Great Falls company awarded $4.73 million contract for second phase of Sperry Chalet construction

Posted at 5:11 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 19:40:03-04

GREAT FALLS – Dick Anderson Construction of Great Falls has been awarded a $4.73 million contract for the second phase of the Sperry Chalet construction in Glacier National Park.

The National Park Service made the announcement on Tuesday.

Dick Anderson had received a $4.08 million contract in June of 2018 for the first phase of construction.

The Sperry Chalet was badly damaged in August of 2017 during the Sprague Fire, which burned thousands of acres in the park.

The NPS expects construction to begin this year in early July and continue through September 30, weather permitting.

The Denver Service Center, the NPS’s central planning, design, and construction management office, awarded the contract for phase two and will oversee the upcoming project.

The second and final phase of the project will include masonry repairs, the permanent roof, and all other interior finishes to complete the building and ready it for visitor use. It’s anticipated that the chalet will be ready for public overnight stays in 2020, according to the NPS.

Courtesy: Amy Boring

The first phase of the project, completed by Dick Anderson Construction in 2018, included building stabilization, interior seismic walls, and temporary roofing.

“I am incredibly pleased to announce the second and final phase of the Sperry Chalet rebuilding project,” said Park Superintendent Jeff Mow. “We look forward to working with Dick Anderson again. They provided exceptional service to the National Park Service and the public last year.”

A press release from the National Park Service reads:

“Rebuilding of the Sperry Chalet on its original site was made possible because of the quick response and financial support of the Glacier National Park Conservancy in the amount of $396,148 to date. Immediately after the fire, the Conservancy raised significant funds for a “Phase Zero” emergency stabilization and preservation of the chalet’s stone masonry walls before winter set in. The Conservancy then provided subsequent philanthropic funding for Phase 1 construction and monitoring overflights to check on the status of the half-completed chalet as it weathered the winter. The Conservancy will contribute an additional $236,400 towards Phase 2.”

The NPS is rebuilding the Sperry Chalet Dormitory at its original site within the original stone masonry walls.

The design rehabilitates the chalet dormitory reflecting its period of significance (1914-1949).

The visitor experience will be very similar to what it has been for decades by using as much of the remaining historic fabric, and replicating historic finishes where practicable, according to the NPS.

Great Falls company will help rebuild Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park