Originally constructed as a hotel in 1908, and part of the East Downtown Historic District, the building is an expansion of the Community Building complex. The Saranac is four stories tall with a total of 32,000 square feet of floor space. Following the Community Building theme, tenants are primarily to environmentally friendly non-profits.Jim Sheehan, founder of the Center for Justice, a non-profit law firm, owns the Community Building and the Saranac. Along with Project Manager Dave Sanders and Principal Architect Rod Butler of Zeck Butler Architects, he's aiming for platinum LEED certification–the highest level possible, which is unheard of east of the Cascades. The 98 solar panels are an unsual sight in Spokane, the largest private solar field in the state. There are five, 2500 gallon drums that capture and store all rain and spring water for bathrooms and irrigation. Rooftop gardens assists with temperature control through drought tolerant plants, including basil, thyme, and oregano.