ENR Mountain States is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s regional Legacy Awards, given to one individual in the Intermountain area and one from the Colorado/Wyoming and the Plains states region. The Legacy Awards are bestowed annually by ENR regional editors to an individual (or individuals) who have achieved a lifetime legacy of service in design and construction, and who have given above and beyond to their professions and the communities in which they live.
This year’s Legacy winner on the Colorado side is Denny Pehrson, a retired senior superintendent with Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Aurora, and in the Intermountain area, it’s Robert F. Babcock, a veteran construction attorney for Salt Lake City’s Babcock Scott & Babcock.
Pehrson, who retired from A&P about five years ago, was hired by company co-founder George Adolfson in 1965 and worked for the company in various capacities for 49 years. He still travels to A&P jobsites to encourage workers and check-in on safety procedures and activities.
Tom Horsting, regional leader for A&P Mountain States, said, “Denny brings wisdom and knowledge from his early career, along with the core values and foundations of our company, to every new employee.”
Babcock, who is known at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City as “Professor Construction” for his many years of work with legislative committees, has been practicing construction law for more than 35 years. He has helped many industry trade groups with construction issues, including updating the state’s construction contracts and APWA contract documents, improving mechanics lien laws and offering advice to Salt Lake International Airport and Salt Lake County.
His longtime law partner at Babcock Scott & Babcock, Kent Scott, said, “Bob is always the most experienced and best-informed person in the room in matters dealing with the prevention and resolution of a construction law dispute. He is ‘Mr. Integrity.’”
Each of these regional winners will be honored with a plaque and short presentation at the annual Best Projects events in their respective cities (Denver or Salt Lake City) and profiled in feature stories that will appear in the Best Projects issue of ENR Mountain States magazine in late October.
Congratulations to both of them for a “legacy” of superb service to the industry.