Marlene Feist

Nelson Service Center begins to take shape

Marlene Feist, Utilities Communications Manager, No Phone Number Available

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 10:14 a.m.

Nelson Service Center begins to take shape

Over the next few weeks, residents in the Chief Garry Park Neighborhood are going to see the new Nelson Service Center – a combined solid waste and fleet management facility—start to take shape.

Construction crews have been pouring footings for the building on the site, and they expect to start to frame the building very soon. A groundbreaking ceremony for the facility was held in late April, and until recently, crews had been working on site preparation. Garco Construction and Bernardo Wills Architects LLC, both based in Spokane, form the design-build team for the new $14 million facility.

The Nelson Service Center is being built on the southeast corner of a 32-acre, City-owned site at 909 N. Nelson in the Chief Garry Park Neighborhood. With this new building, the City is seeking to create operational efficiencies and long-term savings.

The center will:

  • Consolidate repair and maintenance of the City's large vehicle fleet in one location, from three today.
  • Consolidate Solid Waste and Street operations with Fleet operations, including fueling stations, vehicle washing, and repair facilities, resulting in reduced travel time and fuel costs.
  • Replace aging facilities that are not appropriate for current use and are exceedingly inefficient with new adequate, safe, and secure facilities for employees and improved operations.
  • Allow for the conversion to compressed natural gas from diesel fuel for Solid Waste vehicles, providing significant environmental and financial benefits.
  • Free up the sites of current facilities for redevelopment.

The City anticipates that it will generate savings over 10 years to cover most of the cost of construction, including savings from operational efficiencies and from converting its Solid Waste fleet from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas from diesel.

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