Honors Student Housing

Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community, University of Utah

Jacoby Architects, as a part of a design-build team with Gramoll Construction and Potter Lawson, designed this 165,000 square foot, $27.5 million residence hall for the Honors College at the University of Utah . This new facility contains 310 bedrooms, various study lounges, seminar rooms, the “Big Ideas” Innovation Center, faculty offices, student work room, library and media room, a multi-purpose room, convenience store and dining area, interior bicycle storage, and a laundry facility.

The concept of a “forum”, a public gathering space that facilitates discussion, engagement, and sharing of ideas, became the theme for creating a community focal point and a place where the students and faculty can challenge one another, inspire one another, share information, and overall enhance the academic environment. One of the key elements in creating a forum, in the classical sense, is an arrangement of columns or towers. Accordingly, the building design uses a group of carefully placed towers to mark community spaces within the building.