SIERR Building at McKinstry Station: Spokane, Wash.

Sustaining by Preserving



Dean Davis

Early in the 20th century, the Spokane and Inland Empire Rail Road (SIERR) Building serviced one of the most innovative modes of transportation of the time: electric railcars. More than 100 years later, the building that was nearly condemned is known for the innovation that restored and transformed the historic facility into a high performing, energy-efficient office. Federal historic preservation regulations required that substantial areas of the brick walls be exposed, but the building team reached a compromise that allowed for insulating the majority of the exterior walls. The SIERR Building is referenced as a model project in a U.S. government publication for rehabilitating historic buildings. 

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