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Kanab Elementary School

Summarize the project's program, features and achievements?

Kanab Elementary is a 74,000 Square Foot exposed architectural concrete tilt-up building. There are 29 classrooms, a state-of-the-art media center, a large gym and stage for school and community use. The Kane County School District's main food production facility is housed within the new building, as well. The design provides a modern efficient building to support 21st century learning modalities. Security enhancements, ample windows, and architecturally rich building elements provide a quality learning environment.

One of the prominent and unique aspects of the new Kanab Elementary School is the use of horizontal concrete panels to act as canopies at the entrances to the building. In total, there are seven entry points where these panels were cast on the ground and lifted into position using the same techniques that were used to erect the vertically oriented concrete tilt-up walls. These panels, however, were placed in a horizontal position to create shade and shelter for the doors leading to the building. Not only do these canopies function as a covering for the entries, but they also contribute to the aesthetics by matching the color of the vertical exterior tilt-up concrete walls.

The design intent of the horizontal concrete panels is acknowledgement of the mesa top mountains that are very visible from the school site. The flat top mountains that encircle the Kanab Valley give a unique characteristic to the landscape; similarly, the horizontal concrete canopies provide the same for the building. The horizontal panels are supported by concrete columns at as few points as possible. This gives a feeling that the canopies are floating over the entrances. This “lightness" of the horizontal panels helps the entries to be attractive visually as well as perceptively.

What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project?

The school's remote location and cement shortages created some unique challenges to finishing the project on time. Through heavy coordination with all teams and suppliers, we were able to get the materials on time and ensure the project finished on time and within budget.

Please communicate any engineering complexities or unique features of the panel design for this project?

One of the prominent and unique aspects of the new Kanab Elementary School is the use of horizontal concrete panels to act as canopies at the entrances to the building. In total, there are seven entry points where these panels were cast on the ground and lifted into position using the same techniques that were used to erect the vertically oriented concrete tilt-up walls. These panels, however, were placed in a horizontal position to create shade and shelter for the doors leading to the building. Not only do these canopies function as a covering for the entries, but they also contribute to the aesthetics by matching the color of the vertical exterior tilt-up concrete walls. Another unique feature of the building is the color of the concrete. Hughes and the design team worked together to match the colors of the landscape as well as colors used by indigenous people of the area.

What is the potential for this project's impact on the community and/or environment?

Kanab Elementary School is one of the most influential building projects completed in the area in the last 20 years. The building has had a significant impact on the community including:

  • Community recreation leagues can expand due to the gymnasium resources.
  • The High School has expanded their athletic program using the gym as well.
  • The Kane County School District central kitchen is in the building that stores, prepares, and distributes food to the entire district.
 
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Project Location

Kanab, UT 84741
United States

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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Hughes General Contractors, Inc.
Concrete Contractor:
 
Architect:
Naylor Wentworth Lund
Engineer:
 
Suppliers:
 
Photographer(s):
Gleb Lapham
Jared Kenitzer

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Schools
Building Types:
Elementary School
Finishes:
Concrete (Exposed Aggregate)
Concrete (Raw/Sealed)
Stain
Features:
Cantilevered Panels
Reveals
Insulation:
Post Applied (Interior)
Environmental:
Number of Floors:
1
Number of Panels:
274 panels
Total Floor Area:
74,460 sq ft (6,917 sq m)
Project Footprint:
74,460 sq ft (6,917 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
38 ft 6 in (11.73 m)
Widest Panel:
41 ft 4 in (12.60 m)
Largest Panel:
805 sq ft (74.8 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
93,053 lbs (42,208 kg)
Longest Spandrel:
41 ft 4 in (12.60 m)