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Utah's Nature Showcased

The Natural History Museum of Utah is proud to open its new home

The $102.5million Rio Tinto Center comprises 10 permanent galleries spread across 34,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The building is immediately recognizable due to the 42,000 square feet of standing seam copper that wraps the exterior of the building. The copper, mined from Kennecott Utah Copper's Bingham Canyon Mine located across the Salt Lake Valley from the new Museum site, is installed in horizontal bands of various heights to represent the layered rock formations seen throughout Utah. ClickNetherfield designed and manufactured a total of 20 cases for the museum. 17 of these were completely bespoke and engineered to suit the specification of the client's concept. Because the museum is situated in a seismic zone and a fault line runs underneath, it was essential that the case structures were made of heavy gauge steel and clad in bonded glass. We went through a full structural engineering process and produced a prototype which we set up in New Jersey for the client to review and approve. Following this stage of the process, some minor changes to the design were applied before full production began.


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What's Inside

Collections include paleontology, archaeology, ethnology, entomology, vertebrate zoology, mineralogy, botany, and malacology.

Museum

The Natural History Musuem of Utah

Date

November 2011

Exhibition Design

Ralph Appelbaum

Unique Features

This museum features an impressive 20-bay curved case

Cases Used

Custom Solutions, Prism