Zions Bancorporation NA just celebrated the opening of its new technology campus in Midvale, Utah, about 15 miles south of the multi-billion dollar financial services company’s headquarters in Salt Lake City.
Zions has consolidated its operations from 11 other smaller locations in the 400,000 square foot green building on what was once the site of a former contaminated steel mill.
With an address along Bingham Junction Blvd., Zions’ new 19-acre technology campus can accommodate more than 2,000 workers, but currently houses 1,500 employees working in technology, operations and other departments of the bank. . The facility, although 20% smaller than the total square footage of the consolidated offices, offers a more efficient layout designed for greater collaboration and creativity.
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“How does a company create a culture where creative ideas are easily shared and innovation can flourish if team members work hybrid schedules or only connect via digital signage?” Harris Simmons, President and CEO of Zions Bancorporation NA, reflected in a message to shareholders in February 2022. “We hope that by creating engaging spaces designed for teamwork and providing amenities that make the Entering the office preferable to working from the dining room table, we will find that returning to the office will be a vast improvement over the experience so many of us have had for too many months.
The new normal office
Zions opened its technology campus in August 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, with health and wellness-centric design by architectural firms Studio WRNS and Method Studiosand Gardner Co. manage development. With general contractors Okland building and Layton build After completing the project in a timely manner, Zions employees can now enjoy workspaces with views and natural light as central elements, and a spacious cafe with a menu of healthy offerings. The new campus also offers 179 electric vehicle charging stations and access to a nearby community park and light rail station.
The LEED Platinum-certified property is also a model of sustainability, relying on a 2,000-panel photovoltaic installation to supply 75% of the building’s electricity. The campus also has on-site parking, for which the city contributed a $5.5 million construction loan.
Zions employees will have even more entertainment available to them in the future, as the technology campus is, for all intents and purposes, an anchor of View 78, the office-centric mixed-use development of Gardner Co. Zions headquarters is virtually enveloped by the 200-acre View 78 project, which will eventually also include restaurants, retail and residences.