Riverfront Park Pavilion

The Pavilion is now our community’s central gathering place and our lantern, as outlined in the Master Plan for the park. It’s amazing to see how the transformation honors the past while bringing the city’s icon into the future.”

The Heart of Spokane: Revitalized Pavilion becomes “community living room”

Redevelopment of Spokane’s 1974 World’s Fair Riverfront Pavilion was geared toward updating the facility and making the venue more inviting for visitors. DCI Engineers analyzed the existing foundation plan, floor and roof framing plans to advise on structural modifications for the two-story West Building. They also evaluated the existing cable structure’s capacity to support the new fabric shading systems.

The new design called for an “elevation experience” with a steel and concrete catwalk which takes visitors over an ADA accessible walkway spanning up to approximately 60 feet. The DCI team designed the steel and concrete pedestrian walkway, including the connection details.

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Spokane, Washington
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Recreation & Entertainment
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Concrete, Steel

Project Highlights

  • The park now includes a terraced performance bowl and lawn area; green roof; central plazas; and giant shade canopies.
  • Includes 22,000-sf of event floor space.
  • The park capacity can entertain about 3,000 visitors.
  • The Pavilion features 479 programmable illumination blades which provides evening light shows seen from miles away.


  • 2020 National Recreation and Park Association, Innovation in Park Design Award
  • 2020 CMAA Project Achievement Award
  • BD+C 2020 Reconstruction Awards, Bronze Award
  • 2020 DBIA Merit Award, Civic Assembly
  • 2020 ENR Northwest Landscape/Urban Development Best Project
  • 2020 AIA Washington Council, Civic Design Honor Award
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Craig T. Crowley

COO/Principal, Spokane


I’ve always appreciated the ‘work hard/play hard’ mentality at DCI, the team approach to determining innovative and cost-effective design and helping our clients achieve successful projects. I also cherish the many friendships that I’ve been so lucky to find with our clients, employees, and other consultants within the construction industry.”

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