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Replace Rapidly Deteriorating Seasonal Quarters

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The National Park Service (NPS) is developing a design solution to address deficient housing conditions within Mammoth Cave National Park (MACA). The three existing buildings are rapidly deteriorating, beyond their useful life, and have inappropriate foundation design for their location. The units do not meet Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) accessibility, lack automatic fire support, and do not comply with NPS quarters policy.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, approximately 550,000 visitors a year toured Mammoth Cave. Support of cave tours operations, and other Park programs, requires a dedicated group of seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers to augment the permanent personnel assigned to MACA. Without seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers, it would be impossible to meet the needs of the Park's visitors, support the Park's natural and cultural resource requirements, and to operate and maintain all the Park's assets and utilities. The ability to provide short-term housing is essential to the Park's ability to attract and retain seasonal employees. While long-term or permanent housing options are available, there is virtually no short-term housing available, in the local communities, for seasonal employees. To meet this housing need, the Park must provide housing for its seasonal employees.

The project will construct two new multi-story units in accordance with NPS Housing Protype 7 (see attached rendering). These units will have 16 single and double occupancy apartments with a total of 24 beds for seasonal use. Additional housing amenities are proposed for the site including: a supporting indoor gathering space, outdoor pavilion and community gathering space, and options for storage and parking. This project is a one for one replacement of existing bed counts in the park.

Contact Information

Molly Schroer
(207) 758-2192