I’m continually struck by the number of businesses out there that offer interesting and challenging jobs that I, for one, never knew were possible career paths. This theme struck again when I photographed the Bryan S. Finkle Building in South Jordan. The principle tenant is SMRTL, Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory.
A one-story brick and glass portion sociably faces the highway, and stepped back is the mid rise. Okland Construction built the project that MHTN Architects designed. Okland also completed the tenant improvements for SMRTL.
The parking structure is visible from the back. Across the access road shown in this photo is a preserved wetland. At the time I made the photo it was alive with sounds of frogs and birds.
Returning to the interior of the SMRTL offices, a partition separates the reception area from an informal sitting area that also serves as a waiting area for the conference room.
Deeper into the office space is another seating area that encourages conversation and collaboration. I liked how the lighted globes declare its location.
Moving into the portion of the office in the one-story portion of the building, again the globes delineate a social area amid the office work stations.
The heart of the business is testing. The lab is organized into rows of equipment, supplies, workstations, and lots of supporting technology. I can only imagine the complexity of the wiring diagram.
Glass separates smaller dedicated labs.
I walked away from the assignment with a deep appreciation of how different other people’s workdays are from mine. Also, I wondered how people discover and prepare for these careers? I had the sense from the people I encountered that it is satisfying work. So, it’s a big world out there, full of interesting jobs my career counselor never touched upon.
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