Contract Awarded for Grand Teton Headquarters Rehabilitation Project

The Moose HQ Rehabilitation Project will improve
park operations and visitor services.
June 3, 2010
Grand Teton National Park has awarded a $12.6 million contract under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to Advanced Solutions Group, LLC from Kaysville, Utah and their partner Big-D Construction of Salt Lake City, Utah.

The two companies will complete a rehabilitation of the park’s 68,300-square-foot Moose Headquarters Complex. This extensive renovation project was designed by AJC Architects of Salt Lake City in 2006; it will require three phases for its physical completion. Construction work is expected to begin in mid June.

Since 2005, the park has been working to resolve significant health/safety concerns at its headquarters campus and address long-term maintenance issues through the removal and consolidation of buildings. This project is consistent with the Recovery Act goal of increasing the energy efficiency of federal buildings. It is registered for the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification. The LEED certification will be earned in part because the project implements energy efficiency and environmental sustainability through water and energy saving equipment and a renewable ground-source heat pump. The project also includes innovation in design, as well as environmentally responsible site planning, careful selection of building materials and other resources, and improved indoor air quality. At completion of the project, the park will reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the current headquarters complex by 50 percent.

“These improvements will allow Grand Teton National Park to address critical maintenance issues while also improving health and safety conditions for park employees and enhancing services for the millions of people who visit the park annually. In addition to creating local jobs, this project supports the tourism industry that is so important to the economy and vitality of Jackson Hole,” said Acting Grand Teton Superintendent Bob Vogel.

Under the Recovery Act, the Department of the Interior is investing $3 billion to conserve America’s timeless treasures. This includes an historic $750 million for the National Park System to help preserve and protect national icons and historic landscapes, such as Grand Teton National Park. The Interior Department is also focusing on renewable energy projects, the needs of American Indians, youth employment, and community service.

“With its investments of Recovery Act funds, the Department of the Interior and its bureaus are putting people to work today to make improvements that will benefit the environment and the region for many years to come,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Secretary Salazar has pledged unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Department’s economic recovery projects. The public is able to follow the progress of each project on and Secretary Salazar also appointed a Senior Advisor for Economic Recovery and an Interior Economic Recovery Task Force to work closely with Interior’s Inspector General to ensure the recovery program is meeting the high standards for accountability, responsibility and transparency set by President Obama.