Ken Garff Red Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium
Salt Lake City
Award of Merit
Submitted By: Layton Construction
Owners: DFCM/University of Utah
Lead Design Firms: VCBO, Populous
General Contractor: Layton Construction
Civil Engineer: Psomas
Structural Engineer: BHB Engineers
MEP Engineer: Colvin Engineering Associates
Mechanical: Archer Mechanical & Maintenance
Steel: SME Steel Contractors
Facing a stringent deadline to be ready for the first Utes football game of the 2021 season, the project team building this 6,000-seat addition to the stadium had to effectively manage a broad range of stakeholders to keep the project on track.
To ensure the project was on time and budget, OAC meetings were held whenever a new product was incorporated. Crews installed a small portion at a time, and the entire OAC team then reviewed it to identify solutions to any potential problems. This helped keep trade partners on schedule and ensured availability of any additional resources.
New ways of executing the team’s branding, such as wrapped doorways, required extensive coordination to ensure they complied with standards and matched the existing building’s aesthetic.
The new stadium expansion is heated by a geothermal well located just outside the building. This eliminated the need for water heaters throughout the new addition and allow the nearly 200 athletes participating in each game to take showers with the help of geothermal heating.
While the purpose of the expansion was to add nearly 6,000 seats, semi-trucks needed to be able to enter the stadium at times, so a 20-ft by 60-ft section of seats was designed and built to be removable. This section of seats can be picked up by forklift when needed, allowing the trucks to enter and exit without sacrificing any seating on game days.