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Millcreek —Sixty-five thousand square feet of rentable office space in the Doxey-Hatch Medical Center, located at 1255 East 3900 South, are scheduled for demolition. The remaining 68,000 square feet will be completely renovated. Rockworth Companies, LLC, a Sandy-based real estate firm, purchased the building in late 2012 at a time when it was about 88 percent vacant.
“Minus the concrete structure, the whole building was obsolete in every way, shape and form,” said Chas Johnson, project manager for Rockworth. “We either had to scrape the entire building and start from scratch, or salvage what we could and redesign it. We felt the latter was the most responsible option for the environment and for future tenants.”
Rockworth hired the Richardson Design Partnership and Rimrock Construction to update both operating efficiencies and aesthetic appeal.
“The building offered a great design problem,” said Jeff Byers, principal at the Richardson Design Partnership. “How do you take a utilitarian building with distinct materials and minimal windows, and open it up to have a modern, light-filled space without compromising the building structure? We were able to create a more inviting and open building by using the existing structural frame work, and adding a new envelope with fresh materials and finishes to the exterior face of the existing building.”
Construction of the project will follow a six-month schedule and is estimated to cost about $4.2 million. By reusing the existing structure, Rockworth is able to keep the cost of construction down, which ultimately translates into lower rents for future tenants.
“We are very familiar with the medical community in that part of town and many doctors have updated their offices as much as possible, but at some point there needs to be a massive overhaul,” Johnson said.
The Doxey-Hatch building, renamed as the Evergreen Office Plaza, is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2014.