason Cuskelly

Mining provides thousands of jobs throughout Nevada and other states, but the industry’s impact goes beyond the job site.

Click here to watch Big-D’s Jason Cuskelly discuss the positive impacts that mining has on our team, our company and our community.

14 Oct

Lost Pines Art Center Breaks Ground in Bastrop

Community members clad in hard hats with shovels in hand lifted up dirt on the site of the future Lost Pines Art Center and Reflective Sculpture Garden Monday morning, marking the groundbreaking of the long-awaited project.

“It’s a great honor for us that you cared, that you believed we could achieve this,” project director Karol Rice said to those gathered for the event at 1204 Chestnut Street.

Over the past five years, the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild — recently renamed the Lost Pines Art League — has raised $3.5 million to fund the planned 14,000 square foot facility Rice and Jeanette Condray, finance director, have spearheaded the feat.

At least 60 people congregated on the 1.25-acre property Monday to celebrate the symbolic start to the construction of the center, which will include a large art gallery, leaseable studios for local artists, classrooms and a small amphitheater.

Bastrop city officials, members of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, members of the Lost Pines Art League, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative staff and representatives from project contractor Big-D Construction alternated turning dirt for photos at the event.

The Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, Bastrop and Bluebonnet were large donors for the art center project.

State Rep. John Cyrier (HD-17) mingled with attendees at the event, even posing for a few photos himself.

The city is currently reviewing permits for the art center project, Rice said. But she said she is hopeful actual construction will begin within the month.

The art center and sculpture garden are set to open in January 2017.

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02 Oct

Unique LDS Temple, High-rise Apartment Project Excites Mormons, Others in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — The Mormon temple taking shape here is strikingly unique.

No other temple built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints combines a rare downtown location next to a major Catholic basilica, strong historic meaning to both the founding of the faith and a nation, fitting architectural majesty and a church-owned high-rise commercial project.

Add the fact that high-ranking church leaders and rank-and-file members recall the days when Pennsylvania and New Jersey had so few Mormons that the idea of a temple here was preposterous, and the joy and pride felt and expressed when the temple’s cornice lights went on last week was understandable.

“This is a magnificent structure,” Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told the Deseret News last week after he toured the temple site while he was in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.

“It is unique,” he said. “It’s true to the sense of history and the architecture of Philadelphia. It really reflects that history. I think in time it really will become a landmark in this city, because it is so uniquely suited to what Philadelphia is and has been in the history of the United States over the years.”

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09 Sep

WSU Students to Design Peru Police Station and Women’s Center

Corruption halted the construction of a police station near Chiclayo, Peru, siphoning off funding before it could be finished.

But Weber State University students will get the job done, and while they’re at it, they’re going to build a women’s center.

But first, they have to survive the design charrette.

The charrette is a 48-hour challenge, in which teams are asked to come up with innovative solutions to design problems.

To make it more challenging, most details are kept secret. For now, students only know that they’re designing a women’s center and police station.

“On Thursday night (Sept. 10) we will give them a packet of information,” Jeremy Farner, assistant professor of design engineering technology at WSU said.

That packet will include the sizes of the buildings and how they’re to be used, a list of available materials and photos of the sites.

“It’s a pretty intense 48 hours, to go through the design process and come up with an idea, and then come up with a poster and short video,” Farner said.

The poster and video presentations are due at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, when judges will study them and select the winning designs.

Awards will be presented during a public open house, which starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, in the ballroom of building D3 on the Davis campus at 2750 University Park Blvd., in Layton. Scholarships for members of the winning teams are provided by Big D Construction and Hughes General Contractors.

“They’ll be responsible for the detailed cost estimate and also for the schedule — that’s the expertise our students bring,” Chris Soelberg, associate professor of construction management, said. He added that his students will also be valuable team members in terms of assessing constructibility of plans, methods and materials. “It’ll give them the opportunity to work in a group setting, and learn about synergy and how that works.”

The design charrette has changed over the years. The initial competition had students designing temporary housing for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. The following year, they were judged on their ideas for redesigning the lobby of Ogden’s historic Ben Lomond Suites hotel, and last year they created plans for a cultural center for the Timbisha Shoshone tribe in California’s Death Valley National Park.

“The first year it was very conceptual in nature,” Farner said, explaining that the students didn’t have funding to actually build housing in Haiti.

The designs for the Ben Lomond Suites were also more concept than reality and while the Timbisha Shoshone tribe’s cultural center is in the works, tribe members decided to first build a hotel first so visitors have a place to stay.

The women’s center and police station will be built in Peru in 2016. Thirty students are expected to work on the police station and women’s center.

“Students are already slated to go build them in May, so whatever comes of this competition will actually be constructed by students and faculty members,” Farner said.

Weber State University’s Center for Community Engaged Learning sends students to Peru every other year to work with students from Juan Mejia Baca University in Chiclayo.

“We have a joint partnership with the university there. They find the projects for us, and then we work together with their students to actually coordinate it and make it become a reality,” Farner said.

“We offer a class in spring semester for students interested in going, to be part of the fundraising process to purchase the materials they’re going to need, as well as to prepare themselves to execute the projects when they get there,” said Farner. “It’s about a three-week trip, and they’re going to need all three weeks to finish the projects we’re attempting to do.”

Most construction management students take evening classes and work during the day, but Soelberg hopes a few will be able to participate in the trip to Peru.

“Procuring the materials and meeting schedules in a different culture is always a challenge,” he said.

Whether his students can go or not, he’s glad they were invited to compete in the design charrette.

“We’re just excited to be part of it, and excited for the humanitarian aspect of it,” he said.

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