Coming Soon: Rio Tinto Center at the University of Utah

by Rakks | October 21st, 2011

Rio Tinto Center

Photo credit: Ennead Architects

Opening in November, the University of Utah’s Museum of Natural History will move to its new home, the Rio Tinto Center. On November 18th, the public can enjoy hands-on learning opportunities for children and visitors as well as an educational center with research labs and an increased number of artifacts on display in this modern facility built to better preserve, protect and showcase these objects of natural history and science.

Rio Tinto Center Interior

Photo Credit: Ennead Architects

The Rio Tinto Center is being built to Gold LEED standards, lead by architects Polshek Partnership (now Ennead Architects) and Gillies Stransky Brems Smith with the Design Workshop handling landscape design. Ennead Architects have garnered numerous honors for their innovative, sustainable designs including the AIA National Honor Award for Design Excellence in 2010 for the Kahn Building Renovation at Yale University Art Gallery and the AIA New York State Excellence in Design 2011 for Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. With an equally strong focus on eco-friendly architecture, Gilles Stransky Brems Smith promotes “evolved spaces and places” and “next-generation sustainability.” Their accolades include the 2010 AIA Utah Merit Award for The Center for Advanced Energy Studies and the 2010 Utah Masonry Award for the West Valley City Animal Shelter. Finally, Design Workshop lends its keen eye details of the outdoor spaces to complete the impressive new facility.

Used in the museum’s gift shop, Rakks products are perfect for merchandise display. Look for a post at the end of November with updated photos of the gift shop when the museum is completed and more information about the different Rakks components that were used!

Rakks at Rio Tinto Center Interior

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