University of Utah, Biology Research Building

Salt Lake City, Utah

This new 100,000-square-foot classroom, laboratory and conference facility is designed to form the nucleus for biology education and research, fostering greater interaction and attracting high-caliber faculty to maintain the department’s reputation as a premier research and teaching institution. Sited in proximity to the biology department’s three existing buildings, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMEdwards & Daniels ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$198.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio project serves to shape and define a shared biology quad, as well as reinforce the edge of a science and engineering corridor leading to the university’s center.

The building’s core functions are outwardly expressed as several distinct elements responding to the diverse program, building styles and edge conditions surrounding it.

A four–story research block, housing modular perimeter labs, is oriented to maximize the dramatic views to the surrounding mountains. Associated corner faculty offices and a support core are constructed of a reinforced concrete waffle slab.

A one-story, fan-shaped structure houses 350-seat and 120-seat lecture halls with adjoining meeting rooms and public lobby. The “nexus” combines a library, conference room and reading room that is constructed of a glass-clad steel moment frame to maximize natural light and views.

Original commissions for the etched, patterned glass cladding the pedestrian bridge and colorful tile mosaic of a DNA molecule’s spiraling double helix in the lobby floor are integrated with the building’s architecture.

Photographer: ©Scot Zimmerman