Six bids from hopefuls looking to remodel Spokane Valley Fire’s University and Otis Orchards stations were opened Monday, and the lowest was $152,000 less than its closest rival.
Bouten Construction of Spokane – which has built everything from churches to an expansion at the Spokane Convention Center – came in at $1,222,000 for both projects, which are set to begin this summer. The next closest bid came from Blew’s Construction at $1,374,000.
Bids were also submitted by Dardan Enterprises ($1,393,000), Kilgore Construction ($1,544,000), Meridian Construction ($1,495,000) and Western States Construction ($1,498,000).
Staff will now review the proposals and bring back a recommendation on which company should receive the job at a special meeting Monday, May 5, to be held at the administration building, 2120 N. Wilbur.
The University Fire Station – formerly known as Station 1 – is the former headquarters of the Valley fire department and was built in 1976. The interior will be largely reconfigured with an updated fire sprinkler system, sleeping areas for male and female firefighters, emergency lighting with a generator, and other mechanical upgrades.
While the work at the Otis Orchards station, built in 1984, will not be as extensive, however similar improvements will be made. A workout room, which doesn’t exist now, will also be included.
While the stations will be functional for a large portion of the project, staff will be relocated to other nearby stations when necessary and it is anticipated there will be no serious impacts to emergency service.
The entire project, which is being paid for out of the department’s savings, is expected to take six months.