Travelers Insurance Co. has awarded management contracts for the 600,000 square-foot Triad Center and its commercial properties in the Salt Lake International Center to Chris Matthews & Associates, a new firm headed by real estate veteran Chris Matthews.

Under the agreement, Chris Matthews & Associates will be responsible for 1 million square feet of Traveler-owned properties, including the Triad Center and Wiley Post Plazas 1, 5 and 6, a trio of light assembly/research and development buildings at the international center.

The company also will handle leasing at Triad Center where it has established offices at 5 Triad Center, No. 575.

Matthews most recently was vice president of asset management for the Denver region of Equitable Real Estate. He has been acting leasing manager for Equitable Life's Denver and Salt Lake portfolios and was property manager for the 465,000 square-foot Mellon Financial Center in downtown Denver.