Colter Bay Maintenance Building Construction

Colter Bay Maintenance Building Construction

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

E-Corp completed a Phase 2 design-build project for the NPS that involved constructing a 5,000 square foot metal building structure which tied seamlessly into the existing (Phase 1) building. E-Corp performed all of the civil scope of work with our own employees. Our team brought all of the site utilities to the building and rerouted existing drainage lines and electrical and communication conduits.

We self-performed all excavation for the building. After the new maintenance facility was completed, we demolished the old maintenance facility which contained asbestos in many forms, from plumbing insulation and building insulation, to vinyl tile backing and lead-based interior paint. We also remediated the soil underneath the building that was contaminated from vehicle fluids. This totaled over 400 cubic yards of material that had to be abated and properly disposed of. All the asbestos, lead paint, and contaminated soil was properly disposed of without incident. E-Corp took great care and planning to maintain the integrity of the natural ecosystem within the GTNP, even throughout demolition and excavation.

The toughest challenge for the project was the location. Located at the north end of the Grand Teton National Park, the area is very remote and a great distance from the normal construction infrastructure. The environmental concerns when working in such a pristine and natural environment required special precautions and planning so that we did not disturb the integrity of the natural ecosystem. Our team made every effort to preserve the natural state of the site.

The area next to the Teton mountain range is also known for its harsh winters. The area receives more than 400 inches of snow annually, and four to five feet of frost on the ground is not uncommon. E-Corp expedited the design process and worked on an extremely fast-paced design and construction schedule so that the structural components of the building could be in place before the worst of the weather became a hindrance. We completed and approved the engineered structural drawings before the 50 percent architectural designs—allowing us to begin construction on that scope of work immediately.