Many Glacier Hotel Restoration
Situated on Swiftcurrent Lake in Glacier National Park, Many Glacier Hotel was opened by the Great Northern Railway on July 4, 1915. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, few structures of that vintage can endure without occasional facelifts. HDR was selected to complete construction management responsibilities for a project through a GSA Federal Supply Schedule 871 Blanket Purchase Agreement contract for construction management services nationwide.
The wood-framed structure with stone, masonry, steel and concrete structural components is like a series of swiss-style chalets, some up to four stories high.
The National Park Service (NPS) has spent over five years in planning and design of the building rehabilitation, including updates to 90-year-old knob-and-tube wiring, a deteriorated 50-year-old fire suppression system, firewall and separation issues, water lines that contained sections of lead and corroded galvanized piping.
There were also sections of the sanitary waste lines with such extensive corrosion they allowed waste to flow into the crawl space under guest rooms.
Work included the main hotel lobby and the guest rooms, involving roughly a half mile of concrete and steel micropiles drilled 30 feet into the bedrock below the building and 30-foot concrete shear walls cast in 16-inch slits through the floors for three stories, between the walls.
The project also included complete removal of all asbestos, along with replacement of all plumbing, mechanical, fire sprinkler, fire alarm and electrical components throughout the entire north section of the hotel.
HDR's onsite construction management responsibilities included full-time onsite construction management/inspection and contract administration. Scheduling and logistics presented a unique challenge to the team. In addition to record snowfall and bitter cold temperatures, there is an ample amount of wildlife around the jobsite, including grizzly bears, big horn sheep, moose and mountain lions. The HDR team was able to collaborate with the NPS staff to work efficiently and safely to stay on budget and schedule.
- 2012 - Local Project Achievement Award, Buildings Project – Renovation/Modernization – Under $15 Million Category, Construction Management Association of America, Colorado Chapter
- Type of Construction: Renovation
- Professional Services: Construction Administration, Construction Management, Construction Monitoring, Engineering, Engineering & Design, MEP Engineering
- Project Type: Construction, Construction Consulting, Construction/Alternative Delivery, Engineering, Federal
- Related Projects: Federal, Federal Construction