BD+C’s 2017 Reconstruction Award Winners

Provo City Center Temple, the Union Trust Building, and the General Motors Factory One are Just a Few of the Projects Recognized as 2017 Reconstruction Award winners.

BD+C’s 2017 Reconstruction Award Winners

BD+C Staff |November 30, 2017 

Building Design + Construction’s 34th annual Reconstruction Awards honor 19 projects for standing out as the best in renovation, preservation and adaptive reuse work.

For the 2017 Reconstruction Awards, BD+C awarded two Platinum award, four Gold awards, five Silver awards, five bronze awards, and three honorable mentions. The projects ranged in use from restaurants and university buildings to healthcare facilities and religious buildings.

Gold Award Winner

The building was in such disrepair that much of the reconstruction budget had to go toward structural, mechanical, and electrical infrastructure improvements.

Reconstruction Awards | November 17, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Union Trust Building, commissioned by coal magnate Henry Clay Frick and completed in 1917, originally was a 240-store shopping arcade with 700 offices on its upper floors.

This 11-story Flemish-Gothic–style building has had several owners. The latest, Pittsburgh native Jon Davis, CEO of The Davis Companies, paid $14 million in 2014 with the intention of revitalizing it into an amenities-rich commercial center.

The building was in such disrepair that much of the reconstruction budget had to go toward structural, mechanical, and electrical infrastructure improvements that included opening up deep floor plates and removing valances on windows (added long after the building first opened) to let in more daylight.

The limestone exterior was cleaned. The leaking mansard roof was repaired and restored. A new rooftop cooling system, hidden by a contemporary screen, was installed. Ten passenger elevators and two freight elevators were modernized.

Cross axes that emanate from a central rotunda split Union Trust’s cruciform-shaped design into four quadrants. The interior features a grand atrium topped by a Tiffany glass dome measuring 40 feet in diameter. The project team relit the dome to draw eyes upward. The rotunda, now with comfortable seating, serves as a greeting area for office tenants; it can also be rented for events.

More than 19,000 sf of New Zealand wool carpet was laid throughout the building, with color changes on different floors that coordinate with 30 pieces of art that were commissioned for the building.

Amenities include a new fitness center, a renovated seminar room and breakout area, a marketing center, and a concierge desk in the lobby. Parking for 190 vehicles was added in the basement and sub-basement. The National Park Service allowed for the addition of glass canopies at the exterior entries and exposed ductwork to achieve higher interior ceiling heights.

Project Summary

Gold Award Winner

Building Team: Elkus Manfredi Architects (submitting firm, design/interior architect) The Davis Companies (developer) Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (executive architect) Wessling Architects (exterior restoration architect) Atlantic Engineering Services (SE) AHA Consulting Engineers (MEP) Van Duesen & Associates (elevator consultant) Heritage Consulting Group (preservation consultant) Powers & Company (historic preservation) Mascaro Construction (GC).

Details: 666,993 sf. Construction cost: Confidential. Construction time: May 2014 to November 2016. Delivery method: Design-bid-build.