Project Confirmation Number: 6753
Entry Category Commercial: :
Office Buildings, Warehouses, Hospitals, Big-Box Store, Theaters,
and Strip Malls
131 S. Main St.
Salt Lake City, Utah USA 841111
Brief description of the project:
The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater (commonly shortened to the Eccles Theater) is a theater in Salt Lake City, Utah. Opened in 2016, the theater hosts touring Broadway shows, concerts, and other entertainment events. The primary "Delta Performance Hall" seats 2,468 people.
Size of Building:
185,000 sq ft
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
5 1/2"x14"x60" Lac Du Bonnet Granite Stair Treads= 700 lineal ft
12x12" and 12x24x2" Granite Pavers:
Sunset Beige= 1067 sq ft
Rockville Beige= 840 sq ft
Lac Du Bonnet= 1542 sq ft
10" Light Weight Block= 8,700
12" Light Weight Block= 2,500
8" Split one side block = 23,000
Modular Brick (Cedar)= 80,500
Modular Brick (Desert Sand)= 76,500
Modular Brick (Arctic White)= 82,000
Project completion date: Oct. 21st, 2016
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques.
Downtown Salt Lake City is composed of a diverse collection of buildings stemming from many different eras and architectural styles. One common denominator among them is the use of stone and brick materials. Over the last two centuries Salt Lake City has engraved stone and brick in its architectural DNA, unifying its many diverse pieces into a cohesive skyline. One of the most recent additions is the new Eccles Theater, constructed in the heart of the Downtown Salt Lake City on an historic part of Main Street. Surrounded by rich historic, cultural and commercial context, the Eccles Theater faced the challenge of addressing its diverse setting while creating a contemporary expression reflective of our own era and building’s artistic nature. The architects recognized the contextual significance of masonry and used it as a connective tissue to weave the new building into its urban fabric.
On Main Street, the welcoming glass façade takes cues from the colors and textures of surrounding historic buildings by incorporating limestone and cypress wood. The limestone provides a formal expression, strong presence and a sense of permanence, fitting for a public building and Salt Lake’s Main Street. The architects selected Limra limestone whose white
color and minimal variation related well to the neighboring white terracotta facades. In order to meet the construction schedule and lead times, the stone was ordered in the early phase of construction, requiring the exact stone sizes and modules to be set before they could be field verified. This necessitated very careful planning with the design team and coordination with multiple trades. The limestone was installed in a rain screen application with continuous exterior insulation. This improved the thermal performance of the building envelope and significantly contributed to building’s overall energy efficiency and targeted LEED Gold Certification. At street level, because of the sloping nature of Main Street, the Lac Du Bonnet granite entrance stair treads on the southern end begin at six deep. As you walk further north along the face of the theater, those steps diminish to nothing by the time you reach the northern most end of the theater entrance. This is not only pleasing to the eye but provides a natural access for wheelchairs and strollers without forcing the construction of an entrance ramp.
The brick-clad Regent Street façade is less formal than its Main Street counterpart, yet is still
a fully-finished public face in both appearance and function. Contrary to the Main Street stone- clad facades, the Regent Street façade responds to the intimate scale of the street, texture and colors through the use of brick. In addition, brick was detailed and constructed uniquely to create monolithic volumes that cantilever over Regent Street. The monolithic expression was achieved through use of three distinct brick colors and matching mortars for each to minimize the appearance of joints. The masons constructed several brick mock ups and explored over twenty different mortar mixes to attain the desired color match with the brick. The location of drift joints were carefully considered and located to accommodate seismic requirements while minimizing the aesthetic impact. The final results are crisp brick volumes of monolithic quality that relate to its context in scale and grain, while creating a contemporary architectural expression. The combination of the design team’s vision and the masons’ efforts and execution, have created a new landmark that acknowledges its context while creating a unique and contemporary facility through innovative use of masonry.
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