Utah Construction & Design Magazine



Valley Grove, St. John Properties Utah project was featured in the August/Sept 2018 issue of Utah Construction & Design Magazine.

Daniel Thomas, a Partner with St. John for more than 11 years, established the firm’s office in Pleasant Grove in 2014 after spending seven years working under founder Edward St. John (he established the firm in 1971) in Maryland, where he researched different markets for two years before settling on Utah County.  Thomas said Utah’s top-ranked population growth (over 2% the past three years), youthful demographic and business-friendly environment all factored into the firm’s decision to invest in the Beehive State, evidenced by Valley Grove, a multi-phase, 62-acre master-planned development just east of the Pleasant Grove Blvd./I-15 Interchange that ultimately will include 1 million SF of space in six major office buildings, eight different retail sites and 10 additional pad sites. The anticipated $300 million investment is expected to generate $800 million in tax revenue for the state, county, and city, while hosting 7,000+ employees

In July, St. John Properties was named 2018 ‘Developer of the Year’ by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association – the association’s top national honor.

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St. John Properties: Developing with a Long View



“The People at St. John Properties don’t just talk about a commitment to excellence, they practice it every day. A founding principle that permeates the DNA of the 180-person Maryland-based company is its focus on the long term when it comes to development, tenants, investors, buildings and the communities in which it works.

Launched in 1971 as Maryland Industrial Enterprises (MIE) by its chairman, Edward St. John, the company started with the construction of a single industrial building. Forty-seven years later, it owns more than 19 million square feet of office, flex/R&D, retail, warehouse, gaming and residential assets valued at $2.6 billion. The company serves 2,100 tenants (referred to as clients) at 150 projects located across eight states, including Maryland, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Its portfolio is expected to grow to more than 20 million square feet by the end of 2019.

“The Developer of the Year honor is the Holy Grail for us,” states Chairman St. John. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think that we would receive this award. My employees and I are so proud of the company that we have built and what we have achieved.”


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St. John Properties hosts Blue Haven FUNdraiser.


‘We want to serve them in some way like they have served us,” event organizer John Pilmer said.  Blue Haven was started by Nannette Wride, the widow of Sgt. Cory Wride who was killed in 2014.Shortly after, Wride had an idea. She started creating baskets of the things that helped her most, things people had sent her. She includes her favorite comforting music, books on death and blankets. Every basket is centered on the family’s specific needs. She would fly and take the baskets and attend funerals. After doing several baskets, funding it all on her own, she started Blue Haven.


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Honoring one of our fallen Service Men

Grove Tower got to be part of “Follow the Flag” to honor Matthew Burchett.   Chief Burchett was killed in the line of duty in California while helping with the raging wildfires in that state. Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett joined the Draper City Fire Department in May of this year, and prior to that he served for 20 years with Unified Fire Authority.


The Drone Hunter



Ever wonder what’s going on when see you drones flying around Pleasant Grove Blvd and Grove Parkway? Sometimes is Daniel capturing video and still images for the progress of his projects and other times is Fortem Technologies working on some pretty cool “stuff”

U.S. officials have long worried that weaponized drones could be used to hit “soft targets” like sporting events and political rallies, as allegedly happened in Venezuela earlier this month. Fortem Tech, a Utah-based company, however, gave NBC News an exclusive look at a potential answer to killer drones.  Backed by Boeing and other investors, the airspace security company Fortem Technologies is developing a “good” drone called the DroneHunter, and has made sales to the U.S. Department of Defense, major airports and sports stadiums.



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NAIOP Membership spotlight

NAIOP is recognizing one of our very own in their membership spotlight, Mr. Daniel Thomas. Ever wondered what he likes to do for fun? Or what his favorite sitcom is?  Below is the link to read more about St. John Properties’ Regional Manager.

P.S Daniel is also a baseball fan.  Ask him who his favorite team is.




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2018 Developer of the Year

Salt Lake City– St. John Properties today announced receipt of its latest accolade powered in part by Utah expansion in Valley Grove. NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, has selected St. John Properties as the 2018 Developer of the Year – the association’s highest honor.

Since 1979, the Developer of the Year award has been presented to a development company that best exemplifies leadership and innovation. Past recipients include Trammell Crow Company, Prologis, Majestic Realty Co., The JBG Companies and CenterPoint Properties, among others. The 2018 Developer of the Year award will be presented on October 17, 2018, at NAIOP’s CRE.Converge conference in Washington, D.C.


Congratulations on an Honor well deserved.


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Making History

St. John Properties is making history.   Join us in welcoming Jersey Mike’s Sub and Starbucks to the SJPI family. With the opening of these two stores, its marks the first retails stores opening, for St. John Properties in Utah.    Jersey Mike’s Sub Pleasant Grove location will be the first of its Utah chain to serve breakfast.









Starbucks is open and has patio seating. Come and enjoy your favorite signature drink as you sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

And the winner is…….

We wanted to get a glimpse of the #valleygrovelife of our tenants so we had an Instagram contest.  Steven Smith, whose office is at Grove Tower, was the winner of our contest. He won lunch from #Jerseymikes for 10 people. Congrats Steve.   His time lapse video of the sunrise is pretty cool, you should check it out. Follow us on Instagram @thevalleygrove and see what great things we are doing #valleygroverising.