SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
The original Whittier School was designed in 1910 by Richard Kletting, architect for the Utah State Capitol Building and other important civic buildings in Salt Lake City. In the 1990s, the Salt Lake City School District began a rebuilding program to bring its schools up to seismic code. Although the original Whittier was a handsome building, renovation was not cost effective and a replacement building was selected by the school board. The new school was built on the same site as the original. It houses 800 students instead of the previous 600, and is air conditioned for year-round operation. The building provides an off-street drop off for students and a separate entry system for preschool students. Special features of the building include a multipurpose kiva that can be configured as part of the stage; skylights in the kindergarten corridor, the main stair, and in front of the media center; and an exterior classroom that acts as a buffer between playgrounds.
Client Salt Lake City School DistrictSize 80,000 sf