Contract awarded in 1st phase of Sperry Chalet rebuild
KALISPELL, Mont. —
The National Park Service has awarded the bid to rebuild Glacier National Park’s historic Sperry Chalet to a company out of Great Falls.
The Dick Anderson Construction Company was awarded the $4.08 million for the first phase of rebuilding the Sperry Chalet.
The Chalet was badly burnt last summer during the Sprague fire. The first phase of the rebuild will begin this summer and the second phase will take place in summer 2019.
The Great Falls company will start work on permanent building stabilization and the work will provide more protection for the chalet in the winter time. The NPS expects the work to being in July and end in mid-fall depending on the weather.
The first phase will mostly be funded by federal dollars and the rest of construction will be funded with a $1.2 million property insurance reimbursement, money raised by the Glacier National Park Conservancy and more federal dollars.
The reason the rebuild is possible is because of quick-action by the Glacier National Park Conservancy, which raised $200,000 to pay to stabilize what remained of the structure through the winter. This initial emergency stabilization helped keep future project costs down.
"The outpouring of support for this project has been inspiring," said Doug Mitchell, Executive Director of the Glacier National Park Conservancy. "We're honored to help provide private, philanthropic support for this historic project.”
“The fact that we are here today to announce the award for Phase I of the Sperry rebuild speaks to the power of the Glacier community and partnership. Throughout our design process, we heard from visitors around the world about the significance of the Sperry Chalet visitor experience,” said Park Superintendent Jeff Mow. “I would like thank everyone who provided feedback and ideas about how we preserve that experience for the next 100 years. The award of the Phase I construction contract to Dick Anderson Construction puts us a long way towards that goal.”
The chalet will be rebuilt in its original location and with the remaining stone masonry walls. The project design will reflect on the sperry chalets years of historical significance, but with some needed updates.