Rio Tinto Daybreak Corporate Center

Rio Tinto Daybreak Corporate Center

The Daybreak Corporate Center is a multi-tenant, Class-A office building comprising three stories and 175,000 sq. ft. and includes an attached parking deck. The Corporate Center is located at the entrance to the Daybreak Development, a mixed-use retail, commercial and residential project (Utah’s fastest growing residential development) in South Jordan, UT. In following with Daybreak’s overall commitment to sustainable and energy efficient-design, the Corporate Center as a whole achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and was submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star® Program. In addition to office space, the building also houses an exercise and recreation facility with locker rooms.

Two of the Corporate Center’s floors are occupied by Rio Tinto’s Salt Lake City operations. Rio Tinto is a leading mining and exploration company and parent company of Kennecott Land (the developer of Daybreak) and Kennecott Utah Copper.

Breaking ground in May of 2007, the Corporate Center was the first building in the planned development of 230,000 sq. ft. of office and 100,000 sq. ft. of retail space, plus 225 condos/townhomes and 250–300 multifamily apartment units.




Spectrum Engineers provided mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineering and technology and lighting design for a tenant improvement of core and shell space for Rio Tinto. Electrical systems include a 140 kW emergency generator and a 75 KVA Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system. Spectrum’s lighting design beat the energy code by 50 percent, achieving an additional LEED® point. Lighting systems include indirect lighting for most office spaces and integrated daylight/photocell controls. Mechanical engineers designed the expansion of the existing HVAC system, which includes variable air volume (VAV). The Corporate Center also includes hot water reheat. The addressable fire alarm system was extended.

The Corporate Center houses spaces that are enhanced by Spectrum-designed technology systems. These spaces include audio/video presentation rooms, a videoconferencing room designed with high definition video, and multiple small conferencing rooms designed with plasma monitors. All public areas are designed to include digital signage. Digital signage in mixed-use/breakrooms displays round-the-clock information advertising corporate events and messages encouraging workplace safety or employees to sign up for the company 401k. The main lobby is designed with interactive touch panel displays and various digital signs that might display a welcome message to visiting dignitaries and other company messages. A centralized computer center, the Main Data Facility (MDF), distributes the entire computer network infrastructure to four Intermediate Data Facilities (IDFs) serving the building’s four zones with data communications, telecommunications, audio/video and security (including door access) systems.

We are so fortunate to have the world’s second largest mining company right here in Utah. It was an honor to work on that project.David Hinckley P.E., Spectrum Engineers

David Hinckley


Principal Electrical Engineer

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Gerald Nelson


Principal Technology Designer

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Joseph “Jody” Good III


Fellow Theatre & Lighting Designer

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