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Why Big-D Mountain West
Date:
2022

Our Vision

WE ARE CREATING A CULTURE OF OUTSTANDING CAREERS AND WORLD-CLASS CUSTOMER SERVICE.

Our Vision in motion

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    Outstanding
    Careers

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    We seek and employ exceptional, hard-working, lifetime learners; we give them the tools to succeed when we find them.

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    Uncommon Outcomes

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    Detailed, disciplined, hard-won by listening and always sharpening our skills. Our Big-D University offers over 100 classes each year with this goal in mind.

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    Customer
    Loyalty

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    We are born of customer-focused, relationship-fostering practices. We’ve built 90% repeat customers and solid and lasting relationships.

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    Growth &
    Achievement

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    We have a culture of growth and achievement powered by innovation, supported by purpose, passion and joy.

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    Financial
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    We’ve built trust with well-managed financial strength and superior risk management. This allows us to deliver on our promises consistently.

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    Community
    Engagement

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    Giving back builds strong, thriving communities where we live and work. By contributing donations, time, and pro-bono services, we help ensure lasting communities.

Our
Roots

Our Roots

Who we are

A Carpenter, A Volkswagen, A Big-Idea

On November 2, 1967, a 30-year-old carpenter named Dee Livingood sold his blue Volkswagen for $1,000 and risked everything he had to start his own business. His nickname “Big Dee” inspired the name for our company.

 

The Big Idea

Big Dee started with almost nothing – no business experience, no customers, and almost no money. What he did have was a BIG-IDEA about the way things ought to be done.

 

“Young Lions”

Dee assembled a team of the best people in the industry, and called his founding leaders his “young lions.” They refused to focus on money. Instead, they quietly focused on doing the right things – the business principles Dee felt would be crucial to success. And, lo and behold, success naturally followed.

 

The Vision Continues

Today, Big Dee’s founding culture continues to inspire us. We aren’t perfect, but we strive to do the right things. We now have “lions” of every age on our impressive team, and a lion’s share of repeat customers.

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History

We have come a long way since Dee Livingood sold his blue Volkswagen for $1,000 to start a company that has since grown to more than 1,000 employees. While our projects have defined us in the marketplace, our employees have always been our catalyst for success. We want to honor their achievements by celebrating our past as we prepare for the future.

  • Dee and Jack Livingood 1967

    1967

    The Big Idea

    On November 2, 1967, a thirty-year-old carpenter named Dee Livingood sold his blue Volkswagen for a thousand dollars and risked everything he had to start his own business. His nickname “Big-Dee” inspired the name for the company

    Big Dee’s founding culture continues to inspire us. We aren’t perfect, but we strive to do the right things. We now have lions of every age on our impressive team, and a lion’s share of repeat customers.

    Passion for people

    Dee started with almost nothing – very little money, no business experience, and no customers. All he had was a BIG IDEA about the way things ought to be done. He wanted a company based on equal respect for customers and employees. A company based on honesty and integrity. A company where there is no difference between what is said and what is done.

    He collected his thoughts, his thousand dollars, and set out to assemble a team of the best people in the industry. He called his founding leaders his “young lions.” Dee focused his passion on customer and employee relationships. He refused to focus on money or chase success. Instead, he quietly focused on doing the right things – and success began chasing him. He taught his “young lions” everything he knew about the business while giving them the freedom to build outstanding careers of their own – and success started chasing them too.

  • 1967

    WHAT’S IN A NAME?

    The name “Big-D Construction” didn’t come after hours of meetings with Dee’s young lions. In fact, it came while Dee and Jack Hilton were standing in line to get a contractor’s license. Jack had closed his business and was helping Dee with his new business endeavor. It was while they were filling out paperwork when the name “Big D” was founded:

    “Then I had to go to Salt Lake to the Department of Business Regulations and get him a contractor’s license, unemployment compensation, industrial accidents and all the other red tape that goes with getting a guy in business. They filled out all the papers and everything and he looked at me and says ‘what’s the name of the company’? I batted my eyes and looked up in the air and I said ‘Big D’.”

    – Jack Hilton

    In a matter of seconds, the name “Big D” was founded. For many years, the name would be written as either Big D or Big “D”. In the early 90s, the hyphen was added to create “Big-D”.

  • 1970

    MANUFACTURING PLANT RAISES THE BAR

    Big-D constructs the Amcor Block Plant and Pipe Plant. This project marked one of Big-D’s first large manufacturing projects.

  • 1973

    BIG-D NETS $1 MILLION IN SALES

    First year with $1 million in annual sales.

  • 1974

    A MILLION-DOLLAR HANDSHAKE

    In the early years of Big-D Construction, all deals were generally settled with a handshake. In 1974 Dee Livingood had struck a million-dollar deal with Cream O’Weber. The company brought Dee in and asked him to design and build an addition to their freezer in Ogden. They worked up a price and shook hands on it.

    Once the deal and the million-dollar price tag sunk in, Dee suggested that maybe they write something down on paper. A Purchase Order book was pulled out and the million-dollar job was handwritten to Big-D Construction. And that was Dee’s contract for his first million-dollar project.

  • The YOUNG LIONS

    1976

    Hunger for success

    Rob Moore and Dale Satterthwaite join Dee as Big-D’s first Business Development Manager and Estimator respectively. Dee’s son, Jack, would join two years later.

  • 1981

    THE FIRST MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR DEAL

    Big-D Construction completes first large scale design-build project for Kremco. The project marked Big-D’s first multimillion-dollar project.

  • Rob Moore

    1984

    Big-D opens FIRST OFFICE

    Salt Lake City, Utah office opened. At the time, the office would serve as a regional office for Big-D. The team there also purchased its first computer, a used Apple III.

    The office was located near 400 South and 500 East in Salt Lake. It has since been demolished. In just 10 years, Big-D’s annual revenue went from $1 million to $10 million.

  • Dee and Jack Livingood

    1988

    DEE PROMOTES SON TO PRESIDENT

    Jack Livingood is promoted to President and Dee Livingood devotes career to community service.

  • 1989

    A MILLION SQUARE-FOOT PROJECT

    Big-D Construction has a longstanding history of building relationships with notable companies in the United States. In its early years, Big-D forged relationships with companies such as Kremco and Cream O’Weber. During the 80s, Big-D would begin working with Smith’s Food & Drug.

    In 1989, Big-D would construct its first one-million square-foot project with Smith’s Food & Drug. The project was a processing and distribution center. “Smith’s was a turning point for us,” said Jack Livingood. “They took us into California and Arizona. So they were just a really big customer and we were doing jobs for them all over the West. It really expanded our thoughts on what we can be.”

    Since 1989, Big-D would go on to construct a number of facilities for Smith’s in Utah, California, Arizona, and New Mexico.

  • 1991

    EXPANDING HEALTHCARE IN THE SALT LAKE VALLEY

    When you drive along Interstate 80 in the Salt Lake Valley, you may notice a beige and blue building that currently houses the administration offices and classrooms for the Granite School District. At first glance, the building looks like a hospital. And it once was; in fact, it was a hospital that Big-D constructed in the early 90s.

    The FHP Hospital project consisted of three separate buildings: Hospital, Specialty Center, and a Central Heat Plant. It was a 200,000 square-foot project that put Big-D on the map for healthcare. Aside from the buildings, Big-D also constructed an underground tunnel system that connected the Central Heat Plant and the Specialty Center with the Hospital.

    The hospital was completed in the spring of 1993. However, it was sold just 3-years later. The hospital was eventually renamed the Rocky Mountain Medical Center under new ownership. The facility would close its doors permanently in 2001. Granite School District purchased the vacant hospital in 2004.

  • 1994

    RELOCATION OF COMPANY HEADQUARTERS

    Big-D headquarters move from Ogden, Utah to Riverdale, Utah.

  • 1994

    CONSTRUCTING THE WORLD’S LARGEST TORTILLA FACILITY

    More than 3 million tortillas in a month! That is how many tortillas are produced at the “World’s Largest Tortilla Making Facility”. That’s a lot of guacamole. What you may not know is Big-D built the facility more than 20 years ago.

    In 1994, Big-D Construction was hired by Mission Foods to construct a 310,000 square-foot production facility in Rancho Cucamonga, California. The production facility would be used to make corn and flour tortillas, chips, salsa and other products for sale by Mission Foods. Construction only took 10 months and today it produces about 21,000 tortillas in a day.

  • 1995

    “BIG DEE” LIVINGOOD DIES AT AGE 57

    Dee Livingood dies at the age 57 after a battle with cancer. Jack Livingood becomes CEO.

  • 1995

    MICRON TECHNOLOGY

    In the mid-90s, Big-D Construction was roughly three times the size of most of its competitors. And the pressure was on to land the next big deal. That deal would come in the form of chips; computer chips to be exact. In 1995, Big-D Construction was awarded a $125-million-dollar project with Micron.

    This would mark the largest project in the history of the company. “We put together a great project,” said Rob Moore. “So that was a huge milestone for us to get to that next big project level.” More than 2,400 workers were assigned to construct the four-level, 836,000 square-foot high-technology facility in Lehi, Utah. The team poured more than 52,000 cubic yards of concrete, erected 5,238 tons of structural steel, and installed 5,950 tons of rebar. Construction took just 8 months.

  • 1996

    COMMISSIONING THE IRONMAN

    During the early 90s, Big-D was searching for an identity to help separate it from the competition. “We were trying to be more corporate,” said Big-D Chief Executive Officer, Rob Moore. “We wanted something that could identify with Big-D Construction. So we tried to look for an identity.”

    The vision was to create something that represented both construction and the strength of Big-D. Working with Richter 7 and artist Scott Snow, that identity soon transformed into the Ironman. The initial drawings of the Ironman evolved to include the hard hat and steel beam. “All of a sudden, it stuck,” said Moore. “And we knew that when people look at that, they would identify with Big-D.”

    “Our guys in the field absolutely love this image,” adds Jack Livingood. “It represents how they feel about themselves as construction workers.”

    The Ironman has stood the test of time. His look and colors have never been altered. And while he has yet to make People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive!” list, signs that bear his image have notoriously been stolen over the years.

  • 1996

    WORLD’S LARGEST MILK PLANT

    Santee Dairy: Largest milk plant in the world.

  • 1998

    A YOUNG LION BECOMES PRESIDENT

    More than 20 years after he first joined Big-D Construction, Rob Moore is promoted to President of the company.

  • 1999

    BIG-D ADOPTS A SCHOOL

    In the late 90s, Big-D Construction adopted an elementary school. But not just any elementary school. Gramercy Elementary School in Ogden was where Jack Livingood was a student in his early years. In 1999, the school was officially adopted by Big-D Construction.

    At the school, the “Big-D Club” was formed to emphasize the importance of having focused, positive goals to work towards. As members of the Club, students received an honorary Big-D identification card, a t-shirt, baseball hat, and admission to go on special trips. The school even had an Ironman in the main hall and whenever a student achieved a goal, his or her name was added to the beam. Big-D Construction also donated time and resources to repave the playground and repaint the interior and exterior walls of the school.

    While the “Big-D Club” is no longer in existence, it still holds a special place in the hearts of everyone involved.

  • 2000

    BUILDING THE WORLD’S BIGGEST CHEESE PLANT

    Leprino Foods: Largest cheese plant in the world.

  • 2001

    A NEW MCKAY-DEE HOSPITAL

    It started as a vision more than a century ago. After Annie Taylor Dee’s husband, Thomas, suddenly died in 1905, she resolved to honor his memory with a hospital that would offer the best care to the community. Nearly 100 years after the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital first opened, Big-D Construction would begin work on what would be a new, one million square-foot McKay-Dee Hospital. This would mark the largest healthcare project for Big-D.

    The new hospital was designed and constructed to provide a healing environment for patients and guests. There are panoramic windows, fountains, vibrant colors and artwork, walking paths, and a nearby nature preserve.

    Following its successful completion in 2001, Intermountain Healthcare has brought Big-D back for a number of remodels and additions at the McKay-Dee campus.

  • 2002

    CONSTRUCTING GOLD MEDAL FACILITIES

    In 2002, Big-D Construction helped to construct the stage for the Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Big-D built several facilities for the Games, including the Olympic-sized version of Rice-Eccles Stadium that would host the opening and closing ceremonies. During this phase, crews had to work closely with the Secret Service and Counterterrorism Security personnel to secure seating for then-President George Bush for the opening ceremonies.

    About an hour from Rice-Eccles, Big-D Construction was also hard at work transforming the Dee Events Center in Ogden into the venue for curling. Also, crews assembled the Olympic Grandstand for spectators and media to watch the Alpine Skiing and Giant Slalom events and Snowbasin Resort. In Park City, Big-D built the SLOC Amphitheater at Olympic Park.

  • 2003

    CONSTRUCTING AN INTERACTIVE LIBRARY EXPERIENCE

    It was arguably one of the most complicated construction projects in Utah that was intended to capture the imaginations and aspirations of downtown Salt Lake City. And it did; all 280,000 square feet of it. In the early 2000s, Big-D found itself at the helm of constructing the new Salt Lake City Library. It was an ambitious project that would take nearly 30 months to complete.

    The six-story curving, walkable wall of the library has now become almost as iconic as the Capitol Building that stands about a mile away. The 600-foot walkable wall embraces a public plaza, shops, spiraling fireplaces, gallery space for more than 500,000 books, and a 300-seat auditorium. A magnificent stairway rises through the building to reveal a beautiful rooftop garden. There’s a “lens” on the south side that helps to warm the building during the winter months.

    At the time, the project would mark the largest architectural concrete project in Utah.

  • 2004

    HEADQUARTERS MOVED TO HISTORIC BUILDING

    If the walls in the Big-D Corporate office building could talk…

    The Fuller Paint Building has been a unique part of downtown Salt Lake City since it was first constructed it in 1922. In 2004, Jack Livingood purchased the building and embarked on a restoration project that would garner a LEED Gold certification and a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s Big-D’s home, but it also has some seldom discussed secrets.

    The building was used as a security command post for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Fuller Building reportedly received all the security feeds from the various Olympic venues and all major security decisions were made within these walls.

    And many would be surprised to hear that when we purchased the building one of the tenants was an adult film studio. We won’t tell you which floor, but needless to say, they had to go. “Kerry Arnold, our project manager came in and said ‘what do you want me to do about the porn’,” said Livingood. “I gave him a wad of cash and said: ‘go down there and get them the heck out of our building’.” Long story short, the production group took the cash and now it’s part of the Fuller building lore.

    The building also has a page in pop culture history. The interior of the building was for filming movies and television shows, including episodes of “Touched by an Angel” and the independent feature film “SLC Punk”.

  • 2005

    BIG-D OPENS REGIONAL OFFICE IN UTAH COUNTY

    Big-D opens the Lindon Regional Office.

  • 2006

    THE NUMBERS KEEP GROWING

    Big-D would mark the first year with $400 million in sales, 30-years after the company was first founded.

  • 2006

    CHANGING THE SKYLINE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

    Washington Square Towers would mark Big-D’s first high-rise project. The two, 24-story towers could also be Big-D’s largest residential project to date.

  • 2010

    A BILLION-DOLLAR JOINT VENTURE

    In 2010, the Balfour Beatty | DPR | Big-D Joint Venture was selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide design-build services for the Utah Data Center at Camp Williams in Utah. Also known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center, the facility would highlight several innovative technology and energy efficiency features.

    This project would mark the first billion dollar project for Big-D. The project would also add another million square-feet to Big-D’s portfolio. The facility consists of approximately 400,000 square-feet for a mission critical data center and 1.2 million square feet of technical support and administrative space.

    Groundbreaking was held in the fall of 2010 and construction concluded in the fall of 2013.

  • 2011

    A GROWING LION’S DEN

    Big-D now has 800 employees working out of six offices across the country.

  • 2011

    EVOLVING THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF UTAH

    The Natural History Museum of Utah first opened its doors on the campus of the University of Utah in the 1960s. When it opened in the former George Thomas Library, it featured specimens that dated back thousands of years ago.

    In 2008, Big-D Construction helped the Natural History Museum to “evolve” with the construction of a new, 163,000 square-foot interactive facility to house some 1.2 million objects, including clothing worn by the first people to inhabit Utah. The new building’s architectural design sensitively integrates it into a natural 17-acre site located above the shoreline of ancient Lake Bonneville (the lake existed until about 14,500 years ago). Construction took just 3 years and the Museum opened in 2011.

    Inside, the Natural History Museum features the world’s largest display of horned dinosaur skulls from the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods. The Natural History Museum also has state-of-the-art Paleontology and Anthropology laboratories that provide a sterile atmosphere to study and store objects from the museum’s collection.

  • 2012

    AND THE AWARD GOES TO…..

    Big-D is selected as ENR Mountain States’ “Contractor of the Year”.

    Big-D is named “Best of State” for the second consecutive year.

  • 2013

    BIG-D BREAKS GROUND IN THE NORTHEAST

    Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple, The Alexander Residential Tower, and LDS Stake Center: First East Coast large-scale project as a joint venture.

  • 2014

    TERMINAL REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT TAKES OFF AT THE SALT LAKE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    SLC Airport: Terminal Redevelopment Project, $3 billion, 10-year project. Big-D would team up with Holder Construction to create HDJV.

  • 2016

    A BILLION-DOLLAR VISION

    Nearly 50 years since it was first founded, Big-D Construction achieves a billion dollars in sales. At the time, nearly 1,000 employees are employed at Big-D’s Corporate and Regional Offices.

  • 2017

    PRESIDENT OF BIG-D CONSTRUCTION HONORED FOR GREEN LEADERSHIP

    Utah Business Magazine honors Forrest McNabb for his efforts of promoting sustainability throughout the company. He was honored for “Green Leadership” during the 2017 Green Business Awards.

    Through McNabb’s leadership, Big-D Construction has become a top player in the industry’s sustainability movement. The firm’s corporate office, completed in 2004, was the first LEED Gold Historic Renovation in Utah. Now, Big-D has a portfolio of more than 70 LEED projects and its staff includes 65 LEED accredited professionals.

  • 2017

    STRATEGIC CHANGES TO FACILITATE GROWTH

    Big-D Construction makes several organizational changes to facilitate its growth. Rob Moore is promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Forrest McNabb is promoted to President of the Mountain West Group.

    As Big-D’s brand expands nationally, Cory Moore is promoted to Executive Vice President and National Managing Director of Big-D’s regional offices. Troy Thompson joins Big-D as Executive Vice President. The two would be tasked with expanding Big-D’s national footprint while supporting its seven regional offices.

    Big-D also named “Contractor of the Year” by the Utah Chapter of CCIM.

  • 2017

    BIG-D CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

    On November 2, 2017, Big-D Construction celebrates its 50-year anniversary. As part of the celebration, Big-D released a book commemorating its 50-year tenure in the construction business.

  • 2018

    Big-D opens regional office in Idaho Falls.

    Just as Big-D Construction seeks to be the most sought after construction company in the business, the Idaho Falls office has a goal of being the number one construction company in Eastern Idaho.

     

     

     

  • 2018

    ‘YOUNG LION’ RETIRES FROM BIG-D CONSTRUCTION

    From laborer, to Chief Estimator, to Senior Vice President and member of the Board, Dale Satterthwaite has worn many hard hats since the early days of Big-D Construction. Fresh off a church mission and his honeymoon, Dale’s first job with the company was working on the Freeport Center Post office. Now, after more than 43 years, Dale Satterthwaite retired from Big-D Construction.

    “It has personally been a growing and learning experience, and I wouldn’t wish for it to be any different”, said Satterthwaite on his career here at Big-D Construction. Dale says he plans to spend his retirement working on personal projects as well as in his shop fixing toys for his grandkids. Dale says he hopes to serve another LDS mission with his wife.

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    2019

    BIG-D OPENS REGIONAL OFFICE IN IDAHO FALLS, ID

    Big-D opens the Idaho Falls office.

  • 2019

    Big-D Construction Named to ABC’s Top-performing Commercial and Industrial Construction Contractors List

    The Top Performers were ranked by size based on the number of hours worked in 2017, as reported in their 2018 STEP applications. To be eligible, Big-D had to demonstrate world-class safety performance that aligned with ABC’s STEP safety management system.

    “ABC Top Performers are leading the way in the merit shop construction industry, where diverse participants are constantly striving to achieve the highest levels of personal and company performance in an environment of fair and open competition,” said Michael Bellaman, president and chief executive officer of ABC. “These rankings will help the industry identify contractors like Big-D Construction that have achieved world-class safety performance, demonstrated their commitment to their workers and their communities and earned recognition for project excellence and diversity.”

  • 2019

    HISTORIC RENOVATION AWARDED PROJECT CHAMPION

    The Salt Lake City & County Historic Renovation project was named “Project Champion” by the Utah Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The project would later be awarded a Heritage Award by Preservation Utah.

  • 2019

    GREEN BUSINESS AWARD

    Big-D Construction was honored for its green practices on the Weber State University Lindquist Hall Renovation project. The Green Business award was issued by Utah Business Magazine.

  • 2019

    2019 ENR Top 100 Green Contractor List

    As customers are becoming more environmentally aware, the push for green design and building concepts is increasing. Big-D has many different projects underway with more ecofriendly practices and is always working to reduce our carbon footprint. Our efforts are getting recognized and helped us jump 5 spots from last years  ENR Top Green Contractor List, we are now #41!

    Every company is ranked according to revenue from construction or design services generated in 2018 from projects that have been registered with or certified by the facility’s environmental impact, energy efficiency or carbon footprint.

    The Big-D Family of Companies is building a better tomorrow!

  • 2019

    2019 INC 5000 List

    Inc. Magazine recently recognized Big-D Construction for the first time on their 2019 Inc. 5000 Most Successful Companies in America list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies. Big-D Construction is honored to be the only commercial construction company in Utah to make the list and ranked #232 among the honorees in the construction field across the nation. This is truly a defining moment for our company!

    The 2019 Inc. 5000 list is ranked according to the percentage of revenue growth from 2015 to 2018 and Big-D’s steady 3-year revenue growth rate was 58%. We wish to thank each of our dedicated employees and partners who have helped us get to where we are today through our 52-year journey in our mission to be the most sought-after construction company in the business!

  • 2020

    Salt Lake Tribune's 10 Best Utah Buildings

    The Salt Lake Tribune recently featured architect David Ross Scheer’s list of the 10 best Utah buildings, 3 of which Big-D is honored to have built or renovated: The Salt Lake City Public Library (built in 2003); The Natural History Museum of Utah (built in 2011); and The  City County Building (renovated in 2018). All buildings are open to the public. Please go admire their captivating architectural designs and quality craftsmanship.

  • 2020

    2020 Top Utah General Contractor and a 2020 Top Utah General Builder!

    Big-D Construction was ranked 2nd by Utah Design & Construction Magazine as a 2020 Top Utah General Contractor and a 2020 Top Utah General Builder!

    These rankings are based on revenues generated in 2019 by Utah firms. Firms are ranked by overall revenues (all U.S. offices) in addition to revenues generated from their office(s) based in Utah.

    Thank you to all of our loyal clients, employees, and trade partners who make these rankings possible. Your dedication is unmatched.

  • 2020

    Congratulations to Big-D's own CEO, Rob Moore, on being named as a Utah Business 2020 CEO of the Year!

    Congratulations to Big-D’s own CEO, Rob Moore, on being named as a Utah Business 2020 CEO of the Year! Rob is an excellent leader and continues to set an example for all Big-D employees, including the next generation of executive leaders. He firmly believes in helping up-and-coming leaders understand that there is a future for them in the construction industry, and that construction can provide you with a career—not just merely a job.

    Thanks to Rob for his leadership and guidance in defining what it means to ‘Think Big’.

  • 2020

    Salt Lake City International Airport Takes Off!

    Holder | Big-D Construction, A Joint Venture, recognizes our partners and our community for one smooth takeoff.

    The new Salt Lake City Airport officially opened its gates on September 15, and no participating partner was prouder of its association than Utah’s own Big-D Construction. Working as part of Holder | Big-D A Joint Venture (HDJV), our teams brought the New SLC Airport in on time, on course, and on budget.

  • 2020

    2020 UC&D Project of the Year Award for the Salt Lake City Airport Redevelopment Program!

    We are proud to announce that Holder | Big-D Construction, A Joint Venture has been awarded the 2020 UC&D Project of the Year Award for the Salt Lake City Airport Redevelopment Program! Thank you to all our employees, trade partners, and associates for your contributions to this monumental project. We could not have done it without you!

    With more than 330 flight departures per day, the Salt Lake International Airport is the 25th busiest airport in North America and the 85th busiest in the world. The airport services an estimated 26 million passengers annually. That figure will continue to increase as more people move to Utah, and as more businesses set up shop in the state. In order to keep up with the demand, the Salt Lake City Department of Airports and Salt Lake City officials launched a 10-year, $4.1 billion dollar redevelopment program to replace the previous Salt Lake City International Airport with a new facility that highlights Utah’s beauty while cutting down energy costs.

    The New SLC Airport project required innovative construction methods to be put in place. The parking structure has a post-tension moment frame to maximize available parking space. The post-tensioned, cast-in-place helical ramps sit outside the garage footprint and help maximize parking spaces for passengers.

  • 2021

    2021 ENR Mountains States Contractor of the Year

    The ENR regional editors have selected Big-D Construction for 2021 Contractor of the Year in the Mountain States region for the Intermountain area. We are honored and humbled for this recognition and wish to extend our gratitude to all of the Big-D employees, owners, and trade partners that help to make each projects vision a reality.
    THINK BIG | WORK BIG | LIVE BIG

  • 2021

    2021 Utah Best of State Winner

    We are honored to announce that Big-D has, once again, been named the 2021 Utah Best of State award winner for Commercial Construction! The prestigious Best of State Awards recognize local businesses for their excellence and contributions to their communities. We are so fortunate to have the best employees, customers, and subcontractors in the business—know that we couldn’t do it without you!

    The submission for this award took a lot of collaborative effort. Please know that we appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for being part of our Big-D Family, and for continuing to help Big-D become the most sought-after construction company in the business.

  • 2021

    SLC International Airport Celebrates One-year Anniversary

    Big-D Construction congratulates the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) as they celebrate their one-year anniversary and announcement by the USGBC for achieving LEED Gold Certification!
    SLC International Airport Celebrates One-year Anniversary
    USGBC Announces LEED Gold Certification Achieved

    Salt Lake City, UT (Sept. 15, 2021) –Today, the Salt Lake City Department of Airports (SLCDA) celebrates one year since opening The New SLC-Phase 1—with the distinction of being the first new U.S. hub airport built in the 21st Century—while announcing LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

    The New SLC Airport was designed and built with a number of goals in mind: to build an airport that provides a flexible, right-sized design for the future that is more efficient, sustainable and maintains competitive costs. Additional goals were to build an airport that could withstand a major seismic event, provide more areas to plug in electronic devices and reflect the beauty of Utah—both inside and out. The New SLC has achieved its sustainability goal of LEED Gold certification for both the Terminal Redevelopment Program project and Concourse B-west.

  • 2021

    2021 Best Project of the Year” by the Associated General Contractors of Utah!

    More than 100 award applications were received, and both our Ogden and Lindon groups are recipients, along with the many partners involved in completing these outstanding projects!

    Congratulations on the following projects and categories!
    • Tyson Foods Case Ready Plant – Manufacturing
    • Orem Family Fitness Center – Sports and Recreation

  • 2021

    Big-D Leadership Announces Salt Lake City Group Regional President.

    Rich Hazel has been promoted to President of Big-D Construction’s Salt Lake City Regional office, announced Rob Moore, CEO.

    Rich started with Big-D Construction 11 years ago. However his career did not begin in construction. In 1989, after completing two undergraduate degrees in Economics and Sociology at the University of Utah and a MBA from Westminster College, Rich then started an internship, which turned into a full-time position, with the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, where he had the opportunity to work and network with community leaders and CEO’s, which today is proving to be very beneficial.

  • 2022

    Congratulations to our Big-D Lindon team on receiving the Mayor’s Choice Business of the Year Award!

    The honor was awarded from Lindon Mayor, Carolyn Lundberg, at the Pleasant Grove-Lindon Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday.
    Great work team Lindon!

  • 2022

    Big-D Leadership Announces Salt Lake City new Vice President Bryan Utley

    Bryan Utley is now the new Vice President in Big-D’s Salt Lake City regional office and has been with Big-D since 2013.

  • 2022

    Big-D Leadership Announces Salt Lake City new Vice President Andrew Soderquist

    Andrew Soderquist is now the new Vice President in Big-D’s Salt Lake City regional office.

  • 01/28

    “BIG-D CONSTRUCTED AN AWARD-WINNING BUILDING DESPITE CONSIDERABLE SITE CONSTRAINTS AND THEY MINIMIZED IMPACTS TO CAMPUS OPERATIONS. BIG-D EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS IN TERMS OF QUALITY AND THE FINAL RESULT.”

    Steve Morgan

    Sr. Vice President

  • 02/28

    “BIG-D CONSTRUCTION TEAM WAS OUTSTANDING. THEY HANDLED DIFFICULT ISSUES IN A TIMELY AND PROFESSIONAL MANNER. THEIR RESPONSIVENESS AND FOLLOW THROUGH WAS EXCELLENT. IT WAS A PLEASURE WORKING WITH THEM AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM IN THE FUTURE.”

    Jim Michaelis

    Associate Vice President Facilities/Planning, Utah Valley University

  • 03/28

    “BIG-D HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONAL TO WORK WITH FROM PRECONSTRUCTION THROUGH CLOSEOUT. THEY PROVIDED VALUABLE INFORMATION IN ORDER TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR OUR NEEDS AND FACILITIES. THEY ARE GREAT LISTENERS AND WERE ALWAYS ATTENTIVE TO US.”

    Darryl Johnson

    Public Works Director of Teton County

  • 04/28

    “BIG-D IS INNOVATIVE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE IN USING VALUE ENGINEERING IN EFFORTS TO DECREASE COST, FIND SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS, AND BE COST EFFECTIVE IN UPGRADES OR CHANGES.”

    Brad W. Slater

    Weber County Sheriff

  • 05/28

    “BIG-D KEEPS THINGS MOVING AHEAD AND WORKS TO HELP RESOLVE ANY ISSUES. I CANNOT THINK OF ANOTHER CONSTRUCTION TEAM THAT I WOULD RATHER BE WORKING WITH THAN OUR BIG-D TEAM.”

    Jim Evans

    Xactware

  • 06/28

    “BIG-D NOT ONLY HELPED US TO UNDERSTAND THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS BUT BY USING THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF MATERIALS AND VAST POOL OF SUBCONTRACTORS, WE REALIZED MANY COST SAVINGS WITHOUT AFFECTING THE QUALITY OF OUR BUILDING. ”

    Rex L. Payne

    Bear Lake County Commissioner

  • 07/28

    “BIG-D PROVED THEMSELVES SUPERIOR TO EVERY CHALLENGE AND DIFFICULTY. THE CITY BENEFITED FROM THE CULTURE OF TEAMWORK THAT BIG-D BROUGHT TO THE TABLE AND THEY WERE CONTINUOUSLY ATTENTIVE TO OUR NEEDS AND DESIRES AS THE CUSTOMER.”

    Ryan L. Clark

    City of Orem, Development Services Director

  • 08/28

    “BIG-D WAS ATTENTIVE TO OUR NEEDS AND FULFILLED THEIR CONTRACT OBLIGATIONS BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS. THANKS TO BIG-D, OUR PROJECT COMPLETED 30 DAYS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AND ON BUDGET.”

    Dennis Atwood

    Facilities and Maintenance Supervisor of STRATA Networks

  • 09/28

    “Big-D, as the CMc contractor, performed a fantastic job during the construction of the Bennett project.”

    F. Jeff Jafarzadeh

    GSA Project Manager

  • 10/28

    “BIG-D’S COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AND THEIR PERSISTENCE IN MEETING THE HIGH STANDARDS THIS PROJECT REQUIRED WAS ASTOUNDING FROM DAY ONE.”

    Nancy Tessman

    Director of the Salt Lake City Public Library

  • 11/28

    “CONGRATULATIONS TO BIG-D ON THE BEAUTIFUL NEW COURTS COMPLEX. YOU’RE ABLE TO TAKE ON THESE BIG, IMPRESSIVE PROJECTS AND YOU COME THROUGH WITH FLYING COLORS.”

    Jacalyn S. Leavitt

    Governor’s Mansion

  • 12/28

    “I am confident in the work of Big-D Construction and, without hesitation, recommend their construction services.”

    Gary Showalter

    Mayor of Vernal City

  • 13/28

    “I RECOMMEND BIG-D AS THEY ARE COMMITTED TO THEIR CUSTOMERS, STEADY AND CONSISTENT IN THEIR BUSINESS PRACTICES, AND EXEMPLIFY VALUES THAT ARE RARELY SEEN IN TODAY’S WORLD.”

    Jeffery R. Nelson

    MBA (SM) NRCM

  • 14/28

    “IF THE SUCCESS OF A PROJECT CAN BE MEASURED BY THE END PRODUCT, THEN THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT BIG-D DID A FANTASTIC JOB.”

    Tim Brown

    Executive Director

  • 15/28

    “IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING A FAVORABLE BID FOR THE PROJECT, THEY HAVE DELIVERED A MOST FAVORABLE EXPERIENCE. ALL POINTS OF INTEREST – PRICE, SCHEDULE, QUALITY, AND SAFETY WERE SATISFIED.”

    Nathan Shepherd

    Mountain America Credit Union

  • 16/28

    “One of the biggest challenges was keeping the existing whey plant running during construction. We couldn’t afford to be down a day, and we never were.”

    Dave Kindt

    Maintenance Manager

  • 17/28

    “THANKS TO THE TEAM FOR YOUR SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT. THE DAILY AND OVERALL EFFORTS EACH OF YOU MAKE TO MAINTAIN THE HIGH LEVEL OF SAFETY PERFORMANCE ON THIS PROJECT IS VERY COMMENDABLE.”

    Donald S. Einarson

    Director, Engineering Services

  • 18/28

    “THE BIG-D PROJECT SUPERINTENDENTS LOOKED OUT FOR US AT EVERY STEP TO INSURE WE RECEIVED THE BEST WORKMANSHIP AND QUALITY PRODUCTS.”

    Dave Thomas

    Pleasant Grove City Fire Chief

  • 19/28

    “THE BIG-D TEAM CONSISTENTLY EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS. I FELT I HAD A TRUE CONSTRUCTION PARTNER THAT I COULD TRUST AND DEPEND ON FOR THE DURATION OF THE PROJECT.”

    David Bland

    President and CEO, South Davis Community Hospital

  • 20/28

    “The Big-D team is hard working, professional, experienced, and knowledgeable. They jumped through hoops to make sure the City was happy with the construction process.”

    Lori Smith

    Wells Fargo, Construction Portfolio Manager

  • 21/28

    “THE BIG-D TEAM TOOK THE CHALLENGES WE FACED AND USED THEM AS OPPORTUNITIES TO BECOME MORE ENTRENCHED IN OUR TEAM ATMOSPHERE. THE SERVICE THAT BIG-D PROVIDED WAS, BAR NONE, THE BEST I HAVE RECEIVED IN MY ENTIRE CAREER.”

    Tony Simmons

    Founder & President of The Simmons Group

  • 22/28

    “The Big-D team went above and beyond and always demonstrated a “problem solving” attitude. Our team considers Big-D Construction to be some of the best qualified and respectable people in the business.”

    Rob Friend

    Development Partner

  • 23/28

    “THE BIG-D TEAM WORKED MIRACLES TO LIMIT DISTURBANCES TO OUR ONGOING DAILY OPERATIONS DURING CONSTRUCTION. BUSINESS IMPAIRMENT WAS A GENUINE CONCERN FOR SWIRE, BUT YOUR CREW PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS.”

    Jeff Edwards & Kurt Fiedler

    VP Logistics, VP Manufacturing

  • 24/28

    “To say that we were pleased with Big-D would be an understatement. They exhibited unquestionable professionalism, and they delivered a superior product on time and within budget.”

    Paul Hansen

    Tooele City Engineer & Project Manager

  • 25/28

    “WE APPRECIATED BIG-D’S PROFESSIONALISM AND EFFORTS IN ASSURING THAT OUR NEEDS WERE MET. IT IS NICE TO SEE A COMPANY WITH SUCH A HIGH FOCUS ON EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SATISFACTION IN TODAY’S WORLD.”

    Steven R. Moore, Terry Bates

    Division Manager, Operation Excellence Specialist

  • 26/28

    “WE ARE TRULY OVERWHELMED BY THE SPIRIT OF COLLABORATION ON THIS PROJECT AND THAT MADE IT ULTIMATELY SO SUCCESSFUL….THE FINISHED FACILITY IS A TESTIMONIAL TO WHAT WORKING TOGETHER CAN ACCOMPLISH.”

    Karen Bengard

    P.E., Assistant Director of Public Works

  • 27/28

    “WE COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR HIGH QUALITY STANDARDS, JOBSITE SAFETY, WELL-ORGANIZED PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND DOCUMENTATION, CONSISTENT ATTENTION TO DETAIL, ABILITY TO EXECUTE THE WORK PRECISELY AS PROMISED, AND COMPLETE THE PROJECT ON TIME.”

    Lynn Woodbury

    University of Utah Federal Credit Union

  • 28/28

    “WE HAVE FOUND BIG-D TO BE EXCEPTIONAL TO WORK WITH AND AT KEEPING OUR PROJECT ON SCHEDULE AND ON BUDGET. THEY ARE VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT ALL FACETS OF CONSTRUCTION, AND WE HAVE FOUND THEIR PROFESSIONALISM AND EXPERTISE TO BE OUTSTANDING.”

    Mark F. Dalley

    CEO, Gunnison Valley Hospital