College of Law Selects VCBO/SmithGroupJJR as Architects for New Building

August 1, 2012 — Dean Hiram Chodosh announced today the selection of the SmithGroupJJR and VCBO as the design architects on the College of Law’s new 155,000 gross-square-foot building. 

 “With the selection of SmithGroupJJR and VCBO, who jointly completed the past two phases of in initial architectural programming, we now have our complete design and construction team in place,” Chodosh said.  “SmithGroupJJR and VCBO will join general contractor Big-D Construction in building the most innovative law school in the nation, a facility that will provide a the first real teaching hospital for law:  a student-centric environment for applied learning, collaboration between students and faculty, and service to the community.”

 “It is a privilege to work on this career-defining project with the visionary leadership of the College of Law and specialized talent of SmithGroupJJR,” added Sean Thompson, Senior Associate at VCBO. “We are honored to continue the intense design collaboration we’ve enjoyed over the past three years.  With its unique integration of functions and inventive conception of learning environments, the new S.J. Quinney College of Law building will be a campus gateway and the most innovative law school facility in the country.  The planning process will be guided by a priority focus on student experience, activities and real world outcomes, a groundbreaking approach for legal education.” 

 SmithGroupJJR, based in Washington, D.C., is the oldest continually operating architecture and engineering firm in the U.S., originally founded in 1853.  The firm is a national leader in sustainable design and offers a range of services, including landscape architecture, planning, urban design, civil engineering, and environmental science.`

 VCBO Architecture, based in Salt Lake City, has been practicing architecture, planning, and interior design since 1973.  A top five Intermountain region architectural firm, the firm is a key contributor to the built environment, through active participation in meaningful projects, whether world-class landmarks or neighborhood destinations.

The College of Law anticipates groundbreaking on the new building in the spring of 2013, with a projected opening during the 2014-2015 school year.