Mendel Stewart, Refuge Manager, 510-377-9450
SACRAMENTO – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the award of a contract to renovate an aging administrative headquarters building for the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC) in Alameda County, California. Northern Management Services, Inc., of Sandpoint, Idaho, was awarded the contract for Phase 2 of a two-phase project to renovate the refuge headquarters. The $1.2 million renovation project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The project will involve interior demolition and construction of the 9,022 square foot building that serves as headquarters for refuge staff. Upon completion, the project will provide the Refuge with an expanded and improved auditorium, a new shingle roof, energy efficient windows, doors and insulation, high efficiency lighting, solar-thermal hot water, a new heating and air conditioning system and upgraded telephone and data communications systems.
The San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex is a collection of seven National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pacific Southwest Region. The refuges include Antioch Dunes NWR, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR, Ellicott Slough NWR, Farallon NWR, Marin Islands NWR, Salinas River NWR, and San Pablo Bay NWR.
“The economic recovery investments that the Department of the Interior is making will create jobs by building trails, restoring habitat, upgrading visitors’ centers, and protecting national treasures in communities across America, while leaving a lasting legacy for our children and grandchildren,” said Secretary Salazar.
Funding for this project and hundreds more across the nation comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Of the $3 billion appropriated to the Department of the Interior, the Act provides $280 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Pacific Southwest Region portion includes $17.82 million for construction, repair and energy efficiency retrofit projects at Service facilities, and $7.15 million for habitat restoration, deferred maintenance and capital improvement projects.
“This remodel is a wonderful use of Recovery Act funds,” said Mendel Stewart, Refuge Manager at San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “Our staff benefits from much needed improvements to our work space, and the new auditorium will provide a quality indoor venue for our outreach programs and other public events.”
Phase 1 of the San Francisco Bay NWRC renovation project began in March 2009 and was funded with approximately $750,000 of non-Recovery Act monies. The Service expects construction under Phase 2 to begin this month, and the entire project to be completed within 6 months.
Under the Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Department of the Interior is making an investment in conserving America's timeless natural and historical treasures, while also focusing on renewable energy projects, employing youth and promoting community service.
For a full list of funded projects nationwide, go to the Department’s Recovery Web Site at http://recovery.doi.gov/. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has pledged unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Department of the Interior’s economic recovery projects. The public will be able to follow the progress of each project on the recovery web site, which will include an interactive map that enables the public to track where and how the Department’s recovery dollars are being spent. In addition, the public can submit questions, comments or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contract opportunities for all Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects are announced on the Internet at FedBizOpps.gov ( www.fbo.gov ). More information about this and other Fish and Wildlife Service projects is available at http://recovery.doi.gov/press/bureaus/us-fish-and-wildlife-service .
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov .
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More information about San Francisco Bay NWRC is available at: http://www.fws.gov/sfbayrefuges