How We Approach Projects That Impact Communities

A fountain that becomes a downtown landmark where children play … a community center where the developmentally disabled can grow and thrive … affordable housing that helps a low income family become become self-sufficient … These are some of our favorite projects. There's no greater satisfaction than building places that improve people's lives. Community-impact projects usually have mission-driven objectives but limited funds. We can help.

GUIDANCE

We are often asked to contribute our expertise early in the development phase of these projects. We can realistically estimate costs, and timing and help you plan for your project's success.

CREATIVITY

Constraint is the perfect medium for creativity. We love to think outside the box and find ingenious solutions to a project's logistical or budget challenges.

COMPASSION

We care about people. And knowing that we are building socially important spaces drives us to exceed your expectation — even if your budget is modest.

POSSIBILITIES

The Arc of Spokane works to ensure that people with developmental disabilities in our community have a rich and meaningful life. When Walker Construction was asked to help turn a 1950's automotive garage into a community center for the Arc's clients, we rolled up our sleeves and became thoroughly invested in the project and the mission.

This old building offered us surprises and challenges at every turn. But our design-build team embraced the adventure and came up with innovative solutions that kept the project on track.

This was a fun project with a beautiful purpose. It was a privilege to give The Arc's clients a place where they can thrive.

Community Projects

Northeast Community CenterSpokane, WA

This addition to an active community center is comprised of a full daylight basement, main and second floor. Specifically intended for a community clinic, the project was designed with lease space on all three floors. The building includes a 8,600 SF medical clinic and a 8,600 SF dental clinic- both built for use by the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. The Northeast Community Center was able to continue operating from 6am to 9pm five days a week during construction. This project is LEED Silver Certified.

 
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The Arc of SpokaneSpokane, WA

The Arc of Spokane purchased this existing building to consolidate its programs for the developmentally disabled, which was operating out of two separate facilities. Walker Construction teamed with Architects West on this design-build tenant Improvement. The project consisted of new parking lot drainage systems and asphalt, selective demolition of interior partitions, new roofing, insulation, new finishes, a new fire sprinkler system, and new mechanical and electrical systems. Some of the office space upstairs on the main floor was kept intact, but the majority of the floor was reconfigured. The downstairs was converted into a community center. A new elevator connects the two floors.

 
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The Rotary Fountain at Riverfront ParkSpokane, WA

This magnificent plaza and interactive fountain is situated in Spokane's scenic Riverfront Park. The project consisted of construction of an underground mechanical room vault measuring 32 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 10 feet deep. The 21,000 SF plaza area has an 80 foot diameter colored concrete center, thirteen individual paths leading from the fountain, and 1,000 individually set donor plaques in the shape of fish. The plaza also has two raised gardens, nine benches and four individual vendor station tie-ins. The fountain itself is a sculpture by Spokane artist Harold Balazs, and consists of 40 upper ring jets, 10 sculpture jets, 48 mister jets, 8 aerations, and 5 boulder jets, that re-circulate into a 3,000 gallon holding chamber.

 
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Riverfront Park Concessions and Restroom FacilitySpokane, WA

This handsome new facility is adjacent to the Howard Street Rotary Fountain and the Spokane River, further enhancing the south entrance into Riverfront Park. The facility is approximately 1,200 square feet and features 1,300 square feet of outdoor patio dining, along with ADA compliant public restrooms. Walker Construction is proud to be the general contractor for both the Rotary Fountain and the new concessions and restroom facility.

 
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Clearwater LodgeNewport, WA

A 12,000 SF retreat center was blasted into a granite outcropping using rough logs and glulam beams for this beautiful building. Guests enjoy pine finishes throughout the building while they enjoy fantastic views from every room. The building re-energized Camp Spalding, making it a highly sought after location for groups to get away. In 2002, Walker Construction renovated the main dining hall to match this building and increase the functionality of the entire camp.

 
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Palouse Community CenterPalouse, WA

The Palouse Community Center is located in the heart of the city of Palouse, WA. It is approximately 4,000 SF. and consists of a stick framed structure with masonry and metal/composite siding accents. The inside entails a thrift store, fully equipped commercial kitchen and a meeting area designed to hold 400 people. The mechanical and electrical is design-build, and solar panels are planned to be installed in the future.

 
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Spokane Public Radio FacilitySpokane, WA

Starting with the structure of the historic Spokane Fire Station No. 3, the new Spokane Public Radio facility is now a 21st Century treasured community asset. The complete renovation features new broadcast and production studios, audio/visual recording and editing bays, and administrative offices. The space houses an expanded news department, local productions, new digital resources and a performance/recording studio.

 
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The Old Church RestorationPost Falls, ID

This old church is a combination of two churches built in the 1800's and located at other locations. In 1921 the two churches were literally drawn by horses to the current location and united to become the Community Presbyterian Church. After the church was abandoned and sat empty for several years, the Community Building Partners purchased the building and renamed the structure "The Old Church". Walker Construction was hired to renovate this historical landmark in two separate phases. Later renamed the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, the facility is a venue for artistic and cultural events, musical performances, weddings, and receptions. The "Old Church" was listed on the National Register in 1984.

 
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STA Plaza RenovationsSpokane, WA

Renovation of the Spokane Transit Authority Plaza will consolidate rider services and retail restaurants on the street level, making them more convenient and easy to locate.This will open up the 2nd floor for other uses. An indoor waiting area will be added on the Sprague Street side with windows to allow riders to see their bus arrive.

 
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