The 1970's

EXPO 74 defined this decade for the construction industry in Spokane. While the nation was suffering from the energy crisis, the Inland Northwest saw more than $350 million invested in downtown Spokane to get ready for the world stage. Many AGC members were involved with the planning, building and execution of EXPO 74, a legacy our community still celebrates today.

 

As times got tougher towards the end of the decade, the number of open-shop contractors grew quickly, making a tight construction market even more competitive.

1971 WSU - Webster Hall
1971 WSU - Webster Hall

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Burlington Northern RR over Indian Canyon -1972
Burlington Northern RR over Indian Canyon -1972

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Expo Construction 1973
Expo Construction 1973

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1971 WSU - Webster Hall
1971 WSU - Webster Hall

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1970

Revised plans for the NSC are proposed to be located on the Nevada-Helena Corridor. The next year, the Citizens Against Residential Freeway (CARF) group formed to oppose the project.

WSU/AGC Student Chapter was formed.

1975

Thanks to the leadership of Bill Murphy and Jeff Kuney, BUILD East, the AGC Political Action Committee, was started for the purpose of raising funds to promote legislation and legislators favorable to the construction industry.

1971

AGC forms Environmental Improvement Committee and Public Relations committee.

1976

The AGC helped fund the World of Construction Radio show, three-minute construction news broadcast that would be aired twice weekly in both the Spokane and Tri-Cities markets.

1973

Fuel and material shortages, driven by the national energy crisis, threaten construction work across the region. AGC leaders predict a 10-20% slowdown in work, and corresponding unemployment.

1974

Expo ’74 was hosted in Spokane Washington. The AGC was closely involved with the planning of the event and the majority of the $350 million in new construction was performed by AGC members.

Highlights

Presidents

1970    George A. Grant, George A. Grant, Inc.

1971    Robert C. Carbon, United Paving, Inc.

1972    Emmett Nelson, Nor-Pac Corp

1973    Don Materne, Materne Bros.

1974    Lee Walker, Hazen & Clark, Inc.

1975    Donald Herak, ACME Concrete

1976    Frank Bouten, Gus J. Bouten Construction

1977    Jeff Kuney, Max J. Kuney, Co.

1978    B.M. Kopczynski, Kop Construction, Inc.

1979    Frank Noble, Jr., Sceva Construction

New Members

1971  Poe Asphalt Paving, Inc.

1974  Performance Contracting, Inc.

1974  PayneWest Insurance

1976  Garco Construction