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Project AlphaGraphics/Brooks Arcade Historic Renovation

Project Size

125,523 sq ft

Project Dates

11 months

Project Location

Salt Lake City, UT
  • Self Performed Structural Concrete
  • 2002 Excellence In Construction - Best Remodel, Renovation and Interior Improvement Project from ABC Utah

Project Description

In 1897, Salt Lake City’s Brooks Arcade was a leading example of modern commerce with up-to-the-minute European-style shops and restaurants. A century later, the vacant building—one of only three remaining Richardsonian-Romanesque style structures in Utah—had fallen into serious disrepair.

In 2002, applying our recognized design-build process, Big-D restored the complex to its former dignity and state-of-the-art function as the new world headquarters for AlphaGraphics. To meet AlphaGraphics’ demanding technological needs, the most recent “Smart Technology” was blended with the building’s unique original design. Retaining only the exterior skin of the old building on two remaining walls, a new glass and steel building was constructed behind the original three-story stone façade.

The building’s 125,523 square feet includes underground parking facilities, first-floor retail and restaurant space. Commercial office space comprises about 52,000 square feet of the second and third floors. Nine high-end condominiums with rooftop garden plaza and spa occupy the fourth and fifth floors.

Completion of the AlphaGraphics Building fulfilled the community’s realization of a vision for Block 57, a ten-acre area in downtown Salt Lake City.