Hotel construction crews battle Spokane’s triple digit heat

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 29 at 6:07 PM

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SPOKANE, Wash.—Temperatures are expected to break an 86-year-old record on Tuesday in Spokane, but for some construction workers the heat reached beyond triple digits by noon.

 


Crews working on the Grand Hotel Spokane were sweltering in 105 degree temperatures around 12:30 p.m. 

Workers said the top floor, which does not have a roof yet, is the warmest place to be for the 25 men working there. The floor is only concrete so far. Workers estimated that the floor is 15 degrees hotter than anywhere else. Crews expected the heat at the construction site to hit about 114 degrees. The crews go through about 1,728 bottles of water in a week.

The record for July 29 was set in 1928 when temperatures hit 99 degrees in Spokane.

The owners of the Davenport Hotel, Walt and Karen Worthy, revealed the early plans in September 2012.  The hotel will be a 15-story building housing 721 rooms across 550,000 square feet. It will connect to the convention center complex via a skywalk over Spokane Falls Boulevard. A 900 stall parking garage is also planned for the lot.

Plans stated that the hotel will also have 70,000 square feet of meeting space, which includes a 20,000 square foot ballroom. 

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