Modern Electric Water Company

A model of electrical efficiency.

As a supplier of electrical power to the Spokane Valley, the Owner’s goal was to create a model of electrical efficiency to offer as an example to its customers.

Bernardo Wills Architects provided the owner with an energy-conscious design that incorporated efficient use of daylighting and solar shading in this 13,855 square foot building that houses administrative and business areas and offices, testing and workrooms, fitness area and locker rooms, as well as the technical backbones of the power supply system.

Design concepts used to achieve this goal included:

  • Building insulation systems that exceed state non-residential energy code requirements.
  • Use of “cool daylighting” to conserve mechanical and electrical needs and maximize the use of free natural light to reduce lighting and reduce the cooling load needs of conventionally light spaces.
  • As an electrical provider, the Owner required mechanical systems to be powered only by electricity. A water source heat pump – economical to install, energy-efficient, able to provide heating/cooling to individual building zones, and offering low-maintenance costs – was incorporated into the final design.


  • 2000 AIA Merit Award
  • 2000 AIA Washington Civic Design Award
  • 2001 Excellence in Masonry Award


  • Client: Modern Electric Water Company
  • Location: Spokane Valley, Washington
  • Size: 13,855 square feet
  • Completed: 2000

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