Originally built and occupied for an engineering firm named Opportunity Engineering in the early 20th century, the 5,200-square foot structure at 21 S. Pines, in Spokane Valley, is again inhabited by an engineering concern.
Whipple Consulting Engineers Inc. moved into the remodeled building last month from its prior location at 2528 N. Sullivan in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, also in Spokane Valley, says Allyson Andrade, Whipple’s marketing and communications coordinator.
“What’s great is that people can easily find us now. They had to drive around in the industrial park,” Andrade says.
The building is located south of Walgreens, at 12312 E. Sprague, which is at the southeast corner of Sprague Avenue and Pines Road.
Records show the building once served as home to the now defunct KZUN radio station, a florist, nightclub, arcade, and bakery, Andrade says.
State tax records show Whipple Consulting Engineering owner, Todd Whipple, bought the building a year ago for $299,000.
Remodeling work started in July, and employees moved into the building on Dec. 8.
Whipple has a total of 23 employees, three of whom are professional engineers, Andrade says.
In addition to having an additional 500 square feet of space, Andrade says the space is “more usable” at the new site.
“This is a simple square-shaped building whereas the other had an octagon shape and really wasn’t practical,” she says.
Whipple founded the company in 2004. It provides land surveying, civil, structural and traffic engineering, land planning and landscape architectural services to architectural and land development agencies and companies mostly in 11 western U.S. states, she says.
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