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Layton Projects Receive 2012 Excellence in Concrete Awards

March 19, 2012

Two projects constructed by Layton Construction Co., Inc., the J.L. Sorenson Recreation Center and the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building--A USTAR Innovation Center, have received 2012 Excellence in Concrete Awards from the Intermountain chapter of the American Concrete Institute. The winning projects and teams were honored at an awards dinner on March 14, 2012.

The 110,000-square-foot J.L. Sorenson Recreation Center, located in Herriman, Utah, opened in March 2011 and is a LEED® Gold certification candidate. Concrete played a key role in the success of the project. Footings and foundations hold the building and the mass and weight of the pools. Concrete floors provide durability in the facility, and stamped and colored concrete pool decks enhance the patrons' recreational experience. Locally-manufactured durable materials were used for the building, including concrete and concrete masonry units. The recreation center features a free-standing concrete stairway attached to a waterslide that required considerable thought and action. Concrete workers built the shoring and forming systems to withstand the load of the concrete and the dynamics of the 90-degree turn of the stairway. Because the facility's natatorium is humid and corrosive to steel, concrete was chosen for the construction of the pool's stairways because of its durability.

The new 203,000-square-foot Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah contains laboratory space, core facilities, faculty office space and symposium and conference space. The building's state-of-the-art biomedical nanofabrication unit is one of the most sophisticated in the world and will help University of Utah researchers solve problems at the interface of medical science and engineering. The facility is an all structural concrete building, with a large volume of exposed arch concrete columns, walls and floors. Massive mat footings were constructed to not only carry the load of the structure, but to reduce any vibration that could occur in the future and interfere with the complex experiments that will take place in the building with very sophisticated and sensitive instruments. Layton poured concrete floors several feet thick to reduce or eliminate even the smallest vibration in the nanofabrication facility. The USTAR building is a LEED Gold certification candidate and will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 19th.

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