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Park Service Awards $4M Contract To Rebuild Glacier Chalet

Jun 12, 2018
Scaffolding at the scorched Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park Conservancy

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The National Park Service bypassed an open bidding process when it awarded a $4 million construction contract to a Montana company to begin rebuilding a Glacier National Park backcountry chalet that burned in a wildfire last year, officials said Tuesday.

Park service officials justified skipping an open competition for the Sperry Chalet project by saying there was "unusual and compelling urgency" to begin work in July to permanently stabilize the burned chalet's stone walls by autumn.

Nicky Ouellet

At the top of Logan Pass in Glacier National Park, a giant rotary plow shoots snow 40 feet up into the air before it arcs into a free-falling cascade over the eastern edge of the Continental Divide.

Plow crews hit asphalt along the entire length of Going-To-The-Sun Road Thursday. There’s still no opening date set. Right now, cars are being stopped at the Avalanche Creek parking lot on the West Side and the Jackson Glacier Overlook on the East Side.

Scaffolding at the scorched Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park Conservancy

The U.S. Department of Interior Wednesday announced it’s secured $12 million to fund reconstruction of the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park.

Glacier Park To Rebuild Historical Chalet Destroyed By Fire

May 17, 2018
Glacier Park's Sperry Chalet as seen in June, 2017.
Eric Whitney

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The National Park Service plans this summer to start rebuilding a century-old Glacier National Park backcountry dormitory that was destroyed in a fire last year, after determining construction would have no significant impact on the environment or wildlife, officials said Thursday.

Sperry Chalet before the fire, in an undated photo from the National Parks Service.
National Parks Service

Glacier National Park is recommending that the scorched dormitory of the Sperry Chalet be rebuilt in its original footprint within its original walls.

Sperry’s dormitory was badly burned in the Sprague Fire last August.

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