Launched more than 70 years ago, family-owned Layton Construction is a multibillion-dollar firm

By Art Raymond

Utah born and raised, family-owned Layton Construction has quietly grown into one of the top commercial building firms in the country and is the brand-behind-the-brand in a slew of iconic structures in Utah and around the country.

Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium, Smith’s Ballpark, Hale Centre Theatre and Real Salt Lake’s America First Field are just a tiny sampling of the local projects constructed by Layton. The luxurious Montage Deer Valley is a Layton project, as are Vanderbilt University’s newest 1-million-square-foot student housing complex in Nashville and the Hollywood Galaxy Mall in Los Angeles.

And to get an idea of how prolific the company is, it’s currently engaged with 230 live projects.

Humble beginnings
Founded in 1953 by Alan W. Layton, the business has been operating since 2004 under the leadership of one of his sons, David S. Layton, who is being recognized later this month with the MountainWest Capital Network 2024 Utah Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

MountainWest noted the size and scope of the Layton Construction operations, headquartered in Utah but running 12 offices around the country, employing some 1,500 workers and generating $3.5 billion in revenues in 2022. Company sales have increased tenfold under David Layton’s leadership and the firm has held the top spot on MountainWest’s list of the revenue growth companies in Utah for the last four years in a row…

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