Marlene Feist

A Look at the Nelson Service Center

Marlene Feist, Utilities Communications Manager, No Phone Number Available

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.

A Look at the Nelson Service Center

After talking about plans for a new combined solid waste and fleet management facility for months, we're excited to show off some renderings that depict what the building is expected to look like.

The City has announced that the team of Garco Construction and Bernardo Wills Architects LLC is the anticipated winner of the design-build contract for the new facility, currently known as the Nelson Service Center. The Council is expected to vote on the contract, worth about $14 million, with the Garco team on Dec. 16.

The Garco team proposal includes these different views of the building and how it will sit on the site. The Nelson Service Center will be located on the southeast corner of a 32-acre, City-owned site at 909 N. Nelson in the Chief Garry Park Neighborhood. With this new building, the City is seeking to create operational efficiencies and long-term savings.

The center will:

  • Consolidate repair and maintenance of the City's large vehicle fleet in one location, from three today.
  • Consolidate Solid Waste and Street operations with Fleet operations, including fueling stations, vehicle washing, and repair facilities, resulting in reduced travel time and fuel costs.
  • Replace aging facilities that are not appropriate for current use and are exceedingly inefficient with new adequate, safe, and secure facilities for employees and improved operations.
  • Allow for the conversion to compressed natural gas from diesel fuel for Solid Waste vehicles, providing significant environmental and financial benefits.
  • 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. The City expects to convert that fleet over a 10-year period. Once the entire solid waste fleet is replaced, fuel savings could total up to $1 million annually.

This is the first design-build project undertaken by the City of Spokane. Under the design-build concept, a single architect/construction team is hired to manage the project from design through construction, following a competitive process. The City selected the design-build approach to speed construction time and maintain better control over costs.

Construction on the facility is expected to begin in the spring.

Visit the Nelson Service Center project page for updates and more information.

  • Building Aerial
  • Parking Lot Rendering
  • Site Aerial Rendering

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