After 50 years in its original facility, the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah has a new home, more than 50 percent larger than the original building. The six-story structure accommodates a projected student population of 450, providing classrooms, training courtrooms, administrative office space, common areas, research areas, individual & collaborative study space, dining, a student lounge, lockers and more.
The Law School sits at a main campus entry point next to Rice-Eccles Football Stadium and across from a light-rail station, needless to say the building needed to have strong visual impact. The glass, brick, and metal exterior provide a welcoming gateway to campus visitors. The top floor features the 450-person Moot Courtroom auditorium which opens up onto a roof-top terrace.
Spanning 5 levels is the James E. Faust Law Library, a Congressinally designated depository for U.S. Government Documents and the largest public law library in the state. Named after James Esdras Faust who was lawyer, politician and University of Utah graduate, Mr. Faust was also the Second Counselor to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints until his death in 2007.
Environmental sustainability was a priority for the project. In 2016, the building was certified as LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council. The building is designed to reduce energy costs 65 percent below code requirements through smart structural design and passive solar orientation. Sustainable features include on-site solar power generation, maximum use of natural light, chilled beam cooling and heating systems, use of irrigation well water for cooling, low-emissivity insulating glass and a heat recovery system to transfer the heat from the exhausted conditioned air into the fresh ventilation air.