PDA

View Full Version : Provo MSA Development Thread


Pages : 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 [11] 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33

SLC Projects
Mar 25, 2008, 4:21 PM
"More then 1/3 of downtown L.A.'s housing projects are now hold." LOL Ha ha. Suck on that L.A.

delts145
Mar 29, 2008, 1:38 PM
Planners want help with Utah Lake's future

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/260693/17/

The Utah Lake Commission, which is a new government agency tasked with looking after all things Utah Lake, is beginning the process of creating a master plant for the largest natural freshwater body in the west and wants community input on what that plan should be.

For information about Awake Utah Lake or the Utah Lake Commisiion , visit .

www.UtahLakeCommission.org

.

delts145
Apr 3, 2008, 7:53 PM
Orem's Broadmoor Towers on hold

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/260881/18/

Construction of the Broadmoor Towers, an eight-story, 136,000-square-foot Class A office condominium project at 1600 N. 1275 West in Orem won't start until its developers have procured more tenants for the planned building, project owners say.

.

delts145
Apr 3, 2008, 8:10 PM
UDOT moves forward with S.R. 92 expressway

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/261180/

UDOT plans to build two lanes in each direction from the mouth of American Fork Canyon to the Dry Creek Dip.
From the dip, the road would split into an expressway that will speed commuters to the freeway with no lights, flanked on each side with two lanes in each direction allowing shoppers and residents to get where they want to go. Bridges located every three-quarters of a mile will allow cross access over the expressway.

*For those of you who don't already know, SR 92 is the exit and highway at Thanksgiving Point, that takes you from I-15 to American Fork Canyon, up onto the Alpine Loop, and down into Sundance and Provo Canyon.

.

i-215
Apr 4, 2008, 2:24 AM
:previous:

Surprise surprise....

Lehi Mayor Howard Johnson was not happy with the plan, which gives Lehi residents access to the expressway only from 1200 East, a plan he called preposterous. Johnson called for the plans to be scrapped in favor of a six-lane expressway with several accesses. Johnson said his plan would cost little more but give much more access, and would better handle future traffic.

I'm beginning to really dislike this guy. Maybe not his ideas ... but rather the fact that nothing UDOT presents is "good enough" for him.

Happy Valley Freak
Apr 4, 2008, 3:43 AM
:previous:

Surprise surprise....



I'm beginning to really dislike this guy. Maybe not his ideas ... but rather the fact that nothing UDOT presents is "good enough" for him.

ugh, seriously, grr it bugs the hell outta me when ppl are negitive about everything

Wasatch_One
Apr 4, 2008, 5:32 AM
Orem's Broadmoor Towers on hold

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/260881/18/

Construction of the Broadmoor Towers, an eight-story, 136,000-square-foot Class A office condominium project at 1600 N. 1275 West in Orem won't start until its developers have procured more tenants for the planned building, project owners say.

.

sweet, maybe itll sink the project and focus more attention on DT Provo...

delts145
Apr 4, 2008, 12:00 PM
^^^
I won't argue your point Wasatch, I'm kind of anxious for Provo to be the main focus too. I don't think these towers will go under though. The developers are pretty savvy people, and are just being careful. This particular location is too good to not see something materialize as soon as the market becomes more predictable. Now that Geneva is gone, this site has incredible views for office condo's from all angles. The location is ideal for the central valley also.

Future Mayor
Apr 4, 2008, 2:37 PM
:previous:

Surprise surprise....



I'm beginning to really dislike this guy. Maybe not his ideas ... but rather the fact that nothing UDOT presents is "good enough" for him.

In my planning program we have a name for people like this. We have all heard of NIMBY, not in my back yard. But the people that are always negative we call those CAVE people; Citizens Against Virtually Everything. :haha:

Happy Valley Freak
Apr 4, 2008, 9:56 PM
In my planning program we have a name for people like this. We have all heard of NIMBY, not in my back yard. But the people that are always negative we call those CAVE people; Citizens Against Virtually Everything. :haha:

lol EXACTLY!!!:hell:

arkhitektor
Apr 4, 2008, 10:05 PM
In my planning program we have a name for people like this. We have all heard of NIMBY, not in my back yard. But the people that are always negative we call those CAVE people; Citizens Against Virtually Everything. :haha:

So since he is the mayor, what would make him, a PAVE? (Politician against virually everything).

Mayor Dolan seems to support virtually any development in Sandy, maybe these two should get together and work something out.

delts145
Apr 5, 2008, 11:00 AM
Comments sought on Utah Lake issues

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695267623,00.html

http://www.willieholdman.com/images/large/100370106410.jpg

From adding sandy beaches to eliminating carp, most people in Utah County want a positive change to Utah Lake.

..

delts145
Apr 8, 2008, 11:34 AM
A New Design For Utah:

Utah Valley may get express lane -

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695268342,00.html

Most widening projects are about the same, more lanes, a possible raised or landscaped median, but UDOT engineers are creating a road that isn't found anywhere in Utah - S.R. 92 will have a raised or lowered express lane.

delts145
Apr 10, 2008, 12:38 PM
Lehi - Growing city has promising commercial future

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/262093/

Lehi's commercial future is promising in spite of a national recession, according to the city's new economic development coordinator Doug Meldrum,.

.

delts145
Apr 10, 2008, 12:47 PM
American Fork/Highland - Fox Hollow edges closer to completion

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/261258/

http://2008.heraldextra.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=112449&g2_serialNumber=2
Mark Johnston/Daily Herald

.

delts145
Apr 11, 2008, 1:19 PM
Nephi - FiberTEK Insulation to build plant

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/261657/

...FiberTEK insulation LLC is building a $32 million production plant at 2726 S. Main St. in Nephi...

.

Future Mayor
Apr 11, 2008, 3:05 PM
Nephi - FiberTEK Insulation to build plant

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/261657/

...FiberTEK insulation LLC is building a $32 million production plant at 2726 S. Main St. in Nephi...

.

WOW, Good for you Nephi, 99 jobs, that really is a huge amount of jobs for that city and county.

delts145
Apr 11, 2008, 3:32 PM
Yeah, especially when you consider the ripple effect.

It won't be long before Nephi and Santaquin start to approach each other and connect. That corridor between Utah and Juab along I-15 has perfect benches, nice valley plots, and magnificent views. Hmmm...As Santaquin grows, I wonder where the next big area for fruit orchards will be? I still remember when there were a lot of orchards in Orem. There is actually more acreage in orchard production now than in the past, but it migrated to the Santaquin area.

i-215
Apr 11, 2008, 3:40 PM
:previous:

Someday driving from Brigham City to Nephi will be not-so-different from driving from Santa Barbara to Palm Springs.

delts145
Apr 11, 2008, 3:57 PM
Or Santa Barbara to Laguna Niguel. Oh 215, did you read the article about the new highway 92 rebuild? What do you think, kind of a new type of design for Utah. Highway 92 is my commuter route to Salt Lake.

shrubber
Apr 12, 2008, 2:34 AM
Well, this is bad news.

Developer of upscale Draper neighborhood [Suncrest] files for bankruptcy protection

http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_8894326 (http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_8894326)

I'm hoping this doesn't hurt the area too much. It really is a nice area up there. Too bad for all the lawsuits and disputes with Draper combined with the downturn in the housing market to cause this.

I live down the hill from it at Traverse Mountain and hope this sort of thing doesn't happen there. Fortunately, TM is also investing in commercial properties (Cabelas, Outlet Mall, Challenger School, Office Buildings, etc), so I'm hoping that will be enough to weather the housing market challenges.

shrubber
Apr 14, 2008, 1:17 PM
Here's an interesting article regarding the various projects along the Wasatch.

High-rises shooting up along Wasatch Front suburbs

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_8917110

delts145
Apr 14, 2008, 1:27 PM
:previous:

I still strongly believe that the Gehry project will move forward as the market and growth of the Metro and Utah Valley continues. It isn't a matter of 'if but when,' and how fast the project will progress.

wrendog
Apr 14, 2008, 3:56 PM
SLC needs to get on the ball.. These suburb developers are competitive!

Steve Aste of Utopia Station Development Corp. had plotted a 27-story condo tower at 2200 S. Main St. as the centerpiece of South Salt Lake's Market Station - until he heard downtown's City Creek Center will have one that's 32 floors.
"Then mine's 33," he says, only "half joking."

SLC needs to say: "450 ft tower in Lehi? The we're building a 500 ft tower".

delts145
Apr 14, 2008, 4:05 PM
Wren, I was pretty amused by that comment too.

SLC Projects
Apr 14, 2008, 4:28 PM
That story has some updates on a few highrise projects...

1. In Ogden, plans for the 14-story Midtown Village hotel are on hold a 2. 13-story Embassy Suites hotel slated for Pleasant Grove has been nipped to nine stories. :maddown:

3. Steve Aste of Utopia Station Development Corp. had plotted a 27-story condo tower at 2200 S. Main St. as the centerpiece of South Salt Lake's Market Station - until he heard downtown's City Creek Center will have one that's 32 floors.
"Then mine's 33," he says, only "half joking."

4. Aste's tower is in Market Station's second phase, which could begin in 2011 if economic conditions are right.

delts145
Apr 19, 2008, 1:06 PM
Lindon, State Street under construction - Lindon Heritage Trail

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/263120/17/

The city is extending its Heritage Trail under State Street at City Center Park. The $3million project will eventually allow the trail to stretch all the way from the mountain to Utah Lake.

.

Orlando
Apr 19, 2008, 5:40 PM
:previous:

I still strongly believe that the Gehry project will move forward as the market and growth of the Metro and Utah Valley continues. It isn't a matter of 'if but when,' and how fast the project will progress.

Ubelievable, Delts! Once again, you amaze me by your optimism.:tup: But, forgive me if I think you are a little naieve.:rolleyes: check out all of the readers comments from this article listed in sltrib about all the highrises going up along the wasatch front. Most of thes comments completely back my position that this is the wrong scale of development, and should be stopped. Delts, c'mon man! :) Wake up! Who are you kidding? Yourself? :D

http://166.70.44.77/comments/read_comments.asp?ref=8917110&PageIndex=3

delts145
Apr 20, 2008, 11:27 AM
:banana: UDOT set to widen Redwood to 5 lanes

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695272108,00.html

...residents in communities like Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain in Utah County and Herriman and Bluffdale in Salt Lake County, among others, constantly use Redwood Road as a pricncipal thoroughfare.

:tup: The Utah Department of Transportation is widening Redwood Road from Bangerter Highway in Bluffdale to 400 South in Saratoga Springs.

Currently a two-lane road, UDOT plans to widen Redwood to five lanes, with bike lanes on both the northbound and southbound sides, said Adan Carrillo UDOT spokesman.

UDOT will also install underpasses for wildlife to pass through. "It will greatly reduce the amount of collisions people experience out there with wildlife," Carrillo said...

Lehi - Many are eager for connector - Route will serve as an alternative to Lehi's Main Street

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695272086,00.html

The project, which is fully funded, will cost $135 million. Part of the $2.6 billion for the I-15 expansion will go to fund the east-west connector...
.

delts145
Apr 20, 2008, 3:07 PM
Ubelievable, Delts! Once again, you amaze me by your optimism.:tup: But, forgive me if I think you are a little naieve.:rolleyes: check out all of the readers comments from this article listed in sltrib about all the highrises going up along the wasatch front. Most of thes comments completely back my position that this is the wrong scale of development, and should be stopped. Delts, c'mon man! :) Wake up! Who are you kidding? Yourself? :)

http://166.70.44.77/comments/read_comments.asp?ref=8917110&PageIndex=3

I will assume Orlando that the inclusion of smiley and his friends, would mean that your remarks are meant in a very friendly manner, which I appreciate very much. Somehow though, I have failed to communicate effectively an opinion of what I think is happening with Traverse Ridge. Please keep in mind, not what I necessarily prefer to happen, or would personally push myself.

The Gehry Project will proceed in phases, not in 'ONE FELL SWOOP.' This is how it has been presented to the VERY SAVY Frank Gehry, and this is how he understands it. Just as the huge project of Thanksgiving Point has proceeded in phases, "the speed at which this Project proceeds, will depend on the speed at which this hub area grows." Orlando, somehow you seem to assert that this project is of the wrong scale at this time. Yet, in the same breath we cannot deny the obvious of what this junction will become in 15 to 20 years. Projects like this do not happen overnight, no matter what the typical hype of almost all developers. Brandt is only performing the typical dance of every developer, in order to stake his territory. In my estimation it would be more correct to assert that this development will not happen as quickly as the developer would like, but it will happen over time. How quickly remains to be seen.

It is important to understand that this geographic location screams for this type of development. It is the 'Perfect Storm' of a location for what is being planned. It's very large and booming demographic, is one of the most educated, and easily the largest, affluent demographic in the Wasatch Region. It is also an area, which is attracting some of the highest rates of affluent 'in-migration' in the West. Again, the dye has already been cast. This is and will continue to be the largest, most affluent, and among the fastest growing demographic areas in the mountain region.

Of course, there is the fact that this project is but a piece of the puzzle of which 100's of millions of dollars in resort, commercial, residential, and business development has already been successfully completed in the immediate vicinity. Never mind that the I-15/92 Junction has emerged as one of the current fastest growing, class A business parks in the Metro, or that it's expanding resort is already one of the most visited, successful and highly rated destination resorts in the Mountain Region. Many people seem to be clueless to the fact that the Gehry Project is no more than a, "ultra- fancy, multi-purpose, mixed-use destination resort," "an extension of the already booming Thanksgiving Point."
Much of what goes on with the measured pace of development of these Gehry Towers, is merely in keeping with the uber-demand in this specific area for prestige office space, close to affluent communties such as Traverse Ridge, Alpine, Highland, and Draper,etc. Again, and I stress this, "The fact that this area will become the largest, most affluent demographic is already set." And there is still room for easily a quarter million plus more people in the immediate area.

I know this totally upsets several people on this forum, that most wealthy businessmen in South Salt Lake Valley and North Utah Valley would much prefer to lease space in a prestigious tower with views of Timp only a few minutes from their doorstep, rather than commute to downtown Salt Lake or Provo/Orem. It is a fact that many with the cash to do so want that option, whether a particular group of 'urbanista planners' feels it meshes with their creed or not. Much as Century City or Bellevue developed, or any one of a few hundred other core's in this country, so will go Traverse Ridge over the next twenty years and beyond.

In addition to office space, these towers also will function as Hotel/Fractional Condo/Second Residence ownership for affluent destination vacationers, who want to golf at what is already rated as one of the most beautiful top courses on the No. American continent. Many will want to be within walking distance to Front Runner, or spend time at one of the largest and most beautiful formal gardens in the country, stock up at Cabela's, or Wakeboard. In addition to the resort aspect, high-end shopping will definately evolve around this junction. A few people need to understand that really by far, the largest critical mass of Neiman Marcus/Sak's type shoppers along the Wasatch, are within minutes of this junction. That is not to say that a 'Neiman Marcus anchored mall' is going in over the next couple of years. However, there will be an evolution of high-end shops, restaurants and entertainment, catering to the destination resort itself, and the large wealthy populous of the immediate area.

:tup: Downtown Salt Lake has a long list of unique niches that will continue to be developed and expanded under the very capable leadership of the Governor and it's current Mayor. Sure, what happens with Sandy or Traverse Ridge will dillute and spread some of the focus away from Salt Lake, but only a certain niche. There is not a major city in the world, whether it is Toronto, San Francisco ,New York, Paris, London, Seattle,Tokyo or L.A's, Wilshire Corridor, which has not developed in the same way as that which is taking place here along the Wasatch. To ignore the many obvious and comparative realities of the 'now' and future of Traverse Ridge, and then dictate one's own personal opinion absolutes, would make no sense to a successful and patient developer, who understands historical trends. ;)

i-215
Apr 20, 2008, 7:19 PM
:previous:

So, (considering I'm still single) ... I should plan on staying at the Ghery 5-star Hotel for my 50th Wedding Anniversary - but not until then, right? :(

C'mon! I don't care if Brandt Anderson goes bankrupt in the process. I want the project finished in one fell swoop now :order: Now :order: NOW :order:!!!! :tantrum:

delts145
Apr 20, 2008, 7:53 PM
Maybe, you're 20th anniversary!! :haha: Then again, as soon as this economic downturn makes it's cycle, we'll probably head into another phase of crazy growth. Projects like Traverse Ridge could happen sooner than we expect.

delts145
Apr 22, 2008, 2:09 PM
Sleepy Ridge excites Orem

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695268147,00.html

http://www.linksatsleepyridge.com/assets/images/DSCN1539.JPG

Orem city and operators of Sleepy Ridge Golf Course will break ground on a $5.5 million clubhouse today th the course located at 700 S. Sleepy Ridge Drive, west of I-15.

Sleepy Ridge Golf Course
The Links at Sleepy Ridge is a par 72 golf course that measures 7,017 yards from the championship tees. The golf course was designed by Matthew Dye, a third generation member of one of the best known families of golf course designers in the world. The golf course plays through and around the wetlands on the eastern shore of Utah Lake. The golf course features generous rolling fairways and challenging approach shots that will appeal to golfers of all skill levels.

Photo Gallery:

http://www.linksatsleepyridge.com/html/photo_gallery.html

http://www.linksatsleepyridge.com/assets/images/DSCN1557.JPG

.

delts145
Apr 23, 2008, 1:26 PM
UDOT puts Lehi freeway on hold

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/263366/17/

.

millhouse
Apr 23, 2008, 8:05 PM
To back up what Delts has stated about the Gehry project and the Traverse area. I personally have been involved in several project with millions of square feet for class A buildings in that very area. Commercial developments that will cost hundreds of millions to develop over time. Again just because it hasn’t been announced doesn’t mean it wont be built. Many of the developer’s don’t want to show their cards so to speak. :tup:

delts145
Apr 24, 2008, 12:38 PM
And Now!! Lehi, UDOT to compromise on Mountain View Corridor

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695273191,00.html

After three months of working with Lehi city staff, Utah Department of Transportation officials have decided to build the Mountain View Corridor in phases through Lehi...

.

delts145
Apr 24, 2008, 12:57 PM
American Fork - Arts Council looks to build concert hall

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/263410/

.

delts145
Apr 24, 2008, 1:25 PM
Just a couple of days ago I passed by this old mill. I stopped for a bit to just look at it. As I gazed at this historical old complex, I couldn't help but daydream about its incredible potential. Then, I see this announcement this morning and WOW, "was I excited!!"

:tup: Historic Lehi Roller Mills to expand - Visually Charming and Historically Accurate Restoration & Expansion to Transform Lehi's East Main Street Gateway. :banana:

http://2008.heraldextra.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=114761&g2_serialNumber=2
http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/262905/

http://2008.heraldextra.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=114118&g2_serialNumber=2

.

delts145
Apr 24, 2008, 2:02 PM
In passing this Interchange along I-15 the other day, I noticed buildings going up like crazy. A lot of Class A office construction and multi-unit residential going on here right now.

Pleasant Grove - Construction begins on Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center.

New Article and Link:http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/262969/

1st rendering released
http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/8247/pg12storyhotelpv0.jpg

2nd and newest rendering. I think this is still what will be planned in the updated article (link above) they say that some modifications were made to accomodate seimic requirements for the plot. In looking at the old article that was released with this rendering below, it would seem that no downsizing has occurred. This tower pictured below will accomodate 300 suites and the Mariott Courtyard another 250 plus.
http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/5093/20070109bizpghotel01101qq1.jpg
"The number of rooms, parking spaces and size of the convention center will be pretty much the same as the original plan," said Bradford. The original plan included 300 suites, a 40,000-square-foot ballroom and more than 120,000 combined square feet of meeting and convention space.

Old Article:Original Article below released with Rendering #2 Note: read above link for updated article
PLEASANT GROVE - A suite deal is propelling Pleasant Grove into the big leagues.
Developers unveiled updated plans Tuesday to build two large hotels (an Embassy Suites and a Courtyard Marriott), three restaurants and a spacious convention center at this northern Utah County city's so-called "$350 million intersection."
"This rivals anything in the state of Utah, even in Salt Lake City," Pleasant Grove Mayor Mike Daniels said. "This is a tremendous facility."
The project will be financed partly by one of the nation's largest hotel developers, John Q. Hammons, along with bonds financed through a Utah County hotel-tax hike and future property tax revenues from the development.
An investment and banking firm has projected the hotels and convention center would generate $51 million a year.
Hammons said Tuesday his Pleasant Grove project will offer 520 hotel rooms and more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space in a convention center with 28- to 30-foot ceilings.
The first leg of construction, the 14-story, 300-suite Embassy Suites Hotel, is scheduled to begin June 1, Hammons said. He expects construction to take 14 to 21 months, with an opening in October 2008.
The Courtyard Marriott is slated for a 2008 groundbreaking, followed by a 2009 debut.
Hammons said the project, which would boast 350 to 450 employees, is in a prime location - near Interstate 15 and Pleasant Grove Boulevard and not far from Brigham Young University and Utah Valley State College.
The hotel site also is adjacent to a planned 1 million-square-foot lifestyle center. That area would provide a mix of entertainment, restaurants and national and Utah retailers.
Dennis Baker, the property owner, said he has been talking with national real estate trusts, though he would not say who the anchor tenant might be.
Daniels, the Pleasant Grove mayor, pointed out the enhanced revenues would ease the tax burden on residents and create career jobs.
"I'm convinced, in the near future, Salt Lake will learn Pleasant Grove is a competitive force in the state," Hammons said.

.

SLC Projects
Apr 24, 2008, 4:02 PM
http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/5093/20070109bizpghotel01101qq1.jpg
"The number of rooms, parking spaces and size of the convention center will be pretty much the same as the original plan," said Bradford. The original plan included 300 suites, a 40,000-square-foot ballroom and more than 120,000 combined square feet of meeting and convention space.
.

:previous:
I was noticing that as well Delts while driving on the I-15 on Monday coming back from Lake Powell that there is alot going on in that area. Still there is just a field where that highrise hotel will go. I was wondering while driving by just when will this project take off.



The first leg of construction, the 14-story, 300-suite Embassy Suites Hotel, is scheduled to begin June 1, Hammons said. He expects construction to take 14 to 21 months, with an opening in October 2008..

:previous:
14-stories? I thought the hotel got down size to only 9-stories. Not as exciting. :shrug:

arkhitektor
Apr 24, 2008, 4:50 PM
The first leg of construction, the 14-story, 300-suite Embassy Suites Hotel, is scheduled to begin June 1, Hammons said. He expects construction to take 14 to 21 months, with an opening in October 2008.
.

:sly: I'm pretty sure that from June to October is only like 5 months, not 14-21.

SLC Projects
Apr 24, 2008, 5:32 PM
"The first leg of construction, the 14-story, 300-suite Embassy Suites Hotel, is scheduled to begin June 1, Hammons said. He expects construction to take 14 to 21 months, with an opening in October 2008.."

I think they meant to say October 2009.

delts145
Apr 24, 2008, 5:54 PM
^^^
Guys, read the link posted for the updated article. I added an additional note, which clarifys again that the original article printed with the #2 rendering is simply to be used as a means of comparison of the new and the old proposal.

SLC Projects
Apr 24, 2008, 6:39 PM
^^^
Guys, read the link posted for the updated article. I added an additional note, which clarifys again that the original article printed with the #2 rendering is simply to be used as a means of comparison of the new and the old proposal.


:previous:
Come on Delts, I'm too lazy to do that. LOL

SLC Projects
Apr 24, 2008, 11:29 PM
"The additions will include a three-story, 3,500 square-foot building which is intended to be half retail space and the other half a bakery, a 4,300 square-foot warehouse for office space and storage and 56 new parking spaces, Willhite told commission members"

delts145
Apr 26, 2008, 12:05 PM
Utah Lake Commission - Group Clarifies Utah Lake Vision - Cleaning up reputation is listed as major need

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695273571,00.html

.

delts145
May 1, 2008, 2:13 PM
:yuck: Orem develper allowed to build disputed car lot.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,695275321,00.html

This is absolutely ludicrous to allow in an area that should be a gateway for not only Orem, but the thousands of tourists that use this major corridor as an entrance to Provo Canyon. Orem needs to get it's urban act together.

.

shrubber
May 11, 2008, 5:22 AM
Brandt Andersen (developer of the Frank Gehry project) updated his blog today with some information about the project. While delayed, and stating the obvious reason being the current market, it seems like the project may still have some life to it. Not much information was shared, but the fact that he isn't avoiding mention of it is a good sign. He also included a photo that shows some of the various concepts for the main tower.

Link to Brandt Andersen's Blog (http://dleagueutah.blogspot.com/)

delts145
May 11, 2008, 12:00 PM
:previous:

Latest News on Gehry Project.

http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/9982/lehiskyline2hj6.jpg
Frank Gehry Project
http://travmtn.com/uploads/newbb/1_474f2d6f8aeec.jpg
Frank Gehry Project
...We have bought a building that will become the new headquarters for the Flash. To be announced-but it is a building everyone in this area knows. I am working with a very interesting up and coming architect that is connected to the Gehry/Lehi Development to make it something special (name to be announced). Details to come later in the summer...

http://bp0.blogger.com/_XHCHYpePnMI/SCX9tPSRQmI/AAAAAAAAAKM/J7G0eKolCRY/s320/Gehry+Studies.jpg
Among many prototype massing models for Gehry Project at Traverse Ridge, Lehi

Other Projects:

We are in a tough market right now. Although we have almost completed the designs for the Iconic buildings in the Lehi project I am hesitant to show our work. News of "grand" Real Estate projects is quickly followed by skepticism. In this market I get it. There is not much institutional money out there for great ideas that are not backed with strong financial plans. Look at the projects that are being put on hold-look at the projects that are going bankrupt. I know very few companies related to the RE industry that are not a day or two away from going out of business. Here is the thing, those who survive will be richly rewarded. It is always the story. A tough market weeds out those who should have never been there in the first place.

The Lehi Project is different. We have been careful and have taken the steps to ensure long-term success. When we do unveil the new designs we intend to bring out all of our study models. You may be surprised to see the volume of studies. Above you will see a sneak peak at just a fraction of the number of physical model studies that have been completed.

We are getting close on several high-profile tenants that I believe will just add to the class of the development. I am anxious to show the plans-Frank can't wait to show these plans. I am convinced that the work and reconfiguring we have done is going to pay dividends. I believe it will bring people to the State. They will say I went and stayed at the Frank Gehry development in Lehi.

.

i-215
May 11, 2008, 2:40 PM
:previous:

Sounds like he's got confidence. But that still doesn't squash my skepticism.

SLC Projects
May 11, 2008, 3:55 PM
:

The Lehi Project is different. We have been careful and have taken the steps to ensure long-term success. When we do unveil the new designs we intend to bring out all of our study models. You may be surprised to see the volume of studies. Above you will see a sneak peak at just a fraction of the number of physical model studies that have been completed.

We are getting close on several high-profile tenants that I believe will just add to the class of the development. I am anxious to show the plans-Frank can't wait to show these plans. I am convinced that the work and reconfiguring we have done is going to pay dividends. I believe it will bring people to the State. They will say I went and stayed at the Frank Gehry development in Lehi.[/SIZE][/FONT]

.

:previous:
But when are they going to show these plans? :shrug:

delts145
May 15, 2008, 1:07 PM
Highland/Lehi - Expressway Redesigned -

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/266599/17/

http://2008.heraldextra.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=118351&g2_serialNumber=2
Ashley Franscell/Daily Herald
UDOT has completely redone their plans to Highland Highway because of the backlash they received when they presented the original last month. Highland Highway during rush hour Tuesday, May 13, 2008 in Highland.


The state Transportation Commission, meeting next week in Highland, is expected to make a decision about whether to fund the entire Highland Highway reconstruction or just part of the work, beginning with the frontage-type roads. Avila said the entire project is estimated to cost $260 million.

Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2010.

.

delts145
May 15, 2008, 1:26 PM
http://www.utahghost.org/Ghost_articles/Article%20images/lehi%20hospital.jpg

:banana:
Anyone familiar with this beautiful old landmark will be glad to hear that it is looking like it will finally be restored. :fingerscrossed:

Wren, Are you as enamoured with this old structure as I am?

Will a third attempt be the charm for Lehi hospital renovation?

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/266539/17/

Here's an interesting and kind of amusing/weird link. Apparantly this old building is pretty famous for being haunted.

http://www.utahghost.org/Ghost_articles/lehi_hospital.html?content_id=32A73CB3-C1E5-474E-9F29-FD7E4A2851C2

.

delts145
May 16, 2008, 1:05 PM
Commuter rail, bigger I-15 in Utah County's future

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/266682/17/

The Utah County of 2030 could look drastically different if the Mountainland Metropolitan Planning Organization's regional transportation plan unrolls as anticipated.

The organization, which works with the state Department of Transportation and the Utah Transit Authority on regional transit planning, anticipates the county's population will boom from about 500,000 today to more than 900,000 in just more than two decades, said Transportation Planner Chad Eccles.

delts145
May 18, 2008, 12:43 PM
:tup: :tup: Trail project is on track through city of Lindon

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700226934,00.html?linkTrack=rotator-cvr-5174

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/5473056.jpg
Heavy equipment is being used to build an underpass below State Street in Lindon for Heritage Trail. (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News)

"It should be a wonderful amenity for the city," said Ott Dameron, Lindon city administrator. "People will be able to move freely back and forth from State Street ... get to the park and do it safely."

Although not the cheapest option, the underpass ranked the best in terms of safety, desirability of crossing and alignment, multi-use functionality and environmental considerations, according to city documents.

The underpass will be 160 feet long with daylight visible at both ends, plus lights in the tunnel and an anti-graffiti sealant on the walls, Dameron said.


.

delts145
May 20, 2008, 1:13 PM
Lindon - Harley-Davidson, Motorcycle 'resort' built of Geneva Steel


http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_9317305

http://themes.belchfire.net/screenshots/%5B6063%5Dpreview_harley.jpg

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site297/2008/0519/20080519__biz_harleygeneva_0520~1_Gallery.jpg
Timpanogos Harley-Davidson has used parts from the old Geneva Steel Mill in its new store just south of I-15 at Lindon. It's an homage to the old steel plant where the owner's grandparents worked. Here, workers weld a water tower from Geneva onto the roof of the building Monday. (Al Hartmann/The Salt Lake Tribune )

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site297/2008/0519/20080519__biz_harleygeneva_0520~2_Gallery.jpg
The interior of Timpanogos Harley-Davidson is under construction in Lindon. It has used parts from the old Geneva Steel Mill. (Al Hartmann/The Salt Lake Tribune )

But it is the industrial decor of the building that catches the eye.
There's no attempt to make it look fresh and new. The steel trusses and plates still have the patina of exposure on them, and the floorboards have the rough look of heavy traffic.
But getting the material was a bit of a challenge.
Tuomisto had to race demolition crews who only saw Geneva as a source of raw material that could be sold - not as historical artifacts. In some cases, they would give him three or four days to take what he could before the cutting torches were fired up.
Story said the shop has already gotten high marks from Willie Davidson, Harley-Davidson's vice president of styling and a grandson of one of the founders.
"He said, 'We're going to have to make cooler bikes to go with this.' "


.

delts145
May 20, 2008, 1:33 PM
An homage to the steel days

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/266584/

http://2008.heraldextra.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=118468&g2_serialNumber=2
A crane operator watches as crews assemble and measure a water tower on top of the new Harley Davidson dealership and resort Wednesday, May 14, 2008 in Lindon. The three-level dealership is built completely of reclaimed materials from bridges to railroad ties to old pieces of Geneva Steel. "You don't have to take every thing to the landfill," said Dave Tuomisto, owner. "You can build something beautiful with old materials." The resort will open in the beginning of June.

...Tuomisto said the new shop is one-of-a-kind in many ways, and motorcyclists will be attracted from around the country to see it Where most shops would have only a Subway inside for patrons, Timpanogos Harley-Davidson will feature a gourmet eatery, Marley's named after his young son...

.

Wasatch_One
May 20, 2008, 4:44 PM
...hmmm, that reminds me, I need to get my Harley serviced for the summer! :)

SLCdave
May 20, 2008, 5:44 PM
Yeah thats funny I'm working on that project right now. Pretty crazy the day before I was there the wind blew the west wall in. Gave me the willies just walking in it. They are converting it into a massage place on the main floor and physical therapy on the upper floor.

delts145
May 20, 2008, 6:56 PM
Very cool Dave that you're working on the place. Keep us posted. I was just over in Lehi this morning. It's amazing the number of awesome historical homes that are still standing, and in great shape in Lehi.

delts145
May 23, 2008, 1:07 PM
Vineyard connector, Highland Hwy. get funds

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/267539/17/

A windfall of cash to expand and build roads is heading for Utah County.

The Utah Transportation Commission on Wednesday approved $170 million to build a new road linking 800 North in Orem to Main Street in American Fork. The new road will run through or near the former Geneva Steel property.
In addition, another $60 million was added to $80 million already approved for the reconstruction of the Highland Highway, also known as State Road 92. Both projects will get underway this winter and are expected to be completed within two years.

.

delts145
May 23, 2008, 1:13 PM
County negotiates corridor plan

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/267486/

http://2008.heraldextra.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=119446&g2_serialNumber=2
Photo by Marc Haddock Construction workers prepare to move a power pole at the intersection of State Street and 1100 East, American Fork (2000 West in Pleasant Grove). The improved intersection is an element of the proposed roadway from the Pleasant Grove I-15 interchange.

.

delts145
May 24, 2008, 12:15 PM
Cedar Hills works to create a unique Wal-Mart - To be a national first of a new Wal-Mart trend


http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700228679,00.html

... They feel they have done that by dropping some of the merchandise from their typical stores while still incorporating a full grocery store.

This drastically cuts the size of the building - ... The 18-acre land will also feature a large amount of landscaping with a mix of both evergreen and deciduous trees.

delts145
May 24, 2008, 12:19 PM
Springville - Ground broken for new $25.6 million civic center

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700228656,00.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/5549264.jpg
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

.

delts145
May 28, 2008, 12:45 PM
UDOT gets another $25 million for S.R. 92 work - New design cuts costs, changes express lanes

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700229590,00.html

The original design presented to the public at open houses in early April indicated that officials planned to have express lanes running continuously from the Lehi-Highland line to I-15 in the middle of the road, with the arterial lanes to the sides. However, after receiving hundreds of resident comments at the public open house, the UDOT team changed courses...

S.R. 92 is just one road in the Access Utah County project, which aims to help the high congestion problems, especially east-west traffic issues. All four projects in Access Utah County — S.R. 92, state Route 77 in Springville, Pioneer Crossing Boulevard in Lehi and Saratoga Springs and the Vineyard Connector — are under the same project management team. That means one group of people coordinates the work on all four roads.

.

delts145
May 29, 2008, 1:29 PM
A Few Lehi Projects Newly Completed/Under Construction

Thanksgiving Point
http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/0/5/4/xy_054DC01E-8149-48B2-BA2A-987305C36FA5__.jpg

Discovery Point
http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/E/5/3/xy_E53C3A7B-4423-46A1-83C8-BD0E611562F9__.jpg

1200 East State
http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/0/F/6/xy_0F65CEA6-955A-4C5E-BF5E-5F7D4260596B__.JPG

Thanksgiving Point
http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/6/D/9/xy_6D9198C7-75B2-49E7-8F3A-C67169B2D18A__.JPG

Mountain Point
http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/E/A/F/xy_EAF4DCFB-FC53-49C6-A09D-B91AD39FEE48__.jpg

210 No. 1200 East
http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/B/B/3/xy_BB370D44-82E1-4BD5-804E-9F1F0DBDCE98__.jpg

4250 North Thanksgiving Way
http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/4/A/1/xy_4A10DD3B-C5C2-4058-9DAE-01519A52AF7F__.JPG

Thanksgiving Point
http://www.loopnet.com/Attachments/F/6/2/xy_F6279E1C-09AA-4B11-863A-96958867C581__.jpg

SLC Projects
May 29, 2008, 4:31 PM
Thanksgiving Point is turning into a business park. Not sure how I feel about that.

delts145
May 29, 2008, 6:38 PM
Only that area which is designated as a business Park, and it's a pretty densly packed. The Master Plan is actually very diverse. Right now, the commercial part of the development is going gang busters, as is commercial in most places along the Wasatch, especially Northern Utah Valley and Southern Salt Lake Valley.

Wasatch_One
May 30, 2008, 8:54 PM
Im not a fan of the office park at T-giving point myself.... its a drain on all citys from Salt Lake to Provo...

I mean, its not even a city, but theyre trying to create one around it...

delts145
Jun 2, 2008, 12:13 PM
Pleasant Grove - City plan for future downtown advances

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700230978,00.html

.

shrubber
Jun 3, 2008, 2:18 AM
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_9456948

This is interesting, although, I'd rather see progress on the Frank Gehry project.

delts145
Jun 4, 2008, 12:31 PM
http://www.arts.utah.gov/funding/competitions/public_art_commissions/images/clip_image008_002.jpg

UVU's new energy-wise library praised - Huntsman says 'green' structure making history

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700231650,00.html?linkTrack=rotator-cvr-5550

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/5592106.jpg
(Jason Olson, Deseret News)

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/5592105.jpg
Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks to the crowd Tuesday at UVU's new library, the Digital Learning Center, on campus in Orem. the college will celebrate the opening of the building on July 1, when the school officially transitions to university status. (Jason Olson, Deseret News)

.

delts145
Jun 4, 2008, 1:25 PM
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_9456948

This is interesting, although, I'd rather see progress on the Frank Gehry project.

Perhaps a clue? :shrug:
"His company, G Code Ventures, plans to begin the exterior face-lift as early as September. He said the building - to be renamed "The Factory" - could look like a "luminescent cube" and resemble the coming 80-acre mixed-use Gehry development"

Frank Gehry's architectural designs in Lehi to be unveiled in August

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/268643/18/

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site297/2008/0602/20080602__Gehry-Lehi-Flash-facility.gif

1st massing model exhibited
http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/9982/lehiskyline2hj6.jpg

Evolution of 2nd massing model exhibited
http://travmtn.com/uploads/newbb/1_474f2d6f8aeec.jpg


The public will finally be able to see what the much-anticipated Frank Gehry-designed project in Lehi will resemble when the famed American architect's artistic renderings are unveiled in early August.

"The designs will show what the hotel looks like, what the (10,000-seat) arena will look like, how retail plays in, and what some of the homes will look like," Provo entrepreneur and owner Brandt Andersen told the Daily Herald on Tuesday.

What's next

The Utah Flash will hold an open house to announce its new headquarters at "The Factory" (formerly "Open Court") on June 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. The Factory is located just off Interstate 15 in Lehi at 4425 N. Thanksgiving Way.
The Flash will hold a basketball camp featuring Coach Brad Jones June 16-20 and will also host Jazz man Ronnie Price's basketball camp Aug. 6-9.

.

delts145
Jun 5, 2008, 12:58 PM
Architect's vision of Lehi project to be unveiled

In early August, the public will get a better idea of Frank Gehry's vision for an ambitious 80-acre project in Lehi...

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/268657/18/

.

SLC Projects
Jun 5, 2008, 4:51 PM
Architect's vision of Lehi project to be unveiled

In early August, the public will get a better idea of Frank Gehry's vision for an ambitious 80-acre project in Lehi...

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/268657/18/

.

:previous:
:slob:
Just keeps getting push back. First they said the unveiling would happen in March then it got push back to April or May. It's June now and we still have to wait two more months.
Come on guys lets get this project going. :whip:

delts145
Jun 7, 2008, 11:11 AM
Springville - Historic site gives nod to builder

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700232614,00.html

"People have a fascination, or are drawn to old buildings, and I'm glad they were able to preserve this one," the fourth-generation Reynolds said. "I think this will be a real anchor for Springville, a real drawing point.

http://www.deseretnews.com/photos/midres/5592115.jpg
A 120-year-old building in Springville, newly renovated, was named after Henry T. Reynolds, its oritinal builder. The site will be home for Trivani International. (Jason Olson, Deseret News)

.

delts145
Jun 7, 2008, 1:10 PM
Delts: I just read your post about plans for the Gehry-Lehi project to be unveiled in August, which reminded me of the renderings for the Gehry's downtown Manhattan project, Beekman Place, which were unveiled last Saturday in the NY Times. What a building!

I have never seen a high-rise building that I liked more. If the Gehry-Lehi project comes close to Beekman Place, what a treasure it will be.

I don't want to get too excited because I'm cynical about the developer. Seems a little young to be taking on a project like this. But, hey, some of the best accomplishments have been done by people too young to know that they cannot do something. Go get 'em Brandt!:banana: :banana: :banana:


^^^
I'm glad you mentioned Beekman, It's been quite a while since I looked at that Gehry project. Did you mean Beekman Tower, which is in the heart of Manhattan's finacial district? Beekman Place is Gehry's project in Brooklyn. I posted some of that work over on the Utah Valley thread, along with this post.

You're right RFPCME, Anderson is a little young perhaps for this size of a development. What he might lack in experience is being made up by many who are much older and wiser behind the scenes. Every great entrepreneur, especially younger ones should have wise mentors. Frank Gehry of course, but also his team understand and have access to many people who understand the nuances of such a project better than most. The Gehry networking opportunities that come into play once Gehry is passionate about a project are enormous. From all indications, Gehry is very passionate about this project, and infact has oft-repeated that he views Traverse Ridge as a statement of his legacy. Also, as has been repeated often , "this is a project that will evolve over a probable ten year period, if the economy so dictates"
What will be extremely interesting, is the Gehry label as a selling point. Who will be those committing in the upcoming announcements? I agree with Anderson that the name will go a long way with cachet appeal. I also think that it will bring in a significant amount of first time discovery to the Wasatch Front, in many of the same ways as the olympics, particurlarly downtown. This Gehry tower effect, will reap tremendous rewards over the next ten years for our downtown skyline. I just can't be more enthuriastic about the current 'perfect storm' that continues to gather momentum for the Wasatch Front.

Beekman Place
http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2006/06/04/arts/04ouro.xlarge1.jpg
Atlantic Yards, the 22-acre Brooklyn development designed by Frank Gehry.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2006/06/04/arts/04ouro_group.jpg
Sketch models depicting the evolution of the Beekman Street Tower, a 75-story apartment building in Lower Manhattan, designed by Frank Gehry, who was commissioned by Bruce Ratner. Seventy proposals were produced before the design was finalized.


Gehry's Beekman Tower - Manhattan - Under Construction, May 30, 2008
http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/2338/2537316494_42f29cca88_o.jpg

http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/2338/2537316568_e13ab6d51c_o.jpg

http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/3144/2536498909_ed3e036835_o.jpg

http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/2320/2537316630_839cd01d1a_o.jpg

http://curbednetwork.com/cache/gallery/2025/2537316314_0d6b0c92e3_o.jpg

Major New York Developer looks to Frank Gehry to rehabilitate his reputation

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/misc/nytlogo379x64.gif

By Nicolai Ouroussoff

If Bruce Ratner's recent embrace of high-end architecture has some New Yorkers rolling their eyes, he can't be all that surprised. Not so long ago this developer's most visible cultural contribution to the city was a few kitschy theaters on 42nd Street. In Brooklyn he is known mainly as the creator of Metrotech, a complex of overblown yet banal office towers that seem to crush the life out of the city around it.

And even Mr. Ratner admits that, as a Brooklyn-based commercial builder, he once ranked at the bottom of the city's architectural food chain.

But in recent years he has sought vigorously to polish that image. His conversion began six years ago, when he joined The New York Times Company in selecting Renzo Piano — an architect known for the refinement of his buildings — to design a new Times headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. And it gained traction when Mr. Ratner handed Frank Gehry — whose celebrity has reached the point where he now has a signature jewelry line at Tiffany — the commissions for Atlantic Yards, a 22-acre project involving a basketball arena, hotel, and housing and retail spaces in Brooklyn, and Beekman Street Tower, a 75-story apartment building in Lower Manhattan. Their partnership may soon be one of the most visible on the New York skyline.

But if the Gehry-Ratner lovefest has raised an expectation of innovative design, it has also stirred unease. Few would question Mr. Gehry's talent. The question is whether he has allowed his experimental ethos to be harnessed for the sake of maximizing a developer's profits. It's also fair to ask whether Mr. Gehry and other gifted architects have made a pact with the Devil, compromising their values for the sake of ever bigger commissions. Beyond that, their collaboration points up a major change in the way cities are being built. There was a time when government took an interest in big urban planning projects. Mr. Ratner and Mr. Gehry are operating under a model by which the government plays only a marginal role. Bigger social concerns, like housing for mixed incomes, equal access to parks and transit, and vibrant communal spaces, which were once the public's purview, now increasingly fall to developers to address or not, as they see fit.

The collaboration, along with Mr. Ratner's other high-profile projects, also shows how limited the architect's role remains in such arrangements. Not so long ago American architects complained that they were shut out of the public dialogue. Today they work in a climate in which building is booming, and architecture is revered, but as an aesthetic, not a social, force.

I'm not one of those purists who argue that Mr. Gehry or Mr. Piano should snub commercial developers altogether and limit himself to hammering out projects for, say, art museums or libraries. It is at the intersection between fantasy and practicality that architects are best able to express our civilization's values. But architects will be defined by the clients they choose.

As a young architect working in Los Angeles in the 1960's and 70's, Mr. Gehry has said, he felt imprisoned by his developer clients. "I was constantly pushed around by these guys," he said in an interview. "They had a formula that you had to follow. So you couldn't do things." He found his creative voice in smaller, offbeat projects, like the Danziger Studio (1965) or the Ron Davis House in Malibu, Calif. (1972), for artists whom he knew and liked.

But by 1979 that split — between the projects that paid the bills and those that gave satisfaction — had become a torture. Working on Santa Monica Place, a low-budget mall for the Maryland-based Rouse Company, Mr. Gehry could only tweak the conventional formulas. Not that far away, he had begun tearing apart and piecing together a plain pink bungalow, remaking it as a violent collage of chain link, corrugated metal and plywood: the house that would announce that he had finally broken free.

The experience led him to lay off most of his firm. From then on he swore he would only work for clients that shared his architectural values.

Some 25 years after Santa Monica Place, Mr. Gehry says his recent decision to embrace big developers does not signal any sort of about-face. He argues that his status puts him in an entirely different position.

"They have to meet me as an equal," Mr. Gehry said simply...

..

RFPCME
Jun 8, 2008, 3:30 AM
Delts:

Man, I am getting excited about the Gehry-designed Traverse Ridge project. The more I learn about Gehry and see his work, the higher my excitement. Can't wait for August, or whenever the renderings appear.

delts145
Jun 8, 2008, 3:33 AM
You and me both RFPCME, Thanks so much for reminding us of the Beekman project in New York. As busy as Gehry is right now with his major projects, it's no wonder the Lehi project is taking more time to complete the final design draft.

delts145
Jun 8, 2008, 1:33 PM
Developer still keen on Lehi project, Gehry's role


http://origin.sltrib.com/news/ci_9519159

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site297/2008/0608/20080608__ut_gehryupdate_0608~1_Gallery.jpg
Developer Brandt Andersen and architect Frank Gehry have used plenty of models to hone a design for a mixed-use development in Lehi. (Photo courtesy of G Code Ventures )

.

Erector
Jun 11, 2008, 1:04 AM
Mr. John Q. Hammons Shares Progress on Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Pleasant Grove, Utah, near Provo
Mr. Hammons Announces His Plans for Three Hotels Total When Development Site Completed


PLEASANT GROVE, Utah, and SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bull dozers and dirt diggers will be actively on duty tomorrow at the southeast quadrant of the intersection of I-15 and Pleasant Grove Boulevard in Pleasant Grove, Utah, at the site of Utah Valley’s first Embassy Suites Hotel and adjoining convention center. Mr. John Q. Hammons today announced that Springfield-Mo.-based The Killian Group is the general contractor for the all-suite, luxury, multi-million-dollar project, which represents more than 100,000 gross square feet of meeting space. Several Utah-based subcontractors will collaborate with Killian on the hotel and convention center, both anticipated to open in fall 2009. In addition, Mr. Hammons today announced he expects to build two more hotels within the next one to two years at the same Pleasant Grove development, with the hotel brands to be announced at a later date.

The nine-story, 300-suite Embassy Suites Hotel and convention center and additional two hotels will be owned by Mr. Hammons and managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites (www.jqhhotels.com).

“I believe in the growth of Utah Valley. Since we announced plans to develop in Pleasant Grove, I’ve been impressed by the area’s continued economic progression. I see this growth continuing for years to come, affirming my intentions to build more hotels in the area,” said Mr. Hammons, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts.

Mr. Hammons cited his being impressed by the solid demand generators of Brigham Young University and Utah Valley State College, comprising a combined student population of more than 70,000, and their being steady economic influences in Utah Valley.

Representing Mr. Hammons’ entrée into Utah and located about a half-hour’s drive from Salt Lake City International Airport, the development will initially offer more than 100,000 combined square feet of flexible meeting and convention space for Pleasant Grove and surrounding areas. The unique curvature of the Embassy Suites’ tower (12.5°) will give guests throughout the hotel panoramic views of the mountains to the east and picturesque Utah Lake to the west.

“A project of this magnitude requires immense time and financial investments. The design work alone is a significant time commitment, particularly when collaborating with the best in the hospitality industry. It is an honor to work with a developer of Mr. Hammons’ caliber, and we’re grateful that he selected Pleasant Grove as the home for three hotels and a convention center development,” said Mayor Michael Daniels, city of Pleasant Grove.

About the Initial Embassy Suites Hotel Development

To be built with the signature atrium style of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, the Embassy Suites – Pleasant Grove Hotel will boast an architectural style that complements the design of the convention center. The hotel will feature a variety of amenities for both business and leisure travelers, while the décor will emit a contemporary flair that invites guests to enjoy the exceptional appointments and outstanding customer service that defines the John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts and the Embassy Suites Hotels brands.

Beautifully decorated to make guests feel at home, each guest suite will feature a private bedroom and spacious living room which will be equipped with two televisions, refrigerator, wet bar, microwave oven, coffee maker, two telephones with data ports, high-speed Internet access, spacious work desk and in-room safe boxes. Guests may enjoy a luxurious open atrium with a water feature. The hotel will offer 24-hour room service, same-day dry cleaning, and daily cooked-to-order breakfast. Other features include a fitness center, indoor pool, sundeck, and therapeutic spa treatments at the full-service Spa Botanica.

delts145
Jun 11, 2008, 1:13 AM
:previous: Thanks for the update Erector, That's Great News :banana: :banana: I've been seeing a ton of other work going on and was wondering when the work would begin on the Hotel itself. That is going to be one very developed junction.

John Q. Hammon's, Embassy Suite Hotel
http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/5093/20070109bizpghotel01101qq1.jpg

SLC Projects
Jun 11, 2008, 5:41 AM
The nine-story, 300-suite Embassy Suites Hotel and convention center and additional two hotels will be owned by Mr. Hammons and managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, the nation’s leading independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites .

:previous:
Sucks that it's now only going to be nine stories when at first it was going to be 12-stories, then 14-stories and now down to nine. :(
Maybe the other two hotels will be taller.

Erector
Jun 11, 2008, 4:15 PM
http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/google/20080610006573/en/1635915

delts145
Jun 11, 2008, 4:21 PM
Hmmm.... so it looks like this is the third and final design for the new Hotel. I wonder what the updated schedule is for the lifestyle center and other components of this large development.

http://mms.businesswire.com/bwapps/mediaserver/ViewMedia?mgid=139168&vid=4
Featured is the nine-story, 300-suite Embassy Suites Hotel and convention center being developed in Pleasant Grove, Utah, by Mr. John Q. Hammons. Mr. Hammons announced he will develop two more hotels at the site. The three hotels and convention center will be managed by John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. (Photo: Business Wire)

.

Erector
Jun 11, 2008, 4:24 PM
:koko: Hmmm.... so it looks like this is the third and final design for the new Hotel.

http://mms.businesswire.com/bwapps/mediaserver/ViewMedia?mgid=139168&vid=4
Featured is the nine-story, 300-suite Embassy Suites Hotel and convention center being developed in Pleasant Grove, Utah, by Mr. John Q. Hammons. Mr. Hammons announced he will develop two more hotels at the site. The three hotels and convention center will be managed by John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. (Photo: Business Wire)

.

Talk about scaling back. Nothing too impressive here.

SLC Projects
Jun 11, 2008, 4:38 PM
What a boring design.I'm sorry but that is the worst design of the three. :yuck:

SLC Projects
Jun 11, 2008, 4:53 PM
Three different renderings and designs of the
John Q. Hammon's, Embassy Suite Hotel


First rendering at 12-stories
http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/8247/pg12storyhotelpv0.jpg



2nd rendering at 14-stories
http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/5093/20070109bizpghotel01101qq1.jpg




Newest rendering at 9-stories
http://mms.businesswire.com/bwapps/mediaserver/ViewMedia?mgid=139168&vid=4



Looking at all three I got to say what a disappointment. The first rendering I think had the by far best design, but I really like the 2nd rendering of just how tall it could of been. I wish they could of us the hight of the 2nd rendering, but use the design from the first rendering.
The new rendering I think is not only short, but flat and boring. There's no design to it what so ever. It just looks like now these guys are in a hurry to get this thing done. These guys are screwing up to what I think could of been a awesome project.
But what do you guys think? What rendering or design did you like the best out of the three?

Wasatch_One
Jun 11, 2008, 7:31 PM
I still hope this thing isnt built :)

Future Mayor
Jun 11, 2008, 9:17 PM
I don't mind the third one at all. I think for the height change it is simple yet classy. It has some nice smooth lines and it still curves. I imagine that with the eventual addition(if it happens) of the second and third hotels that it will be a nicely designed complimenting cluster of buildings.

delts145
Jun 11, 2008, 9:20 PM
I agree with Future Mayor. It has a definite curve to it, that I think will translate better in reality than as seen in the rendering

SmilingBob
Jun 12, 2008, 6:04 PM
I still hope this thing isnt built :)


Sorry Wasatch, It looks like it's full steam ahead.

Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center Under Construction


by PR or Business News Wire


Bull dozers and dirt diggers were on duty yesterday at the site of Utah Valley’s first Embassy Suites Hotel and adjoining convention center in Pleasant Grove. John Q. Hammons announced that Springville, Mo-based The Killian Group is the general contractor for the all-suite, luxury, multi-million-dollar project, which represents more than 100,000 gross square feet of meeting space.


Several Utah-based subcontractors will collaborate with Killian on the hotel and convention center, both anticipated to open in fall 2009. In addition, Hammons announced he expects to build two more hotels within the next one to two years at the same Pleasant Grove development, with the hotel brands to be announced at a later date. The nine-story, 300-suite Embassy Suites Hotel and convention center and additional two hotels will be owned by Hammons and managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts.

Wasatch_One
Jun 12, 2008, 7:40 PM
(keeping fingers crossed for a Boise Tower type situation) ;)

delts145
Jun 13, 2008, 11:06 AM
Work gets under way on Embassy Suites

Deseret News

PLEASANT GROVE — Work has begun at the southeast quadrant of I-15 and Pleasant Grove Boulevard on Utah Valley's first Embassy Suites and adjoining convention center.
The project is an all-suite, multimillion-dollar project with more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space and is expected to open its doors in the fall of 2009.

The hotel will be nine stories and have approximately 300 guest suites along with the large convention center. The development will be managed by John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts.

Hammons also recently announced plans to build two more hotels near the same Pleasant Grove development within the next two years. The brands for the additional hotels will be announced at a later date.

.

SLC Projects
Jun 13, 2008, 4:23 PM
(keeping fingers crossed for a Boise Tower type situation) ;)

:previous:
I'm not sure if I would go far on wishing that. Sure the hotel project isn't as impressive as it could of been. But just having a hole in the ground like the Boise Tower would be worst.
My understanding was that downtown Provo would be getting a convention center as well.

delts145
Jun 13, 2008, 7:10 PM
The reality is that Northern Utah Valley is becoming its own hub. Nothing is going to change that whether we like it or not. Provo/Orem will retain a certain prominence for the Valley in the near future because of BYU/UVU and being the county seat, but the real focus of Provo as a more influential hub will come as the southern portion of the Valley continues to expand even more. We still need to add some more people in down around Springville, Spanish Fork, Payson etc. There's a lot of room for growth in the southern portion of the Valley, from Springville to Nephi.

Wasatch_One
Jun 13, 2008, 9:26 PM
Work gets under way on Embassy Suites

Deseret News

PLEASANT GROVE — Work has begun at the southeast quadrant of I-15 and Pleasant Grove Boulevard on Utah Valley's first Embassy Suites and adjoining convention center.
The project is an all-suite, multimillion-dollar project with more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space and is expected to open its doors in the fall of 2009.

The hotel will be nine stories and have approximately 300 guest suites along with the large convention center. The development will be managed by John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts.

Hammons also recently announced plans to build two more hotels near the same Pleasant Grove development within the next two years. The brands for the additional hotels will be announced at a later date.

.

I saw the machinery moving stuff around when I drove over to AF today...

i-215
Jun 14, 2008, 3:07 PM
(keeping fingers crossed for a Boise Tower type situation) ;)

... or a Mecham Developments situation. :haha:

poodledoodledude
Jun 14, 2008, 4:53 PM
you know, to me, provo has always been the ugly step sister in peoples minds. everytime i went anywhere, i always ran into folks that wondered, "how do you LIVE there?!?!" kind of got old after awhile.

so, along with wasatch, i don't want to see this development go through. but my reasons are more sinister and negative. my reasons are more out of spite than seeing it built. i don't want to see PG have more glory than my little provo! see, childish, i know...i wish they'd come down to provo and help the downtown area develop and make provo a little prouder than it's reputation would suggest.

in my mind, realistic or not, it seems to be that hammond will go ANYWHERE but provo! they must have REALLY pissed him off! remember when he wanted to build the same development in riverwoods? provo told him that hsi hotel reached beyond the height limitation for the area and told him to go downtown and his hotel could be as big as he wanted! but, he went to orem and the hotel fell through.

i just wish i would one day see the day when provo was a little more respected in the greater utah/west population. and this hammond development doesn't do that for me.

on the other hand, people from other areas don't realize PG is NOT part of provo. to them provo is anything NORTH of NEPHI and SOUTH of POINT OF THE MOUNTAIN. almost like little suburbs.

when i was living in salt lake city, i was CONSTANTLY asked what part of provo i was from. i looked at them bewildered and said, "um...by the freeway." they'd respond, "Oh! my sister lives in the orem part of provo." or, "my brother lives in the american fork part of provo."

but to me, there is a HUGE difference! just wish provo would get on the ball and get some of those PLANNED highrises to come to fruition!!

dang, now im sad....:(

poodledoodledude

Future Mayor
Jun 14, 2008, 7:26 PM
:previous:

Poodle, I understand what you are saying about referring to most of Utah County as Provo, when it's other people from the Wasatch Front or Back referring to Orem as Provo that is lame. Out of towners I can totally understand referring to it in that way or UT county residents to out of towners.

It's the same thing with SL County, when referring to where they are from to those not from the Wasatch Front I would imagine that most people simply say I'm from Salt Lake City, even if they actually live in Midvale or S. Jordan etc.

Don't be offended poodle, I love Provo's downtown. While I don't visit often, I don't really have a need, I do like how it has and is developing. It has character and charm that a lot of places don't have. Plus it has some taller buildings and a corporate presence mixed in with the historic charm.