The jobs will be the same, but the surroundings are changing for about 200 Utah County employees and 350 state employees moving into the recently completed Utah County Regional Government Complex later this month.
The county attorney's office was the first to move into the new facility last week and will be followed during the next several weeks by a number of other county offices currently located elsewhere.Offices to be located in the new building include: extension services, agricultural inspectors, substance abuse, county printing department, Utah County Travel Council and the Utah Valley Economic Development Association.
The health, public works and sheriff's departments will remain in their current locations.
"We feel it's an excellent building for an excellent price," Commissioner Brent Morris said. He praised Boyer Co. and Jacobsen Construction Co., who were responsible for development and construction of the $30 million complex.
The complex, which was started early last year, comprises a 132,000-square-foot regional state office building and a 90,000-square-foot county building. The new buildings will allow the centralization and consolidation of several county and state offices.
The complex also includes a 218,000-square-foot parking terrace for about 700 vehicles.
Jack Quintana, assistant facilities management director with the state Division of Facilities and Construction Management, said state offices at the government center will include offices for the Department of Education's Division of Rehabilitation, the Department of Administrative Services, Adult Probation and Parole, the State Tax Commission, the Department of Health and the Department of Social Services' Recovery Services and Community Operations divisions.
So far, county officials say, the move has gone smoothly, although, Morris said, "it's turning out to be more work than we thought."
Dedication ceremonies for the new building will be next month, but not before new phone systems are installed.
The new systems mean several government offices will get new phone numbers.
Remodeling of the old courthouse, meanwhile, is expected to begin sometime this fall so the building can better accommodate the 4th District Court. One courtroom is expected to be added and four existing courtrooms are to be enlarged.
Morris said the new complex has met with mixed reviews, but county officials are happy with it.
"One (person) says it never should have been built, another says it's too nice or that there's too much dead space. Each one of those complaints has an answer," Morris said.
"Overall it's a very beautiful building and has been done very well. You're going to have people come in and criticize anything government does. And no, we didn't build the most expensive building we could have."