SoJo Station shows how transit-oriented developments can best meet community’s needs
Located in South Jordan, Utah, SoJo Station is the first and only transit-oriented development (TOD) of its kind in the state, and is quickly becoming the gold standard for how TODs should be created at both the state and country level as a way to best meet the needs of companies, employees and communities alike.
The $60 million SoJo Station is a two-phase project. The first phase is a six-story office building and 1,034-stall parking garage, which was completed in June 2017, and phase two is a second six-story office building, additional 845-stall parking garage and reconfigured bus drop-off/pick-up area, expected to be completed in November 2019.
Jory Walker, AIA, principal architect with Beecher Walker Architects, Holladay, Utah, says the design team worked closely with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) design team, Paul Drake, to create a project that could be used as the best example of a TOD. “This was accomplished by bringing the entire project up to the rail level, creating a roundabout drop off and integrating the buildings to the freeway and FrontRunner rail to give direct access to the two, six-story buildings,” he explains. “We also were able to partner with South Jordan City and UTA to provide close to 2,000 structured parking stalls. In addition, we were able to incorporate a eight-story, 192-suite, full-service Embassy Suites into the project.”
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