Design Workshop Announces Project with The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority – America’s First “15 Minute Town”

DENVER, January 27, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Design Workshop Inc., an international landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm, is pleased to announce that it is working with The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority (POMSLA) just outside Salt Lake City, UTas well as key collaborators SkidmoreOwings & Merrill as Head of Urban Design and Planning and Hales Engineering, Sam SchwartzWSP, Great Basin Engineering and SJ&A in supporting roles.

Like Utah continues to expand outside of existing city centers, more and more people are forced to drive further between home and work. This results in more congestion, air pollution and loss of productivity for from utah labor. The Point is a rare opportunity to turn the tide by redeveloping a former state prison site into the first developed “15 Minute Town” in the United States where new jobs, housing, public transportation and open spaces will improve the health, prosperity and vitality of Utahns. Planned as a 600-acre mixed-use development, The Point will become a key economic enabler for approximately 14,000 people.

Design Workshop has completed a public realm master plan and set of design guidelines for streets, parks, open spaces and pathways that will be used by future developers to design and implement the vision created by the leaders of the state and citizens for property. The Point will offer a network of open spaces that will provide a fully connected pedestrian and cycling network, allowing anyone to get to their destination within the property on foot or by bike in less than 15 minutes.

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“The approximately 140-acre open space network will provide a variety of parks, community gardens, greenways and pathways, and each development parcel is adjacent to the landscaped network,” said the director. Jim MacRae, Public Domain Design Lead for Design Workshop. “Everyone at The Point will have a range of mobility choices from bicycles and walking paths to a rapid transit bus and electric traffic vehicle that ensures all residents and workers can quickly access public spaces such as a park. , plaza, sports field or recreational trail One of the signatures of the park system will be River-to-Range Park, a linear open space that connects the Jordan Greenway to the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, creating an important corridor mile-long ecological and recreational environment for the project and the surrounding towns.”

The system of parks and open spaces will provide multiple benefits, including dedicating 50% of public spaces to naturalized landscapes, increasing site biodiversity by 100%, treating 100% of stormwater to through landscape features and increasing carbon sequestration by 25% conventional means.

“Together with our exceptional partners, we have a generational opportunity to transform an antiquated prison site into a model 21st century community of innovation. The plan relies on extensive public input, rigorous analysis and creative design solutions to create a welcoming, respectful place from utah beautiful natural setting, incorporates cutting-edge technology and forward-looking transportation, and offers world-class career opportunities,” said Alan Mathesonexecutive director of the Point of the Mountain State Land Authority.

The project is expected to begin construction of the first phase of development in 2024.

About the Design Workshop
Founded in 1969, Design Workshop is an internationally renowned design firm specializing in landscape architecture, urban planning and strategic services with eight studios in the United States and projects around the world. Our work focuses on the intersection of art, community, environment and economy to increase social equity and create places of meaning and resonance. For more information, visit us at and follow @designworkshop on LinkedIn and Instagram.

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