Carolyn-Tanner Humanities Building, University of Utah


Project Budget


Project Architect

60,000 SF

Project Size

Value Based CM/GC


September 2006 to June 2008


University of Utah/DFCM



The Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building is a new steel structure housing the Tanner Humanities Center, the Department of History, the International Studies Center, and the Philosophy Departments on the University of Utah campus.


With multiple stakeholders and a restricted campus location, Gramoll’s preconstruction services set the stage for a smooth construction process and the desired outcomes, including on-time delivery in spite of design changes. This facility was redesigned just prior to construction to include a fourth floor that was needed for additional faculty and staff. The resulting facility was constructed with a glass stair tower with glass railings, treads and landings visible from the exterior. The unique design uses shading devices on the glazing system for increased efficiency and underground stormwater retention basins. The project also includes an outdoor plaza and labyrinth with radiant heating/snowmelt for year-round use.


  • 2009 Honor Award, AIA