Construction on the new Utah County Regional Government Center is winding down as developers prepare it for occupancy June 18.
Project Manager Kevin Brown of Jacobsen Construction Co. said the buildings probably won't be fully occupied until July or August but said crews will begin moving in computer equipment within the next month. In addition, the center's 650-stall parking terrace could be finished sometime in April, depending on the weather."We're trying to get a temporary occupancy permit now," Brown said. He said the terrace still must be inspected by city and fire officials, but that the only work remaining is painting and concrete sealing. "It depends on the weather."
In addition to the 218,000-square-foot parking terrace, the $30 million complex includes a 132,000-square-foot regional state office building and a 90,000-square-foot county building. The new buildings will allow the centralization of several county and state offices housed at different locations throughout the county.
Brown said crews are putting the finishing touches on the buildings' interior. Work includes painting, placing floor and ceiling tile, carpeting, hanging doors, installing phone wiring and placing "demountable partitions" in the state building. Crews also will clean up the buildings' interior over the next couple of months, while checking security and fire alarm systems.
"The buildings are progressing about equally," Brown said. "I think the project has been going smoothly for everyone concerned. And I think everyone's been happy with the way the project's been coming around."
Exterior concrete work will proceed as weather permits, and crews will begin installing sprinkler systems next week in preparation for landscaping.
"Aesthetically, this is one of the nicer projects we've done. We feel good about the way it fits in with the city. Saving the (surrounding) trees helps it fit in," Brown said. "Once it's open up to the public, I think they will enjoy it."
Utah County Commission Chairman Malcolm Beck said the new county building will enable the county to better centralize services. About 205 county employees will work out of the new facility, while some employees likely will remain in the old building.
The new facility will not only house county offices now located in the old county building, but several offices located in other buildings, including the county attorney's office, extension services, agricultural inspectors, substance abuse offices, county printing department, Utah County Travel Council and Utah Valley Economic Development Association.
The health public works and sheriff's departments, however, will remain in the current locations.
Beck said the county likely will have a few offices remaining in the old building.
Jack Quintana, assistant facilities management director in the state Division of Facilities and Construction Management, said the state badly needs a building where state services can be centralized.
Quintana said about 350 state employees will work in the new state building, which will include offices for the Department of Education's Division of Rehabilitation, Department of Administrative Services, Adult Probation and Parole, Tax Commission, Department of Health and the Department of Social Services recovery services and community operations divisions.