H. Williams Classroom & Anadarko Industrial Technology Building|
265 E. 100 S. #350, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Oct 2007 to July 2009
Total Square Feet: 89,212 Site: 20.4 acres.
Number of Buildings:
14 classrooms with seating capacity for 362;
Industrial Technology building,
5 classrooms with seating capacity for 147;
First floor, 26,511; second floor, 25,715; total, 52,226 square feet;
Industrial Technology Building:
First floor, 30,953; each additional floor with a mezzanine, 1,621;
First floor, 4,412; total, 4,412; total all 3 buildings, 89,212 square
first floor, 15’; second floor, 15’; penthouse, 17’; total, 47’;
Industrial Technology Building:
first floor, 32’; penthouse, 14’; total, 46’;
first floor, 22’; total, 22’.
Basic Construction Type:
New/II-B 1-Hour Sprinklered.
Footings, foundation, geopier.
CMU, brick, curtainwall, storefront.
CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Reaveley Engineers - 675 E. 500 S., Salt
Lake City, UT 84102
General Contractor: Big-D Construction Corp. - 404 W. 400 S.,
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Mechanical Engineer: Heath Engineering Co. - 377 W. 800 N., Salt
Lake City, UT 84103
Electrical Engineer: Spectrum Engineers, Inc. - 324 S. State
Street, #400, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Civil Engineer: Harris & Associates - 1401 Willow Pass Road,
#500, Concord, CA 94520
The Robert H. Williams Classroom & Anadarko Industrial Technology
Buildings are situated in Ashley Valley within the boundaries of Vernal,
Utah. These new buildings are located on the corner of the recently
master planned Utah State University (USU) campus in Vernal. Spaces are
divided between the Uintah Basin Applied Technology Center (UBATC) and
The UBATC has a strong history of job placement and exhibits excellence
in technical hands on education and training. Similarly, USU exists as
an institution with acumen for quality education; however, USU’s
undergraduate and graduate degree programs are based more in a
traditional classroom setting. The joining of these institutions
provides a rich combination of trade school and classroom learning. In
addition to the dynamic learning environment in the buildings, a strong
philosophical and geographical axis with the local high school exists.
Acting as a gateway, the buildings sit along a literal path from the
high school to the USU campus.
From within, scenic vistas of the surrounding mountains are captured by
thoughtfully placed windows and patio spaces. The view of the landscape
gives way to technology and trade school learning areas.
The many lecture style classrooms provide a venue to study new
technology, while hands on learning takes place in the adjacent
Industrial Technology building, which consists of classrooms, high bay
maintenance space and truck driver training area. An enclosed walkway
acknowledges the extreme weather conditions of the area and allows
students to pass between buildings easily and quickly. Adjacent to the
walkway is a seating and garden area which connects the two buildings
using subtle landscaping features and an outdoor pathway.
Together, these two buildings set a precedent for future campus planning
and design through their successful execution of materials and form. The
deep red colored brick walls recall stability long associated with
higher education, and the textured stone facade is representative of the
rugged surrounding area. Glass and metal paneling complete the
composition by racing around the building in elegant bands and forms. A
striking metal sculpture sits just in front of the buildings. Howard
Meehan designed the torch like sculpture named “Rings of Fire” that is
capable of burning clean, natural gas, and symbolizes the schools
commitment to being a beacon and a leader in both the community and the
An example of leadership in the community can be seen in the achievement
of meeting Utah’s High Performance Building Rating System. In order to
meet these requirements and provide a better learning area, concepts
such as daylighting, highly efficient mechanical systems, and
environmental controls maintain quality over time.
A great accomplishment is found in the diligence of the design and
management teams to facilitate collaboration between the buildings users
and reflects the owner’s progressive attitude. UBATC and USU share a
common goal of education and very often use different means. This
building is unique in its programmatic complexity; it is extremely rare
to see two disparate educational entities sharing so many resources.
Wood Doors: Oshkosh Door Company
Hollow Metal Doors and Frames: Ceco Door Products Locks: Best
Exit Devices: Precision