The University of Utah breaks ground on the new Robert H. and Katharine B. Garff Executive Education Building.

Intermountain Healthcare & U of U Break Ground on Pivotal Projects

With the start of each new year come new beginnings. We celebrated two of them last month with some of our fantastic clients: The University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare. Both organizations broke ground on critical projects that will propel them into a bright future.

On January 24, the U of U held a snowy and symbolic groundbreaking for the new Robert H. and Katherine B. Garff Executive Education Building—the fifth building for the university’s David Eccles School of Business.

“We’re excited to add this structure to our existing pool of first-class education institutions,” said Taylor Randall, the dean of the business school.

When complete, the 150,000 square-foot facility will house the U of U’s MBA programs, as well as an Executive Education Center, Business Career Services Center and other resources available to students, faculty and staff.

“We’re always delighted to partner with The University of Utah,” said Greg Fix, a JCC vice president and project executive. “The Executive Education Building will add to the beauty of this impressive campus and directly contribute to growing Utah’s robust economy. It’s exciting to be part of it.”

The U of U will name the building after Robert and Katherine Garff. The couple’s children made a $12 million donation on their behalf. When complete, the U of U hopes the new facility will create an “environment for learning, growth and best practices.”

On January 25, Intermountain Healthcare celebrated the start of work on the Intermountain Kem Gardner Transformation Center. The groundbreaking for the 120,000 square-foot building included Intermountain executives and health and community leaders. The facility’s main goal will be improving healthcare delivery throughout the world.

“While we’ll always strive to provide high-quality care at affordable costs for the people of the Intermountain region, this center gives us the chance to lead healthcare changes internationally,” said Marc Harrison, MD, Intermountain’s president & CEO. “It’s our duty to help make better healthcare available for everyone.”

Jacobsen’s crews will build the Transformation Center on the north side of the Intermountain Medical campus in Murray. It will host the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute and Intermountain Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research. It will also house several clinical and innovation programs.

“We’re thrilled to work on a project that will help Intermountain make life better for so many,” said Blake Court, a JCC project executive and vice president. “The Transformation Center has the potential to not only lead healthcare innovations across the globe, but also in Utah. Knowing our work can have that kind of an impact is inspiring.”

Intermountain named the Transformation Center in honor of Kem Gardner, a former chair of the company’s board of directors. It is slated for completion in 2018.

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