Salt Lake County Public Works AdministrationSubmitted by R&O Construction
The new Salt Lake County Public Works Administration building is quite the contrast to the former 50-year-old facility in Midvale, Utah. The 22,805-sq-ft building houses 75 employees, four departments, is earthquake safe and built to LEED-Platinum certification. The building is also equipped with an emergency operations center.

Each conference room has natural light that also carries into the other building areas through the interior glass walls. Steel panels on the walls contain a high volume of recycled content and can be recycled at the end of their life. Steel was used as interior and exterior panels, as well as structural beams in the roof.

Structural timbers reclaimed from an old Great Salt Lake railroad trestle are used as interior columns. They required less energy to transport to the site and result in less virgin material harvested for a comparable use.

Midvale, Utah

$4.9 million
Owner: Salt Lake County
Contractor: R&O Construction
Architect: Blalock and Partners
Engineers: Great Basin Engineering, Reaveley Engineers + Associates, Van Boerum & Frank Associates, Envision Engineering
Among the Subcontractors: Landmark Design Inc., Morrison Maierle Inc., RG Concrete, Amfab Steel Specialties, JD Sales, All Metals Fabrication, Mountain Valley Glass, Ron J. Peterson Construction
Start: Jan. 2009 Finish: April 2010