AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOOL
Project Confirmation Number: 76480
Entry Category INSTITUTIONAL PRIVATE ENTRIES:
PRIVATE SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, AND TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES
736 N 1100 E
American Fork, Utah 84003
Brief description of the project:
The new indoor athletic facility at American Heritage High School is the first phase of the campus expansion that has been constructed on the campus of American Heritage schools in American Fork, Utah. The indoor athletic center houses a competition gymnasium, bleachers for approximately 1200 spectators, dance room, weight room, classrooms, restrooms, P.E. equipment storage, and locker rooms.
Size of Building:
46,672 Square Feet
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
100,500 King Size Harvard Blend Brick
Project completion date: 2018
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques:
Situated on a beautiful site overlooking Utah Valley and across the street from the Mt. Timpanogos Temple, the American Heritage School was designed to reinforce the mission of the school and the founding principles of the United States of America by featuring views of the temple from its major corridors, from the library, and from the board room.
The temple’s basic design elements are incorporated into the design of American Heritage School, connecting the school community to the values it represents. The client wanted the school to represent ideas would remind people about the founding of America. As a result the design team looked at projects that had a Jeffersonian architectural style; a form of architecture informed by Neoclassicism.
The team looked at projects like Monticello, as well as at the University of Virginia. The owner’s hope was that the architecture would reinforce the ideals of America and freedom and honor that would be taught to the students that attend the school. Traditional American materials such as red fired brick, and details such as classical white cornices reinforce one the building’s purposes – to teach of the founding of America.
The new athletic facility utilizes the same architectural language as the original school. Throughout the exterior the red brick detailing incorporates, soldier coursing above the windows as well as at geometrical transitions in the buildings facade. Uniform stepping of the brick allows the architect to create shadows that give definition to the building. On the interior, the architect utilized CMU as the main building finish.
In order to give a high end finished look to the interior, a number of CMU styles were used. Honed units were combined with split face units to give variety in texture. Earth tones were used to give a conservative natural look to the interior.
Other less public areas such as mechanical and storage spaces utilized standard grey CMU units that would be durable and withstand abuse. The masonry both on the outside and the inside provide long lasting, durable, and beautiful materials for this project; as well as reinforce the client’s goals and values.
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