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Vivint Smart Home Arena Renovation Named Best in Nation

Salt Lake CityThe renovation of Vivint Smart Home Arena has been recognized as the “Best of the Best Projects” among sports and entertainment venues for 2018 by Engineering News-Record after review by dozens of industry judges. More than 820 projects in 10 regions competed in the competition to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in the U.S. among projects completed between May 2017 and May 2018. Vivint Smart Home Arena also captured Mountain States regional honors before advancing to the national level. An awards ceremony will be held in March in New York City.

Vivint Smart Home Arena, the region’s premier sports and entertainment venue and home of the Utah Jazz, was transformed in the summer of 2017 with an extensive $125 million renovation on all six levels to enhance the guest experience and create a world-class environment for the fans. Highlights included a new plaza with an oversized J-Note statue, 12,000-square-foot atrium with an exclusive Jazz Team Store, redesigned lower and upper bowl concourses with fully cushioned seats, rebooted technology including high-speed public Wi-Fi, and destination dining restaurants. The top-to-bottom upgrades reached from revamped locker rooms on the ground floor to the installation of 2,700 solar panels on the roof. The formation of the Toyota Club with gathering space for 1,700 guests was another substantial change.

Salt Lake City-based Okland Construction served as the general contractor for the project with valuable work from 78 subcontractors. SCI Architects was the lead architectural firm and ICON Venue Group provided project management support. The project was completed over a 129-day period with more than 2,000 workers in an estimated 500,000 hours.

Originally opened in 1991 after a remarkable construction period of just 15 months and 24 days, Vivint Smart Home Arena has been an integral part of downtown Salt Lake City with more than 1.8 million annual visitors for sports and entertainment events. The first scheduled event in the renovated Vivint Smart Home Arena was a Tim McGraw and Faith Hill concert on Sept. 27, 2017 followed by a full array of Jazz games and shows.