The Granary Campus Salt Lake is an adaptive reuse project composed of five connected historic warehouse buildings in an underserved
area of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Once a center for manufacturing and industry with rail-supported warehousing and storage, the area known as the Warehouse District fell into decline in the 1950s as the automobile displaced rail service.
In 2018, Lake Union Partners, a Seattle-based development team, and outdoor retail visionary Bryce Phillips, founder of evo, launched an idea for creating a campus–a ‘base camp’–to bring together outdoor enthusiasts along the Wasatch Front.
“We wanted to leave all of that character exposed so you could see the building had seen 120 years of use. The new design elements were intended to contrast that, not replicate it."
— OWNER NEWTON BREITER
Stucco facades, interior brick walls, and exposed wood/steel roof structures were carefully preserved, playing an integral role in how new spaces came together.
The design team evaluated the conditions and envisioned a central spine to connect all five structures into one functioning system, allowing access to each space in the campus: the hotel lobby, skatepark, two retail stores, bouldering gym, and a rooftop bar.
The vision of the owners and design team to create a community hub that reflects the gritty but authentic culture and artistic expression of the makers, fabricators, craftspeople, and artists of the Granary District was a guiding principle of the design.
The high historic warehouse ceiling height allowed for the insertion of an upper level mezzanine within the timber rafters with ingenious connections to all four fingers of the 50 evo Hotel guest rooms.
After a long day out skiing in the mountains, a cozy Rafter Room provides a nurturing space to rest and relax.
The Salt Lake Bouldering Project houses 26,000 square feet of climbing terrain with an exposed wood & steel roof structure. Guests of evo hotel as well as local Utahns connect here through rigorous climbs.
"Even though you're miles from an actual ski resort, this is an intentionally focused community. You really feel like you have something in common with the people you're sharing the space with."
— ASSOCIATE AARON DAY
Nestled beneath skylights and an exposed wooden ceiling, a dedicated boot fitting area invites snowboarders and skiers to test gear in comfortable seating.
The team discovered old rail beds on the floors of the buildings and repurposed them into the on-site indoor skatepark.
At 5,000 square feet, The All Together Skatepark is designed to help all levels of skaters improve their skills. It features quarter pipes, a half pipe, ledges and more made of wood and weather-resistant Skatelite.
"The Granary Campus is a true gift to the state of Utah. This building will help to revive its own neighborhood— a long ignored corner of Salt Lake City. More importantly, however, the Granary Campus offers Utah's developers and architects an example of how to use historic buildings as economic and cultural catalysts that transform the neighborhoods and communities in which they stand. I wholeheartedly applaud Lloyd Architects for the creativity through which they approved the Granary Campus and thank them for providing our state with a seminal standard of adaptive reuse."
— UTAH DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN DAVID AmOTT
If you want to learn more about the Granary Campus, including the story behind the project, site and historic constraints, use of Archicad and LiDAR to scan the existing site and much more, watch the free webinar hosted by Graphisoft.