Kennewick Irrigation District is moving forward on plans for a new administration building.
KID’s board of directors unanimously approved negotiating a contract with Solarc of Portland to design the building and manage the construction project.
The company was one of six that applied. The building is expected to cost about $2.25 million.
The KID board decided in January to sell its downtown Kennewick building and consolidate its administration and field staff at KID property at 2015 S. Ely St. The goal is to improve customer service and oversight of staff and to address some cultural issues that have been created by the separation of administration and field employees.
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The district already has sold the downtown building and a parking lot to Meier Architecture and Engineering of Kennewick for $915,000. KID is expected to move out of its downtown office building by Jan. 1.