Another office highrise comes to Downtown – 23-story Sundial Tower to make a splash on Main

In the same month their first quarter 2021 commercial real estate report on Salt Lake City cites a bloated Class A office market –  with high vacancies, rising subleases, stabilized rents, and increasing concessions to tenants – JLL investors announced their partnership with Hines development to build a new office tower in Downtown Salt Lake City.

The new Sundial Tower, at 447 South Main, will reach 23 stories and offer 425,000 sf of Class A office space. 

Salt Lake’s latest architectural statement will sit south of the mid-century modern First Security Tower (now Ken Garff) and north of the vacant lot that abuts the rear of District Attorney’s building to the west that fronts 500 South. It boasts a location immediately adjacent to the Courthouse Trax Station.

Images courtesy Pickard Chilton Architects, JLL and Hines.

Sundial Tower will join other Class A office construction Downtown – the nearing-completion 95 State, the topped-out 650 South Main, Domain’s South West Temple, the Post District’s 135-150,000 sf build-to-suit office space, and Hines’ own renovated Kearns Building

These are in addition to a number of new co-working spaces trying to pull small and midsize companies away from traditional office lease arrangements in the post-Covid remote-work era.

Project Specs

JLL and Hines have entered into a long-term land lease with Salt Lake County, which owns the parcel. On the property to the south, the county has also offered a land-lease to locals PEG Development, who plan to build a residential tower on their new Main Street frontage.

Sundial’s name comes from the inspiration of Sundial Peak in the Wasatch Mountains, as the architects, Pickard Chilton, aim to offer the viewer a different building when seen from different angles. 

The developers plan eight stories of parking, and small pockets of plaza space to the east and south of the structure that will help “bring the outdoors inside.”

It aims for LEED and Energy Star certifications.

The building will also offer outdoor decks on the 9th, 19th, and 23rd floors. The structure is a parallelogram, which, while offering unique architectural angles, will still feature the floor space efficiency of a rectangle, according to JLL representative Jillian Johnson. 

She also hinted at Hines’ strategy to pull in out-of-state tenants. Hines hopes to start new tenants in the Kearns Building and Cottonwood Corporate complex, “and as the Sundial Tower comes to fruition, we’ll be able to transition them [there],” she told a group of real estate colleagues at an early May Zoom talk.

JLL and Hines expect a year in planning, plus two years construction. That puts ribbon-cutting at early summer 2024. 

Posted by Luke Garrott

Luke Garrott, PhD, has published in The Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News, and written features for the Salt Lake City Weekly City Guide and The West View. A former two-term councilman in Salt Lake City's District 4, he lives in Downtown Salt Lake City and grew up in the Chicago area.