Cowles Building, University of Utah


Project Budget

FFKR Architects

Project Architect

40,000 SF

Project Size

Design Bid Build


June 2000 – December 2001


University of Utah/DFCM



The complete renovation of the LeRoy E. Cowles Building included a structural and seismic upgrade with new high-end architectural finishes. Also included was a three-story addition which houses new stairway and elevator access for the existing structure. The addition is described as a sparkling renovation of wood, stone, and light—a combination of clean modern lines and historical integrity. The original building profile was replicated and copied in everything.


In addition, this project included a new underground math center, the T. Benny Rushing Mathematics Student Center. This center connects the Cowles Building to the John Widstoe Building which remained occupied during construction. The underground math center provides the department with sufficient office space, more and better classroom and computer space close to offices, and a center where students can study, use computers, and receive academic help. The courtyard above has created a new public space where people often gather.


This work was in the historic heart of the University of Utah campus, next to the administration building with limited staging areas and access.


Gramoll Construction self-performed all the concrete and rough carpentry work, including the shotcrete shear panels.


  • Utah Masonry Council 2002 “Award of Merit”

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