Jacobsen Construction


Jacobsen has been selected by University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) to partner on three related projects that will transform the heart of its Health Sciences Center (HSC) campus—including the construction of a $75 million Ambulatory Administration Complex (AAC).

“This is a career-defining opportunity for our team, and for our entire company,” said JCC President Doug Welling. “We’re grateful to the U of U for entrusting us with such a monumental endeavor.”

Complex may be an understatement. For nearly a decade the U has been working and reworking the Campus Master Plan (unveiled in 2008, revised in 2013) in an effort to align the HSC into distinct, functioning areas based on its three-pronged mission: Research, academia and clinical operations. Several major studies have also been conducted in recent years in an effort to ensure that, once a construction team is selected, it can achieve the U of U’s objective: To transform the HSC into a “hub of innovation, training and research that will serve as the new model of university health systems nationwide.” Projected construction estimates for the transformation currently total $238 million.

“The HSC vision is amazing, and achieving it will require a tremendous effort. Jacobsen is more than up to the task,” explained JCC COO John Fortuna. “I’ve been privileged to work with the University for many years on many projects; I’m thrilled at the prospect of helping my colleagues and friends at the U realize their vision.”

The task at hand is multi-faceted. Jacobsen will provide preconstruction services for three new landmark buildings: A Medical Education and Discovery Building, a new Rehabilitation Hospital and the six-story AAC, which we will also be constructing. When completed in the spring of 2018, the AAC will house clinics, outpatient surgery suites, faculty offices, a loading dock and support services.

“In its current state, the HSC is a very delicate ecosystem,” said Blake Court, project executive and team leader for Jacobsen. “There are thousands of factors—and people—that will be impacted and must be carefully considered. This transformation is as complex as it is significant, and we’re excited to help the U find their way through it successfully.”