Before they were selected for the Hurricane Intermediate School project, Hughes General Contractors had already set an impressive precedent in southern Utah’s Washington County School District. Their integrally colored Tilt-Up buildings, designed to complement the area’s sandstone hills and red soil, had already won three TCA awards.
For this project, Hughes relied on the same theme, but set the 134,000-sqare-foot structure apart by using different depths of sandblasting to create texture and color variations on individual panels, and also cast a 30-foot-long image of a jaguar (the school’s mascot) into walls in a commons area using polycarbonate molds.
Other notable features include aluminum joint covers designed to prevent vandalism to the caulking, as well as curved, hanging lintel panels supported by cast-in-place concrete columns.
To meet the project’s demanding summer construction schedule, Hughes received permission from the city of Hurricane to start work prior to the 6 a.m. noise ordinance, with some pours starting as early as 2 a.m. to avoid scorching summer temperatures.
St. George, UT 84790
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