Construction to begin on rehabilitation of historic Building 728

The National Park Service (NPS) has awarded a contract to an Oregon contractor, DSL Builders, for the rehabilitation of historic Building 728 in the East Vancouver Barracks of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Building 728 was constructed in 1941 as a Finance Office for the U.S. Army.

The rehabilitation will prepare the building for re-use through a 20 year lease by offices of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). This will be the second historic building in the East Barracks to be rehabilitated for tenant use, following the rehabilitation of Building 987 for long-term lease by the U.S. Forest Service’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

The rehabilitation will preserve the building and its unique historic features while updating critical systems and improving interior space for modern office use. The project will eliminate all deferred maintenance associated with the building and will provide office space suited to the tenant’s unique needs.

Construction on the building is expected to begin this month, and last for approximately 10 months. The project is funded through NPS and BIA funds, as well as a grant from the Department of Interior Service First Fund. The total cost of the contract is $1.7 million.