JRCA Architects Wins Best Interior Project over $5M for the Discovery Gateway Children’’s Museum

JRCA Architects Wins Best Interior Project over $5M for the Discovery Gateway Children’’s Museum

JRCA Architects is grateful to be awarded the Best Interior Project over $5 Million from Intermountain Contractor. This was such a rewarding project to be apart of.


“To inspire children of all ages to imagine, discover, and connect with their world to make a difference.” Discovery Gateway Mission Statement

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Since 2001, JRCA Architects has work closely with the Museum Board, Junior Achievement Board,  Patrons, Staff, and Salt Lake County to develop and implement an innovative master plan and design moving the Children’s Museum of Utah into the Gateway development in downtown Salt Lake City. JRCA was assisted by a national team of specialists that included Museum Planners, Operations Consultants, Lighting Designers, Graphic Designers, and Exhibit Designers.

Working with over 70,000 square feet of existing space on 4 levels, JRCA created a variety of large and small activity spaces, exhibit areas, classrooms, workshops, and offices responding to the programmatic requirements ranging from toddlers to teenagers and their families.

A critical challenge presented by the existing building shell involved wayfinding and circulation to the various activities and from floor to floor. New openings between floors were added and mezzanines constructed. A monumental entry stair and a new central organizing stair were designed to both locate and direct the museum patrons. Two new passenger elevators have been suspended within the structure to serve the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. A large 30 person capable of transporting large exhibits or an entire school class from the street level to the 4th floor Enterprise Village was constructed over two levels of existing parking structure.

The Story Factory, Kids Eye View, Medial Central, The Studio, and the Children’s Garden all provide unique areas where a child can explore and let their imaginations wander. The Junior Achievement’s Biz Town located on the 4th floor creates a kid size city where elementary school classes learn about the free enterprise system through hands-on experience.

Materials and colors throughout the Museum were all carefully selected to reinforce specific experiences and to encourage exploration and learning. Exhibits have been developed to introduce even the youngest visitor to the design and construction process and a better understanding of their man made environment.

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