Fort project wins preservation award

first_imgA project that turned a century-old Fort Vancouver infantry barracks into a new Forest Service headquarters has been recognized as one of Washington’s outstanding examples of historic preservation.Fort Vancouver National Historic Site was among those honored by Washington archaeology and historic preservation officials. The renovation of Infantry Barracks Building 987 received one of the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation’s 2017 awards for outstanding achievements in building rehabilitation.The two-story building reopened in January as headquarters of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.The project “posed particular challenges, beyond a normal rehabilitation, because of cultural and archaeological resources and historic landscapes,” Tracy Fortmann, supervisor of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, said after Thursday’s announcement.The structure is at the west end of the row of four buildings facing Officers Row. The double barracks is just across Fort Vancouver Way from the O.O. Howard House. Built in 1907, the structure had been vacant since 2010, when the Army Reserve’s 104th Division was transferred north to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.The National Park Service took over the east and south portions of Vancouver Barracks in 2012.“There is always concern when historic structures are rehabilitated for adaptive reuse — especially when you try to incorporate modern systems and our demand for technology,” said Alex Patterson, Fort Vancouver’s facilities manager. “In addition to knowing what we need now, you’re also building in capacity for the future.”last_img

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