The Dirt: WSU Renovates Building on Health Sciences Campus in University District; Seattle Sun Tan expands to Spokane


Washington State University is beginning the first phase of a building renovation in the University District to expand academic programs and research.

WSU has filed a pre-development application with the city to remodel an existing three-story, 113,770-square-foot building on its health sciences campus at 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd.

The renovated space will primarily support the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and will include classrooms, study rooms and academic offices. WSU campus security will also be moved into the building, depending on the request.

Existing classrooms on the first floor of the building and offices on the third floor will be upgraded. An existing 2,200 square foot conference room will be demolished as part of the project.

WSU received $15 million through a state capital budget request for the project, according to the university’s website.

The building’s renovation “will relieve construction pressure that builds on campus as academic programs and research activities expand and support additional academic programs in the health sciences,” WSU said in the investment budget request documents.

The building previously housed Eastern Washington University’s arts, culture, business, and business programs.

Portland, Oregon-based Hennebery Eddy Architects Inc. designs the remodel, depending on the application. A project contractor was not specified in the application.

Seattle Sun Tan arrives in Spokane

Seattle Sun Tan is expanding to the Spokane area with a new lounge in a space formerly occupied by Blaze Pizza on Division Street.

Seattle-based architectural firm Smith Co. has applied for a building permit with the city to change the use of the 2,570 square foot restaurant space to the tanning salon at Cataldo Square at 926 N.Division St.

The valuation of the project is $100,000, depending on the application.

Seattle Sun Tan, founded in 2004, offers tanning beds and sunless tanning sessions, as well as anti-aging and wellness services. It has 34 locations in the state.

The Aero Center project is moving forward

The Spokane Airport Board is moving forward with plans for Aero Center Spokane, a new full-service fixed operator.

The airport board has filed a pre-development application with the city to build a 5,200 square foot terminal that will be connected to a 15,000 square foot aircraft storage hangar.

The project also includes a separate 10,000 square foot aircraft maintenance hangar at 8150 W. Pilot Dr.

The site is located on land owned by Spokane International Airport.

Sandbar Architecture, based in Tarpon Springs, Fla., is designing the project, which is estimated to cost between $5 million and $6 million, depending on demand.

In November, the Spokane Airport Board authorized a lease agreement with Marathon FBO Partners GEG LLC, a subsidiary of Florida-based aerospace investment firm SAR Trilogy Management, to establish Aero Center Spokane.

Aero Center Spokane’s services will include aircraft refueling, office/hangar rental, line services and maintenance support for the region’s aviation community, according to a Spokesman-Review article published in November. .

Aero Center Spokane also plans to partner with local businesses for other amenities, including aircraft management and charter services, flight training and aircraft sales, according to the article.


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