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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