May 15, 2012
Questar Corporation officially moved into its new corporate headquarters in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah on May 10, 2012 with the ribbon cutting of its new facility. The new building will house roughly 600 employees of three Questar companies (Questar Gas, Questar Pipeline and Wexpro).
The new 170,000-square-foot, six-story building includes offices, board rooms, break rooms, a fitness center, public lobbies and data and mechanical rooms. Additionally, the facility includes 6,000 square feet of street level retail and restaurant space, a public plaza and passageways intended to enhance the Salt Lake City street scene. Mixed material high-end finishes were used throughout the building, including a variety of woods, glass, metals and stone.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Ron Jibson, Questar Corporation chairman, president and CEO, complimented building owner and developer Wasatch Commercial Management, Layton Construction Co., Inc.'s Interior Construction Specialists group and Salt Lake City's Development and Permitting Departments for their coordination and cooperation in completing a project with so many complexities in such a tight time frame.
Layton completed the tenant improvement work for the building. Work was completed with an accelerated schedule on a tight site and in an urban location, which made trade and material coordination key. Additionally, Layton partnered with the client and architect to perform preconstruction services, which gave Layton the opportunity to identify and mitigate potential problems in advance.
Part of the Downtown Rising effort (a vision that includes character districts and signature projects to define and shape the future of downtown Salt Lake City), the new Questar building had to meet strict energy efficiency requirements and is on track to receive a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Layton has much experience constructing LEED-certified buildings and made great efforts to ensure the building met each of the LEED requirements. The building's sustainable elements include the following:
- Nearly half of the waste produced during the construction process was diverted from the landfill and instead recycled.
- Hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of furniture and shelving that was installed in the new building was reused from Questar's previous facility.
- The majority of the materials that were used in the build-out contained recycled content and accounted for nearly 40 percent of the total construction cost of materials installed.
- Ninety-five percent of the wood that was used in the building was sourced from sustainably and responsibly harvested forests that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
- Daylighting was incorporated into the design so that natural light reaches 75 percent of all spaces within the building.
- All adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings that were used in the building comply with VOC (volatile organic compounds) limits set by the Green Seal Standard and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Additionally, all carpet, tile and other flooring products, as well as the furniture and wood used in the facility, comply with Green Label Plus and GreenGuard testing programs. These efforts ensure a safe and healthy work environment that is free from harmful toxins that commonly off-gas from such materials in other common buildings.
- Layton maintained an indoor air quality plan throughout the duration of the project that provided a safe work environment for the construction employees in addition to a pollutant-free workplace for Questar's future occupants.
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