THE HAMLET COMPANIES BREAK GROUND ON NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART MYRTLE MEDICAL ARTS CENTER IN MURRAY
Located across from Intermountain Medical Center, the new facility will depict early 1900s exterior design to preserve Murray’s historic district
MURRAY, UTAH (November 2, 2006) — Representatives from The Hamlet Companies joined with Murray City officials yesterday to break ground on Hamlet’s new 32,000-square-foot Myrtle Medical Arts Center at 154 East 5056 South (Myrtle Avenue) in Murray. Michael Brodsky, owner and chairman of The Hamlet Companies, initiated the groundbreaking ceremony by sharing his vision for this facility.
“The Myrtle Medical Arts Center will be the first new ‘Class A’ office building to open prior to the Intermountain Medical Center (IMC), a 1.3 million-square-foot facility featuring five specialty hospitals situated on a 100-acre campus across the street from our property,” said Brodsky. “With a new demand for high-quality medical offices in Murray, we look forward to filling a part of this need by completing our state-of-the-art medical building in June 2007, just four months before the IMC is slated to open.”
Brodsky continued by recognizing all those involved in the project. “We are very fortunate to have James B. Glascock as the architect, Michael Richmond and Orden Yost of Commerce CRG handling the leasing and Camco Construction as our general contractor. The wealth of experience these individuals bring to this project will assure us that we will develop and manage an extraordinary building.”
In addition to being adjacent to the Intermountain Medical Center, the Myrtle Medical Arts Center is located within Murray City’s historic district. Keith Snarr, economic development director of Murray City, adds, “Hamlet’s medical facility is the first significant project to be built under the guidelines of Murray City’s Downtown Historic Overlay District (DHOD). It’s also being built at the same time as the cutting-edge Intermountain Medical Center, which is the largest hospital of its kind in the Intermountain area. With Hamlet’s new Myrtle Medical Arts Building in this key location in the heart of our city, it will help fulfill the needs of the medical community, as well as set the tone for the other buildings to be built nearby.”
Hamlet and James Glascock, president of James B. Glascock Architect, worked closely with Murray’s DHOD design review committee to understand their mission of promoting the authenticity of turn-of-the-century architecture within Murray’s historic districts. In addition, both Hamlet’s architect and builder specifically focused on how the building would be internally configured to serve the needs of medical practitioners, both from a space utilization and technology perspective. The resulting structure represents the best of old-world architectural style combined with the latest state-of-the-art technology powered by UTOPIA Community MetroNet (Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency), providing robust power supplies for x-ray and radiology services.
“We meticulously examined the historical styles and details, and chose those elements that would have been built and fabricated in the early 1900s,” says Glascock. “Our vision while designing this center was to keep the feel of a historic building while also providing a high-quality medical facility conducive for the single practitioner or groups of four to five practitioners working together. This facility is perfectly located for medical practitioners who own their own practice, but want to work nearby the hospital.”
Mary Ann Kirk, cultural programs manager for Murray City, states, “Hamlet’s new medical facility is the best proposal the design review committee has reviewed thus far.” She continues, “They truly caught our vision and came to us with a great architectural plan that was compatible with Murray’s design review guidelines for the district. This is a benchmark of what Murray City is trying to accomplish, and we hope other builders will join us in this endeavor, like Hamlet has done, to preserve and enhance our historic district with compatible structures.”
The Myrtle Medical Arts Center will include features such as canvas awnings, extensive and antique-looking brick and stone detailing, accent features, and detailed and arched windows. With these elements, the facility will appear to feature storefronts and office space typical of the turn of the century period. In addition, parking will be provided at a generous ratio of more than five spaces per 1,000 square foot of building floor space.
Interested tenants can occupy the facility as early as spring of 2007. For additional information about Myrtle Medical Arts Center, contact Michael Richmond at (801) 303-5434 or Orden Yost at (801) 303-5427.
About Hamlet Homes
Hamlet Homes crafts quality, customer-oriented homes, ranging from condominiums and townhomes to single family homes, located in attractively designed neighborhoods for homebuyers in northern Utah. Since the company’s founding in 1995, Hamlet Homes has developed more than 3,360 lots and constructed more than 2,400 homes in 35 communities. The company is continually striving to meet and exceed the expectations of its homebuyers and live up to its brand of “Great Homes. Great People. Great Experience.” In 2004 and 2005, Hamlet was awarded the Builder of Integrity Award from the Quality Builders Warranty Corporation, and in 2003, 2004 and 2006, Hamlet was awarded Utah’s Best of State medal for residential construction. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Hamlet Homes is part of the Hamlet group of companies, which also includes Hamlet Development, Stirling Mortgage and Diversified Habitats