BTNF Offices: The Past, Present and Future

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Yesterday and today, construction crews are working to demolish the old A-Frame that has been a staple North Cache Street since 1964. We would like to take this time to look at the past, present and future of the administrative offices for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. *The Past* *[image: Inline image 1]* This is the original Bridger-Teton National Forest administrative office from 1937 in Jackson. *The Present (Soon to be past)* *[image: Inline image 2]* In 1964, the Bridger-Teton National Forest moved into the A-Fram building on North Cache Street in Jackson. *Historic Facts* - Designed by J.T. Banner and Associates, Laramie, Wyoming - Construction Contractor, Hunter and Saucerman Const. Inc., Idaho Falls - Outside Dimensions - Length 76’ Width 100’ Height 22’ - Square Foot Floor Space - 10,080 - Permanent Personnel Housed in Building 40 - Type of Construction - Steel Frame, Wood Panel - Length of Time for Construction - 5 months *Historic Cost* - Funds Used - Accelerated Public Works Program: $16,012.00 - Forest Service Appropriated Funds: $159,833.80 - Total Cost: $175,845.80 *The Future* *[image: Inline image 3]* The new building will hold two administrative offices and is designed to be the workspace for 80 permanent and seasonal employees. "The Forest Supervisor’s office and Jackson Ranger District office were built in the early 1960’s and are inadequate for today’s workforce. We need modern accessible facilities, suitable for today’s technology," said Mary Cernicek, Public Affairs Officer for the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Why is the Administrative building being constructed in Jackson? 1. Relationships: "Relationships with the community of Jackson, with the State and Federal agencies in the Jackson area, and with Non Government Officials that are based in Jackson, need to be maintained. It is important to have the opportunity for face to face communication which an administrative building in Jackson allows," said Cernicek. 2. Housing: "Building the administrative hub for the Bridger-Teton National Forest positions the forest to maintain as much flexibility as possible to allow our employees many options of where to work and live to best meet their family and housing needs. It also provides the best opportunities for spouse employment," she added. 3. Efficiencies: "Building the new administrative office on the retained five acres in downtown Jackson provides the option of combining the SO and District offices into one building, does not require the purchase of land, and no costs to relocate employees," said Cernicek. *The New Building Cost* The costs associated with the new administrative office include: - Demolition of the old facility - Asbestos removal - Relocation of utilities - Design of the new facility - Construction of the building - Landscaping, hardscaping and parking lot installation The new building will cost approximately $7.3 million dollars. *Sustainability* The new administrative building will be constructed using the Green Globe standard. The Green Globe standard improves business' energy efficiency in addition to decreasing the business’ carbon footprint, making it more sustainable. Green Globe construction complies with new green building codes for certified green builders. This week, we say goodbye to the old A-Frame that has adorned North Cache Street and look toward the future. [image: Inline image 4] *Feature Photo: All photos h/t Bridger-Teton National Forest / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news