University of Utah Honors Housing at Legacy Bridge
Salt Lake City, Utah
After creating an intensive programming purpose and process as well as bedroom type configurations, Pollard Architects along with Sasaki Architects created various alternatives to a preferred site within the South Campus Housing Site Master Plan (which we also completed by the same team) the preferred alternative building layout is a five to six story three wing building over one level of podium parking that contains all of the program with the exception of the Café/C store. The Café/C store is a separate two-story structure to the south west corner of the site that will serve future phases, expand if necessary, and be serviceable from Mario Capecchi Drive.
The three-wing concept with central commons was chosen because first, by increasing the building footprint, the scale of the building is broken down, second, each wing becomes a smaller community within the overall housing community; and third, much of the program is able to surround the parking structure along with landscape elements, fitting the structure well into the context of the site. By wrapping the corner of the multi-purpose field to the northwest, more apartments can take advantage can also take advantage of the opportunity to overlook it and watch events that take place on it through out the year. A key element to the configuration was the common knuckle space tying the three-winged configuration together. Common space reinforces Common purpose. We strove to link Fort Douglas historic landscape with the campus below. By including a transparent center not only light but views as well reinforce the history of both places.
We were directed to provide the University of Utah with prescriptive plans, structural drawings and consultant backgrounds clear into Design Development so they may deliver the project by way of Design Build for cost and timing purposes. A General Contractor would be chosen based on costs and an architect of the Contractor would finish the project with the construction documents.