Salt Lake Hardware Building

FFKR designed the conversion of a 1909 five-story Salt Lake Hardware warehouse building into a functional, contemporary office building. A portion of the building’s center was removed to create an atrium that brings natural light to the interior of each 50,000-square-foot floor plate. Major circulation is organized around the atrium to provide the greatest amount of flexibility and subdivide tenant space into a variety of lease arrangements.

The original warehouse character has been preserved throughout the building. The exterior windows on the east elevation are original stock salvaged from the three fenestrated elevations. Matching windows are used on the north and south elevations. Care was taken to preserve historic elements such as the rooftop water tower, fire escapes and landings, fire bells, and the south loading dock. Except for a small office area on the main floor, the interior consists of exposed heavy timbered post-and-beam construction with exposed wood decking over the floor joists. The building has been brought up to current code standards, including seismic upgrade and replacement of the entire mechanical and electrical systems.

The Salt Lake Hardware building is a historical gem in the heart of Salt Lake City. Originally commissioned with a revitalization in 1996, FFKR was brought on board to refresh and revitalize the common area spaces in 2015. With the integration of technology and implementation of new finishes and furniture, a brighter, more contemporary design was realized. A lighter color palette, rich textures, and metals were implemented to highlight the historical architecture and provide high impact throughout the lobby and shared common areas.