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January 08, 2019

McKinstry and Avista Expand South Landing Development in Spokane with Hub Facility and Central Energy Plant

McKinstry and Avista Expand South Landing Development in Spokane with Hub Facility and Central Energy Plant

Hub to feature a living laboratory to test system designs for zero energy buildings.

SPOKANE, Wash. (Jan. 8, 2019) — McKinstry and Avista Development announced the second facility to be built as part of the innovative South Landing development currently underway in Spokane. The South Landing Hub facility will begin construction in early 2019.

The four-story South Landing Hub facility will feature 40,000 square feet of leased space that includes offices and a full-service restaurant. Hub will also house a central energy plant to power the facility and its neighboring Catalyst Building. At five stories and 159,000 square feet, Catalyst will be one of the world’s largest zero energy buildings. Hub and the Catalyst Building are both expected to finish construction in early 2020. Additional South Landing facilities could be added to the central energy plant as planned and built.

“Catalyst and Hub are the first steps in demonstrating what’s possible in sustainable building design and construction,” said Dean Allen, McKinstry Chief Executive Officer. “Energy generated and stored in the South Landing central energy plant will be shared between Hub, Catalyst and future buildings. Sharing energy resources across multiple facilities boosts efficiency and creates a living laboratory where we can test new district energy strategies that can be replicated across the built environment.”

“Technology is changing how we consume energy as a society. Renewable energy adoption is increasing, our transportation systems are becoming electrified, and our data centers are growing to feed modern digital lifestyles,” said Scott Morris, Avista Chief Executive Officer. “Buildings serve as the primary connection between utilities and the people that rely on our energy. South Landing presents an opportunity for us to optimize that connection to meet changing energy needs and balance how the built environment interacts with the grid.”

McKinstry engineers performed more than 40,000 energy model simulations to design the South Landing Hub facility and its central energy plant. Deployed systems will include photovoltaic (PV) arrays, thermal and electrical energy storage systems, high-performance variable air volume (VAV) systems and dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS). These systems will be configurable to meet fluctuating occupant requirements, available onsite energy generation and utility demand response needs across the South Landing development.

“The South Landing Hub facility will create a new kind of district energy system focused on driving zero energy building performance while minimizing, if not eliminating, the carbon emissions associated with powering, heating and cooling our built environment,” said Ash Awad, McKinstry’s Chief Market Officer. “The building will surpass typical building performance expectations at or below market cost by integrating the latest construction best practices, mechanical systems and shared energy technologies.”

South Landing and the Catalyst Building started with a vision to build the five smartest city blocks on the planet situated at the south landing of the new Gateway Pedestrian Bridge within Spokane’s University District. The development will serve as a replicable model to encourage sustainable building design worldwide.

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.

About Avista Development

Avista Development, a non-utility subsidiary of Avista Corp., seeks to invest in local real estate, businesses and other assets that strategically leverage the strengths of local and regional partnerships, enhance the economic vitality of Avista’s utility service areas, and further Avista’s commitment to deliver shared value to those we serve.

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