Spokane Convention Center Planning Meets Halfway Point

By Paige Browning

Plans for renovating the Spokane Convention Center have reached the halfway point according to the Spokane Public Facilities District.  The district, along with the project design team, presented design updates Thursday for what will be a $41 million project, adding 90,000 square feet to the Convention Center.
Jeff Warner from ALSC Architects explained that in addition to renovating meeting space and other building features, they have developed plans for outdoor aesthetics between the Convention Center and Spokane River.
Warner: “The way I like to think of it is you kind of bring the park out to the street here, so that as you enter down that path you feel like you’re in the park because it can be landscaped much more heavily.”
In April the district chose design team Garco/ALSC/LMN for the project.
At Thursday’s presentation citizens brought forth questions like why the project is not addressing river access near the Convention Center, and why they scaled back expansion plans in the Junior Ballroom.  Comments are welcome before the group presents their plan to the city next week, at http://www.spokanepfd.org/completion/timeline.php.
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