Moving to a Sound Future

Fire Station
Credit Don Hamilton / Hamilton Photography

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Spokane Public Radio is rehabilitating a historic Spokane treasure, Fire Station No. 3 on North Monroe and Sharp. It will provide a community hub with a state-of-the-art performing and recording studio. It will double working space and triple SPR’s production capacity. We will grow the news, arts coverage, and local programing you depend on. Your gift to the Moving to a Sound Future project will secure, build, and grow our service for generations to come.

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Moving to a Sound Future
8:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Thank You for Contributing to a Sound Future

Thank You for your donations! The volunteers celebrate at 6p on Thursday, Jan. 22

“Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We are Going” was the theme of SPR's 35th Anniversary, which included a full-day pledge drive to raise $170,000 towards unlocking a State of Washington grant. The grant and donations combined will pay for the construction already underway, turning Fire Station No. 3 into a historic home for KPBX, KSFC, and KPBZ's studios and operations. 

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Moving to a Sound Future
1:57 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

'New Era of Public Radio Service'

The old dividing door that firefighters used to separate trucks from the rest of the building. The door will remain on the wall in the performance studio.
Paige Browning Spokane Public Radio

SPR General Manager Cary Boyce says moving into the newly renovated building will bring the "beginning of a new era in public radio service to the region."

In these special interviews, Boyce explains three ways the building will serve the Inland Northwest.

Copyright 2015 Spokane Public Radio.

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Moving to a Sound Future
1:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

The Builder: On SPR's Fire Station Remodel

A worker cuts metal in what will be the front office of Spokane Public Radio.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Walker Construction is the primary construction company working on the remodel, along with several sub-contractors. Ed Walker spoke with us about why this is more than your average bid job for the crew.

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Moving to a Sound Future
12:36 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Our Rep: On SPR's Fire Station Remodel

Owner's representative Harvey Morrison in the new performance studio.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Spokane Public Radio's owner's representative, Harvey Morrison, has worked on the building project since the beginning. He helped scout out possible locations, and ultimately walked us through the plan to remodeling the old fire station.

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Moving to a Sound Future
10:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Planner: On SPR's Fire Station Remodel

A construction worker cuts wood inside the future performance studio. An old sliding door hangs on the wall in the background, which is one of many historic features staying put.
Credit Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Copeland Architecture and Construction was the lead architect for the renovation project in old Fire Station #3. Architect Austin Dickey toured us through the building explaining historic elements, and new features.

  

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Moving to a Sound Future
5:20 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

SPR Preserving History of Fire Station No. 3

Spokane's Fire Station No. 3 with its apparatus and staff in the 1930s.
Credit Museum of Arts & Culture

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Spokane's former Fire Station No. 3 is more than SPR's future home. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, and represents the development of the region's fire department.

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Moving to a Sound Future
12:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Performance Studio a Showcase for Area Arts

The area where Spokane's first fire trucks were build is being transformed into a state-of-the-art Performance Studio, capable of audio and video recording.  Flexible seating allows this room to be utilized for live performances (such as the annual MusicFest and Holy Names Piano Camp) and other needs (such as our necessary pledge drives).

The original garage door that separated the insides of the two building is hung in the Performance Studio, to the audience's back.

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Moving To A Sound Future
11:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Walk Through the Plans for Fire Station No. 3

A peek inside what our performance studio will look like from the virtual rendering

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This digital walkthrough showcases SPR's plans for the historic Fire Station No. 3 at 1229 N. Monroe Street in Spokane.

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Moving to a Sound Future
11:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Bricks and Tiles One Way to Be Part of SPR

SPR Courtyard Bricks and Courtyard Tile Bricks can honor a loved one, an entire family, a business or organization.

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SPR invites you to be part of our new broadcast home by putting your name on a brick or brick tile in the renovated courtyard. The former Fire Station No. 3's brick walkways will be renovated with bricks containing names and logos of special donors to the Moving to a Sound Future project.

Bricks can celebrate an anniversary, remember a loved one, or feature a business or civic organization's name.

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Moving to a Sound Future
4:06 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Building Update: Warmer Winter Helps with Construction

The back wall of the building is the staging area for the Performance Studio.

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Unseasonably warm months have been a help for the work crews preparing Fire Station No. 3 for its new life as SPR's studios. Crews from Walker Construction and its subcontractors are framing in new studios and offices. A new concrete floor is about to be poured in the Performance Studio. Electrical wiring, plumbing pipes, and heating/cooling ducts snake about the wall joists and high ceilings. It's possible the basic construction work could be completed not long after the start of 2015.

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