GSI headquarters undergoing $400,000 renovation

The first two floors of the Spokane Regional Business Center is undergoing major renovation, according to city permit data.

The work is being done by Greater Spokane Incorporated, the floors’ tenant, and the work is valued at $400,000.

Dale Damron, GSI’s vice president of finance and administration, said the work is a “refresh.”

“We’re just doing a refresh – making some bigger changes to our public places, our meeting rooms, in order to enhance and expand their use for ourselves and our membership base.”

The work will incorporate the organization’s new logo and tagline, “Together We’re Greater,” which in September replaced the old slogan, “Creating Something Better.”

GSI formed in 2007 when the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce merged with the Spokane Area Economic Development Council. The nonprofit has 1,200 members that employ about 100,000 workers.

Work on the project is happening in two phases. The first, which has gutted the first floor, will last through June. The second phase, which will occur on the second floor, will last until the fall.

The project’s contractor is Spokane’s Baker Construction. The architect is Mercier Architecture & Planning, also of Spokane.