All of Canyons District’s administrative departments will soon be housed in one centrally-located campus.
Paving the way for the consolidation is the Sept. 28 sale of the District’s western administrative building at 9150 S. 500 West in Sandy, the proceeds of which will be used to expand the Canyons Administration Building at 9361 S. 300 East to provide space for all administrative functions.
The move is a money-maker for the District, says Business Administrator Leon Wilcox. Not only will proceeds from the $9.4 million sale almost fully fund the design and construction of office space for the relocating employees, the sale will add an estimated $400,000 to $475,000 in annual tax revenue to the District’s ongoing budget. “As it is now, the property isn’t generating any property tax revenue. But the Park City-based buyer Synergy Development intends to develop it into an industrial complex, creating 200 to 300 jobs and generating tax revenue,” Wilcox explains.
What’s more, consolidating all central functions will provide patrons of the District with more of a “one-stop shopping” experience, says Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe. “Having two administrative buildings has been confusing for patrons. The synergy of bringing all our departments together to work side-by-side will not only lead to better customer service, it will improve productivity by sparing employees from having to travel between locations, and has the potential to improve communications and make life easier for everyone.”
The consolidation may also save on electricity, and heating and cooling costs. In addition, the planned construction of an onsite cafeteria will generate revenue for the District and be used to provide low-cost catering for professional trainings and other District-sponsored events.
If all goes as planned, construction of the new administrative space is expected to begin in October and be completed in August, 2019. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Board of Education awarded the construction contract to the lowest bidder, Copper Valley Construction.
Wilcox stresses that this project is completely separate from the school improvement projects made possible through passage of a 2017 bond.