When ENR Mountain States announced that Denver attorney Gene Commander would be honored with the magazine’s 2015 Legacy Award for Colorado, fellow attorney Ryan Warren promised a resounding roast at the awards ceremony. Commander just smiled and told Warren, “Remember, I get to go on after you.”
Take a quick tour across the greater Salt Lake City area, and you will see the influence of the Dale Barton Agency all over town—from the light-rail system, the City Creek Center and the 21,000-seat conference complex for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to the venues for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium, along with more than 120 other campus buildings.
Denny Pehrson admits that he has the instincts of a teacher as much as a builder. Pehrson, 75, honed his teaching skills working as a foreman, superintendent and senior superintendent during 57 years in the industry—a career in which he mentored hundreds of young constructors. He officially retired five years ago from Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Aurora, Colo., but Pehrson continues to visit A&P jobsites to offer suggestions, safety tips and "an occasional kick in the pants" to younger colleagues. In July he celebrated 49 years with the company. Photo courtesy of Adolfson and Peterson Construction Retired senior superintendent Denny
Some attorneys like the dynamics of a trial, the verbal combat of litigation. While longtime construction attorney Robert F. Babcock certainly doesn't shy away from confrontation, he says he prefers to find out-of-court answers that work for everyone. Photo courtesy of Babcock Scott & Babcock Salt Lake City construction attorney Robert F. Babcock has built a reputation for finding workable solutions to disputes without resorting to expensive litigation. Related Links: Wyoming Lien Laws Utah's Liquidated Damages Clauses Babcock, 61, a partner and co-founder of Salt Lake City law firm Babcock Scott & Babcock, has been working for more than 35
Charles Keyes, a structural engineer with Martin/Martin Inc., is the 2013 recipient of the ENR Mountain States Legacy Award, given to an individual who has contributed significantly to the regional architecture-engineering-construction sector and the community. Photo courtesy of Martin/Martin Inc. Chuck Keyes stands on the construction site of Denver's Currigan Hall in 1967, where he led the structural engineering design for its patented space-frame system. Related Links: AIA Colorado Honors 2011 Award Winners ACEC Scholarships Keyes, 72, is beginning a "phased retirement" after 45 years at the Lakewood, Colo., firm and its predecessors. He is best known for his structural