Utah Botanical Center Classroom Building
UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
Owner: Utah State University / DFCM
Architect: ajc Architects
Duration: August 2010 – March 2011
Project Value: $2,150,000
Project Delivery Method: Value Based CM/GC
The UBC Classroom Building at the Utah Botanical Center is an important next step in the Utah State University’s efforts to provide education opportunities that enrich people’s lives and bolster economic development. This new 6,500 sf facility will provide people in Davis, Weber, and north Salt Lake Counties with greater opportunities to complete university degrees, obtain career advancement certifications and licenses and participate in less formal USU education offerings.
The Classroom Building functions primarily as a distance learning classroom, allowing students access to education through teleconference technology; balancing the needs for audio & visual control, while providing a comfortable building for students and faculty. Classrooms are all provide views of the surrounding botanical garden landscape and mountain range, but are sized and positioned to limit distractions and control excess daylight.
The surrounding site around the classroom building is designed to integrate with the future expansion of the botanical center campus. Comprised of drought tolerant and native plantings, the landscape for the Classroom Building sets the standard that future buildings must live up to. At the same time the open space and natural habitat locations around the site anticipate future Botanical Center and USU buildings.
The project’s budget has been a driving force throughout the design for the building. Sustainable design ideas were chosen to carefully balance benefit and cost. The project team, designers, contractor, and owner worked together to develop systems that provide the highest level of efficiency for the electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems while maintaining the tight budget restrictions. This involved many back and forth ideas and close collaboration between all the parties involved.