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Local firm designing new building for Smithfield business park

By Madi Smith
Cache Valley Design

Milieu Design, a Logan architectural and interior design company, is heading the design of a new building for Smithfield.

The new building will be part of a larger business park that will be going up between 700 South and 800 South. The general contractor, Jeff Jackson of Ironwood Construction, said they hope to break ground in less than a month if their plans get approved.

The building was contracted by Prestige Solutions, a company that specializes in smartphone screen protectors and accessories.

Milieu Design was contacted two weeks ago by Jackson. “We met with his client to find out what his needs were and then from there we developed a concept,” project manager Kurt Leikis said. “Then we just barely showed them our concept renderings and we got their likes and dislikes.”

Ironwood has been working with Milieu for the past eight months and they are currently working on six projects together.  

“I don’t like the way that the traditional contractor and architecture relationship is set up,” Jackson said. “They’re willing to work with me in more of a design-build scenario where the general contractor has quite a bit of input in the design stage and this helps to help keep my customers happy. So far it’s been a very good relationship.”

According to Leikis, the project’s conceptualization has gone quickly. In less than two weeks a plan has been approved by the client with only a few minor changes requested.

Liekis said the next step is to send out loose plans to the engineering firm.

“Then we just make the necessary tweaks,” Leikis said.

The project does not have a start date yet because the plans need to be approved and stamped by engineers. “If contractors, engineers and the client all play nice and there aren’t too many revisions I would expect this part of the process to take less than a month and then construction can start,” Leikis said.

– mdl