November 5, 2013

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Around Utah

November 5, 2013

Salt Lake City – BIG-D CONSTRUCTION opened an office in Minneapolis. This site is the firm’s sixth regional office and will serve the entire upper Midwest. The office will focus on manufacturing, distribution, food processing, multi-family, healthcare and retail as its core markets.

Salt Lake City – UNIVERSITY OF UTAH engineers received a five-year, $16 million grant to conduct supercomputer simulations aimed at developing a prototype low-cost, low-emissions coal power plant that could electrify a mid-sized city. The goal of this “predictive science” effort is to help power poor nations while reducing greenhouse emissions in developed nations.

West Jordan – MOUNTAIN AMERICA CREDIT UNION opened a new Pocatello branch. Located at 1012 Yellowstone Ave., the new branch is one of three branches in the Pocatello area. 

Capitol Theatre Enters its Second Century with a Renovation, Addition

By Devin Felix

Salt Lake City – THE CAPITOL THEATRE is 100 years old this year, but Salt Lake County officials and arts fans expect it to have a long life ahead of it. The theater is currently undergoing a state-of-the-art renovation, including the addition of a new ballet center.

 “In addition to being a world-class facility for Ballet West, we believe it will become an important anchor in the Salt Lake cultural core,” says Ballet West Director Scott Altman.

The theater, which will be renamed the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, is expected to be open in time for this year’s annual performances of The Nutcracker in December.

Project manager Michael Vela describes the project as “a dance between the old and new.” The ballet center will be a brand-new modern facility, but will also complement the 100-year-old Capitol Theatre.

The renovation will include raising the floor of the stage by 4 inches, which designers say will increase sight lines for many seats in the house. It will also include renovation of the orchestra pit, intended to improve acoustics in the theater. 

  • Other planned Capitol Theatre improvements include:
  • Renovating the heating and air conditioning systems
  • Increasing the public space in the lobby
  • Adding a merchandise stand
  • Updating ticket offices
  • Renovating and reupholstering all theater seats
  • Adding new aisle lighting


Holland & Hart litigator GEORGE HALEY was elected as a fellow of the International Society of Barristers. Haley has more than 30 years of
trial experience.

University of Utah computer scientist CHRIS JOHNSON was awarded the 2013 Sidney Fernbach Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society.

GE Capital appointed CRAIG DEMORDAUNT as senior vice president of equipment. He will be based in Salt Lake City. DeMordaunt has been with GE for more than 17 years.

Attorneys P. CHRISTIAN ANDERSON and TODD A. REECE joined the law office of Durham Jones & Pinegar as shareholders in the firm’s Salt Lake City office.

Mindshare Technologies appointed KRISTI KNIGHT chief marketing officer. Knight is the former vice president of marketing at Vivint.

EDA Architects promoted JOHN SHUTTLEWORTH to president. He was EDA’s principal-in-charge of its civic, justice and education programming, planning and design studio, He has been with the firm for more than 25 years.

Salt Lake Regional Medical Center appointed DALE JOHNS to chief executive officer. He was previously CEO of Town and Country Hospital in Tampa, Fla.

David Weekley Homes promoted WALTER WATSON to area president over the company’s Denver and Utah divisions. Watson was previously Denver’s division president.

CHRIS BATEMAN, CEO of Industrial Supply Company, joined the board of directors for Affiliated Distributors’ industrial supply division.

ANNE LOBDELL became chair of the Loop Utah Steering Committee. The Loop Utah Movement is dedicated to educating Utah venues about the many benefits of hearing loop technology.

WTC Honors Women in Technology

By Rachel Madison

Salt Lake City – Twenty women who are changing the face of the technology world were celebrated by the WOMEN TECH COUNCIL during the sixth annual Women Tech Awards luncheon. The awards recognized technology-focused women who are driving innovation, leading technology companies and are key contributors to the community.

The women, 17 who are working in the technology field and three who are in or just out of college, attended the event as finalists for the contributions they’ve made to their companies or schools and the community. Seven women received an award:

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