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Fire commissioners approve settlement with architect


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Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners agreed Monday to a $50,000 settlement with the architect that designed the oft-delayed Edgecliff Fire Station last year.
Pondera Architecture and the fire department went to mediation earlier this month, and it was agreed that the firm would pay $35,000 to the department and another $15,000 to its insurers.
“Yes, we’ve settled,” said Deputy Chief Larry Rider.
Back in March, the department had filed a 23-point claim asking for $133,996.12 from Pondera for damages related to the construction of the fire station caused by “errors, omissions, negligence and breaches of contract.”
The $1.55 million facility had originally been set to open in October of last year at the Sprague/Interstate 90 interchange. However, delays for specially fitted roofing panels backed things up until November.
Then it turned out that a floor drain in the double drive-through truck bay had been installed incorrectly after the building worked off of incorrect information. That pushed back the completion date to even later in the year.
Pondera has only designed the single station for the Valley fire department. The company was chosen out of six architectural firms which bid on the project in January 2011.

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