SLCC Jordan Campus Student Center - AJC Architects

Our design team purpose, and directive, was to execute the design process to meet SLCC vision and implement and resolve SLCC overall and specific design guidelines to the entire project/environments.  A summary of SLCC vision and design guidelines are described as:


In discussions with Student Services and student leadership, the following VISION statements were summarized to inform the overall vision for the new Student Center:

+Students are our highest priority.  The new Student Center should be a place that enhances SLCC’s goal of “student-centered learning”.

+The new Student Center will support the personal, cultural, and ethnic diversity of SLCC students, faculty, and staff.

+-Space and functions of the new student center will embrace SLCC’s life-long learning philosophy and forward thinking.

+The overall design should be the focal point for the Jordan Campus and memorable to the students.

+The open student collaborative spaces should provide a sense of inclusion, sense of comfort and belonging, and most importantly, a SENSE OF PLACE.

Salt Lake Community College South Jordan is strategically located in the Salt Lake Valley, which creates a campus to meet the needs of the growing community, while also addressing the growing shortage in skills-based workforce. The strategic location of this facility with its visibility on I-215 and its ease of access to the commuter, helps improve its accessibility to the surrounding community.

Additional information

Overall Design Guidelines

As part of the overall Master Plan for the Jordan Campus, a Campus Review Board was established to ensure design efforts for campus buildings are consistent with the goals and objectives outlined in the Campus Design Guidelines.  The goals of the Design Guidelines include:

+Creating a system that provides unity, consistency, and coherence to campus design without suppressing variety and creativity.

+Provide further definition of the Master Plan concept in ways that will not unnecessarily restrict those who translate it into a physical form.

+Ensure that no element will be isolated from its physical, environmental, educations, and conceptual context.

+Set the tone for consistent development over time.

The overall architectural vision is defined as High Desert/Great Basin Mountain Regional Architecture and characterized by:


+A non-institutionalized character.

+The reinterpretation of traditional desert and mountain forms and textures.

+Reliance on natural organic materials with a timeless quality.

+A hierarchy of spaces that provides order without rigidity.

+A sense of openness and intimacy.

+Sustainable and timeless design that takes advantage of solar orientations.

Programming Requirements/Cost Data

The 40,900 square foot Student Center ($16.9 million) addresses multiple needs, including making more classroom space available for classrooms and labs, providing consolidated student services, a common area for students to gather, study and collaborate, and valuable event space that will benefit students and the surrounding community.

The Jordan Student Center will enhance the connection between students and the institution by providing gathering space for student clubs/organizations and study groups; recreation and fitness center; a food pantry; veteran affairs; a health clinic; meditation room and healthy meal options at reasonable prices.

This project was an integrated process that optimized High Performance Building Standards (HPBS), which was a requirement by the State of Utah. By means of thorough analysis and computer modeling, this process limits the buildings ecological and economic impact, and targets strategies for reducing energy and water consumption. This includes actively and intentionally reducing consumption and waste of resources during construction.

This student center benefits from the following design practices.

•Utilize energy reduction through LED lighting.

•Specified low-flow water fixtures.

•High-efficiency gas fired water heater for domestic hot water needs.

•HVAC system utilizes a VAV reheat system. Each VAV box is tied to a thermostat to allow individual thermal comfort for each thermostatic zone.

•Direct evaporative cooling was designed in the HVAC custom air handler. Direct evaporative cooling reduces the overall cooling energy consumption of the building.

•Air handler supply and relief fans are on VFD’s that allow the fans to run at lower speeds when the building is not at full demand and therefore provide energy savings.

•Hot water, chilled water and preheat pumps are on VFD’s that allow the pumps to run aw lower speeds when the building is not at full demand and therefore provide energy savings.

•Ample daylighting through large expansive glazing and clerestory were practical.

•Utilization of low VOC paint and sealants and products with high recyclable content.

•Utilized energy saving programmable controls that automatically turn off after hours and switch back on during hours of operation

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