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A Vision for the Future Hub of Utah’s Economic Growth

Point of the Mountain Master Plan
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Image courtesy of Nephew

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“This may be the greatest opportunity Utah will ever have to move forward into the next century.”

Robert Grow, CEO, Envision Utah

HOK’s master plan for redeveloping a 700-acre site along the Wasatch Front in Salt Lake and Utah Counties provides the first step in reimagining 20,000 acres of underutilized property.  

The site, which is the former location of the Utah State Prison in Draper, is on state-owned land within Utah’s “Silicon Slopes,” a fast-growing science and technology corridor. This first phase of the Point of the Mountain’s redevelopment will establish a model for the rest of the development while catalyzing the creation of a new job center that offers a high quality of life.

HOK’s planning team worked with the Point of the Mountain Development Commission and the nonprofit Envision Utah to conduct an 18-month, highly collaborative public visioning process that incorporated input from the public and a wide range of stakeholders, including government officials, employers, transportation agencies, economic development groups, Utah’s legislature, major landowners and educational institutions. Together, stakeholders created a vision for positioning the Point of the Mountain region to maximize its potential as a high-tech center while preserving its natural beauty. The team then worked to evaluate several potential master plan scenarios before establishing a preferred vision for a new live-work-play community that encourages different scales of development and provides a sustainable framework for the expected population and economic growth.

The transit-oriented design for the Draper site links people to jobs, incorporates human-scaled density with walkable blocks, provides buildings and infrastructure needed to support the growing tech economy, and engages and preserves the beautiful surroundings.

At the heart of the development is a high-density, mixed-use town center made up of urban residential and commercial buildings with pedestrian-friendly streets and dedicated bike lanes. HOK’s compact plan reduces transportation times and promotes a stronger sense of community. 

Located along landscaped canals, an 8.6-million-square-foot office district and a 66-acre research district capture the energy that comes from corporate technology, commercial incubation, academic research and industry partnerships. The plan accommodates large, flexible floor plates with employee amenities for office and research buildings.

An extensive public open space system spans the development, highlighting the site’s natural features and celebrating Utah’s outdoor culture. The walkable streetscape transitions into greenway corridors with multiuse paths for walkers, runners and cyclists. These interconnected paths run alongsie landscaped canals and link to two of the region’s popular trail systems.

By integrating public transit, including two new Utah Transit Authority light rail stations, with land use, the plan encourages sustainable growth. The tightly connected street network reduces vehicle emissions and enhances walkability and air quality. 

SIZE

700 acres / 283 hectares

SERVICES

Master Planning

NEWS

22 January 2018
“What’s the Future for the Point of the Mountain Area”
Good4Utah.com