Sunnyvale Design/Build Competition / by SHOKO SMITH

Families in the Sunnyvale area of Salt Lake City will have a new attraction this fall when a specially designedsoccer training wall is erected this October.  The installation is the result of a Design/Build competition to create a unit to engage and enhance youth activity at the park located at 40th South and 7th West. The winning team is named WEST, for Women Engagement Society Training.

A six member design team which included GSBS Architects' Ron Rezvan, won The Sunnyvale Project, sponsored by Salt Lake County – Women in Architecture.  According to Ron, the Sunnyvale neighborhood hosts a large refugee and immigration community. “The competition was for a public installation to create fun soccer-related activities and to encourage youth immigrants to use their public amenities,” he said.  “Our design team could really identify with the kids and their families because know what it like to live in a new country.”  

Ron and his team of three men and three women designers are all Iranian or Iranian-Americans. He, Massih Nilforoushan, Zahra Hassanipour, andArdavan Tookaloo all went to Tehran University of Art for their Bachelor of Architecture.  Reihaneh Noori and Elaheh Zarezade are is working on their Master’s degree in architecture at the University of Utah.

The competition specified a $4000 budget and strict schedule for “an environmentally conscious design.” Accordingly, the team created a wood structure that has a solid training wall with round targets made from bike tires, flexible and fixed seating, and target practice net, and uses recycled materials in its construction.   Fabrication begins shortly with unveiling in October.