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Curry Village - Rehabilitate Cabins

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This project is to rehabilitate sixteen historic guest cabins with baths; these cabins include 13 duplex, two quadplex bungalows and Stoneman Cabin #819. These cabins are currently used for guest accommodations and are located on the west side of Curry Village. Built between 1918 and 1922 by Curry Company as an upscale camping experience, these cabins have deteriorating and failing foundations. They were originally built using rocks as piers where practical and most often wood piers setting directly on the ground. They are situated in the shady side of the southern cliffs of Yosemite Valley, and the flow of water off Glacier Point cliff leaves them exposed to seasonally deposited silt on the upslope side, keeping the foundation and exterior sheathing moist. This condition has rotted out many softwood piers, rim joists, sub and finish floor elements, and exterior sheathing. This cabin rehabilitation will be accomplished in four phases from 2012 through and including 2015.

Stabilization of the structural systems includes:
• Rebuilding the concrete foundations, providing code compliant vertical and lateral structural systems (shear walls), and stabilizing rock fireplaces and chimneys.
• Raising finish floor levels to re-establish historic relationships of floor to exterior grades; this will allow site drainage issues to be addressed.
• Addressing access compliance deficiencies such as path of travel, interior clearances for bathrooms, replacement of non-compliant fixtures and hardware, and adding to the total accessible room count.
• Replacing and/or repairing the historic fabric with new and/or salvaged materials (windows and doors rehabilitated, exterior siding and rock veneers rehabilitated, etc) and re-establishing the historic pergolas.
• Correcting electrical and plumbing deficiencies through repair of damaged piping. Energy efficient light fixtures will be used and the electrical resistance wall heaters will be removed.
• Installing a new energy efficient heating system using propane fuel and high efficiency heaters.
Construction will be completed over a four year period in four phases, as follows:
• Phase 1, Cabins 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, scheduled to start construction Fall of 2012;
• Phase 2, Cabins 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, scheduled to start construction in Fall of 2013;
• Phase 3, Cabins 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, scheduled to start construction Fall of 2014; and
• Phase 4, Stoneman Cabin #819, scheduled to start construction in Fall of 2015.

The resulting project will meet the criteria for an informal Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design Certification.