Frederick Albert Sutton Geology Building


Owner: University of Utah/ DFCM
Architect: CRSA /Brixen & Christopher Architects
Duration: January 2007 to January 2009
Project Value: $22,000,000
Project Delivery Method: Value Based CM/GC


The Sutton Geology Building at the University of Utah is a 92,000 SF, four-story, laboratory building. The building contains classrooms, teaching labs, an 80 seat lecture hall, centralized curatorial and storage areas, shared labs, offices, work spaces, support spaces, and common building services as well as the University Seismology Department along with its monitoring equipment. This building includes all of the specialized systems required in institutional laboratories including: De-ionized Water, Vacuum System, Hazardous Waste Piping, Fume Hoods, UPS System, Concrete Structure to Reduce Vibration. Due to the vibration sensitive equipment, the building was built with a concrete pan slab and shear wall structure to minimize vibration below 2,000 micro inches per second.

This project has been certified by the USGBC as a LEED Gold certified building. University students were encouraged to submit ideas for ways to enhance the environmental sustainability of this project. Several of these student suggestions are incorporated into the project design.

The Sutton Building received the AGC of Utah “2008 Building Project of the Year” (Higher Education 0-25 Million), the ACI Intermountain Chapter “2009 Excellence in Concrete Construction” and the Utah AIA & The Tribune “Peoples Choice Award”.



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