On July 13, 2016, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) awarded the Spokane Central Service Center project, the National Award of Merit in the Federal, State, County, Municipal category in their annual Design-Build Award Competition. OAC Services, Inc. (OAC) teamed with City of Spokane, Garco Construction, Bernardo Wills Architects, and Coffman Engineers to build a consolidated Fleet Maintenance and Solid Waste operations center for the City of Spokane.

The DBIA Design-Build Project awards showcase projects who have successfully implemented design-build best practices through excellence in design, process, and teaming while achieving budget and schedule goals and exceeding owner expectations. The Spokane Service Center project is among several other award-winning projects throughout the country that are being honored.

Lisa Washington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of DBIA, says, “Whether it’s an educational institution that used innovative design to help students learn, a healthcare facility that incorporates the most modern technology and allows for future flexibility, or an innovative interchange that improves traffic flow and safety, Design-Build Done Right opens the door to exceptional outcomes that go beyond budget and schedule goals, and that’s why we’re proud to celebrate these projects.”

OAC was selected to assist the City of Spokane with all aspects of their first Design-Build project, a full service fleet maintenance service center, associated administrative spaces and CNG fueling facility. OAC lead the facility programming and performance specification team in development of the RFP.

The $14.2 million project consisted of a 37,000 square foot compressed natural gas (CNG) compliant heavy maintenance facility and an adjacent 20,000 square foot administrative office spaces, on 20 developed acres within an occupied site. Site improvements include expansive paving for heavy equipment, and a high-tech CNG slow fuel station designed to accommodate 100 refuse vehicles phased in ten per year over ten years. CNG in a unique component that will allow the City to convert its 100 vehicle refuse fleet from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas and is estimated to result in a 50% cut in fuel expenditure at full implementation.