Salt Lake Mosquito Abatement District Campus
Project Confirmation Number:
2215 North 2200 West
Salt Lake City, UT USA 84014
Brief Description of Project:
The new six-building campus for the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District includes an administration building, dormitory, vehicle storage building, vehicle maintenance building, chemical storage building, fish hatchery to assist in collecting and analyzing mosquito larvae to determine the best way to administer mosquito-specific pesticide to the larvae.
Size of Building:
60,000 square feet (total)
Amount of Masonry Used:
This project featured 80,000 CMU units
Project Completion Date:
July 1, 2019
Explain the Project and its Unique Use of Masonry Materials and Technique:
The designers for $11.5M Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District’s new headquarters and campus chose a concrete masonry unit structural system for several reasons. First and foremost, this facility was designed to serve the Mosquito Abatement District for a minimum of 50 years. Masonry construction provides a structural system that lasts. In addition to masonry’s long life, there were multiple colors, textures (split face and smooths) and multiple patterns that were simple, artistic, and provided a look of solidity and permanence that was desired on the project.
The aesthetic intent for the administration building was to highlight individual design spaces through a mixture of colors, materials, textures and roof heights. Utilizing masonry as the base material and adding accent materials such as bright colored metal panels and synthetic stone tile allowed the design team to bring visual attention to building elements such as the main entrance, public display, board meeting room, and the large common training room. The Administration Building used a single color of masonry in different finishes to provide subtle accents on long walls while switching colors and block pattern to highlight entrances.
Other buildings on the site are more utilitarian in usage, and the design team utilized a different but complementary block configuration. These buildings were designed around a stronger visual appearance using multiple masonry colors and textures arranged in accent banding on each wall.
Design West Architects
Horizon Masonry, Inc.
Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District
Design West Architects
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