Darrin Brooks & Mike Daines

Salt Lake City, UT

Emma Eccles Jones Education Building Interiors and Environmental Design

Emma Eccles Jones Education Building Interiors and Environmental Design
Brooks Design Associates & Mike Daines, Afton Klein Group

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University has a reputation for innovation. Graduate and undergraduate programs are strengthened by an on-campus elementary laboratory school. Their graduate programs are ranked #1 in all of Utah and #29 in the nation. 

The 8,168 square foot remodel resulted in a dynamic collaboration between two design educators, one interior design professor, and the other a graphic design professor, hired by the College to transform the building and the College’s visual identity. Their work impacts students, faculty, and the university where they teach. The goal was to create a bold energetic environment that would provide for increased efficiency for users of the space. A major design goal was to increase conversation, collaboration, and communicate wayfinding into the overall design.

This project was an adventure in exploring materials that would stimulate the students and faculty. Wallcovering with raised letters and symbols were installed throughout the space and on all three skybridges. The flooring and carpet patterns were bold and dramatic. Colorful murals were placed in the stairways that are visible from the playground and soccer field of the elementary school. 

Wayfinding and signage also integrate graphics into the overall design. Both designers worked closely to unify the new interiors with signage and wayfinding. From the design of the elevators, to the design of the stairway murals, this building has a new reputation for being the hip destination on campus. The way the signage and wayfinding dovetail with the interiors create a solution that is both practical and charismatic. All finishes and materials were sustainable. Every space was designed to be flexible for all users. Visual communication was used to aid in navigation for users that may need help finding their way through a massive four-story building.

Darrin Brooks & Mike Daines