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September 14, 2022

Emerald Initiative and McKinstry to Build New Fabrication and Manufacturing Facility in Spokane  

New shop expands McKinstry’s regional fabrication capabilities, creating one of the largest MEPFT manufacturing networks in the Pacific Northwest.

SPOKANE, Wash. (September 14, 2022) – Emerald Initiative recently broke ground on a new McKinstry fabrication and manufacturing facility in Spokane. Located near Airway Heights, the 5-acre parcel location will be the home to a state-of-the-art, 68,000-square-foot fabrication facility that will serve all McKinstry locations nationally and house an Overcast Innovations manufacturing facility.

“This new shop has been years in the making,” said Allie Teplicky, Principal at Emerald Initiative, “this space will not only allow McKinstry to increase productivity and capacity but is specifically designed to address the climate, affordability, and equity crises that we are working to eliminate in the built environment.”

The new shop will produce prefabricated sheet metal, piping, and plumbing materials and systems by union professionals, continuing a long history of trusted union partnerships in the Spokane area. Designed with safety and multi-trade needs in mind, the new facility will house ample flexible space for multi-trade assemblies, an extended staging area, and a better workflow layout to improve safety and productivity. Production will be improved with the addition of new prefabrication technology including a new fiber laser for galvanized metals and a mist system to keep clean-up to a minimum for pipe cutting needs. Additionally, the new facility is designed around McKinstry’s Zero-Carbon Future goal, operating as an all-electric facility with EV infrastructure for future electric fleet vehicles.  

In addition to the updated prefabrication layout, the new space will include an updated area for McKinstry detailers to sit closer to production, a new break room space that is designed to double as a safety training area, and a separated area to be leased by Overcast Innovations for the manufacturing of their Cloud systems. Through the new shop design, the capacity for McKinstry’s prefabrication abilities is anticipated to triple, creating new employment opportunities and a chance to engage the Spokane community on a greater level.

“Being part of the Spokane community has always been an honor to McKinstry,” said Thomas Tellefson, Vice President of PNW Mechanical New Construction at McKinstry, “we put a lot of thought into how our new facilities can contribute in a positive way to the community and this new shop will do just that.”

McKinstry’s current fabrication services span four fully operating prefabrication facilities totaling approximately 200,000 square feet across the Pacific Northwest region servicing clients for their MEPFT needs. Through effective prefabrication, significant reductions in waste and project costs are seen consistently, as well as increased safety and quality.

Construction on the facility has already begun with operation slated to begin in late 2023.

About Emerald Initiative

Emerald Initiative envisions, develops, owns and operates commercial real estate and alternative energy infrastructure. We craft creative, technology-enhanced solutions that help our commercial, industrial and institutional clients be resilient in a quickly evolving world. Our boldly sustainable buildings provide a healthy home for our communities, and we focus on projects that make a difference to the people and neighborhoods that they serve. Emerald Initiative takes a long-term view to investing, and we proudly deliver financial returns that are enhanced by our environmental and community outcomes. Learn more at www.EmeraldInitiative.com.

About Overcast Innovations

Overcast Innovations is a McKinstry-owned subsidiary that liberates construction projects from productivity traps and systemic waste. Our products, the Overcast Clouds and Splines, eliminate siloed design and installation practices, improve onsite field coordination and lower labor costs while enhancing overall aesthetic and operational quality. Clouds integrate mechanical HVAC, lighting, audiovisual, sensors, distributed antenna systems, smoke detectors and other above-ceiling equipment into factory-manufactured, plug-and-play architectural appliances. Learn more at www.overcastinnovations.com.

About McKinstry

McKinstry is a national leader in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining high-performing buildings. From new construction and ongoing operations to adaptive reuse and energy retrofits, the company provides a single point of accountability across the entire building lifecycle. McKinstry focuses on people and outcomes to ensure the built environment serves owners, operators and occupants alike. McKinstry is your trusted partner for the life of your building. Learn more at www.McKinstry.com.

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