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Desert View Restroom Renovation and East Rim Drive Toilets Project to Begin at Grand Canyon National Park

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Date: September 16, 2009
Contact: Maureen Oltrogge, 928-638-7779
Contact: Michael Leary, 928-226-0160

Grand Canyon, Ariz. - The National Park Service (NPS) recently awarded a construction contract to SKY Engineering and Construction, Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz., for the renovation of the Desert View restroom and the replacement of existing chemical toilets with new concrete vault toilet buildings at four locations along Grand Canyon National Park’s Desert View Drive.  Locations include: South Kaibab Trailhead, Grandview Overlook and Trailhead, Buggeln Hill Picnic Area, and Tusayan Museum. The renovation of the Desert View restroom will provide new interior fixtures and finishes, and the building’s exterior cinderblock walls will receive native stone and stucco treatments which will be compatible with the park’s vernacular architecture. 

Construction at Desert View began earlier this week, and will last approximately 45 days. Construction activities are scheduled to take place on weekdays and Saturdays during daylight hours.  New portable toilets will be provided for visitor use during construction.

Excavation for the vault toilets along Desert View Drive will begin late September 2009, with staggered delivery and installation of the prefabricated concrete buildings scheduled for early to mid November.  It is anticipated that vehicular traffic will be halted at each site while the prefab buildings are delivered and set into place.  As part of this project, new concrete and asphalt walks will be constructed for better accessibility by the public.

Funding for this $597,000 project comes from park entrance fees through the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA).

For additional information on this project, please contact Michael Leary, Project Manager at 928-226-0160 or by email at e-mail us.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

GRAND CANYON TRILOBITE

The Cambrian seas of the Grand Canyon were home to several kinds of trilobite, whose closest living relative is the modern horsehoe crab. They left their fossil record in the mud of the Bright Angel Shale over 500 million years ago.