Long revered by Ogden residents and Art Deco aficionados, Ogden High School has been in continual use for more than seven decades and was suffering from serious deterioration. This community and architectural icon was in need of extensive restoration and renovation and had to be seismically and technologically upgraded to serve both artistic and functional purposes, says the submitter.

Photo courtesy of Hughes General Contractors
This community and architectural icon was in need of extensive restoration and renovation.

One look at the school's original design reveals the demanding aspects of this historic restoration. The structure, built in 1936 as part of the Public Works Administration program launched by President Frankin D. Roosevelt, is listed on both the National Historical Register of Historic Places and the Ogden City Register of Historic Resources. The new design required that all the original integral design elements be maintained and protected during construction.

The project scope included a 72,000-sq-ft addition, asbestos abatement, seismic upgrades (including micro-piles) and a complete renovation of the existing building. Systems such as plumbing, electricity, air conditioning and others had to be either replaced or improved.

Effective scheduling, sequencing and a surgical approach were essential to success, since the school remained in session throughout the project, says the submitter.


2103 Best Intermountain Renovation/Restoration Project

Ogden High School Restoration

Ogden, Utah

Key Players

Owner Ogden City School District, Ogden, Utah

Architect Edwards & Daniels Architects Inc., Salt Lake City; CRSA Architects, Salt Lake City

General Contractor Hughes General Contractors Inc., North Salt Lake, Utah

Structural Engineer Reaveley Engineers + Associates, Salt Lake City

Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer Colvin Engineering Associates Inc., Salt Lake City

Electrical, Acoustical & Theater Engineer Spectrum Engineering, Salt Lake City

Civil Engineer Great Basin Engineering Inc., Ogden, Utah