Sorenson Complex Achieves LEED Silver

The Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex at the University of Utah achieved LEED Silver certification in January 2015. The complex is a collaborative and flexible environment that houses dance and art studios, classrooms, offices, and performance spaces. The building’s massing strategy and optimized facades are specific to the Utah climate to achieve thermal comfort and energy efficiency for the building to be used year round. Atelier Ten, in collaboration with EDA Architects, helped the arts complex maintain thermal comfort and achieve a 43% reduction in annual energy cost. Key energy end uses include lighting, particularly for the studios and offices, and conditioning, to maintain thermal comfort and meet the strict temperature and humidity conditions for the dance studios.

Atelier Ten’s team from the San Francisco office includes Director Claire Maxfield, Senior Environmental Designer Brian Meinrath, and Senior Environmental Designer Shruti Kasarekar.