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Granary District

How does an industrial district transform into a cultural district?

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INNOVATION DISTRICT

The 230-acre site southwest of downtown Salt Lake City, formerly for fleet storage, is owned by the city and strategically located with excellent transportation options, including a nearby light rail station and a proposed streetcar loop. Innovative adaptive-reuse strategies include converting Silo Towers into a landmark and using historic brick buildings for Restaurant Row. The project aligns with the Delos WELL Building Standard, emphasizing health and wellness, with Fleet Block goals including a dynamic business and research community, a multi-use conference/innovation center, and integration into a vibrant retail destination.

 

The Granary District, leveraging its proximity to the airport, University of Utah Research Park, and outdoor recreation, emphasizes urban density by integrating commercial offices, retail spaces, housing, and cultural institutions. The design fosters a fitness-oriented culture by concealing parking garages beneath a park, with interconnected walking paths encouraging an active lifestyle. Redevelopment of large blocks and streets supports a pedestrian-friendly scale, preserving industrial structures for historical continuity, and Salt Lake City showcases its commitment to the natural landscape through green roofs with native vegetation.

THE RESEARCH HUB

The research campus is positioned as a vital regional employment center, promoting collaboration between academic and private sectors for innovation. The partnership-designed campus integrates research and office buildings within a park-like environment, prioritizing community wellness and engagement. Aligned with the Delos WELL Standard, the tranquil setting supports year-round activities and mental well-being. Visual and direct access to open spaces is emphasized, with a focus on preserving existing structures and celebrating the neighborhood's industrial character, highlighted by the transformation of former granary silos into a central feature, anchoring a grand event lawn.

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RESTAURANT ROW

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Restaurant Row, will be a vibrant urban amenity transforming the stretch of S 400 W between 7th and 8th into a thriving community hub. This revitalized area, featuring renovated character structures, unique infill buildings, and opportunities for food carts, aims to provide nourishment for the body, environment, and local business community. With an emphasis on local and regional cuisine, Restaurant Row will not only serve as a neighborhood amenity but also a citywide destination accessible through well-connected public transit. This initiative fosters comfort, a sense of place, and community belonging, ensuring that residents and employees forge emotional connections with the diverse small businesses while preserving the historic and eclectic character of the neighborhood. Innovative new buildings will be encouraged, contributing to the dynamic atmosphere of this transformed urban space.

THE FLEET BLOCK

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The Tech Hub in the Granary District, positioned as a regional employment node, is a mixed-use center fostering creative businesses, retail, and residential spaces. The integration of high-tech offices with quality housing, amenities, and services underscores the development's dedication to community wellness. Emphasizing physical fitness and mental health, the hub provides ample opportunities for connections with the landscape and the community. The innovative office tower, inspired by the Salt Lake Tabernacle, showcases a unique timber structure.

*all designs, drawings, and concepts were created while working as lead designers at Ankrom Moisan Architects, Portland, OR. All images copyright Ankrom Moisan Architects.

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