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I am pleased to announce that The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority has selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) as the lead firm to create a master plan for The Point. The announcement comes after a months-long competitive process to solicit proposals from dozens of companies.

SOM is one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering and urban planning firms in the world. SOM’s interdisciplinary team of global and local experts include some of the best and brightest minds in the industry.

I am confident that SOM and its subconsultants possess the expertise to support The Point’s delivery of an iconic community. The depth and breadth of their planning portfolio is a testament to their capabilities. Their global experience coupled with their strong Utah connections makes them the perfect fit for the job.


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is a world-renowned planning firm composed of architects, designers, engineers and planners all working together to build a better future. Their approach is highly collaborative, and their interdisciplinary team is international. Working from a network of creative studios across the globe, SOM is able to apply international expertise at a local level.

“SOM is honored to work with state and local officials on this once-in-a-generation strategic initiative to prototype a new kind of sustainable innovation community that showcases a breathtaking natural setting and resonates authentically with Utah’s unique future-focused spirit,” said Doug Voigt, a partner at SOM. “We envision a collection of distinctive and compact transit-connected neighborhoods where everything a person needs is within a 15-minute walk. The Point will be a locally loved and globally respected place with an environmentally attuned lifestyle that attracts world class talent and leading companies."



With the recent selection of a planning firm, work to create the master plan will start in the coming weeks. Opportunities for the public to get involved (both virtually and in person) will be available throughout the process. At the direction of The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority and Executive Director Alan Matheson, the planning team will conduct the following process:

The planning team will first conduct a thorough site evaluation, research the site's history, assess the results of prior public input, assemble existing plans and studies of the site and surrounding areas, and perform transportation, land use and economic development modeling.
The team will then create conceptual scenarios that identify different possible approaches to future development. Sophisticated analytical tools will reveal how the scenarios will perform relative to key economic and quality of life measures. Public input will be seriously considered when evaluating various scenario components such as urban design, transportation and other infrastructure, parks and trails, recreation, shopping, housing, office space and much more.
After the scenarios have been thoroughly vetted and the public has had a chance to weigh in, the planning team will refine them to create a preferred alternative for further public consideration. A preferred alternative may include a combination of components from all or some of the different scenarios, with a goal of identifying strategies that best meet key performance goals.
After the preferred alternative is identified and refined, the planning team will create a final master plan. The Point Master Plan will provide a framework for development, with built-in flexibility to accommodate changes in future market conditions, public input, and other variables.



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Widely recognized as one of the most important economic development opportunities in Utah history, the 700 acres of state-owned property known as “The Point” is well-served by vital infrastructure and centrally located at the heart of Utah’s fast-growing technology industry.

The Point offers unprecedented potential to create an innovation hub that catalyzes technological advancement, fosters mixed-use urban areas and preserves parks and open space. The site’s natural assets provide an opportunity to develop in an environmentally friendly way that facilitates mobility, improves air quality and enhances Utahns’ quality of life. 

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