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Conference’s new building should be finished by spring

Work on Upper Columbia Conference’s new regional headquarters is rolling along on Spokane’s West Plains, with completion expected next spring.

The $8.2 million building will replace the headquarters and Adventist Book Center destroyed by fire in December 2008. The headquarters will be at the same site, at 3715 S. Grove Road, as the first building.

Leone & Keeble, of Spokane, is the general contractor for the project, which began in the spring.

The replacement building will be paid for with insurance money, said Jay Wintermeyer, spokesman for Upper Columbia Conference. The conference is the regional administrative unit serving 125 Seventh Day Adventist Churches and 28 schools in Eastern Washington, North Idaho and northeastern Oregon.

“We’re working very hard with our contractor and architect to ensure we stay on schedule and within budget,” Wintermeyer said in an e-mail.

Project architect Kevin Cole of Architects West, based in Coeur d’Alene, said it has helped that the project was launched when contractors were not deluged with work.

“Two years ago the costs would probably have been close to 15 percent more than they are today,” Cole said.

The office will also have a radio studio and a TV production room where Upper Columbia Conference will produce programs for its “He’s Alive Television” channel.

The group continues using a temporary headquarters at 15918 E. Euclid in the Spokane Valley Industrial Park.

Manger Sanborn relocating

Spokane ad agency Magner Sanborn is moving into roughly 85,000 square feet of the Banner Bank Building, 111 N. Post St. in downtown. The company’s recent growth is forcing a move from its office at 121 S. Wall St.

Company President Dennis Magner said the 26 workers at the firm will take the fourth floor penthouse offices and parts of the second and third floors. Remodeling will continue through August.

“We would like to move in around the end of this month,” Magner said.

The company’s growth is propelled in part by work for Qualcomm, for which the firm has developed a large campaign behind the recently launched mobile video player and service called FloTv.

Architect for the work is Matthew Collins, and Yost, Moody & Pugh Inc., is the contractor. Cory Barbieri was the broker for Magner Sanborn.

Garco renovating Broadview Dairy

Garco Construction is general contractor for $2.5 million in renovation of the Broadview Dairy in downtown Spokane. In January, 25 workers with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will move into offices on the second and third floors of the three-level building at 411 W. Cataldo Ave., said Tom Barbieri, president of development group Goodale & Barbieri Co.

It allows two current offices used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement downtown to move into one space, said General Services Administration spokesman Ross Buffington.

GSA has signed a 10-year lease for about 22,000 square feet of office space, Barbieri said.

Caterina and Lone Canary wineries occupy the building’s main floor.

Farm Chicks retail shop

Serena Thompson, founder of The Farm Chicks brand of home items and cookbooks, has opened a retail shop at 1601 W. Pacific Ave., in Browne’s Addition.

The 1,000-square foot building is open Tuesday-Saturday, but Thompson is contemplating moving to seven days.

Her first Farm Chicks store will feature vintage furniture, home items, books, party supplies and decorations.

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