City moves forward with $14 million Nelson Service Center | News
The City of Spokane has announced an anticipated contract winner for the design and construction of the new Nelson Service Center. The Spokane City Council is expected to vote on a $14 million contract with Garco Construction and Bernardo Wills Architects LLC on December 16th.
The Nelson Service Center will consolidate the city’s solid waste, street and fleet operations to one location. Fueling stations, vehicle washing and repair facilities are currently at three separate locations and the City says that consolidating them to one facility will reduce travel time and fuel costs.
Spokane also plans on converting the solid waste fleet from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas. The Nelson Service Center will allow for the conversion which is expected to happen over a 10 year period. The City says the conversion could save up to $1 million annually.
“In all our work, we are seeking to provide greater value to our citizens,” said Rick Romero, the City’s Utilities Division Director. “This project allows for more efficient and effective services and provides a solution that is both financially and environmentally responsible.”
This is the first time Spokane has used a design-build project. The single architect/construction team will allow the City to have more control over costs and is anticipated to speed up the project. If the Spokane City Council approves the contract, construction is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2014 with an opening date of Summer 2015.