Published on December 1st, 2013 | by UC&D Magazine0
UC&D 2013 Outstanding Large Higher Education Project
- Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building
Owner: University of UtahArchitect: MHTN ArchitectsGC: Okland Construction
- Civil: Stantec Consulting
- Electrical: Ken Garner Engineering
- Structural: Dunn & Associates
- Mechanical: Colvin Engineering
Phase II of this 8-story, 200,000 SF facility marks the end of an ambitious, long-time project that greatly enhances the University of Utah campus.
The $72 million dollar building is named after Spencer Fox Eccles, former Chairman and CEO of First Security Bank and one of the university’s most ardent supporters. It features classrooms, computer labs, collaborative meeting spaces, a café, an auditorium, and lounge areas for the school’s thirty-five-hundred-plus students. An outdoor patio on level five also provides additional seating for the café.
Tiered classrooms are an evolution of the Case Method classroom type, designed to utilize natural daylight in a space that supports flexibility in collaboration. Various bridges, floor-to-floor open balconies, and mezzanine-like levels with glass railings create a visual connection for users of the space.
One unique design feature is a bamboo wood slat wall that represents the state’s local canyons. The wall angles in multiple directions as it ascends up from the main level. The exterior is highlighted with a mix of glazing, brick masonry, and metal panels. The building is aiming for LEED Silver Certification.