WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY TRACY HALL SCIENCE CENTER
Project Confirmation Number: 53193
Entry Category Commercial:
Institutional: Schools, Churches, and Transportation Facilities
Weber State University
3800 Harrison Blvd
Ogden , UT 84408
Brief description of the project:
In the early visioning stages of the WSU Tracy Hall Science Center the University expressed the desire for the new building to demonstrate science in a way that would enthuse and educate students. The design team at VCBO Architecture took this opportunity to heart throughout the building design, but quite notably on the exterior through the beautiful brick design.
Size of Building:
186,000 Sq Ft
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
266,000 2 1/4 Modular Brick
Project completion date: May 2016
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques:
In the early visioning stages of the WSU Tracy Hall Science Center the University expressed the desire for the new building to demonstrate science in a way that would enthuse and educate students. The design team took this opportunity to heart throughout the building design, but quite notably on the exterior through the beautiful brick design.
As the Tracy Hall Science building sits in the heart of the Weber State campus it was critical to tie into the vocabulary and texture of the campus context. Buff colored brick, the standard on so many Utah institutional campus’s, provided the background on which a rich texture of scientific patterns could be laid. Through this field color the mathematical Fibonacci sequence is laid and can be seen throughout the perimeter of the building through accent brick banding spaced per the mathematical sequence. Periodically this series is interrupted with a geological shift, which is particularly evident on the west wall. The most prominent patterns on the building, which serve as icons for the Tracy Hall Science Center, are the two large brick towers on the west elevation. These towers demonstrate a DNA sequence. Embedded in the pattern savvy students can decode the name of the building and the mission of the college. On the east elevation the brick towers are patterned with an abstraction of the chemical emission spectra of Utah native elements.
The success of integrating these concepts was due in large part to the enthusiastic involvement of the college of science faculty at the university. In order to be a successful learning tool we had to ensure the patterns demonstrated scientific concepts that were useful, but also aesthetic. It took the collaborative efforts of the faculty, design team, contractors and tradesmen to execute these designs so seamlessly into this iconic building.
As members of the project team we are so excited that generations of Weber State University science, and all students who perhaps just meander by Tracy Hall Science Center as they walk the campus paths, will be enriched by the scientific principals aesthetically demonstrated through the beautiful brick craftsmanship.
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