A rendering showing the new Orem City Hall facing east.
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Rendering of the main entrance on the south side, or Center Street side, of the new Orem City Hall. The atrium overlooks the northern plaza and Mount Timpanogos.
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The Orem Community Hall stands with other city halls Tuesday, December 22, 2020.
Isaac Hale, Daily Herald file photo
Times have changed, and for the Orem City Council, instead of sitting around a table looking at regulations to get a glimpse of a new downtown building, they’re using virtual reality glasses for the future.
Joe Smith of Method Studio, the architects on the project, created a VR presentation for council members interested in experiencing the experience, while others watched a 3D model of the building on the council’s big screen.
Layton Construction is the contractor for the new building which will be on the same site as the current one.
Although the building is expected to be in a variety of brown and cream colors with stone, brick, glass and metal and a large modern outdoor clock, the outside will – display native trees and grasses on the four sides of the house with trees.
“The positive impact is the trees and (the merger) provides space for our orchards,” said Brenn Bybee, the city’s general manager.
The building will be three stories with a parking lot on the east side from the corner of the south end to the north.
There are two third-level balconies, one leading to the mayor’s office and the other to the east for various uses. The balcony can be closed off if a home addition is needed, Smith said.
Entrances to the north and south of the building will be open and modern. The hilltop will have an outdoor space with a dining area and visitor center between City Hall and the library.
According to the plan, the building will be about 74,000 square feet. They expect demolition in March and it will take about 26 months to complete.
Due to supply chain concerns, Layton has begun ordering items to be ready in the spring.
The budget for the building is about $28 million and Method and Layton believe they will be able to stay within that budget. The budget has now been established and will not require a bond to build.
“We’re getting a lot of bang for our buck,” Bybee said.
1,000 square feet were added from the original plan, according to Smith.
The auditorium will hold 270 spectators but can be divided into smaller rooms. There are council rooms, conference rooms and training rooms, which can be accessed in an emergency if necessary.
“This is all good. It’s exciting,” CEO Terry Peterson said.
The series and Layton will return one time for the final reservation in the building so they will start soon. In the meantime, they’re hoping the weather will cooperate so they can stay on schedule.