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Construction in Utah


Everyone employed in the construction industry has an incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost – from the project owners who want to see tangible results for their investment to the contractors and designers who want to do their job well and move on to the next project.

Lean Construction is based on the holistic pursuit of continuous improvements aimed at minimizing costs and maximizing value on a construction project: planning, design, construction, activation, operations, maintenance, salvaging, and recycling.

Construction work may include new work, additions, alterations, or maintenance and repairs. Many General Contractors may have multiple projects at any given time.  Often certain tasks are subcontracted out to other construction companies that are specialists in a particular skill such as plumbing or electrical.

Iron workers put up the steel frame on high rise buildings and masonry workers use bricks, concrete blocks, concrete, and natural and man made stones to build walls, walkways, fences, and other masonry structures.   Depending upon the project, inclement weather may stop work on a construction project. (Source: https://www.agc.org (Links to an external site.))

Watch the one minute implosion of a high rise.


General contractors bid on four major types of jobs:  

Federal/ Heavy Construction:  building construction for agencies such as the General Services Administration, military construction projects for the Department of Defense, and water resources projects that benefit our nation’s navigation and flood control.

Highway Construction:  Federal highways, transit infrastructure, airport runways, and state, city, and county roads. Transportation infrastructure plays a critical part in supporting the nation’s economy and the construction industry plays a key role in building, maintaining, and improving the systems.

Building Construction:  Architecture, engineering, and construction firms work together to build high rise buildings, stadiums, dams, etc.  Contractors are committed to promoting “green” construction practices while creating buildings that will withstand earthquakes, and hurricanes.

Utility Construction:  Water and wastewater facilities & pipelines, energy generation & transmission, telecommunications infrastructure, underground utility work, excavation, tunneling, boring and site preparation.  Working with local government partners to keeping drinking water and wastewater infrastructure safe and affordable. Create pollutant discharge elimination systems.

Staying on top of environmental and green issues is important for every construction firm, whether they perform highway, building, or utility projects. Source: https://www.agc.org

Top 10 tallest buildings in the world – watch the 4 minute video


Go to Build Your Own Future website to learn about the Construction Industry. www.byf.org


  • Choose Construction Data.  Scroll down to the US map and click on Utah to review data.
  • Under Construction Data, click on Construction Materials to review the changes in producer prices and employment costs.

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