New Sandy High School
Wall System: Single Wythe: Reinforced Concrete Block
The Design and use of masonry on Sandy High School was a natural response to the City of Sandy’s development code that is derived from Cascadian architecture popular during the early half of the last century. Influenced by the era of handcrafted buildings, the brick design included a rich and varied color blend along with texture, both in the bricks themselves and in the design of wall patterns and details. The brick blend was a custom five-color blend that included a very rugged clinker brick. Coupled with the rich color and texture of the brick, the typical wall changes brick sizes and pattern three times and the use of special details like dog-tooth, solider courses and proud bricks adds a layer of handcraft usually reserved for more prominent cultural institutions.
The use of ground-faced CMU on the interior was a continuation of the design aesthetic from the exterior. A light colored blend was used to resemble a limestone and reflect light. Leaving the block exposed added character and depth to the walls that on occasion were quite expansive. The use of masonry on Sandy High School provided a natural building material that achieved both the desired visual and haptic surface while providing a durability that will serve the community for generations.
Date of Project Completion: July 2012
2013 Hammurabi Honor Award
Photography by Carl Lee