USU Moab Academic Building
Situated at the base of the Moab Rim and with spectacular views to the Manti-La Sal Mountains, the new Academic Building is the first built project of the new and expanded Utah State University Moab campus. Working collaboratively with Lake|Flato Architects and Utah State University, the building has proudly reach Net-Positive after one year. Designed to embrace the desert landscape and to lightly touch upon the land, the facility will generate as much power as it consumes by using a ground-coupled mechanical system combined with photo-voltaic panels for an all-electric solution.
The Academic Building’s thin shape allows daylight to fill the interior, with the use of roof clerestories and interior glass walls providing light and views from the classroom spaces. Additionally, the project will be combustion-free and utilize water conservation measures. The entire building and its systems will be featured in ongoing sustainability and resiliency classes. This will further advance the University’s mission to educate and inform highly-sustainable development.
This 22,000 SF educational facility contains classrooms, labs, shops, administration/faculty offices, and student collaboration spaces. Programmed spaces include general education programs, nursing, CTE (career and technical education), 4H programs for children and adults, and local community functions. A large floating roof creates a series of outdoor rooms that celebrate place and a sense of campus within one building. In association with MHTN Architects