Utah State Capitol

Utah State Capitol

Salt Lake City, Utah
Client: Utah State Capitol Preservation Board
Scope: Landscape Architecture, Planning

In the fall of 2000, MGB+A was commissioned, along with 3di International from Houston, and AJC Architects, by the Utah State Capitol Preservation Board to produce a master plan and building restoration plan for the Utah State Capitol campus. MGB+A implemented elements of the original master plan created by John Olmstead (nephew of noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead) as part of the master planning process.

A major element of the plan includes an oval pedestrian path around the capitol building. The master plan also eliminates automobile parking in front of the capital allowing pedestrian traffic only in the front “yard”. The first phase of the master plan included two new buildings and a roof top garden plaza atop of the existing parking structure. The next phases progressed through “greening” up the entire campus and proposing much of the parking to be underground.

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