The 27-acre site includes 11 buildings all slated for demolition, as well as a coldwater spring that holds significant historical importance to the state of Minnesota and cultural importance to the Mdewakanton Dakota. The site at Fort Snelling is located at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers and is considered the birth place of the state of Minnesota. Solders discovered the spring in 1820 and founded Camp Coldwater – a pioneer settlement grew around the camp to supply and service Fort Snelling.
The property will be restored to open space grassland and oak savannah, and will be a protected and preserved national park managed by the Mississippi River National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA), a unit of the National Park Service (NPS). The project includes demolition of existing structures, remediation of hazardous materials, restoration of the site to native conditions and protection of historical and archaeological resources, including the cold water spring.
Glenn Johnson, of the Faithful+Gould Minneapolis office, will be providing CM services for the asbestos abatement and lead stabilization as well as overseeing the demolition of the modern buildings and land restoration support will be provided out of the Atkins North America Atlanta office.
Gary Self, Senior Group Manager in the Atkins North America Denver office, oversees the contract with the National Parks Service. Gary said, “Atkins North America and Faithful+Gould were able to collaborate to provide the National Park Service with the experience and expertise they needed for the work at Fort Snelling. Faithful+Gould had a local employee with the exact experience needed for this CM assignment, which enabled us to submit a very competitive proposal under the Atkins North America contract with the NPS. This is an example of how our two companies can work together to provide the best resources to meet the client’s needs.”