Salt Lake City Public Library

Location:

Salt Lake City, UT
 

Precaster:

Pretecsa, S.A. de C.V., Mexico City, Mexico
 

Precast Specialty Engineer:

McNeil Engineering, Midvale, UT
 

Owner:

Salt Lake City Public Library
 

Architect:

Moshe Safdie and Associates Inc., Somerville, MA.
 

Architect of Record:

VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT
 

Contractor:

Big-D Construction, Salt Lake City, UT
 

Construction Manager:

Construction Control Corp., Salt Lake City, UT
 

Project Scope

Awards:

2003 PCI Design Award Winner — Best Public/Institutional Building
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Salt Lake City Public Library
Salt Lake City Public Library
Salt Lake City Public Library
Salt Lake City Public Library
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The dramatic, three-building library facility, which emphasizes mountain views in all directions, is clad with architectural precast panels. The largest and most demanding portion involved the 400-foot-long crescent building, which uses panelized precast components to create the appearance of a flowing, curved and leaning structure. Each of the 1,300 custom-fabricated panels warps from one column to meet at a different angle at the next column. As a result, each spandrel panel has different radii at top and bottom.

The project features absolutely fantastic forming in the complexity of the pieces and the way they were handled by the precaster. Although civic buildings can so often be underwhelming, this one brings life to the community as a real focal point.

 
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