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R&O Construction

R&O Construction has a solid reputation, consistently maintaining a top 400 national ranking in Engineering News Record. We have over 43 years of experience in the industry and have successfully completed projects in almost every possible market segment. When it comes to successful construction, we have the skills and personnel required for the challenges and complexities.

Selecting R&O Construction means that your project will never be one more name on another Work in Progress list. We bring our experience, expertise, resources and vast industry contacts to deliver successful, on time and on budget completion.

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R&O Values

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We are not entitled to your project, we earn it.

We stand behind our work and are committed to doing it right. We are down to earth, straight forward and honor two things above all, your trust and the reputation we’ve built.

Our values guide every aspect of our work, ensuring exceptional results and unparalleled client experiences. We prioritize building strong relationships based on trust, serving as your trusted “shake hands” partner throughout the construction process. We believe in upholding integrity and choosing to do what is right every step of the way.

Safety is not just a priority; it is a deeply ingrained value. We are dedicated to ensuring that everyone on our team returns home to their families at night. Quality is our hallmark, and we obsess over every detail to deliver projects of the highest standard. We approach our work with humility, always genuine and sincere in our interactions. Above all, our over-the-top commitment to your satisfaction is what sets us apart. We go above and beyond to ensure that your needs are met and expectations exceeded.

When you choose R&O, you choose a partner who values your trust, upholds integrity, prioritizes safety, obsesses over quality, embraces humility, and is wholly dedicated to your satisfaction.

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Vision Statement

R&O Construction strives to be the “Company of Choice” for employees, owners, and vendors.

Big Enough

Big Enough

We aim to be BIG ENOUGH to manage the needs of any project. R&O’s commitment means each build is Big Enough to treat like our most important project. Because it is.

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Safety is a Value

When the going gets tough, project scope may change, but values do not. To us, safety is our most important value. We take great pride in a current EMR of .76, compared to an industry average of 1.0.

R&O Green

R&O Green

We are committed to building ground-breaking green projects for our clients. With several LEED® certified staffers, we not only help owners realize tax credits and energy savings, but deliver projects that leave a minimal environmental footprint.

Our History
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R&O Construction Founding

Founded by Orluff Opheikens and Les Randall in 1980, we have been specializing in commercial construction ever since. Headquartered in their hometown of Ogden, Utah, Orluff began our path to success. Little did he know then, but he would go on to establish a family of dedicated employees and clients.


R&O’s Growth Begins

By the mid-80s, 80% of our work was for Smith’s (now Kroger). As Smith’s expanded, we began bidding stores in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. We quickly added Shopko, PayLess Drug and Harmons to our resume, and, as the 80s wore on, we became recognized as a prominent player in the construction industry throughout Utah and other neighboring western states.

Between 1985 and 1989, we constructed over 11 projects including retail stores, a bank, hotel addition and a truck stop.

A New Decade

Our portfolio grew to include health care, financial institutions, warehouses, office buildings, public projects and churches. Our philosophy was to “never miss a deadline,” and “give the customer maximum service.” A philosophy we still live by today.

R&O Bets Big on Las Vegas!

After over 10 years of successful construction projects throughout the Western United States, we opened a second office in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Entering the 21st Century

The beginning of a new century marked a growth spurt for R&O. We were the first company to hire a risk manager who dealt exclusively with subcontractors. This paid off in assembling quality construction teams who were loyal to the company and our clients.

Safety First was at the top of our project checklist. We hired a safety manager and focused on guaranteeing that every employee, no matter their job, “goes back home at night”.

By 2003 we had constructed projects in 15 states. We revamped our operations structure to include a large commercial department, retail department and a new special projects division for better project oversight. And most importantly, to deliver on our promise of service.

The Company of Choice

By 2006, we completed the largest Walmart store expansion and conducted the biggest concrete pour in the company’s history.

We offered a strong commitment to Green Building. With LEED certified green building projects, we assist owners in realizing tax credits and energy savings on their projects.

Multi-family housing, city centers and additional recreation facilities were added to expand on our project portfolio, and in 2009 we completed 89 projects, and by 2012 we expanded this number to 95 projects.

Our goal was to become “The Company of Choice” for clients, subcontractors and employees, by striving for complete customer satisfaction with quality construction, exceptional service and as promised delivery.

The Economy Shifts

Learning to survive the ups and downs of the economy was something we knew all too well. Our loyal and dependable employees helped us keep moving forward in any climate. And when most clients were delaying their projects, along came a major renovation and expansion of Valley Fair Mall in West Valley, Utah.

In March 2012, Hill Air Force Base hosted local and national dignitaries to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the first commercial building developed at Falcon Hill, the largest enhanced use lease project in Air Force history, and first public/private partnership. Further expansion of the park continues today, with R&O Construction as its contractor.

In 2013 we grew to have projects in 18 states, and to better serve our area clients and employees, we opened an office in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A New Era

In 2016 after 10 years as president, Dale Campbell turned the leadership reins over to Slade Opheikens to carry on our legacy. This new era also unveiled a new logo, brand, and the tagline “BIG ENOUGH.” This tagline means we do not aim to be the biggest general contractor, we aim to be the general contractor that is big enough to handle the needs of any project. Big or small, while offering every client the same level of dedicated service.

40 Years in the Making

The year 2020 marked our 40th anniversary. As we reflect on the past, our humble beginnings will never be forgotten. That is why R&O employees are committed to taking care of their clients, and delivering what was promised to meet your project needs. Over the past four decades we have established one of the most competent general contractor families and a network of like-minded industry professionals. But one thing remains the same, our unwavering desire to produce exceptional results for you!

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Our Awards

2023 Award of Merit Utah Safety Council
2023 Award of Merit - Utah Safety Council
2022 Top 400 #187 ENR
2022 TOP 400 Rank #187 - Engineering News Record
2022 Top 400 #18 in Retail ENR
2022 TOP 400 Rank #18 Retail - Engineering News Record
2022 PLATINUM Safety Excellence AGC
2022 PLATINUM Safety - Associated General Contractors
2022 Best Regional Project Office-Retail ENR
2022 Regional Best Project Office/Retail - Engineering News Record
2022 STEP PLATINUM Safety ABC
2022 STEP PLATINUM Safety - Associated Builders & Contractors
2022 Perfect Record Utah Safety Council
2022 Perfect Record Award - Utah Safety Council
2022 Award of Merit Utah Safety Council
2022 Award of Merit - Utah Safety Council
2022 Most Outstanding Project tilt up UC&D
2022 Most Outstanding Project Tilt-Up - Utah Construction & Design
2022 EiC granary multifamily ABC
2022 Excellence in Construction Multi-Family - Associated Builders & Contractors
2022 EiC Harmons Retail ABC
2022 Excellence in Construction Retail - Associated Builders & Contractors
2022 Annual workplace safety Utah Labor Commission
2022 Annual Workplace Safety Award - Utah Labor Commission
2021 EiC RIC GC of YEAR ABC
2021 EIC General Contractor of the Year - Associated Builders & Contractors
2021 EiC RIC Champion ABC
2021 EIC Champion of the Year - Associated Builders & Contractors
2021 Most Outstanding Project UC&D
2021 Most Outstanding Project K12 - Utah Construction & Design
2021 DIAMOND Safety Excellence AGC
2021 DIAMOND Safety - Associated General Contractors
2021 EiC RIC Office ABC
2021 Excellence in Construction Office - Associated Builders & Contractors
2021 EiC RIC Tilt Up ABC
2021 Excellence in Construction Tilt-Up - Associated Builders & Contractors
2020 Large Business of the Year Ogden Weber Chamber
2020 Large Business of the Year - Ogden Weber Chamber
2020 safety excellence AGC
2020 Safety Excellence Finalist - Associated General Contractors
2020 Most Outstanding Project UC&D
2020 Most Outstanding Project K12 - Utah Construction & Design

Philanthropy

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Community Partnership Matters

R&O is proud to be a community partner through philanthropic endeavors. We believe service and charity are organizational cornerstones inextricably linked to success. As such, R&O hosts, sponsors, participates and/or donates to numerous community charities.

Meet Our Leaders

Slade Opheikens - President & CEO
Slade Opheikens President & CEO
Steve Simmons, Chief Financial Officer
Steve Simmons Chief Financial Officer
Chet Opheikens - Vice President, Business Development
Chet Opheikens Vice President, Business Development
Rick Zampedri - Vice President, Commercial Projects
Rick Zampedri Vice President, Commercial Projects
Tim Gladwell - Vice President, LEED AP
Tim Gladwell Vice President, Retail, LEED AP
Neil Manning - Vice President - Special Projects
Neil Manning Vice President, Special Projects
Mike Phillips
Mike Phillips Vice President, Project Development
Erik Skogstad, Vice President and General Manager
Erik Skogstad Vice President and General Manager
Kelly Hansen, Vice President of Estimating
Kelly Hansen Vice President, Estimating
Eric Stratford, Director of Business Development
Eric Stratford Director, Preconstruction Services & BD
Cass Butler
Cass Butler General Counsel
Mike Phillips, Vice President Project Development & Estimator
Cesar Calvillo Director, Corporate Safety

Join Our Family

Join the Team

We are more than just a team – we are a family. Our family-oriented culture is rooted in our core values. We believe in integrity, honesty, and transparency in all aspects of our work. We hold ourselves to the highest standards, always choosing to do what is right, even when it’s challenging. We take pride in fostering a positive and fulfilling work environment, which translates into a high level of employee satisfaction and long-term commitment.

Driven to produce superior results, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the construction industry. We strive for innovation and continuously seek ways to improve our processes, methodologies, and techniques. We invest in cutting-edge technologies and provide our team members with the tools and resources they need to excel in their roles. As a part of our family, you will be at the forefront of creating exceptional outcomes that surpass expectations.

If you are looking for a place where you can truly thrive, be part of a supportive family, work with strong values, enjoy low turnover rates, and be driven to produce superior results, then we invite you to join our team.

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Let Us Go to Work for You

Founded over 43 years ago, our team focuses on client satisfaction and works to develop long-lasting relationships based on quality, commitment, value and results. We build long term relationships; not one-time projects and we are proud to be able to say that our first client is still a client today.

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Our Locations

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Corporate Office Ogden, Utah
933 Wall Ave Suite 2
Ogden, Utah 84404
Phone: (801) 627-1403 Fax: (801) 399-1480
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Las Vegas Office
6787 Spencer Street,
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Phone: (702) 895-9322 Fax: (702) 895-9388
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Salt Lake Office
1743 W Alexander St #100
West Valley, Utah 84119
Phone: (801) 532-0123 Fax: (801) 399-1480
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Our Resources

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Welcome to Our New Site

In addition to the many great relationships and projects that we have built over the past 43 years, we are excited to move our new website from the "Under Construction" to "Substantially Complete" phase.

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As most industries recover from the impacts of the COVID pandemic, builders and developers are still facing challenges with the supply chain, workforce issues and market uncertainty. In spite of those challenges, industry leaders are forging ahead in shaping Nevada’s skylines.

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