Submitted by Big-D Construction

The quality of this build-out began with a well-chosen location—a ground-floor, corner location office with plenty of windows to bring in natural light. The office serves as a primary meeting and administrative space for the Utah chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It also is intended as a demonstration of the AIA’s commitment to sustainability, both through its design and the interactive display wall near the office entrance.

AIA Utah Headquarters

The architects deftly handled the wedge-shaped space by dividing it with a single curve that molds millwork, soffits and lights. Objects such as the education wall, the re-used plywood cabinet for documents, and the trestlewood millwork express functionality and sustainability. The north-facing exterior glass not only provides significant natural light, it connects staff and visitors with the outside urban environment.

The project is seeking LEED-Platinum certification.

Project Team: Salt Lake City, $121,201 (pro bono)

Owner: AIA Utah
Contractor: Big-D Construction
Design Firm: GSBS Architects
Start: Oct. 2008
Finish: Dec. 2008