"We're going to be able to move into the new building at the same cost, and it will be designed around our needs," he said of the 170,000-square-foot space. "Our operation costs are going to be lower because of the energy efficiency."

Ron Jipson, Owner and CEO of Questar.


  •  $1.1 million per year in leasing cost savings
  •  Without reduction in labor force, downsized overall space from 220,000 square feet to 168,000 square feet while operating at a consistent level.
  • The project began on August 8, 2010 and was completed October 18, 2011
  •  Met 14 month construction timeline.

The Client
For 75 years, Questar Gas ("Questar") has been Utah's premier gas supplier, providing safe and reliable service, while paying close attention to its environmental impact. Questar is among the leading energy companies in the country, providing gas to over 923,000 homes and businesses and employing over 2,100 people. Questar is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange with annual revenue of $3.48 billion.

The Need
In searching for a new location for its headquarters, Questar sought out to decrease its operating costs and stay true to their environmental stewardship. Previously, Questar had maintained office in a 220,000 square foot building and did not use the space to the highest efficiency. In order to decrease operating costs, increase employee efficiency, Questar hired Wasatch Commercial and their highly regarded team to develop a new state-of-the-art commercial office building built to fit Questar's long-term needs.

The Solution
Wasatch Commercial Management assembled a team of competent professionals comprising multiple skill sets to tackle the project. To begin, Questar selected a building site from the inventory of developable parcels owned by Wasatch. EDA Architects and its consultant engineers designed a floor plan that enabled Questar to use its space at the highest level of efficiency while customizing the building to fit Questar's needs exactly. Windows were strategically placed to increase the level of passive natural light in order to reduce the amount of electricity used in the building. The mechanical system was designed to emit the least amount of energy as possible while maintaining the same level of output. Wasatch Regional Builders, the general contractor, and an affiliate of Wasatch Commercial Management, formulated a schedule that fit within Questar's tight 14- month time frame for delivery. Wasatch Regional Builders utilized new materials and adhered to all LEED practices achieving the highest level of performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. The project was finished and occupied in an astounding 14 months, ahead of schedule and under budget. Wasatch Commercial Management continues to manage the building today for Questar.