River's Edge School

Salt Lake City, Utah

River’s Edge School serves students with severe behavioral, social and emotional deficits. The main goal is to assist students in learning new behaviors and alternative ways to deal with their emotions, enabling them to become successful in their educational and personal lives. This state-of-the-art facility is intended to have these students feel ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$145.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized valued … that someone cares.

Elements were designed throughout the project for opportunities to build student confidence and self-worth, such as multiple student gardens, an exercise room and climbing wall. The architects also incorporated science, art and life-skills classrooms, along with a computer lab, media center and Family Education Center.

Stimulating teaching environments have been created by the use of vibrant color and abundant daylighting through skylights, clerestories and large glazing windows.

The school will be one of the most energy-efficient schools in the state by using a super-efficient thermal wall system to exceed new energy codes by 50 percent (continuous insulation in the brick cavity, sealed air tight with spray foam insulation), geothermal heat-pump HVAC, three wind turbines, and 234 photovoltaic panels, providing 20 percent of the annual power requirements.