Discovery Gateway – The Children’s Museum of Utah

Working within the existing Gateway Commercial Center, JRCA Architects created a variety of large and small activity spaces, exhibit areas, classrooms, workshops, and offices responding to programmatic requirements ranging from toddlers to teenagers and their families. New openings between the existing floors were created and mezzanines constructed. A monumental entry stair and a new central organizing stair were designed to both locate and direct the museum patrons. Two passenger elevators have been suspended within the structure to serve all floors. A 30 person elevator for transporting large exhibits and School groups from the street level to the 4th floor Enterprise Village was built over an existing parking garage.

The Story Factory, Kids Eye View, Media 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.

Size – 70,000 S.F.; Completed 2006; Location – Salt Lake City, Utah

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