SALT LAKE CITY — Four Jacobsen Construction projects have been named best in their category by the Associated General Contractors of Utah, it was announced this month.
The four winning projects are:
- Liberty Sky | 2022 Multi-Family/Residential High-Rise Project of the Year
- Primary Children’s Hospital Inpatient Remodel & Expansion
2022 Health Care Project of the Year
- Utah State University Canyon Crest Suites | 2022 Higher Education Project of the Year
- Utah Tech University Greater Zion Stadium West Side Expansion | 2022 Sports/Recreation Project of the Year
Industry experts rated numerous projects, selecting winners based on the criteria of innovation, contributions to the construction industry and the community, the aesthetics and functionality of the project’s design, quality craftsmanship, examples of teamwork and overcoming challenges, and safety record. AGC of Utah, an influential industry group that has been representing builders in the state since 1922, will formally honor the winning project teams at a celebration breakfast on Jan. 19 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
Several dozen design, engineering and construction firms partnered with Jacobsen on the winning projects, providing expertise and resources that were vital to the quality and efficiency of the work that was done. Each project owner’s long-term vision for the underlying purpose of the construction work was also essential to helping these award winners stand out for their community impacts.
Jacobsen’s winning projects are described in additional detail below.
Liberty Sky | Salt Lake City
2022 Multi-Family/Residential High-Rise Project of the Year
Owner: Cowboy Partners and The Boyer Company
Liberty Sky is downtown Salt Lake City’s first high-rise apartment community. With ready access to some of the locale’s favorite dining and entertainment establishments, the project included 21 stories, five parking decks and 278 new apartments that are helping to alleviate the city’s stressed housing market. Apartments feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls that provide natural light and exquisite views of the Wasatch Mountains. Floor plans include one-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio apartments.
As a first-of-its-kind concrete build, apartments feature exposed concrete ceilings and walls — not the traditional sheetrock — and a variety of other high-end, modern finishes. The project team worked together closely to ensure the complex was safely constructed on a busy, urban jobsite.
Community amenities include a pool, theater, club room, office space, mail room, interior loading dock, five levels of secured parking, pet center and bike storage area. The rooftop gathering areas provide a full kitchen, club room, gaming room, theater, fitness center, multiple exterior heated gathering areas, grills and prep areas, three exterior fireplaces and a large programmable LED light box that stands out in the night sky.
PCH Inpatient Remodel & Expansion | Salt Lake City
2022 Health Care Project of the Year
Owner: Primary Children’s Hospital
The Primary Children’s Hospital Inpatient Remodel and Expansion was in some ways the crowning achievement of 17 years of continuous work by Jacobsen Construction at Primary Children’s Hospital. It was an overhaul affecting most of the hospital, done at a gradual pace to allow the facility’s many critical functions to continue uninterrupted. It included a total renovation of the NICU department, oncology department, anesthesia department, neurological trauma unit, nuclear medicine area, IT offices, administrative offices, doctor rest/recovery spaces, LifeFlight services, meditation room and all corridors. A five-story, 20,000 square-foot addition added a new rapid-treatment unit (RTU) and hospital support spaces, freeing up existing hospital space for expanded patient care. This complex project included 17 separate phases, touching almost every area of the facility.
By re-making Primary Children’s Hospital from the inside out, the project team was successful in advancing the overall quality and sophistication of health care that can be provided at one of the most crucially important pediatric health care destinations in the Intermountain West. The project team successfully prevented the need to ever re-assign pediatric patients to other health care facilities — ensuring that families could continue to rely on the unmatched expertise of the professionals at Primary Children’s Hospital.
Utah State University Canyon Crest Suites | Logan
2022 Higher Education Project of the Year
Architect: Method Studio
Owner: Utah State University
The Utah State University Canyon Crest Suites, the university’s newest on-campus housing development, replaced an existing student housing facility that had become outdated. The new six story structure provides 79 suite-style and apartment-style units (132 beds), with a mix of single and double bedroom configurations. Other amenities include a fitness room, music rehearsal rooms, theater room, game room, kitchenettes and other student gathering spaces. It’s located near the core of campus, with convenient access to classrooms and on-campus events, as well as parking, recreation and dining.
This project ensured that students living on campus at Utah State are better supported along their college journey with a high-quality, comfortable, modern living space that establishes convenient access to everything the university offers.
UTU Greater Zion Stadium West Side Expansion | St. George
2022 Sports/Recreation Project of the Year
Architect: VCBO Architecture
Owner: Utah Tech University
The Utah Tech University Greater Zion Stadium West Side Expansion provided a new skybox structure with state-of-the-art press box and event operations facilities, as well as a variety of premier seating opportunities including private suites, loge seating, club seating and a club lounge. To further cement the football program’s new Division I status, this project equipped the school with new athletic training facilities, an updated football team locker room and team lounge, and equipment issue spaces. The fan experience was enhanced by an updated entry plaza and stadium fencing.
Strategic choices made throughout the life of this project were intended to give the stadium a big-time college football feel more than ever before, accentuate Utah Tech’s new school name and branding in ways that would foster school pride, promote team unity and player morale, and add to the prowess of the football program’s recruiting efforts.