November 9, 2007 in Business

NAC Architecture add-on will complement downtown

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Expensive projects

According to Sean Shields, permit coordinator for the city of Spokane’s Building Department, the most expensive building projects in the city in 2007 are:

“$50.4 million – Shadle Park High School modernization

“$16.5 million – Washington State University nursing building

“$12.3 million – New Gonzaga University housing, phase 2

“$5.6 million – Kohl’s at NorthTown Mall

“$4.6 million – Gonzaga University classrooms

“$4.6 million – 50-unit Borning Building

“$4.2 million – Crestline Apartments

“$2 million – New Hospice of Spokane building

“$1.9 million – Wendle at the Y new Nissan building

“$1.9 million – 18-unit Salvation Army shelter-family resource office

NAC Architecture is building a $2.7 million addition to its headquarters at Riverside Avenue and Jefferson Street in Spokane.

The three-story addition will add 10,000 square feet to the company’s three-story brick building, said Dana Harbaugh, a principal in the company.

Harbaugh said the project will include glass, stone, copper and other materials.

“It should be a little different than what downtown Spokane has seen in the past,” he said, adding that NAC’s design for the building also complements surrounding buildings. Kearsley Construction Inc. is the contractor.

The firm, formerly known as Northwest Architectural Co., has 64 employees specializing in designing K-12 schools, colleges, universities and medical buildings.

Work is under way, Harbaugh said, and the project should be completed sometime in June or July.

Coldwell Banker Aspen joins Tomlinson Real Estate Group

The merger of the two real estate companies puts Tomlinson Real Estate Group among the top 40 largest real estate firms in the nation, a news release from the Coeur d’Alene-based Tomlinson group said.

Coldwell Banker Aspen Realty has 250 agents working in offices in Boise, Eagle, Meridian and Nampa.

The Aspen firm has been in Coldwell Banker’s top 7 percent Chairman Circle for the past 19 consecutive years, the release said.

Tomlinson Real Estate Group serves markets in Spokane, Clarkston, Davenport, Cheney and Moses Lake, and it has Idaho offices in Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Plummer, Kellogg, Moscow and Sandpoint.

Wal-Mart near Airway Heights opens

The 188,252-square-foot center opened earlier this week, according to a company news release.

The Wal-Mart will employ 360 people, and the company is donating $37,000 to local charities.

The exterior landscaping boasts 300 newly planted trees and more than 2,400 shrubs to complement the area’s U.S. Highway 2 revitalization project.

Wal-Mart also incorporated environmentally friendly lighting and flooring, the news release said.

The Supercenter has a vision center, hair salon, nail salon and Subway restaurant.

Spokane home sellers sticking around

Coldwell Banker Northwest Group, which has offices in the greater Spokane area, recently surveyed 237 residential sellers and determined that only 51 plan to leave Spokane.

Neil Johnson, a broker and owner of the group, said those numbers indicate that there may be a lot of home sellers holding out for a given price and fewer who need to sell right away.

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