Crews break ground on Spokane Convention Center expansion

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 6:03 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane’s convention center is growing.  An expansion project kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning.
 
The addition will add about 90,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space to the north side of the building. Spokane Public Facilities District CEO Kevin Twohig said the project will help Spokane stay competitive in an already-competitive market, by bringing more events to town.
 
Twohig also said the expansion will add hundreds of new jobs: he expects 400 temporary construction jobs and 400 permanent jobs.
 
Users of the Spokane Convention Center will have better access to the Spokane River and the Centennial Trail.
 
“We’re going to be very close to the trail, obviously a legal distance back, but close enough that people can come out of their meetings, come out of their exhibit shows and be able to experience what we all can every day: the Centennial Trail and the Spokane River,” Twohig said.
 
Garco Construction’s design build team will start its work on Monday, Aug. 5 with a completion in December 2014.
 
As crews deconstruct the old Shenanigan’s restaurant building, they will send every brick to a recycler.

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