First Phase of Sperry Chalet Rebuild Successfully Concludes for Winter

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Date: October 9, 2018
Contact: Lauren Alley, 406-888-5838

West Glacier, MT – Crews will complete Sperry Chalet reconstruction activities for the season next week and will prepare the site for winter weather. The chalet dormitory building was badly burned in the 2017 Sprague Fire. The contractor, Dick Anderson Construction, has been working at the chalet since July 9, and completed Phase 1 of the reconstruction effort one week ahead of schedule and on budget.

"I cannot say enough good things about the great team rebuilding Sperry Chalet. I've seen the photos and the progress the construction crew has made is incredible," said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "After last year's devastating fire, I made rebuilding Sperry Chalet a top priority. It wouldn't have been possible without our private partners, community members, and entire Glacier National Park team. I look forward to visiting Sperry again soon."

This summer, crews successfully stabilized the building including installing foundations, roofing, first and second story sub-floors, and interior seismic walls. The roof includes a temporary outer layer with a snow and ice shield to weather the upcoming winter, and a permanent, structural, inner roof layer.

In the next two weeks, Dick Anderson Construction will complete any remaining “punch-list” items from the Phase 1 contract and dismantle their camp for the winter.

Phase 2 design is underway with Anderson Hallas Architects out of Golden, CO with an expected completion of late winter of 2019. The design will include floor plan details including finishes, windows, doors, and balcony work. The National Park Service Denver Service Center expects to solicit bids for Phase 2 construction in spring of 2019.

“The National Park Service worked closely with Dick Anderson Construction to successfully deliver Phase 1 of this project on schedule,” said Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow. “This first phase was made possible with significant collaboration among the design team, construction team, the park’s philanthropic partner the Glacier National Park Conservancy, and Belton Chalets, Inc. who opened the doors of their Sperry Chalet dining room to provide crew meals along with food services for the visiting public.”

Photos and video of the construction effort can be found on the Glacier National Park Conservancy website. High-resolution versions for media purposes can be obtained by emailing becca@glacier.org.



Last updated: October 10, 2018

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