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Park City Museum, Recently Renovated by ICS, Wins Utah Heritage Award

April 28, 2009

The Park City Museum Historical Renovation and Expansion project has received a 2009 Heritage Award in the category of Adaptive Use Projects from the Utah Heritage Foundation. Interior Construction Specialists was the general contractor for the project, which was completed in December 2008, with San Francisco-based Mark Cavagnero Associates as the project architect and Oakland-based West Office Exhibition Design in charge of designing more than 5,000 square feet of permanent exhibition space.

The Heritage Awards celebrate projects and people that are committed to making preservation happen--each award recipient offers a model for meeting the challenges of preservation that others can draw from and exemplifies the highest standards within the preservation movement.

The overarching goal of the Park City Museum Historical Renovation and Expansion project was to meet the Secretary of the Interior's standards for historic preservation while also updating the facility and providing more space for museum exhibits. The design for the renovation and expansion project included an addition to the existing museum as well as the adaptive re-use of three historic buildings right in the heart of Park City's historic Main Street: the City Hall and Territorial Jail (built in 1885), the Library (built in 1900) and the Fire Department Whistle Tower (built in 1901). Consistent with the Interior's standards, the addition is compatible with the original design and historic nature of the other three buildings that make up the Museum, yet slightly differentiated from them. The addition was designed in conformance with the historic district building requirements and fits in seamlessly with its surrounding context.

The expansion added more than 5,400 square feet to the Museum, allowing for the exhibition of more than 90 percent of Park City Historical Society and Museum's collection. The addition's two-story interior space allows for the display of large objects such as the giant double cage (17-foot tall mine elevator car) and 1930s Egyptian Theatre backdrop (9.75 feet tall by 17.25 feet wide). Neither artifact had previously been exhibited due to height and space limitations in the old facility. The expanded museum is also now ADA-accessible.

The renovation and expansion project overwhelmingly fulfilled the Park City Historical Society and Museum's goal of creating an expanded contemporary and sustainable history museum that will better serve its community and enhance its context and Park City's greater downtown area as a whole.

ICS is no stranger to completing historic renovations, with several such projects under the company's belt. In 2004, ICS renovated what was at one time a middle school into a new city hall for the city of Moab, a facility that includes office space, council chambers, police headquarters and public areas. The Moab City Center is LEED® Silver certified, due to the detailed attention given to the environmental aspects of the project.

Additionally, ICS completed the Midvale City Historic Hall Renovation in Midvale, Utah in 2004, the Squatters Restaurant Remodel and Restoration in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2006, the New Sheridan Hotel Renovation in Telluride, Colo. earlier this year and is currently completing the Knight Block Historic Exterior Restoration in Provo, Utah, which is set to be complete next month.

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