Utah Valley University Classroom Building

The new 250,000 sq. ft., $46-million Classroom Building at Utah Valley University will create a soft northern edge to the newest quadrangle on campus, which is dominated on the west by the Library, anchor to the new academic heart of campus. Designed to encourage movement through the new facility to the quad, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is broken into two masses: a five-story academic classroom block and a 265-foot long horizontal office bar. The massing and architectural vocabulary reflects their different functions. Internally, a two-story atrium “pins” together the office bar and academic classroom block on multiple levels.

The end of the office bar protrudes past the academic block and stands directly opposite UVU’s main vehicular access; an unassuming point-counterpoint arrangement that recognizes the Library’s prominence. The linearity of the office bar enhances the east west axis through campus. Directly to the south of the academic bock is the quad, a colorful and active outdoor gathering space. The rhythm and color palette of the landscape provide the inspiration for the design of the southern façade. Essentially, the “plan” of the landscape, morphs into the vertical plane of the elevation, expressed in vertical bars of glass and brick panels.

Windows further bring the outdoors inside while framing spectacular views of the Wasatch Mountains to the south. Contrasting the massing of the office bar, the block-like mass of the academic classrooms is “lightened” by two two-story atria penetrating the block at the center. The atria connect the classrooms to offices, and provides natural light deep into the floors. The solid academic classroom block is further lightened, by “lifting” it above the ground floor, to provide views into public areas inside—including a café and an auditorium—as well as views out to the quad. The café is naturally lit by the atrium above. In addition to these ground floor gathering spaces, the atrium also provides destinations and core facilities to encourage interaction and collaboration among faculty and students.

Utah Valley University Classroom Building
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