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National Park Service awards contract for the construction of new employee housing at Grand Canyon
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Contact: Greg MacGregor, 928-638-7360
The apartments will be located in
an area off of
The project will include construction of one and two-bedroom apartments (64 units), 96 parking spaces, utility connections, sidewalks and landscaping, construction of an access road, and the demolition and removal of several obsolete trailers units that currently occupy the site.
The NPS provides housing to
employees and essential cooperators that provide visitor services, including
emergency services and resource protection.
Over 560 people are employed by the NPS at
To help reduce the need for in-park
housing, and in keeping with the park's GMP, the NPS opened an office in
"We are very excited to be able to
provide these new units for our employees", stated Park Superintendent Steve
Martin. "It is a huge step in reducing our housing deficit and improving living
conditions in the park. The current
deficit affects the park's ability to meet critical mission needs, is often a
detriment to staff morale, and severely impacts our ability to recruit and
retain employees." Superintendent Martin
continued, "New permanent employees hired to work at
The NPS plans to obtain the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for these units and is striving to obtain a Gold or Platinum rating. Construction is expected to begin later this month and should be completed by next summer.
Did You Know?
Building a structure that provides the widest possible view of the Grand Canyon yet harmonizes with its setting was architect Mary Colter's goal when the Santa Fe Railroad hired her in 1930 to design a gift shop and rest area at Desert View Point. The Watchtower opened in May of 1933. More...