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One of the 1985 Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Design Awards was presented to the Lawson residence in Alta, Utah.

The structural system is principally reinforced concrete--bearing walls, retaining walls and floors on grade. Above-grade floors and roof are concrete over metal deck supported by open web steel joists and beams. Off-the-form concrete with a pattern of exposed tie holes and deeply recessed rustications provides character to both inside and outside walls of the home.

To minimize the lateral pressures of creeping snow, the building was cast into the side of the mountain, allowing most of the snow to move over the roof. The retaining walls act as counterforts resisting the remaining pressures from moving snow and any added pressures from subsurface conditions.