SPOKANE – Governor Christine Gregoire is scheduled to join state fish and wildlife officials and area residents Aug. 4 to dedicate a new eastern region office of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in Spokane Valley.
The public dedication ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. outside the new building at 2315 North Discovery Place in Mirabeau Point development, just north of Interstate 90 between Evergreen and Pines roads off Mirabeau Parkway.
Public tours of the new building will begin immediately after the ceremony, running until 5 p.m., and continuing Friday, Aug. 5., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Vice Chair Fred Shiosaki of Spokane, WDFW Director Jeff Koenings of Olympia, and WDFW Eastern Regional Director John Andrews of Spokane will host the ceremony.
The new 14,600 square-foot building will replace a 2,900-square-foot office in north Spokane that has served as WDFW’s eastern regional headquarters for more than 40 years.
“Too many employees have been working out of leased space or home offices for too long,” said Shiosaki, noting that the new building will accommodate 50 employees, compared to just 15 at the old site.
“The new building will promote greater staff coordination and efficiency as well as improved customer service,” said Shiosaki, who has advocated for a new regional office since his appointment to the commission in 1999. “This project reflects the efforts of a great many people, with support from local legislators.”
Construction of the new office – including site selection, preparation, and design – was funded with $3.9 million approved by the Washington Legislature in the 2003-05 capital budget.
Phase two of the project, which depends on future funding, includes construction of a parking lot, fish and wildlife laboratory, a small shop for access site maintenance and a warehouse for boat and equipment storage.
WDFW’s eastern regional office will be closed to the public during the week of July 18-22 while the building move is under way. Customer service, including phone and e-mail communication, is scheduled to resume the week of July 25.
The new office customer service phone line will be 509-892-1001; FAX 509-921-2440, and mailing address 2315 North Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, WA 99216-1566.
In the meantime, emergency calls or e-mail messages that would otherwise be directed to the Spokane office can instead be directed to the WDFW deputy director at 360-902-2650 (firstname.lastname@example.org).