Mountain Green Middle School
Project Confirmation Number:
6200 North 5000 West
Mountain Green, UT USA 84050
Brief Description of the Project:
Mountain Green Middle School is situated on a 16-acre lot between a newly developed neighborhood and a mountain pass road. The new $25.5M school is 115,670 square feet and has separate classroom areas for fifth and sixth grades and seventh and eighth grades with a shared commons area and gymnasium
Size of Building:
115,670 Square feet
Amount of Masonry Used:
49,000 – Combination of split face and honed 4” CMU stack bond - exterior
37,000 – Combination of natural gray and honed 8” CMU - interior
18,000 – Combination of natural gray and honed 12” CMU - interior
1,200 – Lineal Feet of precast window sills; column caps; and locker benches
700 – Square Feet of 4x8x24” & 4x4x24” Arriscraft – exterior columns
20,774 – Man hours
Project Completion Date:
July 25, 2019
Explain the Project and its Unique Use of Masonry Materials and Techniques:
Mountain Green Middle School is located in the growing town of Mountain Green. This small town is part of the Morgan County School District, which has seen increasing growth over the past few years. With many young families moving in, the Elementary and Junior High schools have reached capacity. To alleviate this problem, the School District decided to build a Middle School, which serves grades 5-8. The new, two-story school is 115,670 square feet and have separate classroom areas for Fifth and Sixth grades, and Seventh and Eighth grades. These areas have a shared commons area and gymnasium, which will also have the capability of holding public events after school hours, limiting access to the classroom areas. The building is surrounded by the towering mountains of the Wasatch Back and provides students incredible views that were highlighted in the design of the school to inspire learning.
Mountain Green Middle School offers an unforgettable place for kids to learn. It is situated on a 16-acre lot with nine acres of buildable area, between a newly developed neighbor-hood and a busy mountain pass road. The conditions necessitated working closely with neighboring property owners and the community master plan to plan for a new access road (which will also eventually serve a future mixed-use development). The school site was designed to facilitate bus, car, and foot traffic, as all three will be heavily used. There will also be a full-size soccer field, basketball courts, and other playground equipment with convenient community access and parking for all areas of the site.
The use of masonry was important for many reasons. Being that the Morgan School District is one of the smallest in Utah, the lack of tax base to support bond funding made it critical to ensure cost-effectiveness in design and materials. This strategy proved true when the school bid at a cost where the District was able to afford an alternate of eight additional classrooms. (Eight more on the other wing were able to be afforded due to similar savings on the high school project.)
Vertical masonry columns, with their lighter colors and smooth texture than the rest of the two-toned exterior, not only create a contrast in the architectural formation of mass and elevation of the building but provides the visual effect that the school has grown out of the site by mimicking the surrounding trees and surrounding landforms. Within the interior, with snow loads and seismic strength being a concern of local citizens, one of the special challenges was all of the stack bond patterns on the exterior 4” CMU. With its uniform lines running vertically and horizontally, the arrangement was completed in a two-textured, three-color pattern that provided dimension while providing a compressive strength that will be carried down to the support by the particular vertical tier or “column” of masonry.
Hogan & Associates Construction
Photo Credit: Paul Richer