“It has been a long battle, but we never gave up.” -Rob Moore, Big-D Construction
This is more than just a project; it is a celebration for the community of Orem, Utah. The Midtown project started in 2004 as a mixed-use development. There was to be apartments and even a new theater. However, in 2007, the project came to a halt after the real estate market plummeted and the development went into bankruptcy. Several lenders lost money and it appeared the project would never be finished. After years of litigation, the city finally got the project back on track and with the help of Big-D Construction, the dream of Midtown became a reality.
The first phase of the project started with the construction of the Midtown Village. This development has it all, from retail and commercial space to condominiums and parking. Two levels of underground parking provide plenty of space for shoppers, workers, and residents. One level of retail space and another level of commercial office space create opportunity for businesses. There are also five levels of residential condominiums. Big-D constructed the towers using a steel frame with concrete on metal deck and a sub-grade concrete parking structure. The parking structure was constructed of cast-in-place concrete and structural steel. Commercial areas are built of structural steel and in-filled with metal studs, drywall, and stucco. The residential spaces are constructed of structural steel, metal studs, and drywall with an exterior stucco skin.
The first phase of the project was completed in 2008. A few years later, Big-D crews began work on the second phase of the project – Midtown 360. This project focused on finishing the North Tower of the Midtown Village. The project encompasses a total of 423,973 square feet for the entire structure including two levels of underground parking, one level of commercial and retail space and 256,568 square feet of new apartment space. The space also includes a rooftop “urban lounge” on the 9th level roof, over 24,000 square feet of balcony or patio decks, and approximately 40,000 square feet of open/common atrium/courtyard space.
In an article for the Daily Herald, Big-D Construction president Rob Moore commented on the project. “It has been quite a journey. It has been a long battle, but we never gave up. I’m a big fan of never giving up.” During the preconstruction phase, crews found new windows and other materials that had been initially delivered for the project but weren’t used before the real estate market collapsed.