Utah State Capitol Restoration

State of Utah   Salt Lake City, UT

project size

310,000 sf

project contact

Brent Tippets, AIA

partner architect

MJSA Architects

Schooley Caldwell Associates





2009 Best Renovation / Restoration | Engineering News Record Magazine

2009 Restoration & Renovation Palladio Award | Traditional Building

and Period Homes Magazine

2008 Outstanding Architect of the Year | Associated General Contractors of


2008 Project of the Year | Mountain States Construction

2008 Best Engineering Design | Mountain States Construction

2008 Best Mechanical / Electrical / Technology Project | Mountain States


2008 Honor Award | Awards for Excellence in Architecture | AIA Utah

2008 People's Choice Award | Awards for Excellence in Architecture |

AIA Utah

2008 Project of the Year | Associated General Contractors of Utah



VCBO Architecture was the architect of record for the restoration of the Utah State Capitol. An extensive group of engineers, consultants and other specialists assisted in addressing the complex needs of the historic Capitol. The project included base isolation and seismic upgrade to the overall building of the dome and rotunda. As part of the seismic upgrade a podium has been added to the building to provide the required moat and act as a barrier to protect the building.

The exterior stone and terra cotta were reinforced to seismic standards, repaired and / or replaced. The mechanical, electrical, data and communications systems were completely replaced. The interior restoration included replacement of skylights and reestablishment of origin l spaces, colors and ornamentation. The Capitol was divided into four restoration zones and has been connected to the East and West buildings through a below podium tunnel.

Significant investigation, documentation, testing and planning were conducted to start the restoration process. Original, historic designs helped solve difficult issues. Intensive research of historic drawings, photos and construction correspondence, combined with investigation of the building itself, provided insight into original design and construction decisions and opened avenues for new solutions.