Change is coming to the plaza

Change is coming to the plaza.

Spring 2016 — Summer 2017

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Last August we completed Phase 1 of the STA Plaza renovation and are well on our way through Phase 2.  Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to:

Phase 1 – Complete!

✓      New security offices on the second floor

✓      Behind the scenes demolition and improvements

Phase 2 – Currently Underway

❏      New first-floor restrooms

❏      New first-floor customer service area

❏      New first-floor retail spaces

✓      Relocation and installment of new escalator

❏      Improved waiting areas with exterior views

❏      New digital real-time information signs

Installing the new escalators were a huge, and exciting, milestone for us.  With those now safely installed, it allows construction crews to continue work on other parts of the project like the new customer service area and additional first-floor retail space.  The escalator’s new location provides more room on the first-floor and eliminates visual barriers in the center of the building.

We are happy to report that the overall project is on time and within budget, and we are still expecting it to be completed this summer.

Crews will soon begin work to prepare for new flooring throughout the Plaza’s first-floor. The old tile will be removed in various sections over the coming weeks, exposing the cement surface underneath. There may be slight variations in floor height, so please be sure to watch your step. We’ll make sure that all surfaces are ADA compliant.

Here are a few things to keep in mind during this final phase of the project:

  • The 2nd-floor businesses, services, and skywalks are open to the public and accessible using the stairs or the elevator
  • Interior construction walls have been installed to keep work areas separate from customers
  • The Sprague Avenue entrance is closed but the Riverside Avenue & Wall Street entrances remain open
  • No impacts to loading zones or bus schedules are expected

And don’t forget:

  • Be Safe! Stay clear of construction areas and equipment
  • Have a question? Ask!  Customer Service representatives and security personnel are on deck to help you out.

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STA Board of Directors Approves Walker Construction Bid for Plaza Renovation

At their March board meeting, the STA Board of Directors approved the award of the construction contract for the STA Plaza renovation to Walker Construction. Walker’s bid was the lowest of four competitive bids received. The contract was signed on March 31st. “Our goal is to minimize disruption to our customers and neighbors, and keeping the Plaza open during the remodel is key to doing that,” said Spokane County Commissioner and STA Board Chairman, Al French. “Walker’s experience and capabilities are well-suited for this multi-phase renovation project. We’re very pleased that their bid is within budget and represents a very good value to the community.”

Construction is expected to begin in the latter half of April. Plaza neighbors and customers will be kept apprised through proactive and ongoing communications, including weekly project updates to stakeholders.

The goal of the Plaza renovation project is to support a vibrant downtown by improving the Plaza’s functionality for the customer and community. Completing the capital renovation project fulfills a commitment made in 2008 to the downtown community to enhance the customer and visitor experience. The project was halted during the Great Recession, but reinitiated in 2014 as the economy showed signs of improvement.

Spokane Transit is also in the midst of a public outreach process seeking community input on a preliminary proposal to increase passenger fares. The potential increase is tied to STA’s passenger fare policy which closely tracks annual operating costs, and is unrelated to the funding for the capital renovation project at the STA Plaza.

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