ENR Mountain States is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s regional Legacy Awards, given to one individual in the Intermountain area (Utah, Montana and Idaho) and one from Colorado, Wyoming and the Dakotas.
The winners are Randy Okland, chairman of Okland Construction, Salt Lake City; and Brian Laartz, former president of Golden Triangle Construction, Denver.
The Legacy Awards are given 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 to the communities in which they live.
The winners will be honored at ENR Mountain States’ annual Best Projects Awards events in Denver (Oct. 22) and Salt Lake City (Oct. 24) and profile stories about their accomplishments will appear in the December issue of the magazine. Congratulations to the winners.
Randy Okland, Okland Construction
Randy Okland has worked at Okland Construction for his entire career. His two sons recently took over the firm as CEO and president, but during his 40-plus-year tenure at the company, Randy helped to grow it from a family firm and medium-sized regional contractor into a national firm with offices in three western states and worldwide revenue that exceeds $1 billion annually.
Randy Okland’s influence is not limited to the company. He also has served the broader construction industry, including numerous leadership roles with AGC of Utah, most recently as chairman of the board. He was honored in 2005 by the association as the recipient of its Eric W. Ryberg award for a lifetime of service to the construction industry in Utah.
His many civic, business and ecclesiastical roles include work on the boards of directors for Key Bank, Intermountain Healthcare Deseret Foundation, the Downtown Alliance and the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, among many others.
Brian Laartz, GTC
Brian Laartz recently transitioned from president to the board of directors at Denver’s Golden Triangle Construction (GTC). In the past two decades with GTC, he has overseen completion of more than $400 million worth of work across Colorado’s Front Range, including more than 20 projects for Regis University.
Laartz has mentored many of the firm’s employees, including four of its current vice presidents. He also wrote the company’s first official employee handbook and championed GTC’s company-paid continuing education program.
A LEED accredited professional, Laartz served on the AGC Colorado Board of Directors for years, and as the local association chair in 2017. His extensive community work includes serving as a member of Longmont Legacy since 2003, along with several other organizations and groups.