Comment on Science Center

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The Park Service is now accepting public comments on the construction of a new Science and Resource Management Facility here.

The NPS proposes to design and construct a facility for the Division of Science and Resource Management (SRM). In addition to providing necessary office and storage space, the SRM building will invite visiting scientists, students, and others to utilize classrooms and laboratories, offer training sessions and have some exhibits and opportunities for experiential learning.  This cutting edge facility will utilize alternative energy sources and water conservation technology.

Three sites may be analyzed:

• Across from Ranger Operations building, adjacent to U. S. Magistrate's    Office.

•   Location of old service station across from NPS Headquarters.

•   Existing maintenance compound.

Design criteria for new building and site selection includes these needs:

•  Garage bays for supplies and for overnight parking of boats for river trips.

• Storage space.

•  Accommodate all employees in SRM offices located in McKee, Dutton and Powell buildings.

•  LEED certified - LEED is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System, a third party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green    buildings.

For the past five years, SRM staff has been working out of three buildings, two of which are warehouse and shop buildings vacated by the Facilities Maintenance Division. 

For more information, contact Project Planning Leader Denice Swanke at (928) 774-2407.  Comments will be accepted for 30 days.

The park expects to prepare an EA this summer, with a decision document for this project anticipated in December.

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