In an effort to save money and create more efficiency, the City of Spokane announced Wednesday the top three design-build teams for its new Nelson Service Center, a combined Solid Waste Management and Fleet maintenance facility.
The Nelson Service Center project is the first of its kind for the city of Spokane. The winning team, consisting of an architect/construction group, will manage the project from design through construction. Planners expect this method to speed construction time and increase control over costs.
Design-build team finalists include:
- Garco Construction and Bernardo Wills Architects PC
- Baker Construction and Wolfe Architectural Group
- Lydig Construction and Integrus Architecture
Following specifications outlined in city proposal requests, the teams will complete about 30 percent of the design/build and the city will select the winning team based on that work.
The Nelson Service Center will be located on the southeast corner of a 32-acre, city-owned site in the Chief Garry Neighborhood at 909 N. Nelson St.
Cost for the new center will be approximately $12 million to $14 million.
The center will:
- Consolidate three vehicle maintenance and repair facilities into one
- Consolidate Solid Waste and Street operations with Fleet operations including fueling stations, vehicle washing, and repair facilities
- Allow conversion from diesel fuel for Solid Waste vehicles to compressed natural gas
- Free up the sites of current facilities for redevelopment
The city anticipates that it will generate savings over 10 years to cover most of the cost of construction, including $2 million from operational efficiencies and about $7 million from converting its Solid Waste fleet from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas.
Utilities Division Director Rick Romero stated, “In all our work, we are seeking to provide greater value for our citizens. This project allows for more efficient and effective services and provides a solution that is both financially and environmentally responsible.”
Construction will begin in the spring of 2014, with the building expected to open in the summer of 2015.