UPS Western Regional Hub Deploys 6 of 8 In-House Divisions

United Parcel Service (UPS) is one of the leading multinational package delivery and supply chain management companies in the world. In July 2018 UPS opened the doors to its new Western Regional Hub near the Salt Lake International Airport. The $275 million project has generated more than 1,700 permanent jobs helping to stimulate growth and the local economy. The 160-acre site includes a truck maintenance facility, a truck wash building, a retail commerce building, a security port for trucks, as well as employee parking and an employee entrance building. This new facility is now one of the company’s largest national packaging centers, positioning Salt Lake to be a top distribution locale in the United States.

Layton Construction Company involved Hunt Electric early in the project, deploying six of eight in-house divisions to execute the project on budget and on schedule. During preconstruction, our in-house surveying team was utilized to capture and translate accurate underground as builds into surveying equipment. This allowed the team to predetermine routes and more efficiently lay conduit during the underground phase, which was critical due to the aggressive project schedule. Looking for other creative ways to save time, Hunt Electric pre-installed all interior and exterior wall conduit prior to tilt-up, a new concept in this arena which drastically expedited the construction schedule and set the pace for other onsite teams. All pre-bent conduit kits used were produced and assembled by the in-house prefabrication department, allowing for quick installation and cost savings to the client.

Our High Voltage Division designed and installed a substation solution for the project that could be delivered within the aggressive project schedule. Hunt Electric identified a solution provided by Construction Innovations, a company that was able to provide a pre-kitted modular substation solution that minimized weeks of construction time. Due to the large power demand required to run the UPS facility, the project team designed and constructed a 138KV-12.47KV 12 Mega Watt substation with (2) 10 MVA transformer to feed the (6) 4000 A interior distribution substation which is located inside the facility.

The Hunt Electric Technology Division was brought on to design and install the facility’s public safety infrastructure (DAS) to ensure connectivity to first responder radio systems, over 1000 fiber optic terminations, Wi-Fi, and a camera system (CCTV) used for in-house security and safety. As the project progressed, the team worked closely with the client to determine additional needs, including conducting multiple site surveys which resulted in expanding the DAS system for cell phone coverage throughout the buildings.

Our team also designed and installed all convenience power and lighting for UPS’s complex material handling conveyor system which is connected throughout the five outbound distribution wings. The entire facility measures 840,000 square feet, approximately the size of 17 ½ football fields, and can process 69,000 packages per hour. That’s over 600 million packages annually!