DIXIE APPLIED TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Project Confirmation Number: 54321
Entry Category: INSTITUTIONAL PUBLIC ENTRIES:
PUBLIC SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, AND TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES
610 S Tech Ridge Drive
St George, Utah 84770
Brief description of the project:
The Dixie Technical College Campus is the major provider of technology and occupational education in St. George and the surrounding areas. The design solution leverages the intricacies of DTC’s learning spaces, including classrooms and labs, and large-scale outdoor training spaces to create an effective, efficient and exciting educational environment.
Size of Building:
162,801 Square Feet
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
100,000 Pieces 2.25" X 16" Emperor Obsidian Brick
Project completion date: 2018
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques:
Exterior masonry was chosen for its connection to the surrounding landscape and history along with its material resiliency and accessible price. The main campus materials are a full-face masonry veneer with obsidian black finish and three hues of custom gray GFRC panels.
The brick fabricator was able to produce an obsidian finish that offers a mottled matte and gloss black appearance depending on the light. It is reinforced by the backdrop of a black basalt mesa where the foundation stones for the Historic St. George Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were quarried-- paying subtle tribute to a beloved local landmark. The dual connection to landscape and local history represented by the brick became a driving design force for the design team.
The linear nature of the bluff was represented in the 2 ¼” emperor format brick and horizontal raked joints. Located in St. George, UT, home of red cliffs, Zion National Park, and a slice of the Mojave Desert. The linear custom gray GFRC panels were incorporated out of concern of not wanting dark radiant surfaces adjacent to walking spaces.
The exposed bluff reaches temperatures exceeding 100 degrees throughout the summer months. The GFRC buffers the pedestrian spaces outside by keeping a cooler radiant temperature on exterior surfaces. To achieve the gradient of grays, the architect worked with the GFRC supplier to blend in pigment and black aggregate to give a rich surface texture and reduce reflectance.
The design team also used this material to visually elevate the building and balance the otherwise dark pallet. Both brick and GFRC were well suited for long-term sun exposure on this site. Although some fading is expected overtime, the building will not be subject to the wear and tear that painted and coated materials often experience in the desert sun and blowing sand.
Masonry products were a natural choice for this project and thanks to in state manufacturers and skilled masons the school’s expectations were exceeded and the community has a new education center to be proud of for generations to come.
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