City Creek Center
City Creek Center is one of the nation’s largest mixed-use downtown redevelopment projects, covering two full city blocks in the heart of Salt Lake City. A six-panel retractable skylight on each block arches above the central walkway, creating an indoor shopping environment during Utah’s snowy season. The panels open to admit sunlight and fresh air, and reduce the demand for air conditioning in warmer months.
The glass-clad panels arch 20 feet in the air as they cantilever over the public meeting areas and seal against each other to form 58 by 240 foot skylights. The two skylights have a slight s-shape that follows the walkway and flowing creek below. As they move to the open position, five of the panels in each skylight bow down, moving their cantilevered arches out of the sightline of the public areas below. One panel in each skylight remains upright in order to accommodate the panel overlap created by the skylight’s s-shape when open.
A personal computer is used to operate the skylights, which move 8 feet per minute and open or close in approximately 6 minutes. The skylights are designed to move multiple times per day to accommodate changing conditions.Contact
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Scope of Work: Design, Fabricate, Install.
Project Engineer: Mark Silvera
Architect: ZGF Archictects
General Contractor: Jacobsen