Layton completed the entire Rice-Eccles Stadium in 15 months, half the time as similar stadium projects, impressing universities and colleges across the country and meeting the university’s goal of not missing a single football game.
Planners estimated the project would take three years to complete in phases. However, the total project time decreased significantly when both the design and construction were completed in one phase.
A project highlight, Layton continuously poured two 177-foot concrete towers 24 hours a day for seven days using a slip forming process. The two towers support the press boxes, suites and west side of the stadium. Workers used an extensive scaffold system, concrete pump trucks and wheel barrows to fill every cubic yard of the towers, which grew one inch every five minutes (12 to 14 inches per hour). The tight timeline of the project was compounded with phased demolition of the old stadium taking place just nine months before completion.
The Rice Eccles Stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2002 Winter Olympics.