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Building Spokane

Spokane is enjoying an exciting period of revitalization and growth and we're building our future by acknowledging our past. We're renovationg, reconstructing and seeing the incredible economic benefit of simply doing the right thing by our downtown architectural treasures. It's the ultimate artistic efficiency.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation said Spokane has "a preservation ethic." That's high praise. We need to keep it true.


        In this short video, you'll learn about the new Carousel's unique roof structure and some of the
        engineering that made it possible. The team at NAC Architecture knew that the carousel
        would be seen from the higher floors of many downtown buildings. They designed a roof
        system that would be beautiful and distinctive when viewed from above and would present a
        magical light-show when viewed from below. It's essentially a "roof within a roof" with a raised
        dome above the carousel itself - which required some creative problem-solving on the part of
        DCI Engineers. The dome is finished with 40 wedges of 1/4-plate treated steel, overlapping in
        an attractive spiral pattern. Walker Construction provided over 2,000 lineal feet of weld (in one
        week) to complete it.
        When the Carrousel first opened in Riverfront Park in 1975, one of the first groups to ride it
        were the kids from the Hutton Settlement. So, we invited the Hutton kids to be part of the
        reconstruction. Here, you'll tour the project with them as the 12 structural columns are being
        lifted into place.
        In this video, you’ll see the progress on the new “M’ Building and learn more about how
        Walker Construction meets these unique safety challenges.


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