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Jacobsen celebrates milestone at the University of Utah: CEG

The eight-story facility is located on the hill in the heart of the University of Utah Health campus and will replace the old School of Medicine facility that was built in the 1960s.

Photo courtesy of Jacobsen Bouw

The eight-story facility is located on the hill in the heart of the University of Utah Health campus and will replace the old School of Medicine facility that was built in the 1960s.

Jacobsen Construction and the University of Utah recently celebrated their work on the new $185 million Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine building – with a ceremony to “topple” the new education, training and research facility.

Photo courtesy of Jacobsen Bouw

Jacobsen Construction, the project’s general contractor, lifted the final beam into place of the new building on June 4, along with Spencer Fox Eccles (the school’s namesake), University of Utah President Taylor Randall and other university officials.

The building is scheduled to open in 2026.

“Reaching this point has been the result of a lot of methodical planning and hard work by everyone involved in the project,” said Chris Field, vice president and project manager of Jacobsen Construction. “It is a milestone worth celebrating. There is still much work to be done, but we are already seeing glimpses of how the university’s brilliant vision is taking shape step by step, and it is inspiring to be part of it.

“This really is your day,” Field told the artisans there to celebrate. “A day to celebrate your craftsmanship, your dedication and your hard work… This milestone was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the good work of the SME Steel Contractors team and all our construction partners who are driving this impactful project forward.”

The design partners for this project are VCBO Architecture of Salt Lake City and Yazdani Studio, a national firm headquartered in Los Angeles.

The new building covers 211,457 m². and will consist of a high-tech anatomy laboratory, custom-built classrooms, an advanced simulation center, collaboration spaces and conference rooms that will serve the more than 500 students in the university’s prestigious medical program.

Challenges

“Generally speaking, every utility that supplies power to the hospital ran through the footprint of this location,” Field said in an interview with Engineering News Record. “Crews spent approximately a year and $40 million relocating these critical utilities to ‘create a new site.’ That work, along with much of the structural concrete, is now complete. The silhouette of the building becomes more and more visible as the steel rises further.

Implementing the project on an active campus is another current challenge for Jacobsen and its business partners. Continuous noise and vibration monitoring and regular meetings with adjacent building managers help reduce the impact on critical healthcare operations. Crews on site remain constantly vigilant in redirecting and keeping pedestrians away from the site.

“Ultimately, we are guests on campus,” Jacobsen told ENR. “We are charged with advancing its mission… which is health care and research.”

Photo courtesy of Jacobsen Bouw

Jacobsen Construction CEO Gary Ellis (L) and Spencer Fox Eccles celebrate the new construction of the School of Medicine at the University of Utah on June 4, 2024.

Eccles is one of Utah’s leading philanthropists and a dedicated supporter of the University of Utah. Landmark $110 million funding from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation and the Nora Eccles Treadwell Foundation will support medical education programs and cardiovascular research. Eccles is chairman and CEO of the two foundations.

“I have long believed that no state or region can truly become great without a world-class medical center at its core,” Eccles said. “When completed, this facility will ensure that the university provides the highest quality medical education to the physicians who serve Utah and the entire Intermountain West.”

Located on the hill in the heart of the University of Utah Health campus, the eight-story facility will replace the old School of Medicine facility that was built in the 1960s.

“This innovative new building will be the cornerstone of our University of Utah Health campus and embody the extraordinary and generous legacy of the Eccles family and their foundations, a legacy that has enriched the University of Utah for more than 70 years,” said Taylor Randall, president of the University of Utah. “The Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine will propel the U forward as a world-class integrated academic medical institution. I want to specifically thank Spence Eccles from the bottom of our hearts for all he has done for the U.”

Work on the project began with ground breaking in October 2022 and installation of the first structural steel began in February 2024.

“This facility will advance innovation in medical education,” said Michael Good, CEO of University of Utah Health and senior vice president of Health Sciences. “It will enable us to be a model for the nation in educating medical students who pursue excellence in patient care and the medical sciences.”

University of Utah Health is the only academic medical center in the Mountain West, providing patient care for nearly 10 percent of the geographic area of ​​the continental United States. Construction of the Medical Education Building is expected to drive the evolution of the medical school’s history and be used in three primary areas: teaching, research and clinical care.

“This iconic new building anchoring our University Health campus reflects the remarkable, generous legacy of the Eccles Family,” said Randall. “Their remarkable gift is already positioning our Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine to continue advancing as a world-class integrated academic medical institution.”

The new School of Medicine facility will use education, training and research to prepare the next generation of healthcare providers.

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