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Utah Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Building Summit

FEMA, Applied Technology Council, Utah Seismic Safety Commission, Utah Geological Survey, University of Utah Seismograph Stations, Utah Division of Emergency Management

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM (MDT)

Utah Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Building Summit

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Utah URM Summit Jun 21, 2019 Free  

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Cost: Free

Utah Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Summit
June 25-26, 2019
Utah State Senate Building, Room 220 (above the cafeteria)

Tuesday, June 25: Registration 8:00 am - Presentations 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (lunch provided)

Wednesday, June 26: Breakout group discussions 8:00 am – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)

*Registration Deadline - May 31, 2019

Detailed Agenda will be emailed by June 18.

Free visitor parking is available on the East of the Senate Building or on the street.  There are several options for ground transportation within Salt Lake City, such as taxi, Uber, and Lyft.  There is also an airport shuttle service that accepts reservations: Express Shuttle (

Unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings pose one of the greatest threats to public safety, economic vitality, and community resilience in Utah. During earthquakes, these buildings—which were outlawed for new construction in Utah—have consistently been highly prone to damage, leaving occupants and pedestrians at risk to their crumbling parapets, walls, and floors. Along the Wasatch Front, there are more than 140,000 URM buildings, including homes, apartment buildings, commercial buildings, churches, and schools.

The good news is that the engineering needed to make these buildings safer is straightforward. Barriers remain to address the problem—lack of political will, competing demands for financing, limited public awareness, and uncertainty surrounding how to fund retrofits.

This summit will bring together government officials, emergency managers, civic organizations, and building professionals to share perspectives and discuss solutions. Space is limited, so those wanting to attend should register as soon as possible.

Topics include:

  • Seismic hazard along the Wasatch Fault
  • Risk URM buildings pose to communities in Utah
  • Experiences from recent earthquakes
  • Retrofit solutions and programs in Utah
  • Policy successes in Utah and elsewhere
  • Financing opportunities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, anyone needing special accommodations (including auxiliary communication aids and services) should contact John Crofts at or 801.560.2637 at least five working days before the Summit. 

For other questions please contact: Bernadette Hadnagy at

Nearby Hotels:

Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
122 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Phone: 800-366-3684 / 801-521-0130

Holiday Inn Express Downtown
206 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Phone: 877-666-3243

The Kimball
150 North Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Phone: 801-363-4000

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Utah State Senate Building (Capitol Hill--East Building)
120 East Capitol Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM - Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM (MDT)

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