Published on January 18th, 2017 | by UC&D Magazine
UC&D 2016 Outstanding Specialty Contracting Project – Masonry
Joseph Smith Memorial Building Terra Cotta Restoration
Owner: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Architect: FFKR Architects
General Contractor: Jacobsen Construction
Masonry Contractor: Child Enterprises
The Hotel Utah originally opened in 1911 and was designed in the Second Renaissance Revival style. Over the past century the building has gone through several additions and restorations, but it became apparent that the building’s exterior had taken a major toll and needed upgrading. The terra cotta replacement was a major undertaking, with 100 percent mortar repointing of more than 1,300 terra cotta units, the replacement of more than 1,000 glazed brick, extensive patching repairs and glazing repairs, structural pinning repairs, extensive sealant work, and the installation of bird netting systems at various locations.