Salt Lake's successful renovation of the 100-year-old City-County Building has resulted in City Engineer Max G. Peterson's selection as one of the top 10 public works leaders of the year for 1989.

The honor comes from the American Public Works Association, which announces its selection annually in conjunction with National Public Works Week, scheduled May 21-27 this year.The association was especially impressed with Peterson's work in using seismic isolation to earthquake-proof the renovated building. The City-County Building is the largest in the United States to be retrofitted using the seismic isolation concept. The association also praised Peterson's guidance for completing the project ahead of schedule and under budget.

The association praised Peterson's management style, especially his approach to staff involvement in planning all operations and projects. "This team approach made a difference in the quality of service provided to Salt Lake City citizens," said an association press release.

Peterson is a University of Wyoming graduate and an association member since 1980. He is a member of the American Society of Engineers and is president of the Utah City Engineers' Association.