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  Robert H. Williams Classroom & Anadarko Industrial Technology BuildingRobert H. Williams Classroom & Anadarko Industrial Technology Building


EFT Architects
265 E. 100 S. #350, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

General Description

Vernal, Utah Date Bid: Oct 2007
Construction Period:
Oct 2007 to July 2009
Total Square Feet:
89,212 Site: 20.4 acres.
Number of Buildings: Three:
Classroom building, 14 classrooms with seating capacity for 362; Industrial Technology building, 5 classrooms with seating capacity for 147; storage building.
Building Size:
Classroom Building: 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; total, 32,574; Storage Building: First floor, 4,412; total, 4,412; total all 3 buildings, 89,212 square feet.
Building Height:
Classroom Building: first floor, 15’; second floor, 15’; penthouse, 17’; total, 47’; Industrial Technology Building: first floor, 32’; penthouse, 14’; total, 46’; Storage Building: first floor, 22’; total, 22’.
Basic Construction Type:
New/II-B 1-Hour Sprinklered.
Footings, foundation, geopier. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtainwall, storefront. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall

Construction Team

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 USU.

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 industry.

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.

Product Information
Wood Doors: Oshkosh Door Company
Hollow Metal Doors and Frames: Ceco Door Products Locks: Best Access
Exit Devices: Precision

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