LDS Conference Center

Salt Lake City, UT
Market: 
Religious
Products: 
Garden Roof® AssemblyGarden Roof® Assembly: IntensiveRoofingWaterproofing
Size: 
560,000 sq ft.
Completion Date: 
2000

From the start, The Conference Center was a massive undertaking — an immense auditorium with over 21,000 seats. Needless to say, the time and collaborative effort required to complete the project, situated on a ten acre site in downtown Salt Lake City, were well above average.

As was the impact of August 11, 1999. Though it seemed like a regular Wednesday, with 1,000 workers on site, a tornado swept through the area within minutes, taking down a tower-crane and hurling debris at furious speeds. That only four people were injured, and none seriously, is fortunate indeed.

Remarkably, that memorable August day left the project relatively intact, including the structure's most unique feature — a 70,000 square foot rooftop meadow.

Given the intended longevity of The Conference Center, this landscaped roof was designed cautiously. An intense system evaluation lead to Hydrotech’s Garden Roof® Assembly. With the system’s efficient water retention and drainage capacity, as well as MM6125® waterproofing,

Hydrotech was the single-source solution to a plethora of lofty expectations and challenging details.

In fact, the product’s performance was so exceptional, MM6125 was also applied to the 100,000 SF roof area adjacent to the meadow, and to the 100,000 SF of below grade vertical walls.

Awards: 
2003 Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Award of Excellence - Extensive Institutional Category
Owner: 
LDS Church Corp. of the Presiding Bishop
Architect: 
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLP
Landscape Architect: 
Olin Partnership
General Contractor: 
Legacy Construction

Recent Press

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    American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the vegetative roofing market, today announced the availability of the Fourth Edition of the company’s widely acclaimed Garden Roof® Planning Guide. For the last five years, updated print, online and app...
  • May 21, 2018
    American Hydrotech, a recognized leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing assemblies, today announced the availability of their Protected Membrane Roof (PMR) Planning Guide , a unique, new resource representing...
  • August 28, 2018
    Over the last two decades, the roofing industry has undergone some major changes, one of which is a growing recognition of the value of roof space other than keeping occupants warm and dry. Two veteran roofing professionals share their thoughts on...
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  • October 18, 2017
    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (October 11, 2017) American Hydrotech – a market leader in the development and distribution of premium waterproofing and roofing products and assemblies, today announced the introduction of the InstaGreen® GT-4 pre-vegetated tray,...
  • April 3, 2017
    Wind data is a critical issue to consider when building a new structure. An increase in the number of green roofs on buildings has driven a need for new wind design standards to be written for vegetative roofing assemblies. Richard Hayden discusses...