University of Utah, Sutton Geology and Geophysics Building | Salt Lake City, UT

University of Utah


Civil Engineering
Hardscape Design


LEED® Gold Certified

State-of-the-Art Design with LEED® Gold Certification

The $25-million Sutton Geology and Geophysics Building houses the University’s Department of Geology and Geophysics. The building is serving as the University’s icon for green building design for its various sustainable and innovative designs.

As a part of a team, Psomas provided civil engineering and land surveying for this state-of-the-art facility including documentation for the building’s LEED® Gold certification.

The stormwater management system surrounding the building provides complete capture and treatment of all stormwater runoff. To capture runoff from the building’s roof drains, Psomas proposed a series of bio-swales which captures and purifies runoff through means of infiltration.

In addition, Psomas designed the building’s hardscape with pervious pavement, which allows stormwater runoff to flow directly through the paving system and down to a layer of coarse gravel where it will remain until it has infiltrated back into the groundwater system.