Framing the new street shop

Katie Dunn
S-E Staff Reporter

Construction on schedule

Last summer, when Northeast Washington was blanketed in a haze of smoke from area wildfires, a fast-movingfire destroyed the City of Colville’s Street Department Shop, along with millions of dollars worth of equipment inside.

Construction on the new and improved street shop has been underway since May 2, with the project smoothly moving forward into summer.

“We’re hoping it will be completed by the end of August,” reminded Eric Durpos, Colville’s Municipal Services Administrator.

TW Clark Construction, the general contractor from Spokane, has utilized local labor in the project whenever possible.

Colville Valley Concrete supplied the concrete for the foundation of the street shop and Colville Construction Company was responsible for the dirt.

Wilder Construction LLC began steadily working on the structural framing of the street shop early in June.

Wilder Construction LLC is a general contractor specializing in residential construction. The company was founded in Kettle Falls in 2001 and has been continuously serving the Tri-County area since.

According to Keith Wilder, owner of Keith Wilder Construction LLC, his business covers Republic to Newport and from the Canadian border to Chewelah.

Wilder is also the current president of Tri-County Homebuilders, a chapter of Spokane Homebuilders and a member of the Building Industry Association of Washington.

“We take pride in being one of the few local companies to erect the new city shop,” noted Daisy Pongrakthai of Wilder Construction LLC.

Wilder Construction LLC works on a four-day 10-hour schedule. Because of these work hours, Wilder said his team missed the heavy rain on June 24 and have managed to stay on schedule.

As of June 28, Wilder said his crew had been working on the shop for two-and-a-half weeks. He predicted that it will take four to five weeks to finish the building’s frame.

Last week, Wilder’s construction team began installing 86 trusses for the roof of the street shop. Set-aside for the roof of the wash bay were 30 smaller trusses.

According to Wilder, each truss for the shop roof weighs 450 pounds. There are, however, three double trusses that way 900 pounds.

Wilder said the double trusses are utilized to make the roof more structurally sound. One of these trusses is on the outside edge of the shop next to the wash bay. The other two trusses are to go on each side of the shear wall (not currently built).

Once the shear wall is constructed it will divide the inside of the shop so there’s a designated mechanic’s space and vehicle garage.

“It’s going to be a very stout building,” said Wilder.

As seen is the Statesman-Examiner.