ENR Mountain States has chosen its annual Owners of the Year, two groups whose leadership and projects have transformed their respective market sectors and improved the lives of patients and students.

In Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas, our choice for Owner of the Year is UCHealth, and on the Intermountain side, we have selected the University of Utah.


UCHealth is fast-growing, private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit health care system headquartered in Denver. In total, UCHealth has nine acute care hospitals, more than 21,000 employees and treats about 1.4 million patients a year in its nearly 100 clinic locations across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska.

The organization’s biggest and newest facility, Longs Peak Hospital, opened in Longmont, Colo., last year. Built by Haselden Construction, it encompasses nearly 220,000 sq ft and has 53 inpatient rooms.

UCHealth also has new hospitals and hospital expansions currently under construction: Highlands Ranch Hospital, being built by Mortenson; Greeley Hospital, JE Dunn Construction; Memorial Hospital North expansion in Colorado Springs, GE Johnson Construction, Cherry Creek Medical Center; and the Steadman Hawkins Clinic-Denver & CU Sports Medicine facility.

UCHealth has also been building new smaller, primary-care and urgent-care facilities—in Colorado Springs, metro Denver and northern Colorado.

University of Utah

The University of Utah has undertaken a massive building program over the past few years, spending tens of millions to add and expand numerous research, educational, athletics and health-care facilities to serve its more than 31,000 students.

Projects recently completed or still underway include the Primary Children’s & Families’ Cancer Research Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute (Huntsman Cancer Institute Phase 4), built by Jacobsen Construction; George S. Eccles Student Life Center, built by Okland Construction; Orson Spencer Hall Replacement, Okland Construction; Crocker Science Building, Okland Construction; S.J. Quinney College of Law, Big-D Construction; University Ski House, Ascent Construction; Garff Executive Education Building, Jacobsen; Ambulatory Care Complex, Jacobsen; Rehabilitation Hospital, Okland; and the new $45-million Farmington Health Center, which recently won a national ENR Best of the Best Projects award. It was built by Layton Construction.

Watch for detailed profile stories on both these owners in the April issue of ENR Mountain States. Congrats to this year’s winners.