Salt Lake City County Building Stone Remediation & Seismic Upgrade
Salt Lake City
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Owner: Salt Lake City
Lead Design Firm: VCBO Architecture
General Contractor: Big-D Construction
Structural Engineer: Reaveley Engineers + Associates
Civil Engineer: MGB+A
MEP Engineer: Heath Engineering Co.
Despite the fact that the Salt Lake City & County Building was originally constructed in the 1890s, it’s looking better than ever after a careful stone remediation and seismic upgrade. The restoration of the Romanesque Revival-style structure required an extensive evaluation of the original architecture, assisted by drone technology.
The building continued to serve as City Hall during construction, so it was open and highly visible to the public. In addition to restoring the stone, much of which was removed, recarved and then reinstalled, the project team added concrete beams to the foundation to provide better support in the event of an earthquake. Crews also installed new windows and waterproofed the stone to protect it from Utah’s snowy winters. The upgrade was completed nearly a year ahead of schedule.