#ThrowbackThursday: Completed in 2015, Washington Federal’s two-story, 12,000 square foot building was designed for their first Eastern Washington division office. Amenities include a walk-up counter, a small call center, conference room space, offices, and drive-through access to banking services. The contemporary design complements the flagship location’s urban setting, and the ground-to-ceiling windows provide a pleasing work environment and a connection to passersby.
#WorksiteWednesday Come along for a tour of the West of Jefferson Mixed-Use construction site in Kendall Yards. This building features one floor of retail and four floors of apartment units above. These photos show the fantastic views from the windows and balconies of the units. Baker Construction and Mandere Construction have done a fantastic job on this complex building so far.
#ThrowbackThursday to one of our favorite corporate landscape architecture projects in Chubbuck, Idaho for Idaho Central Credit Union. The Bernardo Wills landscape architecture team worked with Lombard Conrad Architects in Boise, Idaho to make the ICCU master plan and corporate campus a reality. The plan included entry sequence, parking, future building locations, corporate amenities such as the Data Center Building, and a central courtyard plaza and landscape. The courtyard plaza became is an essential centerpiece for the development and consists of a substantial water feature designed to showcase local geology with a fountain/pool, representative of 1000 Springs near Hagerman, Idaho. The design included a garden-esque style greenspace at the entry and corporate amenities such as an outdoor kitchen, trellis, putting green multi-use sports court, and gathering spaces. Who wants to hit the putting green after work? Count us in!
#WorksiteWednesday Construction is underway at the Selkirk Pharma site in the West Plains. These photos were taken one week apart – showing the quick progress Bouten Construction is making with the pre-cast concrete panel application. We can’t wait to see this one come alive, adding to the many industries making their home in Spokane County and the West Plains.
#ThrowbackThursday Completed in November of 2015, the Maintenance Shop and Crew Facility in Davenport, Washington provided their Utility Department new areas for welding, general mechanical work, a lube pit, paint booth, and wash bay. It also included crew locker rooms, break rooms, offices, and storage. The bays incorporated overhead cranes and overhead lubrication, water, and air systems, as well as exhaust ventilation systems. Operations and maintenance facilities require especially detailed consultant coordination on the part of the architect to ensure all of the moving parts (literally and figuratively) come together.
At the West of Jefferson mixed-use project in Kendall Yards, crews have installed structural reinforcing to what will be the post-tensioned concrete podium, which separates the main floor retail portion of the building from the apartment portion above. The slab will be poured this Friday. This podium is necessary to meet the required fire separation between the retail occupancy and apartment floor occupancy. Bravo to Baker Construction’s teams on this project.
Aircraft hangars pose a unique challenge from a fire protection standpoint. Hangars often have large quantities of highly flammable fuel that is at risk of igniting, and the airplanes with large bodies and wings create obstructions that make typical fire protection systems inadequate at putting out fires. The challenge with aircraft hangar fire protection systems is to design a system that will work around the obstructions and quickly put out a fire to protect the expensive airplanes and the lives of people.
The 70,000 sq. ft. hangar is classified as a Group 1 hangar, and must have a foam fire suppression system, with all sprinklers operating simultaneously. Foam fire suppression systems are designed to deal with a fuel spill or leak under an aircraft and ideally prevent or put out a fire before it extends to the aircraft. Foam can better extinguish high-challenge fires, uses less water, and reduces flammable liquid runoff. This test was successful, and the hangar is ready for aircraft. Video footage courtesy of Lydig Construction.
#WorksiteWesneday Ginno Construction crews are working hard to bring the Empire Eye Clinic and Surgery Center to completion this summer. Interior spaces are taking shape, and exterior siding is being installed. This new clinic has been expertly tailored to the needs of patients and staff, and we look forward to sharing more updates as we near completion. Stay tuned!
Check out the latest drone shots of the North Bank of Riverfront Park. You can see the playground progress before the final push next spring. The play equipment is installed, and the basketball court is ready for winter. These photos Selkirk Development provide context and you can see the proximity of the playground to the new Sportsplex, former Ram Building, and the connectivity to the rest of Riverfront Park and downtown Spokane.
Winter is barely here, but we are already looking forward to spring!