Brigham Young University
Office of Information Technology Building
The Office of Information Technology Services Building houses the campus IT personnel currently in other buildings, scattered around campus. This effort co-locates many of the University’s IT services and personnel into a building specifically designed for their needs.
Although the building is geographically separate from main campus, the MHTN team was tasked with designing a facility that will be recognized as a BYU building, with a distinctive design that reflects the fact that it is the home of the IT services providers. BYU challenged the design team to provide a solution that evoked a sense of simplicity and elegance, while displaying the power of current technology and good design.
The building exterior skin is primarily curtainwall glazing to provide light-filled, optimum views for all occupants. Brick masonry veneer, matching the campus standard brick, and metal panels provide visual emphasis and connectivity to other BYU campus buildings.
The interior design solution incorporates an open office theme, providing clear views to the exterior window walls for all occupants of the building. There are very few enclosed offices on each floor and those that are included do not block views for others on each floor plate. Building services and auxiliary spaces have been moved to the interior core of each floor plate, to maintain the unobstructed views to the exterior. This design solution also offers maximum flexibility to rearrange workstations as work groups and projects frequently demand.
In keeping with MHTN sustainable design philosophy, the building and site incorporate many energy efficient systems and enhancements that will save the university operational expense over the life of the building, and help preserve Provo’s environment for future generations. Water use is also held to a minimum through the use of “water-wise” technology.