Spokane, Wash. —

After a lengthy certification process that ensures quality and safety standards are at the highest, Garco Construction is pleased to announce the recent certification from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

Vice President Hollis Barnett says, “The AISC certification will enhance Garco’s steel erection quality control program, documentation and safety program and will ultimately provide added value to all of our customers.”

AISC Certification Programs set the quality standard for the structural steel industry and are the most recognized national quality certification program for the industry. The programs focus on the entire process of fabrication and erection. The AISC goal is to build quality structures from the start by focusing on error prevention rather than error correction.


Since 1978, Garco Construction has been building better communities, creating lasting values and exceeding expectations. Garco is one of the largest general contractors in the Inland Northwest. The company has completed more than 2,000 successful projects and employs more than 350 people. Garco offers construction, construction management and design-build services for clients across a broad range of industries including, but not limited to, commercial, healthcare, education, hospitality, civil, and military. The company has two locations: Spokane, Wash. and Tacoma, Wash. Learn more on our freshly updated website:

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Safety Week 2019 - 05/02/2019

Garco Construction Celebrates Safety Week 2019
No choice is more important than the choice to work safe
Spokane, Wash. & Tacoma, Wash. —

Garco Construction is excited to once again celebrate and participate in Safety Week, a construction industry-wide education and awareness event. They will join forces with other construction firms across the U.S. and Canada for 2019 Safety Week held May 6-10.

Every single day, Garco employees step into offices and onto jobsites ready for another day’s work. In these roles, they face hundreds of choices, but none are more important than the choice to work safe. Garco team members hold themselves accountable for their decisions and the actions and results that follow.

President Clancy Welsh says, “When we focus on safety, we protect ourselves, our families, and the communities in which we live and work. As individuals, project teams, and as a company, we are safe by choice.” He adds, “This week is a chance to renew our focus and celebrate the commitment all of our employees have to keeping each other safe.”
Garco will celebrate at their jobsites with toolbox talks, site presentations and additional focus on safety in areas like inspections and fall prevention.

Safety is fundamental to success for Garco. To ensure that safety is a top priority, all Garco superintendents and foremen receive in-house and outside continuing education of current safety procedures and Federal/State OSHA and ACOE EM 385-1-1 regulations. Moreover, each new employee at Garco receives a complete orientation from their supervisor prior to working in the field.

Garco Construction Joins the Community to Celebrate the New University District Gateway Bridge
Spokane, Wash. —

Garco Construction is delighted to be a part of the new University District Gateway Bridge community celebration on Tuesday, May, 7, 2019. “The project was a pleasure for the team at Garco to work on,” says Project Manager Tim Hutton, “This bike and pedestrian bridge provides healthy, inexpensive alternatives to increased traffic congestion for those living, working, studying and playing in the University District and the emerging South University neighborhood.”

University District Gateway Bridge Fun Facts

120 feet | the height of the Arch
That’s about six times the height of a Tyrannosaurus Rex

312 tons | total rated weight for the bridge
That’s the equivalent of 48 elephants

3,688 feet | of tension cable used for the bridge
That’s just over 10 football fields in length 

48,000 man-hours | total to complete the bridge
That’s like 2,000 days of time

0 | lost time incidents
It was a very safe project