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GLACIER NATIONAL PARK — Officials with the National Park Service have awarded a $9.5 million contract to Swank Enterprises for interior rehabilitation work on the northern half of Many Glacier Hotel, built in 1915.
Work to correct health and safety problems will begin in the fall after the hotel closes and will involve administrative offices, guest rooms, the dining room, Interlaken lounge, the kitchen, employee dining room, and other employee and maintenance areas.
Officials made the announcement Friday in a news release.
“The passage of time and harsh environmental conditions has contributed to the historic hotel’s deteriorated condition,” said Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright. “Earlier phases of the rehabilitation focused on building exterior, structural stabilization, and most immediate needs.”
Crews will work on plumbing and electrical issues and add seismic bracing under the lodge’s north wing and dining area.
Cartwright said work will be completed before the hotel opens in the spring of 2012. He said that during the summer of 2011, about half of the 214 guest rooms will be closed for renovation.
“The components are being combined to compress the timeline for the work, reduce cost and minimize impact to hotel guests and the public,” he said.
A modified dining room will be used in 2011, he said, with full menu service available to guests.
The work is being paid for with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds. Last April, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that $15.6 million in stimulus funding would go to the project.
Cartwright said the money must be obligated by Sept. 30.
Gazette news services | Posted: Saturday, March 20, 2010 10:44 pm