Salt Palace Convention Center Escalator Retrofit

Salt Lake City, Utah

 The project consisted of installing six banks of escalators connecting three levels, covering approximately 45 feet of rise. The project area was in the middle of the main concourse hallway connecting two separate sections of the Utah’s largest convention center, the Salt Palace. The project was occupied by conventions and over 1,000,000 attendees for all but 15 days of the accelerated 36 week project. R&O was able to meet or exceed the projected milestones and completion dates and do it all on budget.

To aid in the task of scheduling and obtaining site information to prepare engineering and construction submittals R&O employed the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM). In the first week of its use R&O was able to identify two major conflicts with the existing building systems and the construction plans which the design team was able to address before the first structural or mechanical submittals were even created. Several other discrepancies were discovered and solutions developed that could not have otherwise taken place without BIM. Without BIM several of these conflicts would have not been discovered until several weeks into construction and would have cost significant amounts of time and money to correct.



"There was a hard and fast completion date for the project that followed a very aggressive schedule with no room for error. R&O was able to meet or exceed the projected milestones and completion dates and do it all on budget. I found the R&O Construction Project Team to be some of the most honest and capable individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I was very impressed at their level of expertise and the skill at which they did their work. This project will always be a highlight in my career and R&O should be very pleased with their performance. I would highly recommend R&O Construction for any construction project in the future." - Ben Stringham, Salt Lake County Facilities Project Manager

Square Footage

13,000 square ft.

Notable Information

Six escalator installations
Limited laydown areas
Occupied remodel with over 1,000,0000 conference visitors over the course of construction

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