Despite a wet spring and some vandalism, work continues on the new administration building for the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
The structure, which is expected to cost about $3.4 million, is under construction adjacent to Station 8 at 2120 N. Wilbur Road and likely won’t be finished until late fall. However, fire officials plan on having special ceremony much sooner – on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 – and need the community’s help.
The fire department has secured a 1,700-pound piece of steel beam from the internal structure of the World Trade Center in New York City and plan to place it in the foyer of the new administration building. The piece will also be always lit, even when the building is dark.
Given the size and weight of the beam, the department plans to hand-place it on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 6:59 a.m. to correspond with the time the first tower fell. Fire officials will choose 16 individuals to place the beam in the unfinished building, which will be completed in the following weeks.
“It’s almost perfect timing,” said Deputy Chief Larry Rider at the June 27 fire commissioners meeting. “No drywall will be up yet.”
The beam – meticulously secured through written requests from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after many months of waiting – will be accompanied by a 65-words-or-less plaque. The department will be seeking community help in wording – that “best represent our community – to inscribe on the plaque. The person submitting the favored sentiment will have the chance to read his or her words at the dedication ceremony.
Submission need to be in the hands of fire officials before Aug. 2 in order to have the plaque finished by the dedication date.
Rider also briefed fire commissioners of an act of graffiti that occurred on the construction site that needed to be cleaned up.
“Law-enforcement is looking into it,” he said, adding that while the area is fenced off, “nothing is perfect.”
Work on the administration building, along with a practice burn tower, is being done by Meridian Construction of Spokane Valley.
A formal dedication of the building itself will likely not happen until February or March of next year, Rider said.