Published on January 12th, 2016 | by UC&D Magazine
UC&D 2015 Outstanding Small Renovation/Restoration Project
Peoples Utah Bancorp Renovation
Owner: Peoples Utah Bancorp
General Contractor: Big-D Construction
Structural Engineer: BHB Structural Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Spectrum Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Gunther’s
This historical renovation of the old Bank of American Fork is nothing short of spectacular. The building has maintained a continuous presence on Main Street for more than a century. It was originally built between 1909 and 1911, an imposing building along the City’s growing commercial corridor. Its neoclassic style signaled a growing independence from Salt Lake City.
Perhaps the biggest challenge was installing a new structural system for the unenforced brick building. The system stiffens exterior walls and ties them to floor structures via heavy gauge metal studs attached to the masonry.
The exterior was largely restored with many original elements still in place. Rectangular windows beneath the original wood framed arch were restored, as was another large rectangular window to the south.
Interior spaces showcase fine artisan elements in bright pastel colors. Other interior spaces feature dark wood paneling and golden-colored ceiling design elements. Decorative sconces were recreated from two original photos on interior columns and decoratively painted to match the extant ceiling.