2017 Utah Masonry Council Best of Show Honor Design

MTC South Campus Expansion

Project Location:           
2005 North 900 East
Provo, Utah 84602

The MTC South Campus Expansion consists of 2 large, six-story buildings which will provide a variety of spaces for over 3,700 LDS missionaries. These spaces include classrooms, practice teaching rooms, zone rooms, offices, and assembly rooms. The new expansion incorporates natural design elements that provide an open and uplifting environment.

Size of Building:
520,000 Sq Ft

Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
585,000 4" Norman Blend

Project completion date: June 2017

The Provo MTC, which is one of fifteen missionary training facilities worldwide, has been serving missionaries since 1978. In 2014, plans were released for an expansion project that would take place to the south of the existing MTC and construction would begin in the summer of 2015.

This expansion project would allow for an increase from serving 2,800 missionaries to a facility that now can train, house, and feed 3,700 missionaries. Missionaries are called to serve around the world and often are required to learn a foreign language. 55 different languages are taught at the MTC.

Besides language training, missionaries are also instructed in world cultures, teaching skills, and religious instruction. The new South Campus Expansion will provide a drastically different classroom experience for missionaries from those of the last 40 years.

LDS Church leaders noted that a great deal of research had been done by the church on learning environments. The result of this research was that the church wanted to create an environment which showcased light, spacious views, and masterful artwork.

​This atmosphere would facilitate inspired learning, provide places to ponder and think, and create a sense of peace. All these considerations were carefully and meticulously included into the design of the building of the South Campus Expansion.

The new expansion buildings have been designed to optimize the learning experience of the missionaries. The buildingS were designed to work together along with the exterior plaza elements to give the missionaries an inside / outside learning experience.

The entire complex has a natural openness to it which creates an ambience that is truly uplifting, peaceful, and inspiring. The exterior is comprised of brick with a state-of-the-art curtainwall system, integrated canopies, ornamental precast concrete trim, and vertical glass fins.

A project specific custom blend of three different buff colored brick was used to complement the existing masonry on the campus. An accent red brick was also used for inset horizontal banding.

Vertical window sections that stretch from ground level to nearly roof height are flanked with GFRC pilasters and jambs ornamented with Art Deco design elements. These windows provide ample natural light into the building and also provide majestic views of the surrounding mountains.

Metal awnings ornament windows on the west and south elevations that provide shade for the interior while also giving further design accent to the building.

The buildings are designed to create a protective plaza in the center of the complex where missionaries can get outside to study and socialize.

Both the interior and exterior design of the building complex work together to create an environment of peace and tranquility where missionaries can find areas where they can be inspired.

​Despite an extremely tight schedule and limited jobsite, the work was accomplished in a remarkably quick timeframe. 90% of the masonry work was installed over a short 7 to 8 month time. Careful sequencing and coordination was required to keep the jobsite running effectively. Teamwork and coordination was essential for the quick progression of the project.