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McKinstry to expand in Spokane

Firm that designs, builds and manages facilities expects to add more than 100 jobs locally

Seattle company McKinstry has said it will expand in Spokane and expects to add more than 100 jobs while increasing its focus on green building projects for customers in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

In a meeting planned today, company CEO Dean Allen will showcase plans to convert the brick-walled former railroad shop east of downtown into its Spokane office.

The two-story office, at 802 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., will be called the Great Northern Building. It sits behind the Habitat for Humanity store and directly south of Gonzaga University in the University District.

First incorporated in 1960, McKinstry provides a range of services around building, designing and managing offices and corporate premises.

Its current office in downtown Spokane has about 50 workers. A release issued by Washington Sen. Patty Murray said the expansion in Spokane is expected to generate “hundreds of jobs” through new construction and building retrofitting.

Murray and Spokane Mayor Mary Verner will join Allen at the event today.

A month ago McKinstry said it acquired technology from Liberty Lake tech firm Itron that will help integrate smart grid systems into buildings.

The 1900s-era building McKinstry is converting was the shop and train yards of an early 20th century electric railroad running from Spokane to Coeur d’Alene.

That train system was first the Inland Empire Railroad Co., which failed in 1919. It reorganized as the Spokane and Inland Empire Railroad Co., then became Spokane and Eastern, and then was taken over in 1929 by Great Northern.