An $11.28 million project to rehabilitate historic buildings and utilities at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site will also result in moving the Gifford Pinchot National Forest headquarters to the Vancouver, Washington, site.
The National Park Service announced Tuesday it awarded the contract to Pacific Tech Construction, Inc., of Kelso.
This project is a major step toward making the Vancouver Barracks a public service campus that involves the public in multiple ways while preserving the nationally significant historic barracks structures, landscapes, archaeological features, collections and histories, according to a Park Service news release.
“Long term, this is a win-win for everyone: the public, the National Forest, this urban national park, our community and the entire region,” site superintendent Tracy Fortmann said in a statement.
“This is a great opportunity to provide a joint presence with the National Park Service as federal land managers connecting with our public and sharing our missions,” forest supervisor Janine Clayton said in a statement.
The forest supervisor’s headquarters is now about 7 miles northeast of the national historic site in an area with other offices, a park and residences.
The project, according to the release, will include:
Pacific Techs has experience in doing historic restoration projects, including the renovation and refurbishing of the Cathlamet Public Library and the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, as well as similar projects in national parks elsewhere in the United States.
The work is expected to begin later this spring and be completed in late 2016.