Correct Life Safety and Other Deficiencies in the Oregon Caves Chateau Environmental Assessment
The Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is making available for public review an environmental assessment (EA) for a proposal to address safety issues and improve accessibility at the Chateau. Constructed in 1934, this National Historic Landmark (NHL) hotel became a property administered by the National Park Service (NPS) in 2003. The Oregon Caves Chateau is an outstanding example of rustic architecture, a design that strives to match structures with their natural surroundings. It also is the only building within twenty miles of the Monument where food service and overnight lodging are readily available to the visiting public during the summer and part of the spring and fall shoulder seasons.
The building is presently equipped with both fire detection and fire suppression systems. However, coverage is limited and most means of egress do not meet current life and safety requirements. There also are limited public and private spaces that meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Additionally, most interior systems (plumbing, electrical, etc.) are original and have exceeded their service lives. The water system has failed in the past and caused water damage to the Chateau. The Assessment presents alternatives to address these issues while preserving the historic features of the lodge.
06/01/2016 - 07/22/2016
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