MIDVALE SENIOR CENTER
Project Confirmation Number: 8274
Municipal: Courthouses, Libraries, Rec Centers, Performance Hall, Police/Fire Stations, other Local, State, or Federal Facility
7550 S. Main Street
Midvale, Utah 84047
Brief description of the project:
With an emphasis on social engagement, lifelong learning and personal wellness, the Midvale Senior Center hosts a range of activities, including dining, socializing, entertainment, fitness programs, and much more. The site anchors the north end of Midvale’s historic Main Street and creates the south edge of an emerging civic center.
Size of Building:
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
30,000 - 8"x2.25"x16" Atlas Quartet structural brick.
Color: Midnight Black. Installed on the quarter bond.
Project completion date: September 2015
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques:
The materials that comprise the Midvale Senior Center exterior were selected to achieve a number of goals. From a design perspective, the building is tied to the historical context of the area through materials usage. The locally-sourced brick complements the historic retail facades along Main Street. The copper recalls Midvale as the historic center of the once-booming mining industry. The cedar paneling is sourced from responsibly managed forests, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Located at the north end of Midvale’s historic Main Street, the Center is designed to create a bridge between the Main Street’s 19th and early 20th century storefronts and the recently developed civic campus centered on Midvale’s new municipal hall, contiguous to Midvale’s historic rail transit corridor and remaining industrial area. The Center is composed of two principle building elements: a single story brick masonry structure with storefronts at either end, scaled to match the historic fabric of Main Street; and a two-story linear structure which forms the southern edge of the civic campus and new public plaza connecting the Center to the Municipal Hall. The design of the two-story structure reflects the industrial and agricultural heritage of Midvale, which was both the rail nexus of the majority of the mining, farming and lumber operations of the valley floor and the enclosing mountain ranges (including the nearby Bingham Copper Mine) as well as the major copper, iron, and steel processing center of the Salt Lake valley.
Since natural daylight deprivation is a serious health concern for seniors, the Center incorporates extensive sky and side lighting systems, strategically designed to reduce glare and unwanted solar heat gain. The use of structural brick allowed for large window areas to be created without the need for steel lintels or ledger angles. Masonry bond beams were created to span these large openings. Natural lighting was critical to this projects design and the use of structural masonry allowed for tremendous design flexibility with openings.
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