University of Utah dedicates Earth sciences facility

May 26, 2009
Design of 91,000-square-foot building aims for LEED certification

From The Salt Lake Tribune: A symbolic river runs through the University of Utah's new Earth sciences building. The pebble path, encased in epoxy, meanders past a school of 50-million-year-old fish, down an open flight of stairs and past old seismographs. Last month, the university dedicated the 91,000-square-foot structure on its Salt Lake City campus. It is expected to become the first building on the U.'s lower campus to be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The college hopes to achieve gold certification with features that maximize natural lighting, moderate temperature and collect rain water. The architect is Cooper Roberts Simonsen Associates.

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