LDS Church moves computer operations

Four-story ex-Intel building in Riverton is already designed to accommodate technology work.
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The LDS Church is moving employees associated with its computer and communications systems to the former Intel building in Riverton.

The move to the four-story, 330,000-square-foot building represents a significant relocation of employees for the church. It also marks the end of once-bright plans by the world's biggest computer-chip maker for a 150-acre campus in Riverton envisioned in 1998 to employ 8,000 people within 20 years.

The building at 3740 W. 13200 South, which already has the church logo near its front door, was the last piece of property at the site owned by Intel, which is moving some employees to offices in other states.

The church declined to disclose what it paid for the property when the sale closed in December or how many employees would move to the building. But a spokesperson said it will be using it to house most of its information-technology staff, which apparently will include software development and Web operations.

"The building's layout for technology is a natural fit for these employees whose work benefits a variety of church programs and departments," spokesperson Kim Farah said in an e-mailed statement. "Some employees already occupy the building. Others, currently working at church headquarters, will be moving there as well."

In the future, a family-history or employment center also may be included, Farah said.

Dale Taylor, an Intel engineer who still works in the building part time, took another Intel job in Arizona, where he plans to move full time once he works out some family complications.

"I'm in the lucky, small minority where I get to keep my job," he said. "But I have to move to do it."

Most of the Intel employees in the building were in the company's human resources department, said Jason Bagley, a company spokesman.

"We had peaked at just over 900 several years ago and dwindled down from there," said Bagley.

"We were down to a few hundred when the decision to sell the building was made," he said.

While the company is "disappointed we did not grow as we had initially hoped," Bagley said Intel is proud of its impact in the community through its efforts to support science and engineering in local schools and universities.

When the last Intel employees move from the building, it will not end the company's presence in Utah.

Intel is a partner with Micron Technology Inc. in the IM Flash Technologies plant in Lehi. IM Flash, as of last year, employs 1,458.