The Ahwahnee Fire and Life Safety Project
The Ahwahnee hotel was intended to exceed existing safety standards when it was built in the 1920s. Today the National Park Service (NPS) and DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite (DNC) are honoring this National Historic Landmark’s tradition of safety through a new Fire and Life Safety Project, as well as a separate Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plan.
The Fire and Life Safety Improvements Project for The Ahwahnee involves the installation of automatic fire sprinklers, fire/smoke detectors, and fire alarm systems throughout the National Historic Landmark building. The National Park Service is complying with the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 project review process integrated with the National Environmental Policy Act analysis and documentation, in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer, to ensure the project will not negatively impact the historic fabric and character of The Ahwahnee.
While the work is not expected to have a negative effect on the hotel, the installation of the fire and life safety equipment will effect every room of the building and will involve varying amounts of disruption to the historic finishes. Once the installation is completed, all disrupted finishes will be restored with in-kind repairs and finishes.
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Last updated: March 1, 2015