Marlene Feist

Groundbreaking ceremony celebrates Nelson Center

Marlene Feist, Utilities Communications Manager, No Phone Number Available

Monday, April 28, 2014 at 10:10 a.m.

During Earth Week, the City of Spokane held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new combined Solid Waste Management and Fleet maintenance facility, known as the Nelson Service Center.

Among other things, the new facility will enable the City to convert its solid waste fleet to compressed natural gas from diesel fuel, a move that's both environmentally and financially responsible.

Construction on the two-story, 57,500-square-foot Nelson Service Center is expected to continue until late summer or early fall of 2015. The facility, which will cost about $14 million, will be located on the south side of a 32-acre, City-owned site in the Chief Garry Park Neighborhood that's west of Nelson and north of Broadway.

The City used a design-build approach for the facility. Garco Construction and Bernardo Wills Architects LLC, both of Spokane, are the building's contractor and designer. This is the first design-build project undertaken by the City. The City selected the design-build approach to speed construction time and maintain better control over costs.

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.

The City identified the need to consolidate these functions to gain efficiencies and improved operations as early as 1983. A number of plans to achieve that goal were conceived over the last three decades, and today the City is implementing a revised, cost-effective plan to achieve those goals.

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