Farmington High School
Project Confirmation Number:
548 West Glover's Ln.
Farmington, Utah USA 84025
Brief Description of the Project:
Farmington High School was designed as a “High School for the Future” that will accommodate a project-based blended learning curriculum, provide flexibility for the unknowable future needs of students, and inspire young people and faculty alike while meeting a strict budget and extremely aggressive energy use goals.
Size of Building:
Amount of Masonry Used:
Project Completion Date:
July 1, 2018
Explain the Project and its Unique Use of Masonry Materials and Techniques:
The plan of Farmington High School includes 12 “Learning Suites”, each containing between 5 and 7 varied size classroom spaces surrounding an inviting and highly supervisable Collaboration area. Teachers homebase in private offices adjacent to the Learning Suites, utilizing the place most suited to their teaching platform and class size each day. Food service is located on both levels, and includes amphitheater style stairways which are also used for lecture seating. The Library reading space flows out to the second floor dining area. An “Events Entry” and lobby lead into the Performing Arts / Athletic wing, and can be closed off from the rest of the school for after-hours community access. Building systems include geothermal heating and cooling, healthy and quiet thermal displacement ventilation, and LED lighting throughout. Learning suites are oriented to face either north or south; south facing rooms are shaded by large overhangs that also provide a covered outdoor learning place. Additionally, the Central Collaboration spaces within Learning Suites create a thermal barrier from the outdoors to the inside classroom spaces, reducing heating/cooling loads and glare. A solar plant located on top of the adjacent bus canopies will generate power for approximately 3/4's of the High School's energy usage. With additional panels on the school's roof, the solar array will produce more power than the building uses.
The entire school is used for student-led learning; students are encouraged to use multiple varied places for independent and small group work. The concept of the flexible classroom spaces of varied sizes is based on an in-depth study of 4 of the district’s existing high school class schedules, which indicated a need for approximately 15% smaller classrooms and 15% larger classrooms overall. This Teacher office/shared classroom concept allows greater efficiency in use than in typical high schools, accommodating larger class sizes when necessary and providing an 85-90% utilization of the school facility. The classrooms themselves are designed with three walls of writable surface and one wall of floor-to-ceiling glass, utilizing a mobile short throw LED projector that can be moved as needed for effective presentations. The classroom furniture is also completely mobile, offering a variety of seating options and table configurations. The result—in which flexible spaces and furnishings replace rigid classrooms and desks—is uniquely adaptable to the future of education.
VCBO Architecture utilized load bearing masonry for the building’s structural system, due to the durability and economy that masonry provides. The selected color, a smooth face Charcoal concrete masonry unit, provides a serene backdrop for the multi-colored metal panels that activate the building elevations. Inside, a beautiful neutral honed face block tones with the polished concrete floors, allowing the Learning Suite accent colors to pop.
Davis School District
Hogan & Associates Construction
Photo Credit: Aaron Shaw and Paul Rivera