Our Approach to Urban Renovation

If you're in downtown Spokane, chances are you'll see one of our projects. Walker Construction is one of the most prolific and experienced builders in the downtown district and we've earned a reputation as urban renovation specialists. We're adept at the coordination required by these complex builds and we have a relationship with our municipality that's cooperative and based on mutual respect. Our approach to urban construction is a blend of strategy and … heart.

REALISTIC OPTIMISM

Demolition or renovation? Our experience allows us to see a building's true potential — as well as its challenges. We'll provide advice and a realistic evaluation so you can make informed decisions about how to go forward.

UNDERSTAND IMPACT

Urban construction is a little like building on a postage stamp. Demolition, staging, scheduling, traffic revisions and safety require thoughtful planning and careful execution.

APPRECIATION

Beyond experience and logistical expertise, one of the most important things we offer is a passion for these downtown projects. This keeps us motivated to embrace the complexity.

MACY'S A SPOKANE ICON GETS A NEW LIFE

We'll take you “behind the scenes,” to tour this 1950's building as it awaits renovation. We'll tell you about the changes in store and how Walker Construction, NAC Architecture and the renovation team plan to bring this landmark building back to life.

Urban Renovation Projects

The Parson ApartmentsSpokane, WA

An occupied selective renovation of 50 units of housing for seniors in this five story downtown Spokane structure, originally built in 1910. Work included replacement of nearly 150 exterior windows, remodeled building entries, and ground floor exterior elevation improvements focused on returning the buildings architectural elements to more closely resemble its original appearance. Individual unit renovations included selective replacement of kitchen casework and countertops, flooring, plumbing fixtures and electrical lighting.

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The Sterling BuildingSpokane, WA

This project was a renovation of the old Frederick and Nelson Department Store into the new headquarters for Sterling Savings Bank in downtown Spokane (Now Umpqua Bank). The work involved a complete interior and exterior renovation of the 109,000 SF building. Marble floors, skylights, stainless steel trim, and seven miles of interior wood trim highlight this beautiful office. This project received an award as one of the Top Renovation Projects in the nation that year.

 
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Urban OutfittersSpokane, WA

This project, in the heart of downtown Spokane, is an expansion to River Park Square and includes the demolition of an existing building and rebuilding a new larger building. The new building includes connections to two existing skybridges and River Park Square. The contemporary design includes two stories and approximately 10,000 SF of retail space

 
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Chronicle Building ApartmentsSpokane, WA

A renovation of the historic building that once housed the Spokane Daily Chronicle and more recently the newspaper presses for the Spokesman-Review.  Walker Construction is converting the top four floors of the building into 32 downtown residential apartment units ranging in size from 668 to 1,200 square feet. Resident's will also have access to the rooftop with its view of the city below. 

 
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STA Plaza RenovationsSpokane, WA

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

 
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Macy's  Building RenovationsSpokane, WA

The renovation of the old Macy’s department store will include a complete overhaul of the building. Existing interior and most exterior finishes will be removed. Next, the building will be seismically improved, electrical and mechanical systems will be replaced, parking will be added in the basement, and the exterior will be replaced. The finished product will include new retail space on the first two floors, with the ability for new office or residential on the floors above retail.

 
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Martin Woldson Theater AT THE FOXSpokane, WA

Originally built as a 2,300 seat movie theater, the renovated Martin Woldson Theater at THE FOX seats approximately 1,600 and is the home of the Spokane Symphony. Restoring this 1931 art deco movie theater into a modern concert hall was a thrilling undertaking for Walker Construction, and we are extremely proud of the results. The completed project won the following awards: Preservation Honor Award, 2010, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Project of the Year for 2007, ABC's 2008 Excellence in Construction Awards; 1st Place in Projects over 4 Million Dollars, ABC's 2008 Excellence in Construction Awards

 
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The Big EasySpokane, WA

This renovation encompassed 2/3rds of a city block in downtown Spokane. Two buildings were torn down to make room for this state-of-the-art performance venue, now called "The Knitting Factory". In addition, Walker Construction completed an additional level of parking over the renovated space, a full service restaurant, and 556 lineal feet of exterior building facade.

 
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Carnegie LibrarySpokane, WA

The Renovation of the Carnegie Library Building into the new offices for Integrus Architecture was completed by Walker Construction in 1993. This grand building had sat vacant since the 1960’s. It had suffered from neglect and extensive fire and water damage to the plaster walls and wood floors. The mechanical and electrical systems were non-functional and inadequate. Pigeons and other varmints had caused extensive damage throughout. The challenge for Walker Construction was to restore the grandeur of this building, provide new mechanical and electrical systems, meet all Historical Preservation criteria, provide the highest level of finishes; and complete the entire project in 4-1/2 months. The results are spectacular. The building won numerous awards, was unveiled in a public open house attended by over 1000 people, and was even made into a one-hour documentary by our local public television network. The project came in under budget and Integrus Architecture moved in on time.

 
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The Pearl on AdamsSpokane, WA

This project is an historical preservation and renovation of the Helen Apartment Building in the downtown Spokane area. This apartment building accommodates 33 one bedroom units across four separate floors, with a total of 27,400 SF. Multifaceted financing included Historic Tax Credits and Federal HUD Funds. Documentation requirements included certified payrolls, apprenticeship participation and certification of “Built Green” credits.

 
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The Globe BuildingSpokane, WA

The owner of the Globe brought Walker Construction in early in the design process of this renovation to help with budgets, scheduling, value engineering, and the potential for historic tax credits. The project included structural upgrades to meet new seismic standards, a new storefront system for the main level, tenant improvements, and historic preservation of critical building elements. The final budget for this project relied on the owner receiving historic tax credits. To ensure these credits were received, a plan was put into place to assure the metal soffits, ornamental ceilings, existing windows, staircases, and interior finishes were all repaired correctly and were not damaged during the construction process. 

 
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Metropolitan Financial CenterSpokane, WA

Metropolitan Mortgage moved their headquarters in 1998 to the old Farm Credit Bank Building in downtown Spokane. Walker Construction joined the project team during the design phase and continued on to remodel 14 floors in 6 months time, all completed on time and in budget. Walker Construction positively met the challenge of working with the schedules of fourteen floors of tenants moving out and fourteen floors of Metropolitan employees moving in, controlling noise levels, and limited street access. Walker Construction went on to work closely with Metropolitan Mortgage on their subsequent building renovations. This building is currently the Wells Fargo Center.

 
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The Holley Mason BuildingSpokane, WA

In August of 1999, Walker Construction completed The Holley Mason Building Revitalization project. This historic six-story warehouse, built in 1905 would provide a temporary home for Lewis & Clark High School. Despite the challenges of converting a turn-of-the-century warehouse into a modernized facility, we completed this project on time for 1,500 students and staff to move in for the start of the school year. Walker Construction was honored by Spokane School District #81 for our cooperation and quality of construction.

 
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Cornerstone Courtyard ApartmentsSpokane, WA

In West Spokane’s Downtown District, this project was a remodel of an existing warehouse structure into 50 units of affordable workforce housing with provisions made to retain the historical building renovation standards. Construction materials and details included seismic reinforcement of footings, multiple shear walls, a combination of wood and steel stud framing, upgraded floor finishes and solid surface countertops. The warehouse style steel windows were upgraded with insulated glazing panes and the existing wood framed windows were replaced with maintenance friendly aluminum clad wood units. Energy efficient boilers and cooling systems, as well as “energy star” rated appliances were selected to help keep operating costs down for both owner and tenant. Amenities include an exercise room, reading room and limited off-street parking.

 
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Dania Building RenovationsSpokane, WA

The Dania renovation began when Walker Construction was brought into the building to inspect the badly damaged first floor. Once the floor was repaired the owner decided to remodel the entire building including new mechanical and electrical systems. Throughout the project the building never closed for business and Walker Construction worked diligently with Dania management to ensure the impact of construction was minimized as much as possible. The end result is a retail space that exposed the floor structure and existing masonry walls.

 
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“YOU FALL IN LOVE A LITTLE”

A BUILDER'S PERSPECTIVE
ON Urban Renovation

Urban construction can be kind of gritty. There's an extraordinary level of detail and regulatory compliance and you are usually up against unyielding constraints. The regulations, the research, the vigilance needed to safely build where pedestrians walk past your jobsite on a daily basis — that's part of the challenge. Urban building is like no other type of construction. It's incredibly complex. But there's vibrancy and a life to it.

When I build downtown, I fall in love with this town all over again. My colleagues feel that way too. Urban renovation is a way that we can invest ourselves in a community that we care deeply about. When the symphony conductor raises his baton … when an Integrus architect finishes a plan … when someone boards a bus … when an affordable housing tenant gets up to go to work … we're a small part of those moments.

I think there's no better reason to build.

~ Tom Hansen
President / Project Manager