Snow College Science Building
52,000 sq. ft.
The Snow College Science Building project is a state-of-the-art facility designed to support and enhance the institution’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs. The project aims to provide a modern learning environment with advanced equipment, technology, and resources to better prepare students for their careers in various scientific and technical fields. The new building not only offers cutting-edge laboratories and classrooms but also facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration and research among students and faculty members.
Modern Laboratories: The Science Building houses several advanced laboratories, including those for biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering, allowing students to conduct hands-on experiments, research projects, and scientific investigations.
Interactive Classrooms: The building features technology-enabled classrooms with flexible seating arrangements, promoting active learning and collaboration among students.
Collaboration Spaces: Multi-purpose collaboration spaces encourage interdisciplinary teamwork and provide areas for students to work together on research and group projects.
Research Facilities: The building includes dedicated research spaces for faculty and students to engage in cutting-edge scientific research and innovation.
Sustainability: The building’s design prioritizes energy efficiency and eco-friendly materials, reducing its environmental impact and operational costs.
VBFA designed the mechanical and plumbing systems for the Science Building, which were required to meet the State of Utah DFCM’s High Performance Building Standard. Additionally, the design team was asked to recommend solutions that would demonstrate operational efficiencies, future flexibility, and ease of maintenance, with a special focus on indoor air quality. Some of the mechanical and plumbing features include: a steam-to-water heat exchanger; 3-stage cooling system with direct cooling; and careful control of temperature, air cleanliness, air motion, sound and relative space pressure in lab spaces. VBFA was able to meet the design challenges and deliver a successful project.