Jacobsen Construction


SALT LAKE CITY — A pair of Jacobsen Construction projects have won recognition as Most Outstanding in their category in the 2022 Utah Construction & Design competition.

The Liberty Sky high-rise in downtown Salt Lake City was named Most Outstanding Multi-Family Housing Project and the Utah Tech University Greater Zion Stadium West Side Expansion was named Most Outstanding Sports/Recreation Project, according to an announcement from the magazine this month. Both project teams will be formally honored at a celebration breakfast on Dec. 13 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

Utah Construction & Design is a leading A/E/C trade publication that captures the imagery and stories of the state’s most imaginative and masterful building design. Its annual awards process called on a panel of eight judges to review dozens of projects, scoring them on the criteria of innovative and functional design, contributions to the construction industry and the community, quality craftsmanship, examples of teamwork and overcoming challenges, and safety record.

These two awards from Utah’s leading architecture magazine are likewise a significant recognition of the talent and accomplishments shown by the project architect firms Smallwood (Liberty Sky) and VCBO (UTU Greater Zion Stadium West Side Expansion). The awards also serve as a tribute to the overall project vision of Cowboy Partners and Boyer Company (Liberty Sky), as well as Utah Tech University and the Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management (UTU Greater Zion Stadium West Side Expansion).

The award-winning projects are described in additional detail below.

Liberty Sky | Salt Lake City | Architect: Smallwood


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.

Utah Tech University Greater Zion Stadium West Side Expansion | St. George, Utah | Architect: VCBO Architecture

UTU Stadium

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.

Design choices throughout every part 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.