Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence, Utah State University
Project Confirmation Number:
Utah State University
1005 E. 850 North
Logan, Utah 84321
Brief Description of the Project:
The Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence combines a variety of clinical services, training, and research all under one roof. This facility provides accessible health and wellness to students and community, in a cozy and non-institutional environment. Two separate wings surround an open-air courtyard that promotes relaxation and healing.
Size of Building:
110,000 S. F.
Amount of Masonry Used:
Brick Veneer: 38,385 S. F.
Color: Scoria, Size: Modular, Texture: Smooth & Rugg (Hebron Brick Company)
Project Completion Date:
March 6, 2018
Explain the Project and its Unique Use of Masonry Materials and Technique:
Jacoby Architects’ design for the new Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence brings USU’s College of Education and Human Services various departments under one roof. This healthcare and educational facility includes integrated service delivery, vocational and graduate student training activities, clinical research, and community outreach within various clinics: 1. Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities; 2. Family and Human Development; 3. Aging and Memory; 4. Health and Exercise Science; 5. Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; and 6. Center for Persons with Disabilities. The building also includes: early childhood education classrooms, distance education classrooms, specialized therapy rooms, nursing simulation lab, hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium for physical therapy, audiometric booths, café, and a demonstration kitchen.
The building is a four-story, 100,000 square foot building with two wings and a 10,000 square foot underground patient parking garage. As a corner anchor to the education quad on USU campus, the brick material fits the context of the adjacent buildings, while bringing a modern aesthetic by using the same color, but with a velour texture and rugg texture accents to provide visual interest and help break down the mass. The scoria color brings a deep warmth to the space and complements the black, brass, and copper green accents.
The East wing of the building uses the brick mass on the upper levels and glass at the lower level to give a floating appearance, and contains academic and research functions for faculty, students, and the public. The West wing contains clinical spaces for patients and private therapy and steps up away from the quad, providing outdoor roof gardens. These two wings are connected by transparent bridges with a large, open-air courtyard between. This courtyard serves as the heart of the building and is named the Healing Garden. It is a multi-functional space for patients to get fresh air before or after their treatment, or a space for students and faculty to sit outside and eat food from the café in the main lobby. The main lobby also contains a gallery designed to host exhibitions every few months.
Shane Demler Masony Inc.
Photo Credit: Endeavour Architectural Photography by Aaron Shaw, Robert Casey Photography, and Paul Richer Photography