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Founded in 1975, Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Company, LLC (RLW) continues to uphold the legacy of quality and innovation instilled by its founder, the company’s namesake. We build large and complex projects for both the public and private sectors, and we do so with integrity.

With offices in Utah and Colorado and projects throughout the western U.S., RLW employs more than 450 talented project managers, superintendents, foremen, and builders. We are innovators, we are problem solvers, but above all, we are partners – to the owners and stakeholders we serve, and to each other.We operate on the principle that our next project is dependent on the current one. That’s why we consistently achieve on-time or early completion on our projects through contingency planning for schedule risks, and careful phasing of work.

Performance On Budget
We attribute our strong client satisfaction to our ability to deliver projects within budget. We work with owners on every project we deliver to identify cost savings opportunities and areas to add value.

Ability to Self-Perform
RLW’s piling, shoring, drilling, paving, structural steel, and structural concrete expertise and equipment allows us to self-perform the majority of major work for buildings, roads, and bridges, providing our clients with the confidence that they are obtaining the best value and quality for their needs.

Our Greatest Strength is Our People
We hire, train, and retain the most capable staff and reward superior performance. Our commitment to provide continuous opportunities is demonstrated by our high retention rate and the lengthy tenure of our key staff. We continuously strive to improve the skills, welfare, health and safety of our team.

RLW is a subsidiary of Sterling Construction Company, Inc. Joining the Sterling family of companies has allowed RLW to expand its service offerings and geographic reach.

Leadership Team

Brandon Squire

President

About Brandon

Brandon is responsible for RLW’s overall growth, business development, company performance, and client satisfaction. Under his direction, RLW has expanded into new geographic markets throughout the U.S. and enhance service offerings.  Brandon has leveraged his design background to help position RLW as a leader in DB and CMGC in the markets it serves.

Tod Wadsworth

Executive Vice President

About Tod

Tod oversees the pursuit of new projects and new clients, and helps ensure that repeat clients are satisfied with RLW’s performance. Whether serving as a Principal-in-Charge or working directly with owners to solve challenges, Tod applies unique problem solving to build legacy projects. Tod has overseen the launch of RLW’s Piling & Shoring, Commercial, and Aesthetics Divisions, and has helped each grow and expand its portfolio.

Wayne Bowden

Vice President of Large Projects

About Wayne

Wayne specializes in leading design and construction teams to the successful completion of large alternate delivery projects. He has worked in various regions throughout the western U.S., and excels at keeping teams focused on schedule and budget goals. Wayne has focused the last 20 years of his career on design-build and CMGC projects, making him a valuable asset during the preconstruction phase.

Scott Gubler

Vice President of Construction

About Scott

Scott ensures that RLW has the corporate commitment, resources, and company-wide expertise to continue its legacy of success. Before RLW begins a project, Scott provides leadership and direction on nearly every aspect – from scheduling and cost control to resource planning and allocation. Under Scott’s leadership, RLW has maintained a strong record of project delivery and performance record in schedule, budget, quality, and safety.

Mike MacArthur

Vice President of Preconstruction

About Mike

Mike is one of RLW’s key dedicated resources for alternate delivery projects. With a background in engineering and management of design-build projects, Mike is responsible for large project pursuits, estimating, and preconstruction services. He specializes in working with owners to develop scope and project concepts within funding constraints.

Brian Tolley

Director of Private Contracts

About Brian

Brian’s diverse background managing deep foundation and earth retention projects, as well as the construction of buildings and roads, makes him ideally suited to manage RLW’s diverse portfolio of private sector work. He oversees RLW’s performance on commercial, industrial, geotechnical, and rail projects. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to work closely with owners to evaluate design and construction methods that best fit the site conditions and budget.

Steve McPherson

Director of Public Contracts

About Steve

Steve has devoted his career to building the public infrastructure that connects, beautifies, and serves communities. He has partnered with state transportation agencies, cities and counties, as well as businesses and residential groups to make their capital improvement plans a reality by constructing new roads, bridges, buildings, and community spaces that meet the needs of their residents within the allocated program funding.

Bryce Jaynes

Colorado Division Manager

About Bryce

Bryce oversees all of RLW’s Colorado operations, from business development to operations. He oversees RLW’s performance on all of the bridges, roads, buildings, and piling and shoring work we complete in Colorado, and ensures that RLW’s project teams have the committed personnel and resources to achieve critical path milestones. Bryce has spent the majority of his career managing alternate delivery projects, and coordinates effectively with owners, design teams, and stakeholders.

Cole Frost

Chief Estimator

About Cole

Cole oversees RLW’s estimating functions for all services, from the proposal stage to developing economical solutions to field challenges. A registered professional engineer with a background in design, Cole chose RLW in 2009 for the firm’s strength in alternate delivery projects and its pursuit of innovative ways to build better projects. His dual background in engineering and construction makes him a valuable resource to evaluate alternatives and develop innovations to mitigate risks on projects.

Jim Deschenes

Director of Alternative Delivery

About Jim

Jim is dedicated to RLW’s pursuit and successful completion of alternate delivery projects. After having spent 20 years working on and managing alternate delivery projects as a design consultant, Jim chose RLW for its innovative and design-oriented culture. He is one of RLW’s key resources for design-build and CMGC projects, and understands how and when to integrate into the design process to help teams make the best decisions for the project.

Mike Dahl

Controller

About Mike

Mike is responsible for RLW’s accounting, budgeting, forecasting, expenditures, and financial reporting. He has helped RLW maintain steady and sustainable financial growth and stability, and continue to diversify into new service lines. He works closely with RLW’s project managers and executive leadership to analyze costs, projections, and expenses for the company’s overall financial health.

Mike Durham

Director of Human Capital

About Mike

Mike oversees the recruiting, training, and retention programs for the company’s greatest resource – it’s people.  He ensures that RLW’s performance management, employee development, legal compliance, EEO, and our extensive employee training programs are making a difference. Mike’s efforts over the past 15 years have helped RLW maintain the diverse and experienced workforce needed to sustain our consistent growth.

Jesse Meldrum

Director of Safety

About Jesse

Jesse oversees RLW’s corporate safety program and directs the efforts of all on-site safety management teams. He develops and implements company and project-wide training programs, performs audits, and ensures that safety remains RLW’s highest priority at all levels of the organization. He has helped RLW maintain and improve its safety programs by consistently achieving a Recordable Incident Rate of 50% below the national average year after year.

Joe Grose

Equipment Manager

About Joe

Joe oversees RLW’s fleet of more than 350 pieces of specialized equipment, making sure it is calibrated, maintained, and available to meet project demands. Joe helps project teams quickly deploy equipment to logistically challenging locations throughout the western U.S.

Alan Kirton

Director of Field Operations

About Alan

Alan oversees field operations for all of RLW’s projects and services from preconstruction planning through final close-out. Alan ensures that project teams have the resources, equipment, and expertise to make each project a success, and works with project leaders to meet key milestones and budget goals.

Client Testimonials

There is no better validation of our performance than endorsements from our clients.

“I do not think this is luck, but rather the commitment of you, your staffs, your subs, and your companies to make this a successful project. The planning and commitment to public safety, environment, and public sensitivity to date has provided project advocates and detractors alike an opportunity to see what good partnerships and competent contractors can do to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts on a community”.
M. Steve Olson • CDOT Program Engineer, Region 3 Central Program, Colorado Department of Transportation
“The NWPG [Northwest Parking Garage] is the new standard for parking structures at the U of U.”
-Arnold Combe, Sr. Vice President of University of Utah (Retired)
“Day after day during the final construction, myself and members of my Department provided traffic control for your crews. Without exception, the people who were working for you were professional, polite, and treated my staff and my citizens with courtesy and respect. The project progressed at a rate I never could have imagined, and for all its complexity, it was managed by you and your team in amazing fashion.”
-Terry Wilson, Chief of Police, Glenwood Springs, CO
“Wadsworth made every effort to construct the highest quality product from start to finish….The proof is in the pudding, as they say. The Percent Within Limits (PWL) of the concrete flexural strength as determined by beam samples taken for all 20 separate lots, was 100 percent for every lot.”
-Robert A. Hall, PE, Construction Manager, JVIATION
“I just wanted to express what a pleasure it has been to work with RLW. We have had two successful award winning projects in working with you over the last few years. I appreciate the hard work, dedication and teamwork that you brought to our projects here at the University. I look forward to being able to work with RLW again in the future.”
-David Moyes, Associate Director, Commuter Services, University of Utah
“They were great, professional, problem solvers, and just pleasant to interact with… Thanks again for your partnering, cost attention, and great job!”
-Kelly McCandless, Owner’s Rep, NorthPoint Parking Structure
“RLW and their team accelerated design and city review and permits in record time…they are an ideal contractor as they and all parties involved win when they show up on the job site.”
-Jon Cluff, UTA Project Manager, Draper and South Jordan Parking Structures

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