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Project Highlight — The Floyd and Jeri Meldrum Civil Engineering Building

CRS Engineers is proud to have been given the opportunity to work on the renovation of the Meldrum Civil Engineering Building at the University of Utah. The building is home to the university’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The renovation, completed in 2010, was a 14,500 square foot addition to the former Energy and Minerals Research Building. It was designed for earthquake-safety and energy efficiency — the design saves thousands of dollars in heating and cooling annually. The student-designed construction also features sustainable engineering and structural elements that saved more than 250 tons of greenhouse gases during construction over conventional construction methods.

During the design phase of the renovation, CRS provided the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). We provided plans for site and building grading, utility location and relocation, and drainage. CRS also performed storm water studies and the survey for construction. The building is located near the heart of campus, so precautions were taken to protect the students, faculty, and any other pedestrians from potential hazards.

The renovations were supported by a generous $3.3 million donation from Floyd and Jeri Meldrum of Las Vegas, Nevada. Floyd received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Utah in 1962. Meldrum credits his success in the construction business to the education he received at the University. “My career has its foundation in the Department and the lessons and experiences in these early days allowed me to build a general engineering construction business that helped many of my employees support families and build careers of their own.”

Our pride in this particular project is deepened because of its personal nature. CRS president and CEO, Paul Hirst, P.E., was recognized in 2012 by the University of Utah’s Civil Engineering Department as a Distinguished Alumnus.

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