Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry

About This Project:

Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry

The Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry provides critical science and laboratory spaces that shapes not only the future of the Chemistry Department, but also the overall character of the University itself. This facility holds amazing potential for the development of key future science professionals in critical chemistry disciplines who will conduct research crucial to shaping a hopeful future for our community, our country, and our world. The range of complex programs offered will enhance the University’s reputation as a destination for budding science professionals in Salt Lake City and across the State.

The addition to the existing Henry B. Eyring Chemistry Building at The University of Utah included state-of-the-art classrooms, offices, laboratories for chemical research, and support spaces.  The building  integrates with the surrounding historic campus and include very complex equipment and laboratory spaces. In addition, the project is designed with the goal of attaining LEED Silver standards, the building also meets the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

Design Features:

  • Fourth floor, 94-seat lecture hall with a floor-to-ceiling curtain wall for views to the west.
  • Reception space
  • Nine research labs for Bio-Analytical, Bio-Physical, and Bio-Organic Chemistry
  • Theoretical Chemistry research space
  • Offices for faculty, grad students, and research teams
  • Three teaching labs
  • Study spaces, a lounge space and an active learning center
  • Registered under LEED Green Building Rating System
  • Improved pedestrian flow from the tunnel to the TRAX station and the rest of campus
  • Improved landscaping between Einar Field House and new building


CONTRACTOR: Okland Construction

LOCATION: 315 S 1400 E, SLC, UT 84112


START DATE: 03/31/2010



Construction Impacts

Contact Info

Harry Corsi

Jennifer Still

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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