Spokane Journal of Business

Amazon continues to expand presence here

One facility is going up; another nearly complete

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-Mike McLean
This 280,000-square-foot warehouse structure is rising near Amazon.com’s big distribution center on the West Plains and is widely believed to be another Amazon facility.

Amazon.com Inc. continues to expand its presence in the Spokane area with two current projects having a total construction value of $56 million underway on the West Plains.

A nearly 280,000-square-foot structure widely presumed to be an Amazon sorting facility is going up at 6125 S. Hayford Road, next to the megaretailer’s massive fulfillment center, although the company hasn’t yet confirmed it’s behind the new development, code-named Project Gray.

A building permit application submitted by Columbus, Ohio-based Ford & Associates Architects Inc., which has ties to Amazon, shows a construction value of $23.6 million for the structure.

The Renton, Washington, office of Panattoni Development Co. is developing the project, and Perlo Construction LLC, of Tualatin, Oregon, is the contractor. The companies have developed and constructed similar facilities for Amazon.

Permit information shows local subcontractors include excavation company Piersol Construction Inc., of Airway Heights, which performed initial site work for the neighboring Amazon facility, and mechanical contractor Mackin & Little Inc., of Spokane. The Spokane office of AHBL has provided consulting services.

The facility will include an intermodal truck terminal with 80 loading docks. It’s described in planning documents as a cross-dock truck terminal with sorting functions. Cross-docking is the process of moving cargo from one truck directly to another, and cross-dock terminals usually are placed at distribution sites.

Construction is expected to be completed this year, and the facility will have about 700 employees, according to environmental planning documents.

The structure will be Amazon’s sixth major facility in the Spokane area.

Separately, construction and associated tenant improvements with a total value of $30 million are nearly complete at a 187,000-square-foot building at 12315 W. McFarlane Road, on the west edge of Airway Heights that will be an Amazon last-mile delivery facility. The building is the first structure erected in the McFarlane Industrial Park, which is being developed by Spokane Valley-based AT Acquisitions LLC.

Divcon Inc., of Spokane Valley, is the contractor on the project, and Architectural Ventures, also of Spokane Valley, designed it.

Amazon has said it intends to hire hundreds of employees at the site, where workers will prepare customer orders for final-stop deliveries.

In October, Amazon opened a 30,750-square-foot Amazon Air cargo facility on West Pilot Drive, at Spokane International Airport. A month earlier, the company opened a 1.6 million-square-foot fulfillment center at 18007 E. Garland, in Spokane Valley, that handles large items.

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Deputy Editor Mike McLean has worked his entire journalism career in the Inland Northwest. Mike, who also lives to reel in fish and crank up music, has worked for the Journal since 2006.

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