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Renderings show the new Orem Town Hall facing east.

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Rendering of the main entrance on the south side of New Orem City Hall or on the Center Street side. The atrium overlooks the North Square and Timpanogos Hill.

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The Orem Public Library’s lobby auditorium stands alongside other city buildings on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.

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Times have changed, and for Orem City Council, that means instead of standing at a table looking at blueprints to catch a glimpse of the new City Hall building, they are wearing virtual reality goggles to look at the building of the future on Tuesday.

The project’s architect, Joe Smith of Method Studio, held a VR demo for council members interested in getting the experience, while others watched a 3D representation of the building on a large screen in the council room .

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Layton Construction is the contractor for the new building, which will be on substantially the same site as the current building.

While the building is expected to come in a variety of browns and creams and feature rock, brick, glass and steel, and a large modern outdoor clock, the exterior landscaping will feature native plants and grasses, planted on all four sides of the building. full of trees.

“The trees and (grouping) are a nod to our orchard,” said acting city manager Brenn Bybee.

The building will be three storeys with parking on the east side from part of the southern end to the northern end.

The third floor has two balconies, one leading to the mayor’s office and the other on the east side, which are used for various purposes. The balconies can be closed off if additional rooms are needed, Smith said.

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The main entrances will be located on the north and south sides of the building, with an open and modern lobby. The northern end will feature a covered outdoor plaza, as well as dining and visitor areas between the town hall and library hall.

According to Method, the building will occupy about 74,000 square feet. They hope to break ground in March and it will take about 26 months to complete.

Out of supply chain considerations, Layton has already begun ordering materials so they will be ready in the spring.

The budget for the building was approximately $28 million, and both Method and Layton believed they would be able to stay within that budget. The current budget is set and there is no need to create a bond.

“We’re getting a huge payoff,” Bybee said.

An additional 1,000 square feet were added to the original plan, Smith said.

The Council Chamber can accommodate 270 spectators, but can be divided into a smaller room. There are conference halls, conference rooms and training rooms, which can be used as an emergency center if necessary.

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“It’s all looking great. It’s exciting,” Councilman Terry Peterson said.

Method and Layton will be back again to complete the final logout of the building so they can start soon. In the meantime, they hope the weather will cooperate so they can meet their deadlines.


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