Envision Utah honors efforts for quality growth
Awards • City Creek, Salt Palace solar array among those recognized.
Published: August 22, 2012 07:34PM
Updated: August 22, 2012 07:33PM
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Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune A solar energy array on the roof of the Salt Palace Convention Center produces 17 percent of the facility’s energy needs, or enough electricity to power 228 homes for a year.

Six entities have received Envision Utah Governor’s Quality Growth Awards for innovations that enhance the quality of life in Utah.

The private-public partnership recognized the efforts earlier this week at a ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion in Salt Lake City.

The winners were:

City Creek •The $2 billion residential, retail and office project received the Grand Achievement Award.

The project, which opened in March, was developed by City Creek Reserve, a real estate arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It occupies 23 acres in downtown Salt Lake City, across South Temple from Temple Square and other LDS Church-owned buildings.

City Creek Center, the retail component, encloses more than 90 stores under two retractable roofs. Eight office towers and more than 500 condominiums and apartments are the other components of the project.

Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan (2011-2040) • Utah is the first U.S. state to integrate statewide and regional transportation plans into one document that summarizes anticipated needs for road capacity and maintenance, as well as transit improvements and operations for the state’s urban and rural areas.

Organizations that contributed to the plan were the Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization, Five County Association of Governments, Mountainland Association of Governments, Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority and the Wasatch Front Regional Council.

Harmons City Creek •Harmons, the Salt Lake City-based grocery retailer, opened a 70,000-square-foot store on 100 South, east of City Creek. The store also contains a pharmacy, cooking school, cafe and post office.

Palmer Court • This renovated hotel at 999 S. Main St. in Salt Lake City aims to help homeless individuals and families secure affordable housing. The hotel has 201 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Amenities include secure parking, laundry facilities, exercise rooms, a computer lab, library and playground.

Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District Conservation Garden and Education Center •The education center is a regional learning facility where groups and organizations can learn principles of water conservation. The building is LEED-certified.

The Calvin Rampton Salt Palace solar project • A solar energy array on the roof of the convention center produces 17 percent of the facility’s energy needs, or enough electricity to power 228 homes for a year. The $6.6 million project covers 198,000 square feet of the convention center’s roof.