Rio Tinto Kennecott Mechanical Engineering Building Renovation

About This Project:

Kennecott Renovation Rendering

In light of findings of a commissioned study regarding the deficiencies of the existing building, a decision was reached to pursue a renovation and expansion of the Kennecott Building (circa 1955), located on the corner of 1st South and North Campus Drive. The construction of the initial phases was completed in 2013, and Phase 2 is now underway.

Phase 2 fully renovates and expands the East and North wings of the building, and includes an exciting new 3 story atrium space, a new large classroom, as well as student labs, faculty offices, administrative areas, support spaces and a cafe. The aesthetic of this project includes exposing much of the infrastructure and systems of the building to promote natural experiential learning by the mechanical engineering students that use the facility.
This phased building renovation and expansion will begin to fill the need The College of Engineering has for facilities to house their growing academic and research programs. More significant renovation and expansion phases are planned for the future.

Design Features:

  • A new high efficiency elevator that consumes 1/3 of the energy required for a typical elevator, and uses no oil.
  • A new high efficiency chilled beam cooling system.
  • A seismic upgrade and retrofit.
  • Renovated office, student lab, administrative and support spaces.
  • A new large classroom.
  • A three story atrium.


CONTRACTOR: Jacobsen Construction

LOCATION: 1495  East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112

SQUARE FOOTAGE: 39,000 (Phase 2)

START DATE: January, 2014 (Phase 2)

COMPLETION DATE: April 2015 (Phase 2)

Construction Impacts

Contact Info

Liz Blackner

Eric Browning

Shannon Failner

  • Administrative Assistant
  • office: 801-581-3135
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John McNary

  • Director, Campus Planning
  • office: 801-581-6573
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Cory Higgins

  • Executive Director
  • Facility and Construction Operations
  • office: 801-581-5082
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