Welcome to the Capitol Preservation Board's Blog

This site will provide current up to date information about activities and events of the Board, its subcommittees and the office.

This site will replace the Executive Directors monthly report that has been published monthly.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Capitol Preservation Board Approved Amended Facility Use Rule

In the Capitol Preservation Board’s quarterly meeting, the Board unanimously approved the proposed amendment to R131-2, Capitol Hill Complex Facility Use. This rule was amended to provide a process so an applicant may use a private caterer in Capitol Hill facilities.

The amended rule requires private caterers to meet the same qualifications as the preferred caterer. Forms were developed for private caterers to fill out and meet the required qualifications. These forms were presented to the Board by the executive director.

In approving the amended rule, the Board requested:
1. The executive director to work with applicants and caterers in completing the forms, as well as to provide feed back on the forms and their use.
2. The executive director to identify areas of conflict or confusion in the rule, such as prohibition of open flames, and bring these issues to the Budget Development and Board Operations Subcommittee for discussion.
3. The executive director to address the use of the facilities during the legislative session.

The executive director introduced the new Blog for the Capitol Preservation Board. The Board’s office is looking to provide accurate and timely information, and at the same time save costs. The Blog will replace the executive director’s monthly report.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Senate Appoints Board Members

Senate President Michael Waddoups has appointed Senator Mark Madsen (R) and Senator Gene Davis (D) as members of the Capitol Preservation Board. Senator Madsen will be replacing Senator Carlene Walker who did not return to the Senate at the end of last year. Senator Davis is returning as a board member after serving previously for 4 years.

Senator Madsen will serve as the new chair of the Preservation and Maintenance Subcommittee, and will be member of the Budget and Board Operations Subcommittee.

Senator Davis will continue to serve on the Preservation and Maintenance Subcommittee.

We look forward to working with both. Welcome.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Capitol Wins Intermountain Chapter of the American Concrete Institute “Excellence in Concrete” Award

The Capitol Preservation Board as won this year “Excellence in Concrete” Award from ACI (for more information on ACI click here). This award recognizes the extensive and unique use of concrete in the Base Isolation of the Capitol. The Capitol was originally constructed in 1915 as a concrete frame building. Concrete was used to for the first time in load transfers for the capitol due to the concrete frame. The capitol also combined suspension bridge technology with post tension concrete technology for the first time to support and suspend the rotunda piers in the center of the building.

The award will be presented to the Executive Director, Architects, Structural Engineers and the Construction Manager on Friday March 27, 2009 at the Little America Hotel.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Preservation and Maintenance Meeting Schedule for 2009

The meeting dates for the Capitol Preservation Board’s Preservation and Maintenance Subcommittee have been posted for more information click here.

Budget and Board Operationgs Subcommittee Meeting Schedule for 2009

The meeting dates for the Capitol Preservation Board’s Budget and Board Operations Subcommittee have been posted for more information click here.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Capitol Preservation Board Meeting

The Capitol Preservation Board is tentatively scheduled to meet March 25th at 4:00 pm. in the Capitol Board Room on the second floor of the State Capitol.

The tentative agenda will be to review any comments from the proposed modifications to the Facilities Use Rule. The comment period ends on the 17th of March (to view the proposed rule click here). The primary changed to the rule is to accommodate off site catering services. The board will be voting to make the rule effective.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Capitol Curator, Judith McConkie Book Signing - Wednesday, March 11 - 11:00-1:00

Continuing with our Utah Author's program, we are excited to feature Capitol Curator, Judith McConkie author of With Anxious Care. Judith will be available to sign copies of "With Anxious Care" Wednesday, March 11 from 11:00 am -1:00 pm. For more information visit our Utah State Capitol Visitor Services Blog.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Engineering New Record (ENR) Awards The Capitol As Best Restoration Project of the Year

Engineering News Record (ENR) is pleased to announce the winners of its first annual Best of the Best Awards. The competition recognizes construction and design excellence of the past year from across the U.S., choosing from the regional winners of McGraw-Hill Construction’s network of 11 Regional Publications’ Best of 2008 Awards.

The Judges in awarding the Utah State Capitol said "This is a beautiful job and a wonderful undertaking. My hat's off to Utah."

Capitol Restoration Receives The Victorian Society Award

The Victorian Society in America's Board of Directors has established the annual Preservation Awards Program to honor projects of outstanding merit in the preservation or restoration of significant artifacts of Victorian material culture.

Read more about this on the Utah Capitol Visitor Services Blog

The U.S.S. Utah exhibit opens on March 9, 2009 in the Utah State Capitol

The Fourth Floor Galleries
The original design of the Capitol included four galleries on the fourth floor. This space was maintained by the Utah Arts Institute for exhibitions. The law governing the Institute was a bill referred to simply as the Art Bill of 1899. Written and sponsored by Alice Merrill Horne, the bill created a mechanism, the first in the country, for sponsoring arts education in schools. It also made provision for sponsoring artists in Utah by purchasing and exhibiting the visual arts. As part of the newly renovated Utah State Capitol, the Fourth Floor Galleries will feature rotating exhibits, some curated by the Capitol Preservation Board Curator Judith McConkie, some by visiting and collaborating museums and individuals. All exhibits will feature educator materials for pre- and post-visit (as well as classroom) activities for 4th and 7th graders whose curricula includes Utah History and Civics. This USS Utah exhibit reopens this historic exhibition program in the Capitol.

For more informaton on The USS Utah Exhibit visit the Utah State Capitol Curator's Blog and the Visitor Services Blog.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Executive Directors February Report

February Executive Summary

With the Legislative Session in full swing as of first of February the office was inundated with requests for events of every kind. By the end of the month the capitol had hosted over:
· 30 Free Speech Events
· 15 Dances
· 1 Wedding
· 11 Corporate Events
· 11 State Sponsored Events
· 25 Bridal photographs
One of the surprises for this year was both the number of events as well as the type of events. There is clearly a need for a category of event that is specific to the legislative session. The Board and the Subcommittees will need to address this issue following the Legislative session.

During the Legislative Session the Executive Director worked closely with the Chairs of the Capitol Facilities and Government Operations to identify a way to lessen the impact of the state wide budget cuts. Due to the successful fiscal management of the Capitol Restoration $863,400 were identified as clear savings which could be retuned back to the appropriations subcommittee. With these additional funds committee members felt comfortable with a reduced cut by way of a backfill to the capitol maintenance budget and too many other state programs.

Working with the Project Definition consultant the Executive Director has identified a date of May 26 through the 28 for the first workshop to explore idea and concepts for the North Building. Additionally the consultant has his consultant working aggressively on a facilities assessment of the State Office Building to determine it structural, mechanical and electrical adequacy. A preliminary report will be provided in March.

The Executive Director held a one day workshop with the Design Build team who will be providing the remodel work at the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Prior to beginning any work, it was important for the design and build team to understand the over all goals for the project. Many different options were investigated towards the end of the day one over all direction was starting to take shape. This option would include several phases all with the focus upon the master plan. Phase one will include the repairs to the exterior stone and the life safety hazards that exist inside the building.

Energy and Environmental Stewardship

The Executive Director has begun looking at what opportunities exist for saving energy and reducing the over all cost of energy on Capitol Hill. These ideas will be incorporated into the 2010 Master plan update that will occur this year and will be presented to the Preservation Subcommittee and the Board for approval. One of the elements may include the option for solar panels on the roof of the capitol. The Executive Director has been investigating this option for several months and will have information to present to the Preservation Subcommittee in the first meeting following the legislative session.


Capitol Restoration Award Update

During the Month of February the Capitol Preservation Board received recognition by receiving the following awards:
· David H. Hart, FAIA was recognized by the National American Institute of Architects (AIA) for his work on the Utah State Capitol and elevated to Fellow of the Institute.
· Traditional Building Palladio Award – Architectural Restoration and Renovation Award
· ACEC National Award for Structural Engineering
· ACEC Utah Grand Award for Structural Engineering
· ACEC Utah Grand Award for Building/Technology Systems
· Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Special Recognition Award
· American General Contractor of Utah – Building Project of the Year Award
· American General Contractor of Utah awarded David Hart, FAIA the owner of the year award

Executive Directors January Report

January Executive Summary
January 4, 2009 was the one year anniversary of the newly renovated and rededicated Utah State Capital. Over this past year the CRG Architects (Capitol Restoration Group) working with the CM/GC JHJV (Jacobsen Hunt Joint Venture) has completed the remaining portion of the work allowing the Senate and the House to occupy the remodeled Senate and House buildings. The remodeled space provide for legislative committee rooms (three in each building) and badly needed office space. While most of the punch list items have been completed there are some that will have to wait until after the 2009 legislative general session.

With the Capitol base isolation and restoration and the remodel of the Senate and House building complete the focus will now turn to determining what to do with the 1959 State Office Building. In the September 2008 Board meeting members of the board requested the Executive Director to move forward with the planning of the North Building in the Master Plan. The Executive Director report to the board in the December meeting that the Request for Qualifications was ready to go out to interested project definition consultants who would work with the Executive Director and the Board to determine the direction for the State Office Building. During the first part of January members of the board met to review the qualification and to select a consultant. They selected Paul Brown Architects to prepare the study. With Mr. Brown under contract this study is moving forward.

During the December of 2008 Board meeting the board approved the recommended changes to the “Capitol Hill Facility Use Rules” these rule were modified to allow for greater flexibly in the use of off site food service providers. The Executive Director filed the rule with Administrative Rules such that it could be placed in the state bulletin in order to receive public comment.

Capitol Restoration Award Update

the Capitol Preservation Board has won the following awards due to the success of the Capitol Restoration:
· The AIA Utah Honor Award
· The AIA Peoples Choice award for Architecture
· The Utah Heritage Foundation Heritage Award
· The 2008 National Award of Excellence for Seismic Mitigation
· The Pinnacle Award for Stone
· The CMAA Restoration Project of the Year
· The American Society of State and Local History for historic restoration excellence.
· The Structural Engineering Excellence award for use of Post Tension concrete.