Looking ahead to November, when they’re passing around the yams and mashed potatoes, it’s a safe bet Spokane Valley Fire Department officials will have one thing to be thankful for: the opening of the new Station 6.
The new $1.54 million facility – which now will be closer to $1.55 million – had originally been set to open in October at Sprague and Interstate 90 interchange. However, delays for specially fitted roofing panels backed things up to November.
But on Monday, a clearly frustrated Deputy Chief Larry Rider unveiled a new wrinkle – a floor drain in the double drive-through truck bay is not what administrators had envisioned and will need to be reworked.
“Honestly, the 15th of November had been the target date,” Rider told fire commissioners. “Now, Thanksgiving would be nice.”
The deputy chief was quick to point out that he has been more than happy with the work of the construction company, BN Builders Inc., which he said caught the error. Instead, it’s due to a miscommunication among Valley fire officials, the architect and the builder.
“(BN Construction) doesn’t like this either,” Rider said. “This is an easy job that just became difficult.”
Designer of the new Station 6 – which will be dubbed Gateway Fire Station at 6303 E. Sprague – is Pondera Architecture of Spokane. Rider said their representatives have told him it was up to Valley Fire to notice the issue.
“It was our call,” he said, adding it will likely take another $10,000 to do the job right.
Rider said the problem is an expansion joint which isolates the floor drain in the apparatus room. If not done properly, water can seep under the concrete and undermine the flooring.
“At the end of the day, Valley Fire will work through these issues,” he said. “Mistakes do happen.”