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KIER wrapped up Wyndham’s new Park City vacation resort just in time for the 2014 ski season. This 86-unit, four-season club sits near the base of the Canyons offering timeshare owners outside adventure and inside luxury. This ski-in, ski-out facility is steps away from the Waldorf Gondola which allows members to walk outside and board the tram for a day of skiing.
A post-tensioned concrete deck at the lid of the underground parking structure allowed for four levels of wood construction. A large tunnel driveway was created to allow guests of the neighboring Miner’s Club access to their underground parking garage. This was an achievement in coordination that allowed traffic to and from this garage during and after construction.
The major design element is the corner “lantern” which gives breathtaking views down the Snyderville Basin to Quarry Mountain and fills the elevator lobbies with natural light. The building is articulated with Douglas fir timbers set in pairs, resting on natural stone piers. Colors and textures were taken directly from the surrounding landscapes from each season. A mix of metal finishes including nickel, chrome, bronze, stainless and brushed gold are a nod to the mining history.
KIER is proud to be a participant in the economic rejuvenation taking place in Park City. Resort/vacation building is on the rise which means that people are traveling for pleasure again. Wyndham stands tall as a stunning example of good things to come.
Wyndham won Utah Construction and Design’s Most Outstanding Hospitality/Resort Project of the Year for 2014.
Back in 1997 KIER delivered a brand new 63,000-square-foot dealership to Westland Ford in Ogden, Utah. It was a state-of-the-art facility with beautiful show rooms and a high tech service and parts department. The conceptual design was a prototype provided by Ford Motor Company.
Seventeen years and a few thousand miles later, KIER returned to Westland to participate in the dealership’s rebrand. Ford Motors is behind a nationwide rebrand that will change the look of Ford-sponsored dealerships. Aesthetic elements found in Westland’s new design will be incorporated into features of other franchises. The goal is a uniform look that will tell passersby, “That is a Ford dealership.”
The new scope of work included stripping the entire front façade down to the studs, adding a new entrance with vestibule, replacing windows, and recladding the exterior with ACM (aluminum composite material) panels and corrugated metal.
The interior also underwent a complete remodel while the dealership conducted business as usual. Night shifts and Sundays were added to the superintendent and subcontractor’s normal work week. Phasing was orchestrated by closing off portions of the building and rerouting both foot and auto traffic to new entrances and exits.
When the dust settled, the KIER crew packed up their tools and headed west – across the street to start the new Westland Hyundai dealership.
Sometimes throwing yourself into the heat can be a good thing – especially when you are doing it for someone else. The sun was big on Monday, July 14 as 144 golfers teed up to play in the 2014 James E. and Norma A. Kier Foundation’s annual golf tournament. The high temperature reflected players’ high spirits as swinging commenced at the Ogden Golf and Country Club. Leisure time on a Monday morning + a super fun tournament + the Ogden Golf and Country Club + raising funds for the new Lantern House + fabulous prizes + great food + happy KIER volunteers = a bunch of pluses that will benefit many for years to come.
KIER has a long history of charitable giving that began years ago with founder, father and friend, Jim Kier. Jim’s humble beginning in Canada created extra room in his heart for those less fortunate. The James E. and Norma A. Kier Charitable Foundation was established in 2006 and acts as distributor for all proceeds from the tournament. Since 2006 the foundation has raised funds for the James E. and Norma A. Kier Amphitheater at the Weber County Library South Ogden Branch, Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, the Ogden Police Department, the Weber School District Foundation, Hill Air Force Base 388th Falcons Quality of Life Program, Weber Morgan Narcotics Strike Force and the Lantern House.
This year’s recipient, the Lantern House, will continue the legacy of giving food, shelter and compassion to the homeless exemplified by the St. Anne’s Center since it opened its doors in 1995. Construction for the new, larger facility began in May. Monies raised from the tournament will move the center closer to their final goal. As General Contractor, KIER Construction is proud to help raise funds and the building at the same time.
Each year Associated Builders and Contractors of Utah recognizes outstanding projects built by contractor members. Awards are given in a variety of categories that honor quality of workmanship, problem solving, and safety protocol. KIER is pleased to be the recipient of two awards for projects completed during 2013.
The first award was received for the Birkhill Apartments Phase I in Murray, Utah. This upscale, eco-friendly, transit-oriented apartment community was developed by Parley’s Partners and designed by KTGY Architecture and Planning. Birkhill won top honors in the “Commercial Multifamily over $10 Million” category. The master-planned development is environmentally-sensitive and transforms a former brownfield infill site into a high density, high quality residential community.
The second award was claimed by the Lotus Apartments in downtown Salt Lake City. This remarkable building represents todays building trends and adds a new urban pulse to Salt Lake’s historic South Temple Street. Designed by Tuttle and Associates and developed by Lotus Equities, the Lotus took first place in the “Commercial Multifamily $2 – $10 Million” category. The Lotus has a timeless beauty with many architectural details that really set this project apart from other apartments.
Congratulations to the Lotus and Birkhill project teams!