November 5, 2015
Re: Letter of Recommendation for SME Steel for their role in a world class office high rise, namely the 111 South Main Office Tower project located in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.
To whom it may concern:
Okland Construction Company is currently under construction on a 24 story office building that has some of the most unique structural systems of any building of its type in the United States.
Essentially, one third of this building (20 stories high) are cantilevered over the top of a brand new Performing Arts Center. This requirement came to be, due to the strong desire of two prominent owners (LDS Church and SLC RDA), to have these world class facilities on this particular site in the Central Business District in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. In order to achieve this feat—the design team came up with a unique “Hat Truss/Crown Truss Design” that requires the entire steel structure to rest on (6) bearing plates at the top of a 380” tall, 32” concrete core. In order to erect the building, SME installed (6) 5” Stainless steel cables and 450 tons of temporary steel that supports the entire structure until these loads can be transferred to the Hat Trusses. Transferring the loads, required SME to purchase (36) 200 ton-500 ton jacks, a control system, and an incredibly sophisticated erection process to achieve this milestone.
I cannot speak highly enough about Mark Mundy and his SME team (Including consultant Pat Hassett) that led the design-assist effort for 8 months alongside of Okland Management and Skidmore Owings Merrill (SOM) who are the Architects and structural engineers of record. Mark and Pat’s experience was superior to anyone in the Utah marketplace. The details required to pull this off were mind-numbing and SME’s participation has been exceptional throughout. In addition, SME’s preconstruction department led by Justin Pitts provided that remarkable experience that we as a General Contractor were looking for.
There is no question that SME was the “BEST” local steel contractor to fabricate and erect this one-of-a-kind building that will become a show place and an extension of the $2b City Creek Development and the new home for Goldman Sachs.
I highly recommend SME for ANY commercial building project. They are a very sophisticated group that will always be competitive and provide substantial value.
Troy S. Thompson