Salt Lake City, UT

Hines-Kearns Building

State-of-the-art lighting and distribution systems helped modernize this more than 100-year-old office building.

Exterior view of Argent Residential Lodge

Value Delivered

Wasatch Electric provided electrical distribution and lighting services during the renovation of this historic office building in downtown Salt Lake City. Close cooperation between trades, diligent sequencing, and stringent safety protocol was key to the project’s success, as the building was occupied by tenants throughout the entire duration of the project. 

To avoid disrupting tenants, we constructed a complete electrical distribution system that paralleled the existing system while it was still in use—significantly limiting available space for our work. It took months of planning, coordination, and installation before we were able to successfully complete a one-night cut-over from the old electrical distribution to the new.

Client Objectives

The client wanted to modernize this more than 100-year-old office building, including remodeling its elevators; replacing its entire HVAC system; updating restrooms; adding in a wellness and fitness center, large breakroom, and outdoor courtyard; and installing cutting-edge electrical systems.

Additionally, because the building remains an important hub of business in Salt Lake, it was essential that regular operations be maintained during the project.


During the project, our scope included:  

  • Electrical distribution, consisting of:
    • 200-amp switchboard 
    • Five new panel boards 
    • Refeeding for 27 existing panel boards 
  • State-of-the-art lighting systems, control, and fixtures in all common spaces across 10 floors 
  • Disconnection and removal of pre-existing distribution equipment and circuits 
  • Installation of nearly 16,000 feet of conduit, 15,000 feet of MC Cable, and 98,000 feet of wire 

Client Background

Completed in 1911, the Hines-Kearns Building is one of Salt Lake City’s oldest, most iconic structures and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.