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13 Nov

Big-D Project Nabs ‘Most Outstanding Project’ Award

Utah Construction & Design recently announced its annual Most Outstanding Projects awards. Big-D’s Salt Lake Community College Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center won Most Outstanding Large Higher Education project.

Designed by ajc architects, the Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center provides 121,000 square feet of classroom and workspace for programs such as advanced composites, welding fabrication, solar energy, diesel mechanics, and commercial driver licensing. Funding for the project was approved by the Utah Legislature. The new building also includes 34 labs and a 3-acre diesel truck driving range. The $31 million project commenced in the summer of 2016 and the first cohort of students started this fall.

A panel of 7 industry professionals evaluated submissions for Most Outstanding Projects. This year, more than 100 submissions were reviewed. Big-D’s team for the Westpointe Training & Education Center will formally accept its award during a breakfast banquet in December.

05 Nov

Utah Newspaper Names Big-D a “Top Workplace”

Big-D Construction has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by Utah-based newspaper The Salt Lake Tribune. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including communication, leadership, and benefits, just to name a few.

Big-D was ranked #9 on the list for Large Businesses in the State of Utah. The honor comes as the construction firm celebrates its 51st Anniversary. Big-D has three offices located in Utah, including its corporate headquarters in Salt Lake City.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage in a media release. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

Earlier this year, Big-D was awarded Best of State for Commercial Construction. To see the complete list of Top Workplaces, click here.

29 Oct

Big-D Construction Names Corporate Marketing Director

Big-D Construction is pleased to announce that Beckie Austin is the new Marketing Director for the construction firm. In this role, Austin will oversee corporate marketing efforts for Big-D.

“We are so excited for Beckie,” said Cory Moore, Big-D’s National President. “She has worked hard at Big-D to prove herself as a leader and mentor. She understands our people-focused culture and our mission to be the most sought-after construction company in the business. Her voice will be integral to our aggressive marketing strategies.”

Austin has been with the firm since November 2008 when she first joined as a Marketing Coordinator. In recent years as Sr. Proposal Manager, Beckie was the driving force in helping Big-D win many of their most iconic projects. As Marketing Director for Big-D, she will implement and execute new and innovative marketing campaigns and strategies.

“I’m excited for the future of the Big-D Family of Companies and honored to be along for this monumental journey into the next phase of our company and brand,” said Austin.

22 Oct

Groundbreaking on New Clean Fuels Technology Center

Utah’s winter inversions are more than just an eyesore; the pollution that settles over Northern Utah is also a health hazard. The Utah Transit Authority is trying to help the air quality with the introduction of alternative energy-fueled vehicles. However, it needed a facility to service and store these vehicles. Through federal funding, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) and Big-D Construction broke ground on the Depot District Clean Fuel Technology Center in Salt Lake City.

The project includes the renovation and repurposing of an old railroad locomotive building that dates back to the 1800s. The old building will become a new maintenance and operations shop for UTA’s fleet. The project also includes a new administration building; construction of a bus wash building; parking area expansion and improvements; and the addition of diesel fueling tanks and facilities to what UTA currently has on its campus.

Big-D and UTA will work together to ensure that all sustainability measures are taken to help reduce the carbon footprint of the project. Materials from the old railroad locomotive building will be salvaged and reused. New bus canopies that will be constructed will feature solar panels.

The project is expected to take three years to complete.

21 Sep

Big-D Volunteers at Utah Fire Base Camp

Two of the largest wildfires in the country are currently burning in Utah County. The Pole Creek fire has burned more than 95,700 acres and is about 30% contained. The Bald Mountain Fire has burned 17,600 acres and is about 12% contained. The fires have forced the evacuation of thousands of residents and has burned a combined 113,000 acres.

Thursday night, Big-D Construction volunteered some time at the firefighter base camp. The construction firm brought out its signature Ice Cream Truck out and handed out some treats to the firefighters during a shift change at base camp.

Big-D Construction wants to thank all the firefighters, police officers, and emergency personnel for your dedication to protecting lives and property during these destructive fires. For more information on these fires and relief efforts, click here.

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