SPECTRUM ACADEMY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
Project Confirmation Number: 93742
Entry Category INSTITUTIONAL PRIVATE ENTRIES:
PRIVATE SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, AND TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES
575 N. Cutler Dr.
North Salt Lake, Utah 84054
Brief description of the project:
Spectrum Academy Charter High School in North Salt Lake is the newest addition to the Spectrum Academy Charter School network. The project design was symbolically focused on representing the autistic students for whom it was built. The design concept of the building is successfully represented with the use of masonry.
Size of Building:
56,031 Square Feet
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
70,000 Masonry Units
35 different types: smooth face
split face 4" CMU
veneer structural CMU (all manufactured with Integral Water Repellent (IWR))
Project completion date: August 2018
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques:
The comprehensive design for Spectrum Academy Charter High School was implemented throughout all aspects of the project to provide a cohesive and notable facility for the expanding charter school organization. From the exterior façade, to the interior finish details, each aspect of the project was symbolically focused on representing the very students for whom it was built.
The use of masonry successfully expresses the design concept of this building. Autism affects individuals on a spectrum from mild to severe. The architect took the spectrum of autism as a concept and translated it into the masonry design. The exterior design took common CMU block, strategically placed into a physical metaphor of the autism spectrum.
Mild autism is reflected as ordered bands of masonry, while more severe autism is represented in a scattered array of masonry patterns. The irregular design features, in contrast to the progressive banding and solid masses, serve as a reminder that autism can be manifest in many varieties, all of which are recognized and embraced in this specialized learning environment.
The unique masonry design also includes many different colors and types, which helps give the new school an exclusive and mature identity. Clad in Oxford, Gunpowder, Uintah, and Trinity White concrete masonry units, along with glass and red metal, the three-story building stands out from adjacent buildings. Innovative cantilevers and the use of surrounding masonry give the building its own identity and permit more function on the site.
The combination of CMU finishes contrast texture and color. The use of opposing material finishes emphasized key locations on the building, such as the front entry, gymnasium, vocational entry and vocational shop. CMU was used for durability and speed of construction, which also contributed to the project finishing on time and on budget.
The masonry design also incorporates common bond coursing and soldier coursing, with the integration of splashes of color to enhance the design and provide interest. Utilizing different coursing types integrated with finishes provides an interesting and engaging building surface. The rapid schedule required innovative project management, which necessitated the vast majority of the masonry to be constructed concurrently with the structural steel. This resulted in the two materials being blended in a way that complemented both the structural stability and the aesthetics of the building.
As the newest addition to the Spectrum Academy Charter School network, the North Salt Lake campus seeks to provide new and innovative learning opportunities for the students along with the necessary facilities for teachers. The new school design integrates light-filled and spacious classrooms including specific areas for art, science, dance, and music instruction.
A vocational school area provides unique job-centered training in automotive, shop, and culinary arts. Academic learning is enhanced and complemented with physical activities in the weight room and gym. The inviting design of the common areas helps to foster social interaction and a sense of community.
Each element within the design comes together to fulfill the needs of both students and teachers alike, creating an exceptional educational experience.
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