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Latest Spokane hotel plan has Vegas-type torches; anyone out there like them?

Things continue happening in and around the city downtown business core. Shown here is the newest architect's rendering of the Worthy Convention Center Hotel, which is steadily taking shape in downtown Spokane.

This is at least the third rendering, which keep evolving as the project gets farther along. It's not clear yet if this is the definitive final design for the huge downtown building, which will be done sometime in 2015.

The rendering shows something we didn't see in earlier drawings: six concrete pillars each with a flaming torch.

See the second image here, down below, for a close-up.

Our first reaction is: How did Avista convince the Worthys to commit to something so …. non-green?

It's also possible they're just for show. It's possible those will disappear by the time the final design has to be completed.

Matt Jensen, who does marketing for the Worthys and the Davenport Collection, said it's not a sure thing they'll be in the final design.

He emailed: “They're kind of place-holders for now as well.  Might end up being a type of light post instead.”

In case you want to sound off, the city's design review board has to make a final verdict on the total design. We're not sure when that is; we'll find out and alert residents to how they can comment to the board on what they like or don't.

 

That monolith in the convention center project? It’s a shear wall

Today's SR story about the large hotel project across from the Convention Center featured an aerial photo by SR photographer Jesse Tinsley.

The photo doesn't display very well the large monolithic wall that's on the site. At the street level, that large wall of concrete is very visible. It's just above the center of this photo. The red lift with the white arm is just below the wall.

Just estimating, it looks to be a concrete slab 60 feet wide by maybe 40 feet high, by maybe 3 feet across the top.

Matt Jensen, a spokesman for Walt Worthy, who's building the 15-floor hotel, identified that slab as a shear wall. In taller structures, shear walls provide lateral stability to the building in the event of an earthquake or intense windstorm.

The new convention center hotel will have six such walls. In projects like this, they are tied in to the foundation walls and will run up the height of the building.

Construction crews hope to get as many started before winter snows come in.

When work picks up in March, the project will add a large crane for moving materials up the walls and onto the building floors.

The Davenport Hotel Collection rendering of how the building will look, more or less, is below.

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