March 26, 2013

Cover Story

CEO of the Year

Utah’s business landscape is rich with professionals who have le...Read More

Featured Articles

Did you go Skiing this winter?

Around Utah


Martin Plaehn

Karen Sendelback

Legal Briefs
Social Media and Employers: Friends or Enemies?

Money Talk
The Case for HSAs

Economic Insight
Time to Show Up

Lessons Learned
Make a Move

In the Lab

Rent to Own

Business Trends
Back from the Dead

Living Well
Artful Inspiration

A Breath of Fresh Air

Worst-Case Scenario

Regional Report
Northern Utah

Measure Up

Industry Outlook
Travel & Tourism



Hughes Contractors Awarded for Ogden High Auditorium

Press Release

March 26, 2013

Hughes General Contractors has been awarded the 2012 Build America Award for its work on the Ogden High School auditorium, the only such award granted nationwide in its price range. The auditorium’s renovation and seismic upgrade were completed last year. Backing for the restoration came from grassroots fundraising efforts of locals who wanted to preserve the facility.

"It really is a community triumph," said Dan Pratt of Hughes General Contractors. "Without the support of the people of Ogden, this restoration would have never taken place."

The auditorium needed to be restored and seismically renovated without damaging the artistic flourishes on both the interior and exterior of its walls.

Built in the 1930s, the auditorium was embellished with an art deco exterior and 68-color decorative plaster on its inner walls and ceiling. To avoid upsetting the decor, Hughes avoided conventional methods of seismic reinforcing and opted to reinforce the structure by designing new shear walls located in existing wall cavities. These walls required thousands of steel dowels to be epoxied into the brick. All holes were drilled without percussion due to the brittleness of the slender brick walls. Ornate walls as thin as 13 inches were reinforced by dry-coring five inch diameter holes from rooftop to footing, a length of sixty feet. The new structural design called for a new concrete collar beam around the roof perimeter, new concrete roof diaphragms, the removal and replacement of all steel joists and deck, and a well-insulated roof.

In order to accomplish this without exposing the ornate plaster ceiling to the damaging elements, Hughes only tore off sections during 32-hour rainless periods, during which employees worked through the night.

Utah Business Social
UB Events View All
Best Companies to Work For 2015Utah Business Event
Dec 10, 2015
Utah Business magazine is thrilled to announce the 2015 Best Companies to Work for Event! This y...
Community Events View All
Empowering Self and Others: Become and Awakener
Dec 1, 2015
Uncover the secrets of empowerment. Whether you are a parent, a teacher or a Coach, you’ll find ...
Secrets to Financing your Business
Dec 1, 2015
Register:  |  90 South 400 West, Ste 650 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101   |  (801) 568-0114

Advertise with Utah Business

Submit an Event

* indicates required information
* Event Name:
Price (general):
Website (if applicable):
Coordinator's Name:
Coordinator's Email:
Coordinator's Phone:
Venue Name:
Venue Address:
Venue City:
Venue Zip:
Event Capacity:
* Event Description: