WE ARE CREATING A CULTURE OF OUTSTANDING CAREERS AND WORLD-CLASS CUSTOMER SERVICE.
Our Vision in motion
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We seek and employ exceptional, hard-working, lifetime learners; we give them the tools to succeed when we find them.
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Detailed, disciplined, hard-won by listening and always sharpening our skills. Our Big-D University offers over 100 classes, and everything centers on our one goal.
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We are born of customer-focused, relationship-fostering practices. We’ve built 90% repeat customers and solid and lasting relationships.
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We have a culture of Growth & Achievement powered by innovation, supported by purpose, passion & joy.
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We’ve built trust with well-managed financial strength and superior risk management. This allows us to deliver on our promises consistently.
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Giving back builds strong, thriving communities where we live and work. By contributing donations, time, and pro-bono services, we help ensure lasting communities.
Who we are
A Carpenter, A Volkswagen, A Big-Idea
On November 2, 1967, a 30-year-old carpenter named Dee Livingood sold his blue Volkswagen for $1,000 and risked everything he had to start his own business. His nickname “Big Dee” inspired the name for our company.
The Big Idea
Big Dee started with almost nothing – no business experience, no customers, and almost no money. What he did have was a BIG-IDEA about the way things ought to be done.
Dee assembled a team of the best people in the industry, and called his founding leaders his “young lions.” They refused to focus on money. Instead, they quietly focused on doing the right things – the business principles Dee felt would be crucial to success. And, lo and behold, success naturally followed.
The Vision Continues
Today, Big Dee’s founding culture continues to inspire us. We aren’t perfect, but we strive to do the right things. We now have “lions” of every age on our impressive team, and a lion’s share of repeat customers.
We have come a long way since Dee Livingood sold his blue Volkswagen for $1,000 to start a company that has since grown to more than 1,000 employees. 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 future.
- Dee and Jack Livingood 1967
The Big Idea
On November 2, 1967, a thirty-year-old carpenter named Dee Livingood sold his blue Volkswagen for a thousand dollars and risked everything he had to start his own business.His nickname “Big-Dee” inspired the name for the company
Big Dee’s founding culture continues to inspire us. We aren’t perfect, but we strive to do the right things. We now have lions of every age on our impressive team, and a lion’s share of repeat customers.
Passion for people
Dee started with almost nothing – very little money, no business experience, and no customers. All he had was a BIG IDEA about the way things ought to be done. He wanted a company based on equal respect for customers and employees. A company based on honesty and integrity. A company where there is no difference between what is said and what is done.
He collected his thoughts, his thousand dollars, and set out to assemble a team of the best people in the industry. He called his founding leaders his “young lions.” Dee focused his passion on customer and employee relationships. He refused to focus on money or chase success. Instead, he quietly focused on doing the right things – and success began chasing him. He taught his “young lions” everything he knew about the business while giving them the freedom to build outstanding careers of their own – and success started chasing them too.
- The YOUNG LIONS
Hunger for success
Rob Moore and Dale Satterthwaite join Dee as Big-D’s first Business Development Manager and Estimator respectively. Dee’s son, Jack, would join two years later.
- Rob Moore
Big-D opens FIRST OFFICE
Salt Lake City, Utah office opened. At the time, the office would serve as a regional office for Big-D. The team there also purchased its first computer, a used Apple III.
The office was located near 400 South and 500 East in Salt Lake. It has since been demolished. In just 10 years, Big-D’s annual revenue went from $1 million to $10 million.
- Dee and Jack Livingood
DEE PROMOTES SON TO PRESIDENT
Jack Livingood is promoted to President and Dee Livingood devotes career to community service.
RELOCATION OF COMPANY HEADQUARTERS
Big-D headquarters move from Ogden, Utah to Riverdale, Utah.
“BIG DEE” LIVINGOOD DIES AT AGE 57
Dee Livingood dies at the age 57 after a battle with cancer. Jack Livingood becomes CEO.
COMMISSIONING THE IRONMAN
During the early 90s, Big-D was searching for an identity to help separate it from the competition. “We were trying to be more corporate,” said Big-D Chief Executive Officer, Rob Moore. “We wanted something that could identify with Big-D Construction. So we tried to look for an identity.”
The vision was to create something that represented both construction and the strength of Big-D. Working with Richter 7 and artist Scott Snow, that identity soon transformed into the Ironman. The initial drawings of the Ironman evolved to include the hard hat and steel beam. “All of a sudden, it stuck,” said Moore. “And we knew that when people look at that, they would identify with Big-D.”
“Our guys in the field absolutely love this image,” adds Jack Livingood. “It represents how they feel about themselves as construction workers.”
The Ironman has stood the test of time. His look and colors have never been altered. And while he has yet to make People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive!” list, signs that bear his image have notoriously been stolen over the years.
A YOUNG LION BECOMES PRESIDENT
More than 20 years after he first joined Big-D Construction, Rob Moore is promoted to President of the company.
CONSTRUCTING GOLD MEDAL FACILITIES
In 2002, Big-D Construction helped to construct the stage for the Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Big-D built several facilities for the Games, including the Olympic-sized version of Rice-Eccles Stadium that would host the opening and closing ceremonies. During this phase, crews had to work closely with the Secret Service and Counterterrorism Security personnel to secure seating for then-President George Bush for the opening ceremonies.
About an hour from Rice-Eccles, Big-D Construction was also hard at work transforming the Dee Events Center in Ogden into the venue for curling. Also, crews assembled the Olympic Grandstand for spectators and media to watch the Alpine Skiing and Giant Slalom events and Snowbasin Resort. In Park City, Big-D built the SLOC Amphitheater at Olympic Park.
HEADQUARTERS MOVED TO HISTORIC BUILDING
The Fuller Paint Building has been a unique part of downtown Salt Lake City since it was first constructed it in 1922. In 2004, Jack Livingood purchased the building and embarked on a restoration project that would garner a LEED Gold certification and a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
BIG-D OPENS REGIONAL OFFICE IN UTAH COUNTY
Big-D opens the Lindon Regional Office.
CHANGING THE SKYLINE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Washington Square Towers would mark Big-D’s first high-rise project. The two, 24-story towers could also be Big-D’s largest residential project to date.
A BILLION-DOLLAR VISION
Nearly 50 years since it was first founded, Big-D Construction achieves a billion dollars in sales. At the time, nearly 1,000 employees are employed at Big-D’s Corporate and Regional Offices.
STRATEGIC CHANGES TO FACILITATE GROWTH
Big-D Construction makes several organizational changes to facilitate its growth. Rob Moore is promoted to Chief Executive Officer. Forrest McNabb is promoted to President of the Mountain West Group.
As Big-D’s brand expands nationally, Cory Moore is promoted to Executive Vice President and National Managing Director of Big-D’s regional offices. Troy Thompson joins Big-D as Executive Vice President. The two would be tasked with expanding Big-D’s national footprint while supporting its seven regional offices.
Big-D also named “Contractor of the Year” by the Utah Chapter of CCIM.
BIG-D CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
On November 2, 2017, Big-D Construction celebrates its 50-year anniversary. As part of the celebration, Big-D released a book commemorating its 50-year tenure in the construction business.
Big-D Companies Announces Cory Moore as New Chief Executive Officer
Cory Moore named Chief Executive Officer of Big-D Companies. Previous CEO, Rob Moore, will remain an influential leader as the companies Executive Chairman.
“This is a significant announcement for our company and future. We have worked on our succession planning over the last decade and this strategic move is part of that plan and is a major step in realizing our goals,” said Rob Moore.
In a unanimous decision by the Big-D Companies Board of Directors, Cory will take global responsibility for its 14 offices nationwide. His job will ensure we continue to preserve our mission of being the most sought after by our associates and customers. He will also continue to stimulate progress and drive Big-D companies’ vision of growth and investment in our future.
“Cory is the right leader for Big-D,” said Jack Livingood, Big-D’s Chairman of the Board. “Cory’s extensive experience along with his leadership and communication skills will help us grow our national footprint to better serve our customers. Big-D is in good hands with Cory.”
Cory Moore has been with Big-D for nearly 25 years and has been an especially impactful leader of the company’s growth. He has been involved in many of Big-D’s most iconic projects and in recent years has been serving as the companies National President and a member of its Board of Directors.
Respected Construction Veteran, Ken Braun, Retires from Big-D
After 44 years in the construction industry, Project Development Vice President, Ken Braun, retires from Big-D Midwest.
Cory Schubert promoted to Sr. VP/Managing Director of Big-D Construction Midwest
As Sr. VP/Managing Director, Schubert will be responsible for the overall performance of Big-D Midwest, which includes managing the annual financial goals, employee career growth, safety, and client retention.
Tim Callahan named Vice President of Project Development for Big-D Construction Midwest
Callahan joined Big-D Midwest in 2021 as part of a long-term plan to replace retiring Vice President of Project Development, Ken Braun, and will be responsible for some operational duties with Cory Schubert.