13 Nov

Signature Project Featured in Wall Street Journal

By: Big-D Signature

Nestled in the mountains of Utah is the private community of Victory Ranch. Big-D Signature is currently constructing several Cabin Homes that will feature exclusive amenities including two lodges, pools, the award-winning Rees Jones Golf Course & Club House, and private access to the Provo River and nearby ski resorts.

Recently, one of the custom homes was featured in the Wall Street Journal’s Mansion section. The home was highlighted in a column on three of the country’s top “Peak Properties” situated on a hilltop and offering a “life above the fray.”

Like most homes at Victory Ranch, this beautiful home was constructed using native materials including the Douglas fir siding exteriors, to the custom oak hardwood floors. To read more about the project, click here. You can also read the article on the Wall Street Journal’s website (a subscription may be required).

To learn more about the Victory Ranch project, click here.

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08 Aug

Will Hopkins Named Vice President of Big-D’s Signature Jackson Office

Big-D Construction recently named Will Hopkins Vice President of the Big-D office located in Jackson, WY.

Hopkins’ focus will include managing/developing new customer bases for Big-D’s Signature Group, a division of the company that focuses on the construction of high-end residential and resort projects. He will also support existing relationships, and manage and assemble strong internal management teams to provide superior processes for existing and new customers’ building needs.

A 30-year veteran of the industry, Hopkins built his construction career on a foundation of hard work and hands-on experience — starting in the industry as a laborer and then as a carpenter apprentice. His leadership ability on diverse projects and deep roots as a builder allows him to add value at many levels. He most recently served as a Vice President at Big-D Construction’s headquarters in Salt Lake City.

“With Will’s 30 years of construction experience and leadership in the mountain states, he will be a huge asset to our team. He will help us to grow the Jackson office, and take it to the next level,” said Mike Kerby, Senior Vice President of Big-D Signature.

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10 May

Big-D Signature Participates in OSHA National Safety Stand-Down

By: Big-D Signature

This week, Big-D Signature is joining construction firms across the nation in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction awareness campaign. The National Fall Prevention Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness in an effort to prevent fall fatalities and injuries.

According to OSHA statistics, fatalities from falls continues to be a leading cause of death for construction employees. In fact, nearly 1 in 4 fatal falls in construction involve ladders. In many cases, these incidents could have been avoided.


A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event. It provides an opportunity for contractors to talk directly to employees and subcontractors about safety. During a break, an open discussion (or toolbox talk) is held to discuss safety measures and fall risks. The Safety Stand-Down may also include safety equipment inspections and developing rescue plans.

During Safety Stand-Downs this week, Big-D construction managers focused on equipment inspections, ladder safety, stairways and landings, hole covers and barriers, scaffold and personnel lifts, and excavations. Employees were also encourage to report any unsafe behaviors or equipment observed at job sites.

Click through the gallery to see images from Big-D’s Safety Stand-Downs.

For more information on the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, click here.

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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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