31 Mar

Big-D Construction & Signature Celebrate the Past with Interactive Timeline

By: Big-D Signature

The Big-D story begins nearly 50-years ago, when a 30-year-old carpenter named Dee Livingood sold his blue Volkswagen for $1,000. The young carpenter had just 2 weeks to get his business off the ground. Determined to succeed, Dee assembled a team of the best people in the industry, and called his founding leaders his “young lions.”

This was in 1967. Today, Big-D Construction is now a leader in construction, netting more than a billion dollars in sales in 2016. The company has seven regional offices and employs nearly 1,000 employees. In 2001, Big-D Signature was founded and has since completed several residential and hospitality projects across the United States.

Big-D Construction and Big-D Signature are celebrating the past with an interactive timeline. The timeline tells the story of Dee Livingood and the founding of Big-D Construction. It opens with an introduction from Dee’s son and Chairman to Big-D, Jack Livingood. The introduction partially reads, “While our projects have defined us in the marketplace, our employees have always been our catalyst for success. We want to honor their achievements by celebrating our past as we prepare for the next 50 years here at Big-D.”

Each event on the timeline talks about monumental projects and business milestones for Big-D, as well as some interesting factoids. For example, several employees were honored for helping to contain an oil spill in the Salt Lake Valley back in 2010. Also in the interactive vault are the very first sketches of the Ironman.

To view the timeline, just visit the Big-D website at or click here.

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23 Mar

Blue Sky Ahead as Big-D Signature Breaks Ground on New Lodge

By: Big-D Signature

Located in the heart of the Wasatch Range, surrounded by panoramic views and untouched wilderness, is the site of the newest project for Big-D Signature. The Blue Sky Lodge will be constructed on Blue Sky Ranch – a 3,500-acre hospitality and recreational complex near Park City, Utah.

A groundbreaking ceremony on March 22 signaled the beginning of construction for new resort that will feature 46 rooms and suites, a conference center, a restaurant, a swimming pool and spa. This will be the third and final phase of the resort. “This is really a dream come true for me and my family,” said Blue Sky owner, Mike Phillips. “Everyone thought we were kind of crazy, but as you can see, there is a certain method to our madness.”

Rendering from ajc architects of Blue Sky Lodge.

With emphasis on its western roots, the Blue Sky Lodge will offer a myriad of outdoor activities including horseback riding, working cattle, fly-fishing, shooting clays, biking and cross-country skiing in the winter. “We want to make this a very special place where you would experience everything you would do in the west,” said Phillips. The lodge will be paired with High West Distillery’s brand new facility that is also located at Blue Sky Ranch. “We are very proud to be part of this project and help bring the vision of both Mike and Barb to reality,” said Vice President and Managing Director of Big-D Signature, Mike Kerby. “This will be a premier hotel that will not only be one of the best in Park City, but throughout the Mountain West.”

Groundbreaking for Blue Sky Lodge

Blue Sky owner, Mike Phillips, addresses crowd for the groundbreaking ceremony. “This is really a dream come true,” said Phillips.

The project will add to Big-D Signature’s growing portfolio. With offices in Jackson, Wyoming, and Park City, Utah, Big-D Signature continues to be a leader in the construction of award-winning residential projects. Over the past few years, Big-D Signature has branched into resort and hospitality projects, including the recent completion of the Yellowstone Club Golf Clubhouse and Condominiums, the Victory Ranch Cabin Homes, and the Park City Mountain Resort Ski Maintenance Facility.

“Big-D Signature has been building high-end, custom homes in mountain resort areas like Jackson, Wyoming and Park City, Utah for almost two decades,” said Big-D Signature Vice President, Jason Dunlop. “We’re bringing that experience and craftsmanship together to build these great resort and hospitality projects. It is an exciting time for everyone at Big-D Signature.” Big-D Signature is also finishing the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Hotel in Jackson. The new hotel is expected to open in April.

Construction on The Blue Sky Lodge is expected to be complete in 2018. Auberge Resorts will manage the operations at the lodge when it opens. “I just knew in my heart that this is going to be a special place,” said Auberge founder, Mark Harmon. “As we say, there is blue sky ahead.”


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22 Mar

JLF Design Build Unveils New Website, Logo

By: Big-D Signature

In the late-90s, Big-D Construction was (and still remains) one of the leaders in the commercial industry in Utah. Around this time, Big-D’s President, Jack Livingood, began researching the high-end residential market. He had built a relationship with an architectural firm out of Montana called JLF & Associates. The firm was hired to design Jack’s home in Wyoming.

When Signature was founded in 2001, the relationship with JLF & Associates strengthened. The two firms would join under the umbrella JLF Design Build. Together, JLF & Associates and Big-D Signature have constructed several exceptional homes in across the United States. The two firms designed and constructed a new and innovated headquarters for Simms Fishing Products. In 2016, a JLF Design Build project was awarded Home of the Year by Mountain Living Magazine. The two firms also collaborated on a book, The Work of Art. The book is available for purchase.

JLF Design Build is now continuing its momentum in the marketplace with the unveiling of a new website and logo. The website showcases the core of the 17-year working relationship of the two firms. “Our intention with this new website is to explain our Design-Build process,” says Jason Dunlop, Vice President of JLF Design Build. “We wanted to highlight the relationship of trust that our two companies have built over two decades and emphasize the benefits for clients with our approach.”

The new logo highlights the overarching process and mission of JLF Design Build: Passion to Design. Integrity to Build. Freedom to Dream. “While we all know the process is very detailed, and at times, can be cumbersome, each time a client, or potential client, sees this logo, our process is explained to them through those nine words,” said Dunlop.

JLF Design Build has offices in Bozeman, Montana; Jackson, Wyoming; and Park City, Utah. For more information on JLF Design Build, visit You can also connect with JLF Design Build on Facebook.

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13 Mar

Changes to Strengthen Big-D’s Executive Leadership Team

Big-D Construction continues to strengthen its Executive Leadership team to help align with its mission of being the most sought-after construction company in the business. In its most recent move, Cory Moore has been promoted from Sr. Vice president to Executive Vice President & National Managing Director of Big-D’s regional offices. Moore has been a part of Big-D and its management team for over 20 years. He will be responsible for the strategy and growth of Big-D’s regional offices and national footprint. “Cory has grown from a labor position at Big-D in 1996 to his current leadership role in growing the brand nationally,” said Rob Moore, Big-D Chief Executive Officer.

Troy Thompson has rejoined Big-D as Executive Vice President. Thompson has over 35 years of experience in commercial construction and development. He is regarded as one of the top leaders in the industry, and will join Moore in the leadership of expanding its national footprint and supporting its regional offices throughout the nation.

“We are very excited to expand our national footprint and expand our offices with Cory’s and Troy’s dynamic leadership,” said Rob Moore.

Moore and Thompson join several other Big-D executives as part of the recent organizational changes within the firm: Jack Livingood, formerly Big-D’s CEO, is now the Chairman of the Board; Rob Moore, formerly President & C.O.O., has been promoted to CEO; Forrest McNabb, formerly Executive Vice President, has been promoted to President of the Mountain West Group.

This announcement comes just a few days after Big-D Construction was named “Contractor of the Year” by the Utah Chapter of CCIM at its 2017 Excellence Awards event.

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16 Feb

Executive Leadership Changes to Facilitate Company Growth at Big-D Construction

Big-D Construction has made several organizational changes among its key leaders to better facilitate the continued growth and service capabilities of the firm.

The changes are as follows:

• Jack Livingood, formerly Big-D’s CEO, will now serve as the Chairman of the Board, focusing on corporate strategy. Livingood has 39 years of experience with Big-D. In 2001, Livingood founded Signature.

• Rob Moore has been promoted to CEO from his former role as President & C.O.O., with responsibility for enterprise-wide leadership. Moore has 46 years of experience, including 41 with Big-D.

• Forrest McNabb has been promoted to President of the Mountain West Group from his former role as Executive Vice President. He will also continue his leadership role in Big-D’s National Food and Beverage Group. McNabb has 35 years of experience, including 28 with Big-D.

These three key leaders possess more than 100 years of combined experience. Not only will their leadership enable Big-D to grow and expand, but their guidance will help Big-D remain rooted in the strong values that have been part of the company for 50 years.

Founded in 1967 in Ogden, Utah, Big-D has grown to comprise eight regional offices, generating more than $1 Billion in revenue and establishing itself as an industry leader on a national scale. The company was recently named one of Engineering News Record’s Top 100 Contractors in the nation, and has been an Engineering News Record Top 400 Contractor for 27 consecutive years.

Big-D is certified as a Great Place to Work®, and has been recognized as one of Utah Business’ Best Companies to Work For, as well as one of the publication’s Top 100 Private Companies since 2008. Big-D has also been selected as a Best of State (Commercial Construction) winner three times.

“We are excited for the growth and opportunities these strategic moves will provide as we expand our footprint throughout the nation and increase our brand awareness,” declared Rob Moore, Big-D CEO.

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