On March 18th, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit the Salt Lake Valley. With strict social distancing guidelines restricting movement in major cities across the US, online retailers and distribution services have become essential for Americans everywhere. Having recently worked on projects in the area for Amazon and UPS, the Layton team took the initiative to check for damage in both of those facilities immediately.
In the Amazon building, the team noticed conveyor belts had shifted and loose bolts were all over the floor. Layton leaders, Todd Hardcastle and Richard Fox mobilized employees to get the conveyor system back up and running later that evening. Cameron Treat, Mike George, and Travis Mortensen reached out to UPS over text to make sure everyone was okay. Then, they sent the structural engineer, Greg Dunn, to inspect the site. Greg found there had been minor movement, which the team had planned for and incorporated into the design. He repaired a few roof drains and was able to clear the building, allowing UPS employees to return to work.
What made this more special is the message Layton received from UPS: “Just wanted to say thank you to all involved in the design and construction of this building. I can say you did it right! Hopefully there is enough toilet paper available so we can deliver it.”