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delts145 Oct 7, 2006 12:04 PM

Provo MSA Development Thread
Provo MSA Thread

The Greater Salt Lake City Wasatch Front CSA is composed of three interconnecting metros. The Provo MSA would be the southern most metro area, connecting southward
to the central or Salt Lake City MSA

U.S. Census Bureau: 2016 Pop. 603,309
Typical suburban CSA Metroscape of the Wasatch Front. Seen here, looking southeast toward Utah Lake and the Provo MSA of Utah Valley

Downtown Provo, Looking northeast toward the intersection of Center and University Avenue

Provo and its Metro setting is nothing short of stunning

Metro Views, Provo & Sundance Canyons


delts145 Oct 7, 2006 12:07 PM

Answer me this, oh alluring land of mountains and lakes.
Provo City - Developments, 2011-2017

Here are some more shots I took today to add to what Lee has already posted.
Convention Center

This building is going to have excellent street presence on the east side, butting right up to the sidewalk.

Rebuild of Historic LDS Tabernacle(recently destroyed by fire)
All four sides of the Tabernacle have now been braced with the support scaffolding.

Joaquin Village - Student Housing
Joaquin Village coming along, slowly but surely. This is actually a humongous project.

...Joaquin Village in Provo, will house more than 900 Brigham Young University students in two buildings of three to five
stories over one level of parking...

South/East side

North/West side

New BYU student housing replacing Deseret Towers. From what I could see, there are three buildings currently under construction.
Deseret News
Pics By Neuroguy

Provo City Updates Contd...

Nuskin Unveils $80 Million Investment In Downtown

:tup: Mayor John Curtis,

The City Council gave a green light (with a unanimous vote)
to Nu Skin's downtown addition.

A little over a year ago, Nu Skin approached the City regarding the
feasibility of the expanding the Nu Skin campus in downtown Provo.
Nu Skin will be expanding its existing Tower and then go west across
100 West where it will construct a new modern facility.

The proposed $80,000,000 expansion project will add 147,000 square feet
for a total of nearly 300,000 square feet and will house about 900

The word modern doesn't really do justice to the planned expansion.
If I could come up with a word that combined cool, fabulous and
visionary I would be better able to explain the new project. Better
yet, I'll let the pictures tell the story.

Nu Skin begins demolition work in Provo expansion

The Salt Lake Tribune

Nu Skin International marked the beginning Tuesday of the demolition
of properties next to its downtown Provo high-rise office to make way
for construction of the Nu Skin Innovation Center. The center will house
a research and development laboratory, a network operations
center, distributor recognition areas, retail space and a cafe. The
network marketer of skin care and other personal products is investing
$80 million in downtown Provo in an expansion that will include more than
an acre of green space.
(Photo by Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Spectators watch as properties neighboring the Nu Skin High Rise
are demolished Wednesday May 4, 2011. The Nu Skin Innovation
Center will house world-class research and development laboratory,
network operations center, distributor recognition areas, retail space
and a café. Nu Skin is investing $80 million in downtown Provo with
this expansion project that will include more than one acre of green
space for employees, residents and visitors to enjoy.

Demolition makes way for Nu Skin center

Hundreds of Nu Skin employees and area residents looked
on Wednesday as Nu Skin founders Blake Roney, Sandie Tillotson
and Steve Lund took their turn at helping demolish the old Kress

The event marks the end of an era on Center Street, according to
Mayor John Curtis, and signals the beginning of a new era in Provo

"This is a big deal for us," Curtis said at the demolition. "I have mixed
feelings today, but any good city builds new landmarks. All of us
appreciated the landmark that was here. But this is an important
part of revitalizing downtown. It facilitates the things people have
been asking for in downtown."...

Utah Valley Convention Center
Lt. Governor Greg Bell speaks at the
groundbreaking ceremony for the Utah Valley Convention Center in
downtown Provo Tuesday. (Stuart Johnson, Deseret News)
An artist's rendering shows what the Utah
Valley Convention Center will look like when completed in March 2012.
Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau
Rendering of the Utah Valley Convention Center
in downtown Provo that is anticipated to be completed by March 2012.
(Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau)
(Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau)
(Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau)


Originally Posted by javiniscool (Post 5274562)

Here's some pictures of the Utah County Convention Center

IMG_0249 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0248 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0247 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0246 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0245 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0244 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0243 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0242 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0241 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0250 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]

And here's some recent demolition pictures as of today for the Nu Skin expansion.
IMG_0240 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0239 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0238 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0237 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0253 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0252 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]
IMG_0251 by byuistud163285, on Flickr[/IMG]

Pics By Javiniscool

Frontier Airlines will begin daily Denver
flights from Provo

PROVO — Scheduled commercial flights will soon be arriving in
Utah County.

Provo Mayor John Curtis told the City Council Tuesday that Frontier
Airlines will start a daily flight in and out of Provo beginning in June.

The flight from Provo to the airline's Denver hub will leave at 8:30 a.m.
each day with a return flight landing at 9:15 p.m. daily. The flight will
be on an Embraer 190 jet aircraft that can seat 99.

"This is a major milestone for Provo and all of Utah County,"
Curtis said. "Many people have worked very hard, not just in the
last few months, but also in the last several years, to make this

Provo Airport manager Steve Gleason told the council if the flight
fills up, more flights will follow...
A Frontier Airlines plane arrives in Salt Lake City in
2008. The airline will start a daily flight between Provo Municipal Airport
and the airline's Denver hub beginning in June. (Danny Chan La, Deseret
News archives)

Provo passenger terminal work begins

..."We have a million things just about ready to start,"
Gleason said. "This will be a monumental achievement to get this
done. Everyone is going 100 percent."

Both Gleason and Curtis said they are excited for the potential this can
bring to Provo and Utah County. The current push will be well worth it.

"The city and others have worked for so long to get scheduled service at
the airport, it's exciting to see it really happening," Curtis said. "After
making slow, steady progress for years, we're now sprinting to the
finish line. When you look at its potential for economic development,
and how convenient it will be for local travelers, it's going to be well
worth all the effort."


leebuddy Oct 7, 2006 3:43 PM

Today Buildinggurl and i will be meeting up with Wasatch_One down in Orem and provo to check up on some projects like the Orem midtown village. i'll take some pics of that later and post them on here soon.


delts145 Oct 7, 2006 3:49 PM

leebuddy, YOU ALWAY'S COME THRU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BuiLDing GuRL Oct 7, 2006 5:05 PM

Don't give leebuddy a big head. I have to live with him!!! :) j/k if there is anything he loves it's getting to take pictures of buildings to share with his fellow building nerds. :) We'll be in Orem tonight, any specific requests for pics?

delts145 Oct 7, 2006 8:54 PM

Hey there BuiLDing GuRL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hmmmmm, It looks like you're going to have kind of a rainy afternoon. The new Orem lifestyle center would be great like you already pointed out . OH YEAH!! That new lifestyle center in the Provo Riverbottom area. Lot's of new mixed use there. There's also a great round-about on Provo's Center Street and about what? Is it 900 east? Those new office buildings in Provo's Riverbottom are really cool, like the Covey Center or the Noni Headquarters. I'm sure you guys are going to have more than your hands full.

wrendog Oct 7, 2006 11:13 PM

i drive by signs for the new 12 story hotel in PG every day on my way to and from work. Anyone know when that is slated to break ground?

delts145 Oct 7, 2006 11:56 PM

Hey Wrendog
The project your talking about is going to be big. I had'nt realized how big until I started looking into it.

The luxury,full service Embassy Suites will break ground this Spring, 2007. It will also include a major convention/conference center. Adjacement to the 300 room plus Embassy Suite Hotel will be another national chain of 200 plus rooms which will commence construction at approximately the same time. In addition to these hotels and conference facilities a 1 million sq. ft lifestyle center will begin taking shape. Already under construction is a major regional BMW dealership, and alot of very attractive condo blocks,


SLCFly'n Oct 8, 2006 1:22 PM

Originally Posted by delts145

In going over your recent post regarding UVSC and the development down there, it got me stoked for the thread for Utah Valley. Any of you guys and gals,(WASATCH ONE) have some more pics of UVSC to post on the new thread?

p.s. Looking out my window now at the Wasatch. NEW DUSTING OF SNOW!!!
Man, I can't wait to hit that incredible new tunnel at the BIRD.>

The Pics on this are small but it has some info on the new Digital Learning Center. They have the area fenced off and just started digging this week.(nothing real big yet)....

leebuddy Oct 8, 2006 11:04 PM

Utah Valley Projects report.........

Ok this past saturday Building gurl and i met up with Wasatch_one to check out some of the on going projects that are going on or about to happen real soon. here is our report....

1. Orem Midtown Village PRoject.
As you can see the south wing is coming alone now that it's all topped out and is now starting to get walls put up. Work on the north wing hasn't started yet. it's still just hole in the ground that more work on the underground parking still needs to be done.

2 UVSC Library (five-stories)
We didn't get to drive by this project, but for what we are told the site is cleared out and ground breaking will start soon. But here is a pic of what it will look like.

3.Huntington (4-stories)
Right in the heart of downtown provo this 4-story condo project is about to break ground. the site has been cleared out and work should start soon.

4.Northgate Village. (up to 8-stories)
For what we know about this project is that it's going to be a mix use right off of I-15 and 800 North in Orem. The site use to be warehouses but the site has been cleared off and work should begine soon. Sorry i didn't get any pics of this project. But there will be condos, office space and retail. Kind of like midtown village. One of the buildings could be as tall as 8-stories. Also there is alot of road work on 800 north. looks like the road is adding two new lines making 800 north 6 lines total.

5.P.G.'s Hotel and Convention center (12-story hotel)
PLEASANT GROVE will be getting a 12-story hotel and a convention center. Ground breaking could start next spring. Right new the site is just a field.

Now the rest are projects that are in the planning stages still and we hope to hear more about soon. Since wasatch (Nic) is from the prove/Orem he gave us a tour of the downtown provo area and around orem. He told us some of the following projects that are in the works....

Downtown provo

1. Zion bank building.
Just like the wells fargo buildng Zion wants to built their own builidng right in the heart of downtown. We don't know of any plans as of yet, but their could be around 8-10 stories tall.

2.Well Fargo Phase II
The wells fargo center in downtown provo is almost two years old new and all it's space has been lease out. Word is their are getting ready for a phase II of the center to be built just behind their first building that could be around 8-stoires also. (Both zions and well fargo will be across the street from one another)

3.Provo Convention Center

Downtown provo could be getting their own convention center here soon, since P.G. will be building one with a 12-story hotel tower. this was a wake up call for provo and now the city is moving with their own plans. not sure when this project will start.

So there is our report of some of the major projects that are happening or soon to start here in happy valley.:yes:
Leebuddy and Wasatch_one down in orem getting ready to check out some projects. (burling Gurl took the picture. :haha:

(A special thanks goes out to Wasatch_one of the tour he gave buildng gurl and myself. thanks nic.)

Wasatch_One Oct 9, 2006 1:30 AM that Vanilla Ice with Lee Buddy?


...everyone that sees that picture... the steps in the side of my hair are a joke, my friends didnt believe that I would do it...

i did ;)

Viperlord Oct 9, 2006 2:15 AM

I was wondering that..... but I didnt want to say anything for fear that I may offend someone. lol

delts145 Oct 9, 2006 4:32 AM

BIG THANKS to leebuddy, BuiLDing GuRL, and Wasatch One
:tup: :worship: :worship: :worship: Our new Utah Valley Thread is getting off to a great start because of you guys.:worship: :worship: :worship:

wrendog Oct 10, 2006 12:00 AM

Vanilla Ice and Donnie Michael... nice to see you guys

SLCFly'n Oct 12, 2006 3:50 AM

Oh ya let the diggin start.....:D UVSC project

Sorry about the pic quality i just had my point and shoot camera.

SLCFly'n Oct 12, 2006 4:37 AM

Utah Valley Med Center in Provo

This is getting to be a big hospital campus they just finished an add on to the emergency dept , endoscopy, wound and hyperbaric treatment.

delts145 Oct 12, 2006 11:34 AM

Development to include principles of conservation.
Deseret Morning News
By Amy Choate-Nielsen

LEHI -- Environmentalists are smiling on a new development in Lehi that's focused on building around Utah Lake's wetlands and saving a valley stream.

Spring Creek Ranch, found in south Lehi at the edge of Utah Lake, touts itself as a place "where consevation matters," according to the development's slogan. The project involves 410 homes on 150 acres, with five parks, recreation areas and three miles of trails.

But none of the development will interfere with the nearby delicate wetlands.

"We are really happy with developers that are keeping the environment in mind and not putting subdivisions in the middle of nowhere where residents have to drive 10 mile to get a gallon of milk," said Marc Heileson, southwest regional representative for the Sierra Club.

Heileson said that Utah Lake's wetlands are expecially important to preserve because they serve as a type of "pit stop" for birds migrating from Argentina to the Arctic Circle.

"We think Spring Creek is a good idea, "Heileson said, "and we hope the wetlands there will get the protection they need."

Dave Klock, master developer and co-owner of the prohject, said he took the project on because he's a "consevationist at heart." Klock is petitioning for a conservation easement for 25 acres of his property.

In addition to building his development around a buffer zone that protects the wetlands, Klock is restoring a creek that has long been polluted.

He hired biologist Ryan Barker to restore native plants to the area, plan a trail system and educate new homeowners about the importance of taking care of their environment.

jedikermit Oct 12, 2006 2:00 PM

With the whole West Nile Virus thing going on, I don't know that I'd want to live "adjacent to wetlands."

But by all means--move in!

leebuddy Oct 12, 2006 7:52 PM

Looks like there could be more upcoming projects for Orem....

Orem arts hub could hit $66 million
By Sara Israelsen
Deseret Morning News
OREM — In a dream world, a cultural arts hub would be built around the SCERA theater, creating a street of artistic flavor that would be crown jewel of the county.
Deseret Morning News graphic
Yes, it may be just a dream to arts-loving folks in Orem, but city leaders have been given a glimpse of what it may take — financially, at least — to turn a dream into reality.
A $45,000 feasibility study unveiled Tuesday indicates that such a project would cost about $66 million.
Orem officials wanted to see what could be done with money generated by the voter-approved Cultural Arts and Recreation Enrichment (CARE) tax — a 1/10 of one percent sales tax.
The sales tax, approved last November, was projected to generate $1.6 million a year in revenue, based on current sales-tax figures.
With some of the money generated by the tax, Orem hired a national planning company to look at what Orem has and evaluate what Orem residents and leaders said they want.
Bob Bailey, a principal in California-based AMS Planning and Research, came to Orem in April to survey community members, civic leaders and arts organizations about their thoughts related to cultural arts.
"One of the things that impressed us was the nature of the market," Bailey told the City Council. His research shows that Orem residents, compared to the nation, are 14 percent more likely to attend the theater and 16 percent more likely to go to a dance or music performance.
Bailey also presented potential cost estimates along with architectural sketches of potential future buildings.
"This is a very ambitious and very impressive presentation," said Mayor Jerry Washburn, who also said he was slightly concerned about the $66 million price tag. And that figure, he noted, didn't include annual operating costs, which could range from $600,000 to $800,000.
Bailey recommends a renovation of the SCERA theater, then construction of an arts education center, a children's museum and a heritage museum.
The cost of renovating the SCERA theater — built in 1933 — would be around $40 million, which comes out to a cost of $465 per square foot. New buildings can cost around $600 per square foot and up to $1,000 per square foot.
Expenses could be covered by the city's CARE tax, personal and private donations and federal funds — a funding approach that would have to be worked out in detail if the city decided to go in that direction.
Another way to save on costs could be to house the arts education center, children's museum and a heritage center in one or two large buildings, thus creating an "arts district" near the SCERA theater, pool and park.
"Really, this could be the park which could be the gem of the entire valley," Bailey said.
"As we begin to look at the SCERA facilities, we see a great little street down here," Bailey said, referring to 720 South.
While it's a grandiose proposal, it's exciting to consider, said Orem Councilwoman Karen McCandless.
The city has been studying the issue of cultural arts enhancement for years with the help of a Cultural Arts Advisory Commission.

delts145 Oct 13, 2006 1:09 PM

Thanksgiving Point - hub of activity
By Amy Choate-Nielsen
Deseret Morning News

LEHI- Ten years ago, the flat lands surrounding Point of the Mountain were nothing but alfalfa fields and sagebrush.

Today, the area is hot property for housing developments, popular businesses such as Cabela's and a soon-to-be college campus. It's all located on the sprawling property of what has become a landmark gem in Utah County - Thanksgiving Point.

"We've got a lot going on, "Thanksgiving Point chief executive officer Mike Washburn said of the myriad activities that happen on a daily basis on the property.

That sentiment might be an understatement.

Aside from 55 acres of manicured gardens, one of the largest dinosaur musemms in the Western hemisphere and gourmet restaurants, the establishment boasts weekly cooking, gardening and art classes. Thanksgiving Point also hosts functions ranging from business meetings to wedding parties.

The daily activities of the quasi-resort, where moviegoers also can catch a flick, are only a part of the packed schedule at Thanksgiving Point. A massive flashing sign high above I-15 constantly advertises a new event at the location.

Among other things, there's the Utah County Fair, a tulip festival, outdoor concerts, corn mazes and Christmas lights that all help draw visitors to the property.

Last year approximately 1.2 million people visited Thanksgiving Point, the most of any year since the gardens opened in 1996.

So far this year, attendance at the Museum of Ancient Life is 40 percent higher than it was last year, and the museum's most popular month, December, is still to come.

Wasburn says word of mouth is bringing the whole area attention - and not just from Utah county. Located in Lehi, on the border of Salt Lake County, the property's museums and gardens pull visitors almost equally from both ends of the counties and across the country.

Earlier this year, Washburn said, the gardens had only been open a month when they receeived tourists from every state except one.

"I'm sure they've showed up by now," Washburn said.

Still, Thanksgiving Point, which is a nonprofit organization, is supplemented by founders Alan and Karen Ashton, who made a fortune through successes with the invention of Word Perfect.

The Ashtons bought some 750 acres on which to build Thanksgiving Point as a gesture to show their gratitude for the blessings thay received. The Ashtons embarked on the project in 1995.

"We realized the Ashtons' mission for Thanksgiving Point," Washburn said. "It is a resource for the community where people can come and have a unique, one-of-a kind, hands-on experience, and learn and grow in a safe and beautiful and comfortable environment."

Since Washburn came to Thanksgiving Point three years ago, his main goal has been to preserve the aim of the establishment. Namely, to give back to the community.

His other goal has been to make the enterprise, which costs between $15 million and $20 million to function, self-suffficient.

"I was brought on to make Thanksgiving Point sustainable," Washburn said. "We've made tremendous progress. The Ashtons have historically been supporting this on their own, but in the last three years, we've invited other companies to help by way of sponsorships."

Washburn said Zions Bank, Larry Miller and XanGo have all become corporate sponsors, which has helped the enterprise come closer to moving from red ink to black.

The resort also has started to focus on its menbership program. The business sells different levels of memberships with annual fees, ranging from $175 for a family to have access to the entire grounds, including discounts on merchandise and food, to $35 for a family to have access to child-friendly Farm Country.....

....Charlotte Ducos, who recently renewed her membership, also said it seems Thanksgiving Point is always adding something new to the museum and the grounds.

That's something that thrills businesses in the surrounding area.

"I honestly believe Thanksgiving Point has been that core catalyst in really catapulting the area," said Heather Miller, president of the Lehi Chamber of Commerce. "It has lit a fire to the whole area."

According to Washburn, Thanksgiving Point only plans to grow.

For example, already in the works are plans for a children's museum, which is scheduled to be completed within three years; a Marriott hotel, to be on location within one year; and construction for the Mountainland Applied Technology College campus, to be under way in less than a year.

"I personally think they're just beginning, "Miller said. "It's going to be a great future for them...The whole region is just going to be incredible. It's going to be powerful."

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