HILLCREST JUNIOR HIGH
Project Confirmation Number: 6278
Entry Category Commercial:
Institutional: Schools, Churches, and Transportation Facilities
126 E. 5300 S.
Murray, Utah 84107
Brief description of the project:
The Hillcrest Junior High School Replacement project was an 181,993 square foot new construction project which necessitated the purchase and demolition of houses where the school’s site was extending to. The new school building was constructed while activities continued in the old facility. Once construction was complete, students simply moved to the new building so the old one could be demolished. The new facility benefits from generous daylighting, a geothermal heating system, and an intricate masonry design.
Size of Building:
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
Standard grey smooth block - 88,000
Umber (color) 8" High Honed block - 104,000
Umber (color) 4" High Honed block - 4,300
Umber (color) 8" High Split Face block - 33,000
Umber (color) 4" High Split Face block - 1,600
Ivory (color) 8" High Honed block - 2,000
Ivory (color) 4" High Honed block - 5,400
Ivory (color) 8" High Split Face block - 1,700
Ivory (color) 4" High Split Face block - 213
Project completion date: July 2015
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques:
The most salient exterior feature of the new Hillcrest Junior High School is its impressive masonry.
The masonry is arranged into highly intricate patterns that follow certain rules, dictating how the patterns move across the building. The school’s façade was challenging – it is not a standard, punched-opening masonry building. The architect created and modified renderings and sketches until they achieved the finished design. The junior high school is a large building nestled in a residential area (with single family residences). The patterns are designed to break the building’s appearance down and give it scale.
To ensure they got the design right, the masons printed out laminated elevations to follow. Approximately every 30 feet, the pattern would change. The masons held the elevations in front of them and counted/measured to make certain the right size and color of block was on the right course. They were very much successful in executing the design.
NAYLOR WENTWORTH LUND ARCHITECTS
MURRAY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
HUGHES GENERAL CONTRACTORS
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