Rehab of Albright VC

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Posted by SY ( on 16:06:52 06/15/13

NPS is about ready to begin the process of soliciting and awarding bids to rehabilitate and refurbish the Albright Visitor Center. I thought some of you might be interested in the scope of the project. The entire guts of the building will be torn out and everything but the shell will be new once the work is completed. I haven't seen the design plans yet, but may post a link to those if there's any interest once they're authorized for public release (assuming they are). It looks like right now, work is scheduled to begin in the October/November time frame of this year.

"Work is located in Mammoth Hot Springs, Park County, Wyoming. The Albright Visitor Center is among the most valued of the NPS historic structures. Formally known as the Bachelor Officers Quarters in Fort Yellowstone it is the cornerstone of the Fort Yellowstone National Historic District and Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District in Yellowstone National Park. The period of significance for the district extends from 1888 to 1918. The multi-story building is a rusticated-face ashlar sandstone structure with irregular coursing and a dressed-stone water table. The hip roof is covered with clay tile and has 4 interior stone chimneys.

The stone provides all of the structural integrity of the building. Seismic steel re-enforcement will be fabricated and custom fit within the vertical and horizontal components of the structure. The custom fit structural steel will be connected to the historic stone and extensive knowledge is required to protect the stonework from damage or cracking. While the seismic component drives this project, a complete interior deconstruction, refurbishing and rebuilding with custom cabinetry and detail will be completed.

All of the buildings utilities and infrastructure will be removed and replaced. The clay tile roof will be removed and replaced in-kind. Utility connections, water, sewer and a new power transformer will replace the existing. The work also includes providing temporary restrooms water and sewer connections for public use during construction. The work will be coordinated with an exhibits and a retail space contractor that will be operating under a separate contract.

The location is remote and will be challenging, severe weather is anticipated as well as a large number of tourist traffic and possible animal interference. The location is very remote with only one northern entrance for wheeled vehicles during the winter. Contractors have often misunderstood the remoteness factor and the lack of suitable housing in or near their projects while working in Yellowstone. Therefore, prior experience in remote locations and under extreme weather conditions is also a critical factor in the selection of a Contractor for this project.

Magnitude of construction is between $5,000,000.00 and $10,000,000.00.

The period of performance is 545 calendar days after Notice to Proceed (NTP)."

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