Mesa to Mountain Symposium - March 23-25, 2017

Date: March 23 - 25, 2017


Pre-registration has closed.  Onsite walk-in's are welcome.
Salt Lake City is a crossroads of the American West and abounds with historic resources and projects that will be of interest to APT members from across the country. Mesa to Mountain will explore the rich history and unique preservation challenges of this region with a focus on western sites, materials, conditions, and seismic challenges, with a special emphasis on lessons learned.

The symposium kicks off on Thursday, March 23 with a plenary address and reception at the historic Alta Club. Friday begins with a keynote address, then continues with a full day of paper sessions following three tracks: Seismic Retrofit of Historic Buildings, Materials and Construction Techniques, and Cultural Heritage Management. On Saturday, three full day field sessions will take participants to historic sites in the Salt Lake City area.
Field Session 1 | Antelope Island State Park
Antelope Island is a Utah state park in the Great Salt Lake, about one hour north of Salt Lake City. The field session will begin at the park visitor center on the north end of the island, where the Executive Director of the Friends of the Great Salt Lake will discuss the natural history and ecology of this unique place.

We’ll then drive south, stopping along the way for views of the lake and abundant wildlife like waterfowl, bison and pronghorn antelope. Our destination is a historic ranch that was established in 1848 by the island’s first permanent resident, Fielding Garr, who was sent to the island by the Mormon Church to oversee the church’s sheep and cattle herds. We’ll have lunch and then tour the well-preserved ranch buildings, including an 1848 adobe ranch house, bunkhouse, and sheep barn, all the while taking in the spectacular view across the lake to the Wasatch Mountains. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for changeable weather.

Field Session 2 | Cast Metal and Local Trails (Sorry, Field Session 2 is FULL)
Part A – Historical Arts & Casting
Salt Lake City is privileged to be the home of Historical Arts & Casting (HACI), one of the premier ornamental metalcasters in the United States and abroad. HACI recently collaborated on the restoration of the cast iron dome of the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

For over forty years, HACI has been actively involved in the design, manufacturing, installation and restoration of cast metal ornamentation – learn how everything comes together under one roof.

Part B – Salt Lake City, Crossroads of the West
Many trails in the American West intersected in the Salt Lake Valley. This walking tour will explore 19th century emigration and settlement through a series of significant sites in Salt Lake City. Places and information will be related to the California Trail and the Hastings Cutoff (Donner Party), the Mormon emigration and establishment of the city, and the Pony Express and transcontinental telegraph. The significance of native tribes and mountain men will also be considered in this story of intersecting trails.

Note: Downtown Salt Lake City is pedestrian-friendly, but distances shown graphically on printed guides can be deceptive. City blocks are 1/8 mile in length and the streets are extra-wide. A 3-block walk in Salt Lake City is equivalent to 5 or 6 blocks in other towns. Wear comfortable walking shoes and consider carrying a water bottle. And come prepared for cold, windy weather — we never know what to expect in March here on the western range of the Rocky Mountains.

Field Session 3 | Salt Lake City Seismic
Building on the seismic paper sessions, this field session will provide in-depth review of completed and in-progress structural upgrades and seismic mitigation retrofits.

The base isolators, structural upgrades and other aspects of comprehensive restorations will be viewed at the Utah State Capitol and the Salt Lake City-County Building. The latter building was the first historic building in the United States to receive a seismic upgrade
using base isolators and is currently receiving additional structural changes.

The Tabernacle on Temple Square will be visited to learn more about the upgrade of this unique structure and its setting. The field session may also include tours of an in-progress historic renovation/seismic retrofit of the 1935 library at the University of Utah and other
recent Salt Lake City projects.

Note: While a bus will transport us between sites, this field session will involve substantial walking and climbing of stairs and some short fixed ladders. Active construction sites will be visited so personal protective equipment will be required (bring your own if possible). Rough walking surfaces, dust, snagging surfaces, etc. are likely so please dress appropriately.

Conference Program

Click here for the full conference program.

APT is an approved provider of American Institute of Architects continuing education Learning Units (LUs). LUs will be available for paper sessions and field sessions.

For more information, please contact symposium co-chairs Kent Diebolt or Don Hartley.

Suggested lodging:
The Peery Hotel
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square
Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek


 This event is hosted by the Rocky Mountain Chapter, in cooperation with the Western and Northwest Chapters, of the Association for Preservation Technology International.


Thanks to our Sponsors:
Leadership Sponsors:  Vertical Access LCC | Alta Access LLC
Presenting Sponsor: Hyrdo-Tech, Inc. Restoration Services; Carey & Co., A TreanorHL Company
Partner Sponsors: Abstract Masonry Restoration; Capitol Hill Construction; Child Enterprises; Conservation Solutions, Inc.; Jacobsen Construction; Reaveley Engineers + Associates; SWCA Environmental Consultants; College of Architecture + Planning, University of Utah 
Additional Sponsors: FFKR Architects; Historical Arts & Casting; Preservation Utah; Moreton & Company; Utah Division of State History