The Spokane office of Seattle-based BNBuilders Inc. has won a $1.5 million job to rebuild Station No. 6 for the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
BNBuilders will erect the 7,200-square-foot station at 6306 E. Sprague, near the west end of the Sprague Avenue-Appleway Boulevard couplet in Spokane Valley. The project will replace a 3,100-square-foot fire station on the site that was built in 1961. The older station, which was demolished in March, was too small to accommodate modern fire engines, says Fire Chief Mike Thompson.
He says construction of the new structure is expected to be completed so that fire crews can move in by early October.
Also as part of the project, the contractor will complete an $8,000 cleanup and landscaping of a quarter-acre triangular strip of Washington state Department of Transportation land southwest of and next to the station. That site will act as a gateway feature for the city of Spokane Valley, Thompson says.
The department temporarily has relocated crew members from Station No. 6 to its Station No. 1, at 10319 E. Sprague, Thompson says.
Pondera Architecture PC, of Spokane, designed the planned new station.
Thompson adds that other projects the department has eyed are currently on hold, including relocation of a station in Liberty Lake and construction of a new station.
The department, which serves the cities of Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Millwood, and portions of unincorporated Spokane County, has 10 stations in all.
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