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The Dirt: Schweitzer Engineering expands Spokane branch office

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories will expand its Spokane branch office following the purchase of a 28,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by ITT Technical Institute.

The Pullman-based company bought the Spokane Valley property at 13518 E. Indiana Ave. for $2.3 million, and it plans a move into the facility by late summer. Employees in this region have worked since 2012 out of a leased space at 3808 N. Sullivan Road, which Schweitzer later will vacate.

The employee-owned company makes protection, monitoring and automation devices for the electric power industry. Schweitzer said it will continue to grow a presence in Spokane, where employees have increased from six to 60.

ITT closed last fall, and the site near Interstate 90 has room for about 115 workers.

Overall, Schweitzer has nearly 5,000 employees, with about 2,300 of those based at its Pullman headquarters. Spokane employees support various divisions, including finance, marketing and corporate communications, but more than half work in research and development.

Founder Ed Schweitzer began the company in 1982. Today, SEL invents, designs and builds digital products and systems that protect power grids globally. The technology prevents blackouts and helps customers improve power system reliability, safety and cost.

Work to wrap up on Kendall Yards grocery

The city of Spokane has issued a building permit for the final phase of construction to complete a grocery store at the Kendall Yards redevelopment in Spokane.

This past fall, a $3.1 million project was launched to build the store’s shell. Vandervert Construction is the contractor for the next portion of work to finish My Fresh Basket at 517 N. Monroe St. This phase of construction has an estimated value of $1.5 million.

Plans call for the grocery store to open this summer with about 28,000 square feet on two levels.

Make Architecture moves to new office

Studio Called Make LLC, doing business as Make Architecture, has moved to a new office at 122 S. Monroe St.

The studio, providing architectural and design work, occupies space in a renovated warehouse with an interior that shows off brick walls, timber framing and original wood floors.

Make Architecture is working on several multifamily projects in the South Perry district, a fine dining restaurant downtown, lakeside residences, and a new boutique hotel and resort on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The firm has two employees, including the owner, and is hiring a third.

Owner and principal Evan Verduin is a graduate of Washington State University with 10 years of experience working in residential, hospitality, retail and office design.

Williams Automotive expands

Williams Automotive recently leased an industrial facility in Spokane to expand its operations.

The business, which provides vehicle repairs, is occupying 2,600 square feet of space at 3705 E. Nebraska Ave. The move provided a doubling of space compared with a previous location on North Hamilton Street.

Jim Orcutt, of Black Commercial, assisted with the lease transaction.

Titan Freight leases industrial space

Titan Freight Systems has leased about 7,200 square feet of space in the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, at 3808 N. Sullivan Road, in Spokane Valley. The business provides transportation services.

Dean Stuart, the business park’s marketing director, assisted with the transaction.

Let us know about new businesses, construction projects, expansions or relocations. Send items to The Dirt at TrevaL@spokesman.com, or call (509) 459-5439.


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