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I've really enjoyed it. It's kind of fun each week to see what sidewalk or stair case at the U of U is going to be replaced. My whole attitude towards the permanency of concrete is starting to become much more plastic (word play alert).
I don't know what it is, but I almost prefer my cement cracked. It's one of those "broken-in and homely" sort of feelings I suppose.
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Old Posted Nov 25, 2010, 12:38 PM
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I totally get what you're saying. It's kind of like cobblestones that are worn and uneven. Texture is always more interesting and engaging. That's the big problem with the new age stucco. It's way to correct and perfect, pristine. It lacks all texture, charm or warmth. Not sure though if cracked concrete will ever be charming...
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Found a better Legacy Housing rendering



Gramoll Construction

Prep work going on now, foundation to begin in January 2011.

Construction being done by Gramoll Construction, who also did the following projects on campus:


Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building


Cowles Building Addition


Sutton Geology Building

http://www.gramoll.com/index.shtml
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I took a weeklong class in the Carolyn Tanner Irish Building this summer, and it's absolutely beautiful. Great spaces for students, classes, the professors offices...if that's where the U is headed with its buildings, I'm all for it.
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When does the Primary Children's Hospital expansion set to begin?
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• Campus Planning is working to modify the Medical Center TRAX station to better accommodate foot traffic that will be using the Ambulatory Care Center, including the new Primary Children’s Hospital building, located at Wasatch Drive and North Campus Drive. The University is working with UTA in an attempt to lower the TRAX line to below-grade in order to eliminate a hike by pedestrians from the west end of campus and the Ambulatory Care Center to the TRAX station. Another option would be to build an additional set of tracks (rail track) in a side-by-side configuration but at a lower grade. The University is hoping to develop more vibrant activity around the Medical Center TRAX station to not only enhance mass transit ridership but also to create an exciting gateway onto campus.
I don't fully understand this. Does this mean the TRAX station would be underground? Just lowered? Something else?
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Having a underground Trax station would be cool.
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Here's another update on the net-zero project for our building at CA+P:

Department of Energy Selects U Architecture + Planning Building for Net Zero Retrofit


National Experts to Partner with U and Local Building Industry

December 1, 2010 -- The federal government has given a big boost to the University of Utah’s College of Architecture + Planning as it prepares to renovate its 1970 building into a net zero energy facility—a building that generates as much energy as it consumes through renewable power generating systems located onsite.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the project to participate in its highly competitive Commercial Building Partnership (CBP) program, which seeks to improve the energy efficiency of buildings across the United States.

The partnership recognizes the college’s renovation as one of the most significant of its kind, designating it an “exemplary retrofit” that will serve as a model for aging institutional facilities across the country. The project was also selected because of the support demonstrated at the U and among Utah’s building community, including an unprecedented volunteer consortium of the state’s top architectural and engineering firms.

“These Recovery Act projects are bringing together experts from our national laboratories and the private sector to help businesses and organizations reduce the energy they use in their facilities," said Secretary Chu in an announcement made Tuesday at the White House. "This initiative will also demonstrate to other commercial building operators that cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies exist today that will help lower the operating and energy costs of their buildings.”

In renovating its 40-year old brutalist-style facility, the college aims to realize energy savings of at least 80 percent and generate all required energy onsite through a combination of strategies that include managing resources and changing user behavior in addition to conservation and renewable energy production.

To help reach this goal, the DOE will provide the resources of its national laboratories as well as private sector technical experts from across the country for a period of up to three years, all at no cost to the U--an estimated value of at least $1 million.

These national teams will work in tandem with the students, faculty and practitioners from across Utah who have already undertaken significant planning for the renovation:
· In 2009, the college engaged a volunteer technical committee of local architects, planners, engineers, and policy and facilities experts to serve as advisors. Committee members have since contributed over 400 hours of time to the project.
· Last fall, the college hosted a public workshop attended by more than 150 local building industry professionals and more than 50 students to investigate possibilities.
· To prepare for the renovation, information gleaned from this planning process is currently being utilized in a formal study of the college’s building by a volunteer consortium of Utah’s top architectural, engineering and energy firms, including: FFKR Architects, Architectural Nexus, EDA Architects, GSBS Architects, MHTN Architects, Colvin Engineering Associates, Reaveley Engineers, Spectrum Engineers, Van Boerum and Frank Associates Engineers, and ETC Group. The normally competitive firms are collaborating for the first time on this project in recognition of its ground-breaking nature and importance to the college.

“From the beginning, we have envisioned the net zero project as a living laboratory for students, faculty and professional practitioners to engage in education, research and hands-on experience with the tools and technologies necessary to create energy efficient buildings,” says Brenda Case Scheer, dean of the College of Architecture + Planning.
“The CBP partnership recognizes the unprecedented efforts we have taken as a college and a community, and extends our laboratory to include the entire country.”

The federal lead for the U’s project will be the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) based in Colorado. The private sector experts have been selected through another arm of the CBP program. NREL will also work collaboratively with the U’s students, faculty and consultants to document the project, with all successes and lessons integrated into the college’s educational and outreach efforts and made publicly available.

More information about the project, including student videos, is available at http://www.arch.utah.edu/netzero

ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURE + PLANNING BUILDING
Completed in 1970, the 48,000 square foot architecture building, which is part of the larger Art and Architecture Center housing all the visual arts, was designed by the Salt Lake City firm of EDA Architects. The neo-brutalist architecture was common during this time, and the building is characterized by its massive concrete structure and interior finishes of brick and cedar. Coupled with these exceptional interior finishes is a generous amount of public space. The Roger Bailey Exhibition Hall, an important common space, is used for a variety of school activities – including traveling exhibitions, student juries, student and faculty displays, the college’s annual firm fair and public receptions. The building is located near the southern edge of the campus close to other professional schools such as business, law, education, social work, and health. It is adjacent to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the C. Roland Christensen Center and the Marriott Library.

ABOUT THE COMMERCIAL BUILDING PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
The Department of Energy's (DOE) Commercial Building Partnerships (CBPs) reduce energy use across the entire U.S. building sector, accelerating the deployment of energy efficiency measures by teaming organizations that have extensive building portfolios with researchers from DOE's national laboratories and technical experts from the private sector to design, construct and validate low-energy building designs. Participants document the projects in publicly available case studies, which non-CBP building owners and operators can use to reduce energy use in their buildings.

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE + PLANNING
The College of Architecture + Planning (CA+P) at the University of Utah facilitates an educational community of students, faculty and staff with interests and expertise in creative design, building, planning, computer technology, issues of social and ecological responsibility and the scholarly study of the history and theory of the built landscape. CA+P educates future professionals who are concerned with constructing and maintaining the highest quality in our built and natural environments.
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Old Posted Dec 2, 2010, 3:16 AM
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phone update

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Old Posted Dec 2, 2010, 3:28 AM
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Nice Phone! Here's a picture I took on October 25th:
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Thank you for this update litvil3!
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Thank you for this update litvil3!
You're more than welcome. I need to start posting more often . . .
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Old Posted Dec 3, 2010, 6:41 AM
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Project sign posted for Legacy housing. Site is being cleared of concrete, trees and parking.

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I agree, excellent phone quality. I'm lovin this thread Steven. Keep up the good work, and especially your pics, and all you guys with the great update pics. Our great photographers make this one of the better local forums at SkyscaperPage.
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Project sign posted for Legacy housing. Site is being cleared of concrete, trees and parking.

I am not impressed with the housing design. I believe I know who is designing this, but it just doesn't seem very refined.

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It's just a bunch of rectangles. Pretty uninspired design to start with..
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12/13 phone update


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Photo Update 12/16

Pharmacy Addition- Sill basement and foundation work



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Business Building









USTAR and Cooling Plant



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Huntsman Cancer Institute expansion

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Thanks Steve for this latest update. Looking also at the renderings of these buildings, I'm amazed at the number, size and dollar scope of the projects at the U. Other than Denver, there's more going on at the University of Utah alone, than most entire metros in the surrounding states.

A little clarification. You referred to the first pic as the pharmacy addition. Is that the new Skaggs Institute rendering below, or another completely different project? Also, is the Skaggs Biology Building under construction and near by? There's so many projects, I'm starting to get confused, LOL.

U of U L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Research Building

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...26tbs%3Disch:1

U of U Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...26tbs%3Disch:1
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The new Skaggs building you have pictured is basically a addition to the current pharmacy building (can be seen on the left). This is up between University Hospital and the dorms on upper campus.

Skaggs Biology (ASB) building has been completed since Ive been at school here, so about 3 years. This is just off of Presidents Circle on lower campus.

Pioneer Theatre housing


Downtown from University District
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