Salem Hills High School
MHTN Architects, Inc.
420 East South Temple, #100, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Location: Salem, Utah
Design/Bid/Build: Jan 2006
Construction Period: Mar 2006 to Aug 2008
Total Square Feet: 244,937 Site: 57 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 67 classrooms, auditorium seating,
1,200, gymnasium 2,500 seating main gym; 600 aux. gym.
Building Size: First floor, 189,803; second floor, 55,134; total,
244,937 square feet.
Building Height: Shops, 20’8”; gym, 36’; first floor, 14’; second
floor, 14’; floor to floor, 14’; total height, 32’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural steel, CMU.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, curtainwall, brick. Roof: Membrane.
Floors: Concrete, MIL deck. Interior Walls: CMU, metal
Structural Engineer: Reaveley Engineers + Associates - 675 East
500 South, #400, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
General Contractor: Hughes General Contractors, Inc. - P.O. Box
700, North Salt Lake, UT 84054
Electrical Engineer: Royal Engineering - 2335 South State, #225,
Provo, UT 84606
Mechanical Engineer: Van Boerum & Frank Associates, Inc. - 330
South 300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Cost Estimator: MHTN Architects, Inc. - 420 East South Temple,
#100, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Civil Engineer: Great Basin Engineering - P.O. Box 150048, Ogden,
The Nebo School District located in Spanish Fork, Utah had not designed
and constructed a new high school since 1964. The area served by the
District, since that time, had become the preferred bedroom community
for the southern part of Utah Valley. The District found themselves in
need of two new high schools to support 1600 students each. MHTN
Architects designed Salem Hills High School to be the first of these
facilities located in Salem, Utah, and the prototype of the second to be
located in east Spanish Fork, Utah.
The District mandated that the design of Salem Hills incorporate all the
best thinking of the Nebo School District administrators and educators
as well as patrons within the community served by the facility. To
accomplish this MHTN Architects employed a unique discovery process that
was built on consensus and facilitated by communication. The interactive
process ensured that all of the stakeholders participating in the master
planning and programming process had their needs, requirements and
vision for the facility addressed and successfully achieved in their new
The facility employs three large common spaces central to and anchoring
the activities of Athletics, Performing Arts, and Career Technology
Education. Natural light from large windows and celestory and right
sized classrooms and support spaces, provide the students, teachers and
patrons with a welcoming, comfortable and nurturing educational
community environment within which to explore learning, life and
The building is two stories constructed of a combination of single wythe
brick in the majority of the building and colored concrete masonry in
the Field House and Performing Arts wings. A winding sky bridge through
the CTE commons connects the second floor academic communities providing
a synergistic visual connection between floors. The total area of the
Facility is 245,000 square feet located on a 57 acre site just off of
Main Street in Salem. The site was developed with sensitivity to a 5
acre wetlands area that the design maintained.
DIV. 8: Aluminum Entrances & Storefronts: United States
DIV. 9: Exterior Sheathing:
Georgia-Pacific DensGlass™; Interior Gypsum:
Georgia-Pacific; Metal Studs: Cemco. VCT: AZROCK;
Johnsonite; Carpet: Lees.