For over 100 years, Spokane’s Franklin Elementary School has provided an excellent education to tens of thousands of students and served as a community gathering place. This project included the thoughtful restoration and expansion of the original 1909 building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The scope-of-work included demolition and removal of an outdated wing with classrooms and a gym that doubled as a cafeteria. The remaining portion of the building was remodeled, honoring its historical significance with detailed cherry-wood work.

A 46,000 SF addition was designed to complement the existing building’s features. The new addition included a gymnasium, separate cafeteria and auditorium. The new second floor library features floor-to-ceiling windows, providing natural lighting. The classrooms all boast smart boards and smart projectors. The project included the removal of portable classrooms, upgrades to playgrounds and landscaping, improved traffic flow and expanded parking.

Garco Construction served as the Prime Contractor for this GCCM project. Our GC-CM project team worked collaboratively with Spokane Public Schools and design partners to create lasting value by focusing on the project goals and parameters. Through detailed planning our project team implemented the best practices, materials, and resources to maximize the program and minimize the cost while delivering a finished project the district envisioned.