Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad Car Facilities
The Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad Facilities project, its owner and design team were granted a prestigious National Preservation Honor Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This project involves the restoration and adaptive re-use of an expansive historic rail car facility on the banks of the Spokane River, near Downtown Spokane. CTA is the project architect and engineer and Stephen Day Architecture is the preservation architect and historic consultant on this project. After working for two years with the owners in a complex negotiation to purchase this important property from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Stephen Day Architecture was succesful in listing the property on the National Register of Historic Places and the State of Washington Heritage Register of Historic Places. We conducted extensive historical research on this property, paving the way for a historic tax credit-assisted building restoration. We also prepared a complete National Park Service "Part 2" application, working with the State and NPS on a wide range of preservation and design issues. The McKinstry Company, a nationally-recognized engineering firm known for its work with high performance buildings, is the owner and major occupant of this complex - now repositioned as a state of the art demonstration project that underscores the connections between preservation and sustainability. We continue to work with the McKinstry Company, the National Park Service and the State of Washington in analyzing design and restoration issues associated with tenant improvements in the historic car barn spaces.