Spokane County Medical Examiner Building
Coffman has a long history of working with Spokane County, including projects like the new Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Building. Coffman provided civil and structural engineering services for the project, which consisted of a complete renovation of the existing light-framed building. The new facility is large enough to house multiple workers and medical student observers in the office and examination areas. The Spokane County Medical Examiners Building also includes a Lodox machine that assists examiners in identifying human remains. This machine can do full-body x-ray scans at a fast rate. This cutting-edge medical examiners facility will open doors for medical students in the Spokane area, and there will be more room for student observers.
A challenge Coffman overcame during this project was complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access off a tight, steep, enclosed, and secure parking lot. A new ADA-accessible parking stall and access were coordinated with the security walls, electrical enclosures, and a new sally port in the existing employee parking area to the west of the existing building footprint. In addition, Coffman’s civil engineering team worked with all engineering disciplines and the architect to provide an untraditional yet compliant space adjacent to the employee building entrance. This required modeling vehicle turning movements, revised grading and drainage of the sally port driveway, and coordination of the entry door and hallway to meet ADA requirements.
- Civic & Local Government
- Civil Engineering
- Structural Engineering
- Land Surveying