SPOKANE, Wash. – The design team for the U.S. Pavilion in downtown Spokane was granted an extra month to create a final design for the City’s iconic structure.

The Park Board is also reallocating $2 million originally designated for the construction of the Pavilion. The design team was originally supposed to have a final design of the pavilion in September. Parks and Recreation Director Leroy Eadie said extending the design period to October will allow for more time for the design to evolve and for the board to hear from the community.

“It didn’t cost us anymore money, it doesn’t affect our overall timeline. I just made sense as the design continued to evolve,” explained Eadie.

The Park Board said they have gone back and forth, asking themselves and the community ‘to cover or not to cover?’ Now, the current design of the Pavilion has evolved to this.

A partially covered pavilion with the use of shaded areas. Lights and reflectors make the area feel open. The board said they want the community to look over the new design to see how the design team is addressing rain protection concerns and added shade.

“One of the advantages of the way they’re looking at the new shade and protection covers is some of that might be retractable too,” said Eadie. “We’ll continue to explore that because we really want that Pavilion to be as open as possible.

The Board also decided to reallocate $2 million that was originally designated to the construction of the Pavilion. Doing this is still within the overall budget of the project. Eadie said it will allow designers to add ‘wow factors’ like the lights and retractable shade to their design.

“We want that money to go directly to as much as we can out of the pavilion and maximizing the good and really cool, creative ideas our design team has come up with,” said Eadie.

$500,000 of the $2 million reallocated to the project will serve as a buffer in case they run in to any problems during construction. The next opportunity for the public to weigh in on the new designs will be at an open house at the end of September or early October.