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WSU Wine Science Center will be toasted on Sept. 26 in the Tri-Cities

Who's going to pay for the celebatory champagne toast, when Gov. Jay Inslee and a host of wine industry folks meet in the Tri-Cities to fomally break ground on a new wine science center?.

The new center — officially the Wine Science Center at WSU Tri-Cities — will be a key statewide effort to nurture and support the region's wine industry. The groundbreaker starts at 10 a.m. on Sept. 26.

Its goal, as summarized in a WSU release, is to triple the economic impact of this $8.6 billion industry to reach more than $20 billion by 2020.
“Having this research facility is critical to the continued growth of our Pacific Northwest wine industry,” said Ted Baseler, President and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, a WSU Regent and chair of the WSU Campaign for Wine.
The Wine Science Center Development Authority selected Lydig Construction Inc. and ALSC Architects of Spokane to design and build the project. The $23 million building will have approximately 39,300 gross square feet and is being designed to LEED Silver standards.

A major gift was a $600,000 in-kind donation of equipment to the center by Spokane Industries, which makes high-end wine fermentation tanks. Our SR story explains the gift. A story on the making of the vessels can be found here.
The conceptual design includes a research and teaching winery, state-of-the-art research laboratories, classrooms, conference rooms, and a regional and international wine library. A dramatic central lobby will provide views of the research winery floor and outdoors toward the Columbia River and the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

Construction is expected to be complete in early 2015.

New Fairchild Fitness Center looks like a million (closer to $20 million, actually)

We posted a short item in Sunday's print editions about the $20.4 million new Fairchild Air Force Base fitness center.

It replaces the original center, built in the 1940s. That old center is being demolished by Lydig Construction, of Spokane. Lydig was in charge of the two-year project.

The new center is thoroughly ready for the 21st century, with swimming pool, indoor running track, large basketball courts, weight rooms and workhout auditorium. 

The center also added some newer features needed for the SERE program, which trains military personnel in survival and evasion tactics. Some added features were new SERE training units designed to be used in the pool.

This photo is courtesy of Eric Olson, of Lydig. 

The $20.4 million includes the cost of demolishing the older center, said Olson.

Two breakfast topics in the next week: higher education and area construction

Talk about higher education this week, and about the construction business next week, during two sponsored breakfasts for business people.

This Friday, Greater Spokane Inc. is hosting an overview of higher ed featuring five area university officials: Rodolfo Arevalo (EWU), Christine Johnson (CCS), Thayne McCullough (Gonzaga), Brian Pitcher (WSU Spokane) and Beck Taylor (Whitworth) will all discuss why a good K-12 system is critical for area growth and development.

Area school levies will also be reviewed. The event is at GU's Cataldo Hall, 502 E. Boone, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. It's $25 for GSI members or $55 for others. Registration: here.

Next Thursday, Jan. 19, Larry Swartz, president of Lydig Construction, will discuss the construction industry and company's 56-year history in Spokane. The event is the next Executive Connect Breakfast, hosted by the nonprofit Connect Northwest.

The event runs from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Georgian Ballroom, Spokane Club.

Registration is $30 and can be arranged by visiting the Connect Northwest reservation form.

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