Utah Tech University’s “Old Science Building” officially became the campus’s new education building, thanks to a dedicated St. George Zwick Construction team. This quick and extensive remodel project was completed in mid-August, right in time for the fall semester to begin—and five days ahead of schedule. Construction began in December 2021 with a strict deadline at the semester start.
Formerly, the “Old Science Building” housed labs and classrooms for the students and staff of the department of science, technology, and engineering, but with the opening of the new science building on campus, this 1960s structure sat vacant. Utah Tech University hired Zwick Construction to transform the space into the new headquarters for the department of education, family studies and human education, and interdisciplinary arts and sciences.
Construction began with completely gutting the space, including the air handler unit in the basement, which required the team to remove the unit piece by piece. From there, the team remodeled the space. The remodel was largely MEP upgrades, but also included some structural improvements. They installed a new air handler unit, doors, and windows. They also lightly refurbished the atrium space.
The newly-remodeled building features several classrooms, administrative spaces, a study/lounge area, seven instructional kitchen labs, an instructional sewing lab, and a preschool with adjacent playground. The interior design has a bright red motif in honor of the university. Windows wrap around the building, bringing ample natural light into the classrooms.
With such a strict deadline approaching for fall semester classes, the team began early in construction to procure the materials they would need. Even still, due to material shortages, the last of the doors arrived within days before expected completion. The team worked quickly to install those last features and deliver the project on time, even saving five days in the process.
Congratulations to the team on this exciting delivery!
This project for the college of education represents one of many that Zwick Construction has completed at Utah Tech University. Others include the Graff Fine Arts Building remodel (completed in 2019) and the Atwood Innovation Center Parking Lot (current).