Welcome to the Capitol Preservation Board Blog on the Executive Office Building.

With the Utah State Capitol Base Isolation and Renovation complete the Board has requested the Executive Director to move forward with studying phase five of the master plan – The Executive Office Building.

This blog will provide current information on the study as it progresses.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Executive Office Building Study – Update 3

The executive director received more specific information regarding the existing condition of the State Office Building. Along with this new information the consultants have provided recommendations as to how to proceed if the existing building is to remain and to be restored.

The information provided for the mechanical and electrical was consistent with the preliminary information as was stated in update - 1.

Structurally the building had received several seismic upgrades which have strengthened the building over that which was initially believed. The strengthening has taken place in the east west direction which was already the strongest direction and has not added much to the north south where the greatest concern is. There are some mitigation techniques that can be applied to the structural framework that can save the building, but the cost is questionable due to its expense.

The communication system that is atop of the State Office Building has been of great concern. With the evaluation complete the report from the consultant has identified several issues which is most critical to the state and it continued operational needs. These include:
· Communication systems must be kept in service during any renovation.
· Fiber is currently in place and may be used to relocate traffic from the microwaves during the renovation is permission for use can be obtained?
· There may be need for new locations, alternative sites and pathways during the renovation or remodeling for all needs. Costs will be an issue.
· Cellular telephone would be interrupted during the restoration.
· Before any work can begin multiple agencies will need to be coordinated with to make sure their needs are not overlooked.

Additionally the project definition consultant and the executive director discussed the May 26, 27 and 28 workshop. It is anticipated that during the workshop participants will be asked during the first day to assimilate the data gathered to date. They will also review the guidelines and imperatives for new buildings on Capitol Hill. They will then discuss which guideline and which imperative is critical to maintain as we move forward with the development of guidelines for existing or remodeled buildings on Capitol Hill.

Day two and three the workshop will focus upon the conceptual direction the project may go. Options will be discussed and participants raise issues and questions. The goals of the workshop will be to:
· Provide clear direction on options for the Board to review
· Determine facility fitness and what should be placed on the site.
· Identify the important elements that they care the most about to be incorporated into the options.

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