Uintah County Conference Center
Owner Uintah County
Lead Design Babcock Design Group
Structural Engineer T4 Engineers
Civil Engineer Civil Solutions Group
Electrical Engineer Envision Engineering
Mechanical Engineer Van Boerum & Frank Associates
General Contractor Layton Construction Co. LLC
The new Uintah County Conference Center is located on two city blocks in downtown Vernal, Utah. The 66,000-sq-ft facility includes a 13,000-sq-ft grand ballroom with seating for up to 1,250 people and an adjacent 700-sq-ft meeting room.
The south foyer is highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows and a grand staircase with a glass railing that leads to the mezzanine.
A large board room on the second floor can seat up to 40 people. The building also houses extensive storage, a full commercial kitchen for banquet capabilities and office and reception areas for staff.
The county wanted to create a strong connection to the outdoors and highlight the distinctive landscape, so the team installed the 36-ft-high windows and a specially designed horizontal curtain wall that minimizes the need for structural supports in the windows. That maximizes views and brings more daylight into the building.
On the second level, a cantilevered, linear balcony provides flexible interior and exterior space for events and functions. The balcony was designed and built as a shadow box with large overhangs, which shade the balcony throughout the day while still allowing natural light to fill the meeting rooms.