Utah State University has selected Swaner Design Co. of Salt Lake City to help plan the $1.5 million first phase of its new Utah Botanical Center.

USU must move from its current garden site in Farmington because of expansion of the U.S. 89-Cherry Hill interchange that begins at the end of 1998.Swaner is a company composed of landscape architects and civil engineers.

The site for the new USU gardens is 100 acres located west of I-15 and just south of the Kaysville freeway exit.

Phase one of the relocation project includes cleanup, construction of a greenhouse complex, road design and construction, parking, a sidewalk, a green belt trail, utilities and signage.

Future facilities will include research gardens, public open space, wetlands, a visitor center, educational facilities and a conservatory.