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Sugar House District - Pictured, Sugar House Park

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In Pictures: Sugar House’s building boom continues


Mike Fife Reports - Full Article @ https://www.buildingsaltlake.com/in-...oom-continues/

Construction continues unabated in the Sugar House Business District with four projects actively underway, bringing new jobs, residents, hotel guests and a small amount of additional retail to the area. Although 21 by Urbana does replace some local businesses, the rest of these developments, Park Avenue, the Sugarmont Apartments and the Springhill Suites, are replacing shuttered businesses and large amounts of surface parking and replacing them with higher density and additional pedestrian connections.


21 by Urbana


The five-story, 126-unit apartment building by Gardiner Properties is almost fully framed at the southwest corner of the 1000 East and 2100 South intersection... The project replaces a Subway and several small businesses...

Rendering of the 2100 South view of the 21 by Urbana Apartments as designed by Lloyd Architects. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.


The 21 by Urbana, a new apartment building under construction at the southwest corner of 2100 South and 1000 East. Photo by Mike Fife.


The Park Avenue Development

Concrete is beginning to peak above the ground at the construction site of Park Avenue, a large mixed-use development underway at the near 1300 East and Interstate 80. The project is by Westport Capital Partners LLC and consists of two phases, the first of which includes two buildings, 80Park and 60Park. The first is a five-story, 170,00 square foot office building that will house the University of Utah Health Sugar House Health Center. 80Park will share a parking structure with 60Park, a six-story, 150,000 square foot office building that will sit just south of 80Park. The second phase consists of 40Park, a proposed seven-story, 208-unit residential mixed-use building. The project will add pedestrian enhancements to an area that was previously reserved for parked cars. The parking structure at the center of the development will front a reconstructed Stringham Avenue and will include a small street-level art gallery. The development replaces a former Shopko department store and a large surface parking lot. The project will connect Stringham Avenue between Highland Drive and 1300 East, add Ashton Avenue to the south and include additional north/south pedestrian connections...


Rendering of the north face of the Park Avenue development. The Health Center building on the left (East) side of the rendering will be completed first. Image courtesy Dixon Architects.


The construction site of the Park Avenue development as seen looking southwest from the Olive Garden parking lot on 1300 East. Photo by Mike Fife.


Sugarmont Apartments


Construction continues on the Sugar House Business District’s new largest residential development. The development, by Boulder Ventures, will be eight-stories tall and contain 352 apartment units. It is located just north of Fairmont Park and the current terminus of the S-Line Streetcar. The concrete podium looks complete with framing underway moving from south to North. The Sugarmont Apartments replace the former Granite Furniture warehouse and adjacent surface parking. The project includes a pedestrian walkway through the project that will link Sugarmont Drive with 2100 south, connecting with the walkway between the Vue at Sugar House Crossing and the Granite Furniture building.


Rendering of the Sugarmont Apartments as designed by Studio PBA. Image courtesy Salt Lake City planning documents.



View of the Sugarmont Apartments as seen looking northeast from Fairmont Park. Photo by Mike Fife.



SpringHill Suites


Construction is starting to ramp up on the six-story, 125-room Springhill Suites. The hotel will be the second hotel in the Sugar House Business District and the first new hotel in 20 years. The hotel replaces a surface parking lot directly east of the shuttered Toys ‘R Us building and is the third project by Woodbury Corporation at the 1200 East block of Wilmington Avenue. Woodbury recently finished two adjacent mixed-use projects on Wilmington Avenue, the Legacy Village the Wilmington Flats. The project replaces a surface parking lot and adds pedestrian connections on each side of the building, connecting Wilmington Avenue to points south.


The site plan for the proposed Springhill Suites hotel. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.


The construction site for the Springhill Sutes, a new hotel in the Sugar House Business District, as seen looking north towards the 1200 East block of Wilmington Ave. The former Toys ‘R Us building is to the left. Photo by Mike Fife.


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Trendy new food hall with 8 to 10 eateries — including a beer and wine bar — will open at The Gateway in Salt Lake City


By Kathy Stephenson - The Salt Lake Tribune - https://www.sltrib.com/news/business...alt-lake-city/

Food courts at the shopping mall are so 1980s. Today, it’s food halls that are trendy.

The Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco and Chelsea Market in New York are two of the most famous food halls, but there are dozens of similar venues — which offer an eclectic lineup of eateries in a casual, open setting — popping up all over the country.

Salt Lake City will get one later this year at The Gateway, officials announced Thursday...In addition to food, the hall will have a beer and wine bar.

The Gateway closed its food court more than a year ago to make way for Utah’s first Dave & Buster’s, which will open later this month..."SkinnyFats" has a number of locations in Las Vegas, but The Gateway location will be its first outside of Nevada, company founder Reed Slobusky said in a news release.

“We’ve seen the SkinnyFats concept go over in such a big way in Las Vegas,” he said. “Now, we’re taking it to the next level by creating this cool, downtown food hall in Salt Lake City.”



(Courtesy photo) An artist's rendering of the proposed SkinnyFats Food Hall coming to The Gateway in the fall of 2018. MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza also is expected to open soon at the shopping center.


MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza will also be opening soon at The Gateway Center.

Here's a blurb on the recent opening of MidiCi Neopolitan Pizza in Dallas/Forth Worth...

By Celestina Blok
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http://www.indulgedfw.com/restaurant...rt-worth-3932/

When it opens this month in the Left Bank development off West Seventh Street, MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company will elevate the fast-casual pizza chain.

For starters, to be called authentic Neapolitan pizza, ingredient requirements are strict: finely ground “00” flour, Italian tomatoes, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, fresh mozzarella and aged Parmigiano-Reggiano are among the essentials, along with an oven that can reach upwards of 1,000 degrees to fire the pies in about 60 to 90 seconds.


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Downtown Update - PaperBox Lofts


Isaac Riddle Reports - Full Article @ https://www.buildingsaltlake.com/dev...aperbox-lofts/

The area surrounding the intersection of 200 South and 300 West is continuing its evolution from a dead zone to a bridge between the downtown core and the Gateway District. Development partners, Clearwater Homes and Peg Development, are ready to expand their presence in the area with the PaperBox Lofts, a proposed mixed-use development for the 100 South block of 300 West.

The developers have submitted revised design plans to the city in preparation for a public hearing with the Salt Lake City Planning Commission for a Planned Development request.
The project will include three mixed-use buildings and a parking structure and will occupy the middle of the block with frontage on both 300 West and 400 West. The three mixed-use buildings will also front a pedestrian walkway, several plazas and a small through-street.

The buildings will have combined 183 residential units. The two largest buildings will occupy the south side of the development and will both be six-stories tall with 95 and 84 units respectively. The units will be a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. Both buildings will sit above a shared parking structure. The parking structure will include 214 parking stalls, 63 of which utilize the City Lift automated parking appliance.

A landscaped plaza will separate the two larger buildings and each building will also front street-facing plaza at the east and west ends of the property. The two buildings will have live/work walk-up units on the ground floor, but the building fronting 300 West will have one street-facing ground floor retail pad

A smaller building will be just north of the larger two buildings and will be three stories with four, two-bedroom units...



The east facade of the PaperBox Lofts as would be seen from 300 West. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.


The west facade of the PaperBox Lofts as would be seen from 400 West. The project was designed by VCBO Architecture. Image courtesy Salt Lake City public documents.

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Sugar House District - Developer plans apartments near Fairmont Park


Isaac Riddle Reports - Full Article @ https://www.buildingsaltlake.com/dev...fairmont-park/

Sugar House’s building boom looks like it will hold steady over the next few years, including in the immediate area surrounding the Fairmont S-Line Station. Developers, Lowe Property Group, plan to build The Fairmont, a proposed six-story, 59-unit residential mixed-use development at the southwest corner of Elm Avenue and McClelland Street.

The project will replace a 0.5-acre surface parking lot and will have a mix of one and two bedroom apartments that will range in size from 562 square feet to 1,263 square feet. The development will have five floors of residential above a two story-parking podium with 61 parking stalls. Each unit will have a balcony and floors two through six will be setback at the podium level which will allow for roof decks fronting Elm Avenue and McClelland Street atop the podium...The project will be less than a half-block away from the Fairmont S-Line Station and Fairmont Park and will be the second project under construction in the streetcar station’s immediate vicinity...











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Cool Regent Street

I have to ask (since the page will not move into 2018) Are they building the Regent..... Or not?
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Cool East side State Street btwn 2nd and 3rd So.

Is that project going to be finished or will it look Ghetto forever?!
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It hasn't been confirmed yet, but we are under the assumption that the Regent Hotel is not going to be built in the near future.

Regarding the lot between 2nd & 3rd south on State, the city is currently selecting a developer to redevelop that site.
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Downtown - The Birdie Apartments set to replace downtown surface parking lot


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...In the past few years, the area surrounding the intersection of 200 South and 200 East has been booming with new residential development, restaurants and bars bringing vibrancy to a growing node in the city. Now one of the area’s remaining under-utilized parcels is poised to be developed.

Developers CW Urban, known for building for-sale missing middle product throughout the city, plans to build The Birdie, a proposed six-story, 70 unit mixed-use residential development at the southwest corner of the 200 South and 200 East intersection. The project will replace a 0.34-acre surface parking lot. The project will consist of a parking podium, lobby and storefront space at the ground level, five floors of residential units and a landscaped rooftop plaza. The ground floor will have floor-to-ceiling storefront-style windows, the actual storefront space will front 200 South and the residential lobby will front 200 East. The residential portion will be slightly set back from the podium level. The units will be a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. Most of the units will include a balcony...



Rendering of The Birdie. Image CW Urban.

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Under Construction - The Noorda Center for the Performing Arts - Utah Valley University Campus
UVU breaks ground on long-awaited performing arts building -


UtahValley360

Braley Dodsen, Daily Herald - File Article, December 2016

...The groundbreaking served as the final public moment of the university’s 75th anniversary celebration, which began with the announcement that a historic $22 million in private donations was raised in two years to fund the building.
The state Legislature has agreed to provide another $32 million over two years for the project. The building will cost $60 million.

...The building will include 130,000 square feet of performing and teaching space, a 900-seat concert hall, a 501-seat proscenium theater with an orchestra pit, a dance hall with retractable seats and a choral ensemble venue.
The entrance plaza to the building will double as an outdoor performance venue. The building is scheduled to be completed in January 2019.



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New Community Autism Center - Utah Valley University Campus


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Recently Completed UCCU Offices


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Young Living Headquarters

Young Living going in Lehi, same architect as UCCU Offices.
http://www.scholzarchitects.com/projects/13


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Skyridge High School - Completed

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Provo High School - Completed


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Eagle Mountain High School - Under Construction


new high school rendering

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New Corporate Headquarters - Xactware


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New Corporate Headquarters - Ancestry.com


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Adobe - Regional Corporate Headquarters Expansion

The tech world has been exploding in Utah as of late, but one of the newest expansion news comes from the software business, Adobe, Inc.
Adobe has plans to expand the company with a new $90 million dollar facility at it’s Lehi campus. This expansion will create almost 1,300 new job opportunities to work for Adobe.

The new building will accompany the current 280,000 sq. ft building that was completed in 2012. Perched on the hill just east of the I-15, Adobe is currently home to 1,200 employees from the digital marketing sector.



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New Nature's Sunshine Headquarters


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New Gardner Co./Solution Reach Headquarters


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New Entrata Corporate Headquarters



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New Podium Corporate Headquarters


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New DigiCert Corporate Headquarters


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New Jive Corporate Headquarters


Jive set to jump to new HQ, add 200 employees

By Art Raymond - Deseret News - http://www.deseretnews.com/article/8...employees.html

OREM — Utah cloud communications company Jive managed to keep some big news under wraps until its annual employee
appreciation gathering at Snowbird last weekend, where it announced a new headquarters that's already under construction in Utah County.

Since 2006, Jive has been building market presence, offering high-tech, cloud-based business telephone, conferencing
and contact-management services, growing from just a handful of founders 11 years ago to over 500 employees now.

That growth, which compelled the company to spread its staff around five Utah offices, will be accommodated much better in a new, 52,000-square-foot facility in Pleasant Grove.
And, the company is in the midst of adding 200 additional employees this year as its success, and expansion, continues...



A rendering of Jive Communication's new headquarters in Pleasant Grove. The 11-year-old Utah company, which specializes in cloud-based business communication tools, is adding 200 employees this year. The new building, currently under construction, will be ready in spring, 2018.



St. John Properties Breaks Ground on Master Planned "Valley Grove" Development in Pleasant Grove


http://www.utahbusiness.com/st-john-...leasant-grove/[/QUOTE]


New Instructure Headquarters at the "Valley Grove" master planned development.

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Pleasant Grove—In business, as in life, time and cultivation leads to growth. That was the theme of St. John Properties’ groundbreaking for its new master-planned development in Pleasant Grove on Tuesday. The 62-acre development, Valley Grove, will include 1 million square feet of office, retail, restaurant and hospitality space, all centered around Pleasant Grove Blvd. near the I-15 interchange.

Daniel Thomas, regional partner with St. John Properties, said the company is anxious to see its vision for Valley Grove fulfilled. But just as a young sapling needs time and care in order to grow into a mature tree, he said, real estate development requires the patient, long-term execution of plans.

Valley Grove is intended to capitalize on the population and economic growth taking place in Utah County. Thomas said St. John Properties is “on a quest to grow Valley Grove into the epicenter of Utah County.”

Gov. Gary Herbert, who spoke at the groundbreaking, said the state demographer recently reported a likely population explosion in the area.

“Utah County is growing so rapidly that in the next four years, the population of Salt Lake County, which is now 1.1 million, and Utah County, which is about 600,000, will be equal,” Herbert said.

In addition to a great deal of residential construction in the area, Utah’s thriving Silicon Slopes tech community is driving a lot of growth in north Utah County. Instructure, for example, will be among the first tenants of Valley Grove. The firm will move 250 of its employees into a new corporate headquarters there. Other tech companies that already lease space at Valley Grove include Whistic, optionsANIMAL and Fortem Technologies.

Andrew Smith, CEO of Four Foods Group, said his restaurant franchise company plans to create a flagship restaurant at Valley Grove, adding it will be one of the largest restaurants Four Foods Group has in its portfolio. The company owns and operates 107 restaurants across the country, with brands including Kneaders, R&R Barbeque and Mo’ Bettah Steaks.

“When we looked at the development that St. John put together, we were ecstatic,” said Smith. “We’re excited about putting our foothold in the area.”

At the groundbreaking event, Brandon Fugal, chairman of Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors, announced the brokerage will move its Utah County headquarters to Valley Grove.

“We have been very proud to be a partner with St. John as the brokerage and marketing end of things, and really spearheading a lot of this incredible Class A development and retail development and amenities that will transform this interchange and, frankly, set a new tone for Utah County in general,” he said.

At full build-out, Valley Grove is expected to host more than 7,000 employees in its four office towers and other office pads. St. John Properties has committed to planting more than 2,000 trees throughout the development, and the office towers will be LEED certified.

St. John Properties is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. The real estate investment company holds $2.5 billion worth of assets, including 18 million square feet of commercial real estate, according to president Lawrence Maykrantz. Valley Grove represents its entrance into the Utah market.




Midtown Village Under Construction

Concrete is being poured and we should start to see this project rise over the next couple of months!



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Direct sales company Asea opens international headquarters in Pleasant Grove


Karissa Neely, Daily Herald
http://www.heraldextra.com/business/...35673d9c8.html

Asea executives lauded the company’s new Pleasant Grove
headquarters building as a new foundation for the company’s
future Monday.

“This building doesn’t represent a culmination, but a beginning
for a new phase of growth,” said Jarom Webb, Asea president.

Webb and other company executives held a grand opening for
the company’s new headquarters in Pleasant Grove, just off
Pleasant Grove Boulevard. The 50,000-square-foot facility is less
than a mile from the company’s production facility, built in 2013.
Between the two buildings, the company now has the capacity to
significantly grow in employees and global reach.


Asea manufactures and markets cellular health products, and in
less than 10 years, the company has expanded from a handful of
employees to an internationally-known direct sales company. Asea
is now operating in more than 30 international markets, with more
than 65,000 active distributors across the globe. Webb said the
company plans to focus on opening areas in Asia over the next few
years. The company already has a presence in Hong Kong and
Singapore, and recently announced plans for Taiwan, Thailand
and the Phillippines.

“Our vision is to become a global leader in cellular health,...


Pleasant Grove, UT. ASEA Corporate Office



Saratoga Springs breaks ground on huge $11 million sports complex

Karissa Neely, Daily Herald
http://www.heraldextra.com/news/loca...73ea6f29f.html

According to Saratoga Springs Mayor Jim Miller, the $11 million project, dubbed Patriot Park, has been four years in the making. It will include six baseball diamonds, eight pickleball courts, batting cages, two different playgrounds, five picnic pavilions and concessions and restroom buildings...

...Of the park’s six baseball fields, four will be regulation size, so the city could potentially host major baseball competitions at the park, which is located at about 400 South and Saratoga Road...

...Also unique to the park will be a military monument dedicated to those residents who have served in the armed forces. This monument will greet players and families as they enter. In keeping with that theme, the fields will not be numbered, but instead will boast patriotic designations. Miller said the four large fields will be named for the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. They two smaller ball fields will be named for the Coast Guard and the nation’s first responders...





Mountain Tech Center, Lindon


More development coming to PG Blvd -- this time on the west side


Karissa Neely, Daily Herald
http://www.heraldextra.com/business/...9975a9cd2.html

Land around the Pleasant Grove Boulevard freeway interchange seems to be sprouting buildings overnight, and it’s not going to slow down any time soon.

Both sides of the freeway are getting attention, and commuters will begin to see a lot more activity on the west side in just a few short months. The Mountain Tech Center development has already broken ground, and will continue to fill in the northeast and southwest land on 600 North there in Lindon.

The Mountain Tech Center is a $200 million dollar, mixed-use development featuring 650,000 square feet of Class A office and industrial space spread over 10 buildings. The first building is a two-story office/warehouse hybrid, with just over 52,000 square feet completed last year. It already has multiple tenants.

The second building is under construction, and as has been announced previously, already has an anchor tenant in Jive Communications. According to Ben Richardson, senior vice president of Newmark Grubb Acres and broker in the development, Jive will take two floors of the new building which should be completed next summer.

The next phase of the development will include a large, 88,000 square feet of office/warehouse/industrial space, divisible to 8,000 square feet. Mark Weldon, Mountain Tech’s developer and president and CEO of WICP Commercial Properties, said this space is unique, and can accommodate office/warehouse uses, distribution uses and industrial or retail uses. The building boasts the first 32-foot clear height building in Utah County...



Courtesy, Newmark Grubb Acres



Courtesy Newmark Grubb AcresA rendering of the 88,000 sq. feet Flex Building in the Mountain Tech Center development currently under construction in Lindon. The building will feature 32-foot clear height spaces.


Courtesy Newmark Grubb Acres



Orem - BRT Update - Utah Valley University (UVU) Campus


https://www.rideuta.com/About-UTA/Ac...ruction-Update


Oct. 13th - UVU campus BRT station work

Irrigation installation and finish grading are underway around new station platforms. Platform benches and top slabs will be constructed in a few weeks.

UTA bus stops have been relocated back to their original sites just east of the Sandhill Road/College Drive roundabout. Work continues on station platforms, which are not yet accessible.


Orem - Parkway Update - University Parkway Orem (400 West - 800 East)


Oct. 13th - Roadway widening on University Parkway in Orem

Construction is scheduled to begin in the median of University Parkway between 400 West and 800 East later this summer. This work will clear a path for the BRT portion of the project. Work on the outside lanes is scheduled from Fall 2016 through Summer 2017. Access will be maintained to all businesses. Watch for updates as more information becomes available


University Parkway Diagonal (800 East, Orem - University Avenue, Provo)


Oct. 14th - 16th, Construction progress in this segment

Soil nail wall finishing, barrier placement, paving and irrigation installation are planned next week eastbound between Carterville bridge and 550 W.

Reconstruction of the 2230 N./550 W. intersection is wrapping up and traffic configurations have been adjusted to open more travel lanes at the intersection.

Road base placement and curb installation are underway from 550 W. to Freedom Blvd.

Reconstruction of the outer sections of the Provo River bridge continues.

Paving and irrigation installations are planned next week from Freedom Blvd. to Univ. Ave.


Finished Product
When the new bridge and roadway are complete, there will be three traffic lanes in each direction and room for the BRT in the middle. The College Connector bike route will provide bike access throughout this area.

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I got to ride the UVX!

Here is what I saw...

(long, gushing post alert...)

The first amazing thing that happened today was that the FrontRunner train I took to Orem had 4 bombardier cars and no comet car:


Either UTA is having a shortage of comet cars right now or they are using Saturday to test a 4 car consist for Bombardeir cars. For all stations north of Salt Lake Central (except North Temple), this will result in the bombardier closest to the locomotive stopping at the low platform, creating a step up of 16 inches (24 inch car floor height minus the 8 inch tall low platforms). I think that is too high to be considered safe in public, so I wonder how they dealt with that problem. The funny thing is that these cars are actually designed to stop at low platforms; the metal grating between the car and the platform is usually mounted eight inches lower so that it can be used as a step (creating two eight inch steps):



It only occurred to me today that UTA could buy more bombardeir cars and assign some of them to be 'low platform cars' by mounting the step where everyone else in North America does. This way UTA could extend the low platform section of the platforms to be like Ogden and Salt Lake Central and not need to reconfigure all their stations (since extending the high block portion of the platform would require at least one pedestrian access per station be moved). Perhaps this could be a test of such an idea? After all, it doesn't surprise me that ridership seems to have peaked - there is litterally no more capacity during rush hours! UTA needs to add more cars! ideally you would add more frequency, but since that will take many years to be possible (double tracking, etc), this is the first thing UTA will need to do.

Anyway, I was supposed to be talking about the UVX.

I got on the bus in Orem, and my first impression was that UTA had made things very easy - signs everywhere to make sure no one got lost. That's strangely proactive of them.


Here is my first view of the bus:


The bus platforms here were finished in 2012, back when UTA had thought that they would use buses with a 15 inch tall floor. The buses they actually bought have a 14 inch tall floor, so one of the main concerns had been wheelchair and stroller access via the deployable bridge plate. As you can see the plate does have to rise up to meet the platform, but due to some clever platform grinding and precise 'docking' by the bus, this isn't really that big of a deal:


The inside of the bus, from the back row:


One of the neat features of these buses is that they are diesel electric hybrid buses, meaning that the diesel motor powers only a generator, and that generator sends the electricity to the motors that make it go. In theory this means that the diesel engine can run at a constant (more efficient) speed and let the batteries buffer the amount of energy required by (or in braking mode, produced by) the motors. This should result in a quieter ride.

In practice, though, I couldn't tell the difference. The engine revs up and down as the bus accelerates and decelerates (I thought I was feeling engine braking, but that can't be right - can it?), and though I'm sure if you had a decibel meter with you it would be obvious that the bus was quieter than other buses... but in practice it still felt too loud to talk to the people next to me without raising my voice.

And the buses certainly aren't as zippy as the electric buses they've got in Park City. I mean I really could feel the bus accelerating - this is especially true in the back section, since the driver begins to accelerate out of curves when he/she has exited the curve but the rear portion has not - but it wasn't anything amazing. If I hadn't been expecting it, I would have missed it.

And boy, did the hill east of UVU cause us a problem! It may have been the speed limit being low, but it felt like the bus was working as hard as it could to grind its way up the hill. At the top were a bunch of UVU students at a local bus stop, and when the UVX crawled past them they threw up their hands like 'Whaaat?" because they thought that the bus was slowing down for them. Perhaps more outreach about where the UVX stops and where it does not is in order.

But let's jump back a bit, all the way to the UVU stations. They are open, but not the part below the canopy. Instead, you get off on the sidewalk beside the canopy, which is still fenced off.
Westbound (which, now that I look at it, seems to be open after all):


Eastbound:


These are looking good. I heard the goal is for these to be done before the students return, and I think there is a fair chance that they'll make it.

But getting to these stops felt like it took forever. The promised signal priority is obviously not yet in effect, as all three left turns (out of the station, onto University Parkway, off of University Parkway) all took well over a minute to complete as we sat in the left-turn lane waiting for the endless stream of cars to go by. This is an issue that will not be fixed until 'Phase 2' is completed, which will apparently build a BRT/HOT-lanes bridge over I-15 directly from UVU to Orem Central Station. I wonder how fast that will come? I can see students choosing to simply walk to the FrontRunner station from campus on the new pedestrian bridge, whenever that opens, since the circuitous bus ride will take at least as long as that.

After UVU, the buses make another left turn (sigh) onto University Parkway. I had been prepared to see stations being far from completion, but I was completely surprised to see that the pavement of the road was also not yet competed! The top layer of asphalt has not yet been placed, not in the bus lands and not in the inner mixed traffic lane! Amazing!
Also, the stations in this section have not yet had their platforms poured; the pipework you can see is the snowmelt tubing that will be encased in the platform slab once that is poured:


(And obviously the pavement beside the stations will be concrete, but the lanes themselves beyond the stations will be asphalt, which as I said still needs another layer added to it.)

That picture is of the 400 West station, now called the Lakeview Station (and labled as 390 West by some overzealous engineer who probably rounds to 5 decimal places... c'mon! if the station can only be accessed at the intersection of 400 West and University Parkway, it is functionally located at 400 West! Nobody cares about the exact spot at which you physically board the bus!)... Here is the Main Street station (infuriatingly labeled as "10 East University Parkway" (!!!) ):



Riding the bus along this section of road is - for the present - exactly the same as riding the old 830 route. The bus is stuck in traffic more often than not because it needs to pull out of traffic to get to the curb, then fight its way back into traffic when the stop is completed. The funny thing is that because the UVX buses are 20 feet longer, the back door opens up onto landscaping instead of the concrete pad designed for the local 40-foot buses. The landscaping is brand new and was completed as part of the PROTRIP project, so well done getting the trees and grass planted before completing something as important as, say, the actual bus route. What's funny is that people line up at the doors to get off at each station, including the back door that doesn't fit - then when the doors open and they are presented with an eight-inch step down into fresh woodchips and tree branches, there is a mad rush up to the middle door, and this happens every time. Upon reflection, I guess we should have designed the 'local' stops to be able to comfortably accommodate the longer bendy buses, since who knows when the platforms will have a catastrophic accident and need to be taken out of service for a while? It's something to think about for next time.



Inside the bus is this awesome map, and I think it is the best map UTA has yet created. You see how each stop has little boxes beside it? Those are all the local bus routes you can transfer to at each stop! ImaJem, if you're still out there, your suggestion has been taken seriously! And since this map is held in place by the two brackets, it can easily be replaced after each new Change Day. Seriously, FrontRunner and TRAX really need something like this. The FrontRunner maps are already outdated since they still show Pleasant View, so now is a good time to change to this new bracket-mounted-transfers-included map scheme, just sayin'.

Also, as you can see, the UVX route currently runs only as far as Provo Central Station. at that point the buses terminate and go back to Orem, while a separate route called the 'East Bay Shuttle', which is also free, serves the south section using normal 40-foot buses. Not the most ideal solution, but until the UVX buses can get out of the traffic, I doubt UTA has enough of them to run the full route yet.

Also inside the bus are these cool new vertical bike racks, which are spring-loaded and adjustable and so much more stabilizing than the vertical racks they have in the S70 TRAX cars:


I love it, and these ought to become standard in MAX (BRT) and TRAX.

Here is the view zooming down the hill into Provo on the newly-widened 8 lane (!!!) (if you include the two bus lanes) University Parkway. The bridge creates quite a pinch-point, but in the end (and with lots of retaining walls) everything just fits. The bus lanes here are done, at least.


The westbound station at the BYU Stadiums:


It's not open yet, but it is getting close. These side stations will probably open before the other University Parkway stations, possibly even before Students return to class. Fun fact, the bike lane jumps up onto the sidewalk at this location and runs behind the station, meaning the cyclists don't need to worry about getting pinched between the big 60-foot buses and the platforms.

Here is the MTC (or rather, BYU North Campus) station:


And now my favorite station - the BYU South Campus station!


It is my favorite because UTA was the boldest here about fitting its station into the tightest possible space. It is a really elegant solution and is far better than the stop a block and a half farther east. See, BYU? BRT can fit in on your campus, if only you let it! These stations are no where near getting competed though, so I imagine they will open later than the two north BYU stations.

And now the one part of the BRT line that actually operates like a BRT line! 700 North probably did not need to have its own bus lanes, since those are really only important where traffic is bad, such in downtowns. As it is, cars will probably be passing the buses along this stretch. It was important, however, to put bus lanes here so that at least 51% of the route had its own lanes, since that is the threshold at which federal funding becomes available. The UVX is exactly 51% exclusive lanes, thanks in part to some shenanigans allowing the bus pullouts at each side station to be classified as exclusive lanes, even though they really aren't... but whatever gets the paperwork filled, so be it.

Here is the 700 North Station, now called Joaquin (and marked as 424 East on the map - just say 400 East!)


I love how, between the guitar guy and the paper taped to the station column, it already feels like a used and very public place. And its less than a week old!

The gap between the bus and the platform is a pretty substantial gap:


I wonder if UTA hasn't yet installed the 'wear boards', which will help close the gap and would be the rubbing surface in the event of a bus getting too close to the station. As it is right now, you better take a very long step.

This obelisk appears to have a screen in it:


I actually don't know what all the features of the platforms will be, so perhaps I am wrong and this will be just a static sign for the station, but it would be sort of cool if this was where the digital message board went.

Passing an opposing bus while in the dedicated lanes:


I decided to get off at the 300 North station and walk down University Parkway, since the bus just running in mixed traffic. Here is an example of a temporary UVX station, with the bus caught in traffic immediately beyond it:


An amazing amount of work still needs to be done on this street. In many places, all the pavement is still ripped up. Signal mast arms haven't been installed yet, let alone the traffic signals:


From what I observed, the traffic signals for the buses are already working, showing the white horizontal and vertical bars beside the conventional red, yellow, and green lights for the regular traffic. I'm not sure in which scenario the buses would ever get their own 'go' light (vertical bar), but that functionality is already there.

It's also worth noting that in these sections where the buses have their own dedicated lanes, everything between the sidewalks - and in many cases, including the sidewalks - had to be completely rebuilt. The road surface, the gutters and drainage, many utilities had to be relocated, and of course all the landscaping. Everything. This project was so much bigger than bus lanes it is sort of ridiculous. This is why am not optimistic that dedicated bus lanes will soon be taking over the salt lake valley - it has taken far too many years just to get these 5+ miles of lanes built in Provorem! Bus Plus is the way to go except in downtowns (which this was, so it had to be done).

A temporary pedestrian push-button pole at the corners of Center Street and University Avenue, awaiting a permanent one to be installed (no signs yet of that):


The center street station (marked 12 S University Avenue (!?!) ):


A large new apartment complex on University Avenue, with future bus lanes in the foreground. These are obviously built because of the LDS temple (yes I will still abbreviate that!), but they certainly won't hurt the BRT's ridership:


Panoramic shot of the second crossing of State Street, at University Avenue and 300 South. It is such a hugely massive thing it makes even me scared:


A UVX bus docked at Provo Central:


The gap when a bus docks on the north side:


It isn't easy to line up the bus after making that hard left turn, so that gap is going to be wider on this side. Strangely, even though this is another 15-inch tall platform from 2012, this platform seems to be perfectly level with the 14-inch tall bus floor. Weird.

The bus from two pictures up, plus the bus I arrived on, queuing up to make the northbound trip:


Note the wood beams placed at the bottom of the platform. These are what the wheels are meant to rub against so that the buses don't grind against the concrete.

Also at Provo Central is the 'test build' site, where samples of the stations were constructed so that managers could get a feel of what the finished project would look like. I think it will look very different once the tan paint gets applied everywhere:


One last bonus shot of the Town Centre Boulevard station under construction. It is much closer to being done than last time, and amazingly most of the landscaping is in place. If only the concrete could cure as fast as the flowers and trees can be transplanted...


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So, that was my first trip on the UVX. I wasn't expecting much since most of it is still under construction. But man it was good to ride on that bendy bus and see how people are already using it. My buses were generally pretty full, with only a few seats to spare at any given moment, which isn't bad given it was a Saturday and the buses only ran every 15 minutes. I was very pleased to hear so many people pointing out to each other many of the same details I've pointed out in this thread - there is a whole group of people who are super stoked about this project and love it just as much as me, and that is fantastic! I love how UVX is already becoming a part of the community.

I can't wait to go back again when all the lanes have been completed and see if it really lives up to the hype. So far it does.
Great work UTA, we need more of this!




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Recently Completed Re-engineering and expansion of Tibble Fork Reservoir - Southern Metro Canyons - North Fork Branch of American Fork Canyon

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Duncan Aviation Provo, Construction Update


https://www.duncanaviation.aero/cont...?language_id=1

Facility
- A modern and innovative Maintenance, Modifications and Paint Complex at the Provo Municipal Airport in Utah
- 275,000-square-feet of buildings with a 222,000-square-foot maintenance and modifications center and a 53,000-square-foot paint facility
- The paint structure will have the latest down-draft air flow technology, including automatic monitoring and alarms. It is designed to accommodate multiple aircraft at once, utilizing a two-zone airflow system.
- Duncan Aviation paint teams can perform stripping, sanding, painting and detail work on multiple aircraft simultaneously
- Duncan Aviation will invest more than $70 million in the facility


Services
- Full-service, nose-to-tail business jet services
- Airframe maintenance
- Engine maintenance
- Exterior paint
- Interior refurbishment, modifications and completions
- Avionics installations and upgrades
- Non-destructive testing
- Closer access to Duncan Aviation quality and culture for western half of North America and Pacific Rim customers
- Processes, quality system, and customer service consistent with all other Duncan Aviation locations


Posted by Chad Doehring on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 @ 07:30 AM @ http://blog.duncanaviation.com/provo...ruction-update

As summer draws to a close, the construction progress is stronger than ever. On average there are 70-75 steel erectors, electricians, and concrete and mechanical experts working diligently to have Hangar B and Building 1 ready to open in January 2019.

Hangar B service pits have been installed, Fuel and the entire hangar floor is now in. The Paint Hangar is on track to open in March 2019, and the structural steel is up and being closed in for Hangar C and Building 3 (opening June 2019). The structural steel is also being erected for Building 2 (opening in the first quarter of 2020).

The fuel farm is now onsite and going through the testing and certification stages. Over the next two months, the focus will be to complete the build out of Building 1, Hangar B, and the Paint Hangar. Major system installations in the near future include the RTO system in the Paint Hangar, air compressor system for the campus, and hangar door installation.








The 14" thick ramp took 35,000 yards of concrete, and 6.5 million pounds of steel.













Fantasy world Evermore Park is opening later this month
PLEASANT GROVE — Time to pull out your cloaks: Evermore is opening.

Evermore Park, the new immersive theatrical park in Pleasant Grove, announced on Monday its grand opening is set for Sept. 20.

The park will provide “a unique immersive theatrical park constructed as an old-world, gothic-style European village,” according to a press release.

The park will have interactive performances with professional actors and performers. There will be light shows, live creature encounters, games quests, treasure hunts and themed foods, too.

Evermore Park will launch with an event called "Lore," which is a seasonal event timed for fall and Halloween that features an immersive festival based on Celtic mythology. It will contain world-class entertainers and musicians, according to a press release about the event.

The park will have more seasonal events throughout the year, including "Aurora" for the winter...






The VOID: Virtual Reality Theme Park

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Virtual Reality is becoming highly accessible, but you can only do so much when using your consumer-optimized VR headsets. The real dream is to have complete immersion, and for that you need a dedicated area (a large one) and more advanced systems. Call it a VR arcade, if you will.

For Pleasant Grove, Utah residents this is becoming more than a far-fetched geeky idea. The VOID will be a virtual reality theme park where attendees can play games in full immersion. People would use a Rapture HMD (head-mounted display), a Rapture Vest and Rapture Gloves. This combination of devices would provide visuals, audio, haptic feedback and hand control. That is not where the immersion ends, though. The VOID team is going all out with this one, providing full 4D elements. There will be smells, temperature control, changes in air pressure, moisture alterations and more. They are creating a complete experience that will make you feel as if you are really in the game.

Gaming experiences will also alternate. As you can see in the video, there will be war, flight, scary and even medieval fantasy experiences. At launch, there will only be 3 experiences, but more are to come as The VOID team and other studios create content.





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Innovation Point

Layton Construction recently celebrated the steel topping out a few weeks early on the first of four buildings at Innovation Pointe, a 600,000 SF of top-of-the-line office space in the heart of Utah's "Silicon Slopes."

Located just east of I-15 in Lehi, Innovation Pointe is a Class-A office development of high-end creative space. Innovation One is being built on a speculative basis, and will be complete in the fall of 2018.

Designed with the needs of today's businesses in mind, Innovation Pointe will combine leading edge technology with high-end finishes, raising the standard of quality in the market. Innovation Pointe is poised to serve as the epicenter of technology and creative thinking, leading Utah's high-tech district to new heights.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65bPU9q5WGg
Here is the location of this development.
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New Lehi Firestation #83


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doTERRA Announces Groundbreaking for Corporate Campus Expansion

Recently completed doTERRA Headquarters. Campus now undergoing major expansion

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New medical clinic, office building, manufacturing facility expansion, and fulfillment center will create 950 jobs in Utah over the next three years


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Utah Valley University Bridge


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This bridge will connect the developments on the Westside of the freeway to UVU and help the area to further develop.

The half-mile long bridge will feature elevators an enclosed bike-path and pedestrian walkway, connecting UVU's ever-expanding campus with the Orem Frontrunner Station.




I hope they decide to build the bridge below it looks more uniform than the above.




https://utahvalley360.com/2017/04/27/new-bridge-will-connect-frontrunner-station-uvu/


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Census estimates: Utah County continues to grow, mostly from natural birth rates


Daily Herald - Colin Douglas Correspondent, 3 hrs ago https://www.heraldextra.com/news/loc...4fcba0d8e.html

Utah County continues to grow, and it looks like it won’t stop in the foreseeable future. Earlier projections are confirmed and more details have been revealed by estimates recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

“These new data confirm what we already see on the ground in Utah,” said Pamela Perlich, director of demographic research for the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.

“We have projected that in 50 years, Utah County will add another million people, to reach a population of 1.6 million, just less than the 1.7 million projected for Salt Lake County,” she said.

The county’s population on July 1, 2018, will be about 606,425, according to estimates released by the Census Bureau in December. This is an increase of 89,784 or 17.4 percent, since April 1, 2010. The figure makes the county already second in the state in population to Salt Lake County, which will number 1,135,649 after a growth of 10.3 percent during the same period...



Fans react as Grey Glass performs during the Rooftop Concert Series on Friday, July 7, 2017 in downtown Provo. ISAAC HALE, Daily Herald


Top 10 fastest-growing U.S. metro areas by percentage, 2016-2017


#1. St. George, Utah, 4 percent to 165,662.


2. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and North Carolina, 3.7 percent to 447,793.

3. Greeley, Colorado, 3.5 percent to 294,243.

4. Bend-Redmond, Oregon, 3.4 percent to 180,675.

5. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 2.9 percent to 153,144.

6. Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida, 2.9 percent to 667,018.

7. Boise City, Idaho, 2.8 percent to 690,810.

#8. Provo-Orem, Utah (Southern Salt Lake City CSA) 2.7 percent to 601,478.


9. Austin-Round Rock, Texas, 2.7 percent to 2,060,558.

10. The Villages, Florida, 2.5 percent to 125,165.





It continues to amaze me how the buildup around Thanksgiving Point just seems to continue. One thing to note, even if not right here and now. Looking at aerials, it will definitely be easy to accommodate a future increase in density. i.e. parking structures vs. blacktop, and additional offices/commercial. UDOT is going to have to work an accelerated pace in order to meet the infrastructure demands of this area. From some of the descriptions it would seem the planned highway and transit buildup is needed immediately.

New lanes for I-15 'Technology Corridor' tops UDOT project list for 2018


By Lisa Riley Roche - Deseret News, https://www.deseretnews.com/article/...-for-2018.html

The Utah Department of Transportation will widen I-15 to six lanes in both directions between state Route 92 and Main Street in Lehi.
The $450 million project will start this spring and will wrap up in late 2020.



https://media.deseretdigital.com/

SALT LAKE CITY — The stretch of I-15 now being called the state's "Technology Corridor" ranks No. 1 on the Utah Department of Transportation's Top 10 list of construction projects for 2018...

...The I-15 project is key to developing Utah's Silicon Slopes technology corridor that includes 700 acres at Point of the Mountain that will be freed up after the Utah State Prison moves to a site near the Salt Lake City International Airport in 2020.


The other nine projects on the list released Monday are, in order of their rankings:

• Adding a new southbound lane on I-15 from 2100 South to 12300 South, redesigning some of the southbound ramps at the 1-15 and I-215 interchange and widening 7200 South to three lanes from I-15 to Bingham Junction Boulevard in Midvale. Work on the $180 million project is also scheduled to begin this spring and expected to be completed in late 2019.

• Reconstructing I-215 in Davis County from the I-15 interchange in North Salt Lake to 2100 North and building a new diverging diamond interchange at Redwood Road and I-215. The $40 million project has been underway since February and will continue through the end of the year.

• Replacing three bridges on I-80 in Tooele County near the state Route 36 interchange: eastbound and westbound I-80 over the railroad tracks and the S.R. 36 ramp bridge. The $30 million in bridge work will begin in late spring and should be done in the summer of 2019.

• Widening Bluff Street in St. George from 100 South to Sunset Boulevard by adding a lane in each direction and turn lanes at several intersections. The yearlong, $51 million project started in January.

• Adding a new westbound lane for trucks on I-80 from Jeremy Ranch to Parleys Summit, and a new wildlife crossing at the summit, repaving I-80 from Lambs Canyon to Kimball Junction. Work on the $30 million project started Monday and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

• Extending Mountain View Corridor in Utah County from the Redwood Road and 2100 North intersection to state Route 73. The $41 million project is set to start this spring and should be done next year.

• Converting four intersections on Bangerter Highway into freeway-style interchanges, at 5400 South, 7000 South, 9000 South and 11400 South. The $201 million project is underway and due to be completed by the end of the year.

• Reconstructing state Route 9, the gateway to Zion National Park, through Springdale. The old pavement is already being removed and replaced with new asphalt, and pedestrian and bike improvements are being made. The $19 million project should be done before the peak visitor season begins later this month.

• Finishing the widening and reconstruction of state Route 108 in Syracuse from Antelope Drive to 300 North in Davis County. The $52 million project started a year ago and should be completed this fall.

There are a total of 188 UDOT construction projects scheduled across the state this year, adding up to $1.46 billion. They range from sidewalk and street installations to the major projects on the list.





I like the look of the recently completed Mountain Point Center and American Fork Center expansion. Someone needs to give us some update pictures on the huge new Provo Center.

Lehi - Mountain Point Center


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American Fork Center

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It is definitely a sellers market here in Utah County- inventory is SO low!
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New Provo Medical Center


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At the confluence of the Central and Southern Metro - Next phase of Utah's Point of the Mountain development — how to pay for it all


Art Raymond, Deseret News - https://www.deseretnews.com/article/...or-it-all.html

If done right, 150K new high-end innovation jobs could be added, Envision Utah pres. says

SALT LAKE CITY — Envision Utah President/CEO Robert Grow didn't mince his comments to state legislators at an interim committee meeting Wednesday about what's at stake, economically speaking, in the quest to plan for ongoing explosive growth in and around the Wasatch Front's Point of the Mountain area.

Tens of thousands of new, high-paying jobs and billions in state revenues.

"The national consulting team we worked with made these projections that, if we do things right, we would end up with, by 2050, 150,000 additional high-end, innovation jobs in the state that would otherwise not come," Grow said.

"And those jobs would pay on average about $40,000 (a year) more than the average incomes of the state."

The same consultants projected the state would harvest about $8 billion in additional revenues from those new jobs, and that's just looking at personal income tax generated by those workers over the next 33 years, Grow also noted to members of the Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee...



The Adobe headquarters, in back left, and other commercial developments that make up the "Silicon Slopes" around Point of the Mountain in Lehi are pictured on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.



Boomsourcing opens new Lehi headquarters


Karissa Neely, Daily Herald https://www.heraldextra.com/business...5a602f063.html

Boomsourcing recently completed a move into a new Lehi headquarters office space. The building is part of the new office development surrounding Thanksgiving Point in Lehi.

“We’re excited about where we are. We’re right in the heart of the innovative new tech hub of Silicon Slopes,” said Noel Lopez, Boomsourcing director of marketing, in an email.

The new office is in keeping with Boomsourcing’s continued growth, Lopez said. The company has large operations in the Philippines and a growing presence in Mexico.

“The growth of these global locations made it even more important to grow our mountain home,” Lopez said



Boomsourcing has opened its new headquarters near Thanksgiving Point in Lehi.
Courtesy Boomsourcing




Huge Facebook Data Center Announced

There were very few surprised faces in the room Wednesday when officials from the state and Eagle Mountain revealed Facebook as the entity behind a massive planned data center here, and the recipient of an equally massive tax relief package.
Facebook will qualify for some $150 million in tax breaks for Phase 1 of the project, expected to be a $750 million investment. Facebook continues to be the most profitable social media company on the planet and just reported record profits for the first quarter of 2018, approaching $12 billion. And that in spite of a slew of criticism surrounding revelations late last year that a data scientist harvested personal data on some 80 million users and later sold the information to Cambridge Analytica.
Facebook boasts nearly 1.5 billion daily users and over 2 billion regular monthly users. Talks centered on the project go back at least a year when Gov. Gary Herbert and others visited the company in Palo Alto, California, but the company's name was kept under wraps due to "ongoing contract negotiations" according to those involved with the deal. Phase 1 of the effort will include putting up two facilities on a roughly 500-acre parcel south of Eagle Mountain's city center. Theresa Foxley, president/CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, said last week that once shovels are in the ground, the expected construction term should be about 18 months.The company will also be investing, according to Foxley, about $150 million in infrastructure improvements including bringing power to the site from a nearby high-capacity power line corridor, extending sewer and water service, bringing in telecommunication lines and improving roads. That infrastructure investment is expected to be equalized by the Phase 1 tax benefits of $150 million over 20 years. All additional phases will be eligible for the same level of tax relief. A study commissioned by Eagle Mountain on the project referenced the potential for five phases which, if executed, would earn the mystery company $750 million in tax relief. According to Eagle Mountain officials, the property currently generates about $66 per year in tax revenues. After Phase 1 of the data center is complete, the tax revenues would shoot up to about $840,000 annually.





Intermountain Healthcare breaks ground on Spanish Fork hospital

...The Intermountain Healthcare hospital, located at 765 E. Market Place Drive, will be built on 45 acres east of Interstate 15 and North of U.S. Highway 6 in a spot Paul Bliss, a cowboy poet, called in a poem, “a graveyard of unproductive land.”

The $150 million hospital will have 30 beds and focus on women’s and medical/surgical services, consistent with community hospitals. It will include five labor and delivery rooms, two caesarean section rooms, two antepartum rooms, 12 postpartum beds, 12 emergency department rooms, four operating rooms and two gastroenterology suites.

The hospital will also provide imagine services, cardiopulmonary diagnostic testing and infusion therapy. There will be an on-site medical office building and an Intermountain InstaCare.

The hospital is projected to open in the fall of 2020...



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Downtown Provo - Blue Sky Apartments receives go ahead.

Genelle Pugmire, Daily Herald https://www.heraldextra.com/news/loc...186807f59.html

After more than three years of designing, discussing and negotiating, the Blue Sky Apartments, planned for the northeast corner of Center Street and 100 East in Provo, have received the go-ahead from the Provo Planning Commission...

One of the issues of concern are the sidewalk widths along Center Street. Blue Sky will have approximately 8 to 10 feet width, enough for outdoor eating if there is a restaurant in the front location.

The Harman sidewalk is narrower and fits the historic feel of the neighborhood going east.

“It’s going to match the existing right of way going west with the rest of downtown,” Wright said.

The six-story structure will consist of 136 one and two bedroom apartments, a parking terrace and 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space.

...Christensen said the project would begin within the next three to four months.



A rendering of the Blue Sky Apartments, soon to be built between Center Street and 100 East. Courtesy Blue Sky Apartments



Provo's Bulldog Boulevard called 'unsafe for all modes of transportation'; city readies redesign


"As the city goes through a major construction project with bus rapid transit and a future of broken-up streets and orange cones on 500 West
and along Freedom Boulevard, preparing for yet another project has some in the city feeling weary of construction altogether".


Genelle Pugmire, Daily Herald - 2 hrs ago...
http://www.heraldextra.com/news/loca...bc9137e05.html

Provo residents suffering from construction fatigue should gird up their loins, by spring Bulldog Boulevard should be in a construction redesign through the first half of 2019.

“This project was started quite some time ago, five to six years,” said David Graves, city engineer, during a recent overview for the Municipal Council.

According to Graves, the goal of the project is twofold — to provide safer travel for all entities (vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians) and to improve the aesthetic value to the road and minimize side effects.

The design takes Bulldog Boulevard and adds wider sidewalks, designated bike lanes with raised medians, mid-street medians and two travel lanes in each direction for vehicles.

“Complete street issues were a part of the construction from the beginning,” Graves said, during the June 5 work session.

Graves noted the area of Bulldog Boulevard from University Avenue to 500 West has a crash rate that is 7.5 times higher than the state average for similar roads...



Rendering shows Bulldog Boulevard at University Avenue. Construction is set to begin early spring of 2019.



Orem - 5 fun facts about the new UVU pedestrian bridge that will span I-15


UVU broke ground Thursday on a new pedestrian bridge that will cross Interstate 15 and help ensure student safety as they walk to campus. Here are five interesting facts about the bridge.

Daily Herald - https://www.heraldextra.com/news/loc...ab95db6.html#1

1. It will be built with more than 1,000 tons of steel.

2. It was designed by a Murray company.

3. The lead designer of the bridge is WSP USA, Inc., which is located in Murray.

4. It will be the second bridge of its kind in the U.S.

5. It will be the second inverted Fink truss bridge in the U.S. The other is the Moody Pedestrian Bridge at the University of Texas at Austin, which was completed in March 2016.
The Austin bridge is 300 feet long, 65 feet high and has two spans.

- UVU's bridge will be 1,022.5 feet long, 15 feet wide and 90 feet high.
It will include more than 12,000 feet of high-strength tension rods.
The bridge will utilize more than 12,400 feet and 305,000 pounds of high-strength tension rods.






Industrial construction rises

Daily Herald - Karissa Neely - https://www.heraldextra.com/business...8ddb9a9fd.html

...The Salt Lake City office of CBRE has released its second quarter 2018 MarketView reports, showing that speculative industrial construction in Utah County has reached its highest point in the current cycle. According to the report, 2.4 million square feet of new industrial construction was completed during Q2 2018, and 63 percent of that was speculative space — meaning that construction began before any tenants had committed to lease space within the developments. Authors of the report say this is significant, as it is a reflection of the confidence that investors and businesses have in the local economy and highlights recent demand levels.

“Industrial construction and leasing has been phenomenal during this cycle. At mid-year there was 4.2 million square feet under construction, which is a substantial total for our market. This is even more impressive when considering that 2.9 million square feet of new product has already delivered year-to-date. This total for the first half of the year surpasses the annual delivery totals for four of the last seven years,” said Tom Dischmann, CBRE senior vice president, in a press release...



Businesses currently operating and under construction stand Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald - Isaac Hale, Daily Herald



Provo - Demolition Making Way For New Construction


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I've driven past that building for 15 years and only today did I notice just how out-of-place it seems. Perhaps it seemed less out-of-place before the new high rises were constructed.



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