Planning to Construction

Planning to Construction: Completed Spokane Convention Center Expansion

Spokane Convention Center: 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Planning to Construction event. We sincerely hope that you found it valuable.

Please join us for the unique opportunity to hear from the Spokane Public Facilities District, designers and construction team about the recently completed expansion to the Spokane Convention Center. Our panel’s presentation will include:

  • The PFD story behind the expansion

  • The design-build process

  • Design and construction challenges and solutions

  • The outcome

We look forward to having you join us as we hear their story and learn how we can incorporate their lessons learned and successes into future projects.

Panelists include:

  • Spokane Public Facilities District – Kevin Towhig, CEO: Kevin J. Twohig, CEO, Spokane Public Facilities District, is a Gonzaga University grad who has worked in Spokane ever since his graduation. He owned and operated a touring concert production company that provided services for Expo '74, the World's Fair.  In 1975, he accepted a position with the City of Spokane at the Spokane Opera House. He has been operating public assembly facilities in Spokane ever since. He developed the International Ag Trade Center, the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, the INB Performing Arts Center renovation, the Spokane Convention Center Exhibit Hall and the Convention Center completion project. The District operates three facilities profitably and manages over 800 events each year with over 1,000,000 annual attendees.

  • DCI Engineers – Mark Aden, P.E. S.E., President/CEO: Mark began his structural engineering career in Seattle after his graduate studies at the University of Washington ended in 1985.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Walla Walla University in 1984.  When Mark joined DCI in 1998, he promptly moved across the state and opened the company’s new office in Spokane. Today, Mark is President and CEO of DCI Engineers, a structural & civil engineering firm with 8 offices and 200 employees.  DCI is an ENR Top 500 firm, and designs a wide variety of public and private projects around the United States and beyond.  DCI employs over 40 engineers and designers in the Spokane Office.  The Spokane office has designed many large projects in the Spokane area, including Gonzaga University’s McCarthey Arena and Hemmingson University Center, the Davenport Hotel, Tower and Grand Hotels, WSU’s Martin Stadium Expansion, Rockwood Retirement Community Tower and Ferris High School Modernization.  DCI Engineers provided the civil and structural engineering on the Spokane Convention Center Expansion.

  • ALSC Architects – Jeff Warner, AIA, LEED AP, Principal: With over 36 years in the industry, Jeff Warner has provided innovative design solutions for landmark projects in the Spokane area including the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, River Park Square, Avista Stadium and the recently completed Spokane Convention Center expansion. An effective communicator and team leader, Jeff is involved with multiple civic and professional groups that influence the vitality of our City including Greater Spokane Incorporated, Friends of the Falls and the Spokane Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Jeff is a Principal at ALSC Architects, founded in 1947 with offices in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University in 1979 with study at the University of Copenhagen.
  • Garco Construction – Clancy Welsh, President: Clancy has over 20 years of Project Manager experience in the construction industry. Clancy
    grew up in Spokane before leaving in 1990 to attend the University of Washington where he earned a degree in Construction Management. After earning his bachelors degree, he was hired by Baugh Construction. Clancy moved back to Spokane in 1998 joining the Garco team and focusing on educational facilities, public works projects, and automotive dealership remodels. Clancy managed the construction for the Spokane Convention Center expansion, Ferris High School, Rogers High School, and Shadle Park High School renovations.

This meeting is sponsored by Inland Northwest AGC.


Questions? Contact Katie Fitzpatrick at or April Smith at

RSVP by Monday, August 10th  to guarantee your seat at this presentation.



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