ELIZABETH ACADEMY GARFIELD CAMPUS BUILDING
Project Confirmation Number: 64630
Entry Category HISTORIC RESTORATION ENTRIES:
Restoration implies returning a building to its original condition.
1838 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84014
Brief description of the project:
Elizabeth Academy is a Montessori School for all children, including those with special needs. The school's second location is in the renovated, historic Garfield School, which was built in 1921. Renovating and using the Garfield School also meant that the Sugarhouse neighborhood got to keep an architectural gem.
Size of Building:
21,300 Square Feet
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
Masonry contractor's crews meticulously salvaged reusable bricks from the 50-foot smoke stack that was demolished by hand so that the structure did not damage the fragile school
Project completion date: October 2018
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques.
It would have been easier for crews to demolish all of the buildings on the 4.7-acre site and build from scratch. But the community wanted to preserve its history, which required careful demolition and extensive seismic work. The shell of the original building remained, but everything inside was gutted and rebuilt.
The original Garfield School was operated by the Salt Lake City School District until 1970, and it had been used as community space for several years. But it was dark and dreary, and in some cases, unsafe. Crews were able to seismically upgrade the building while preserving the 97-year-old façade and recreate or restore its historical finishes.
The construction was guided by protecting and showcasing Garfield’s history. The facade needed to be cleaned, but not completely scrubbed free of its history, since it needed to reflect its usage in the past. Crews used power washing, chemical treatments, and elbow grease to remove much of the grime. Damaged bricks were replaced using bricks from a 50-foot smoke stack that was cut off at the roof line for safety reasons.
Masons repointed, re-mortared and resealed the bricks. The original masonry walls were load bearing but had to be removed to make room for classrooms. The general contractor used a temporary bracing system while the permanent steel support system was put in place.
Attention to detail was crucial in matching repairs made to the concrete around the windows and the foundation: Various shades of stone and quartz and crystal were mixed to find the right formula. Crews added shear walls throughout, the roof diaphragm was upgraded and connected to the walls and shear walls, and the parapets were reinforced on the roof.
New piers were poured in the crawl spaces and the non-reinforced masonry on the exterior was connected to structural studs to prevent collapse.
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