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Grand Canyon National Park

2009/2010 Accomplishment Report

Employee housing

The park completed the design and started construction of 64 new units of employee housing (eight, 8-plex apartments). The park-led design was sustainable and is expected to achieve Gold or Platinum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings. (The modifications were approved by the Development Advisory Board.) The apartments should be ready for staff in late summer 2011.

On the North Rim, five historic, external-frame cabins have been renovated and upgraded, for a total of 15 cabins available for seasonal employee housing. These replace dilapidated trailers, which will be removed from the North Rim.

We are very excited to be able to provide these new units for our employees. It is a huge step in reducing our housing deficit and improving living conditions in the park. The current deficit affects the park’s ability to meet critical mission needs, is often a detriment to staff morale, and severely impacts our ability to recruit and retain employees.

Steve Martin, superintendent

This renovation project includes replacing windows, exterior doors, and roofs; upgrading electrical systems and plumbing; refinishing or replacing floors; repairing foundations; rodent-proofing; and installing fire sprinkler systems.

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