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The Dirt: Kootenai Health looks to $4.3M pharmacy project

Kootenai Health has been issued permits for a $4.3 million pharmacy expansion, the tail end of work on a $45.2 million project expanding the hospital’s emergency department and operating rooms.

This second phase of construction follows the first, $57 million phase, which added 100,000 square feet and 150 staffing positions at the Coeur d’Alene hospital.

The first phase added a spacious family birth center and a second floor for orthopedics, neurosurgery and neurology.

The hospital’s new first floor includes 10 labor and delivery rooms, two cesarean section suites and 18 postpartum suites, enabling it to handle about 3,000 births a year in the new unit. The birth center also has 12 private rooms for intensive care of infants, including two equipped to handle twins. They are designed to allow at least one parent to stay with the baby in the room.

The second floor, with 32 patient rooms and a rehabilitation gym, was designed largely with seniors in mind.

The current second phase has expanded the hospital’s emergency department, allowing it to serve more than 55,000 patients a year. The hospital also added more operating rooms, bringing the total to 11 operating suites, nearly doubling the department’s footprint.

Now, with the latest permits, it’s adding a bigger pharmacy.

The pharmacy expansion is “not super flashy,” said Andrea Nagel, spokeswoman for the hospital. “There’s a lot of expansion behind the scenes.”

The project’s general contractor is Bouten Construction, of Spokane. NAC Architecture, of Spokane, designed the project and the structural engineering was done by Coffman Engineers, of Spokane.

North Idaho Dermatology developing site in Riverstone

A $6 million, three-story medical building is rising near the Riverstone development in Coeur d’Alene, according to city permit data.

The new building at 2199 N. Merritt Creek Loop is being built by North Idaho Dermatology, which is currently located just south of the project at 2288 N. Merritt Creek.

Dr. Benjamin Ringger, one of the principals at the clinic, is listed as NID LLC’s agent, which is developing the project.

The project’s general contractor is Ginno Construction, of Coeur d’Alene. Spokane-based Bernardo|Wills Architects designed the project. Structural engineering was done by Frame and Smetana, of Coeur d’Alene.

General contractor building warehouse in Hillyard

Work on an $850,000, nearly 10,000-square-foot warehouse has begun in Hillyard in northeast Spokane, with excavation and concrete footings poured last week.

The building will be home to Pro Builders General Contractors, which supplies and installs pre-engineered steel buildings that provide large interior spaces without interior columns.

Chad McDonald, who owns the business with his father, Terry, said the company’s buildings are largely used for manufacturing and warehousing, but he said airplane hangars are also an example of the type of structure they build.

The Spokane-based company has supplied a number of buildings locally, notably for Baker Construction on projects for Avista Corp.

Pro Builders was the general contractor on the 14,000-square-foot Lilac Bloomsday Headquarters, 1414 N. Belt St., in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood just south of Maxwell Avenue.

The company did its own general contracting on the new warehouse. The design was done by South Henry Studio, of Spokane. Structural engineering was done by TD&H Engineering, also of Spokane.

Airport terminal renovations include restrooms, meeting rooms

Spokane International Airport will see $153,000 in improvements, including renovations to terminal restrooms and meeting rooms, according to city permit records.

The largely superficial work follows on the heels of the creation of a public development authority for the airport, a 20-year agreement to share tax revenue generated within boundaries drawn around the regional transportation and economic hub on the West Plains. The money will be governed by the development authority, which will be able to take on debt and direct grant spending toward roads, water and other needs to build the airport’s economic vitality.

The airport is also seeking $5 million in federal transportation grants for what it’s calling a “multimodal transportation infrastructure safety improvement project to separate Spotted Road from the inbound and outbound roads that provide access to the airport. The project would relocate a section of Spotted Road farther east.

The restroom and meeting room renovation is being done by Dardan Enterprises, of Post Falls. ALSC Architects, of Spokane, designed the project and Coffman Engineers, of Spokane, did the structural engineering.


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