US Forest Service MSHNVM Fire System & Septic Design

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

As part of our USFS IDIQ Contract, AKS provided fire system evaluations for two facilities at the US Forest Service Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument (MSHNVM). The two facilities include the Johnston Ridge Observatory (JRO) and the Coldwater Science and Learning Center (SLC). The purpose of these evaluations was to investigate and assess the interior condition of the existing piping using recognized industry standards and fire protection system experience. The results of the evaluation identify upgrades necessary to improve the reliability and longevity of the systems so that they can continue to protect the facilities for the foreseeable future.

Also included, was a study to determine the soil evaluation and proposed location for a new septic system and drain field for an existing bunkhouse and duplex at Coldwater. Following these studies was the preparation and completion of construction packages detailing the repairs to the existing fire systems and the septic field design. 

US Forest Service FSL Fire & Intercom Systems Study

Corvallis, Oregon 

As part of our USFS IDIQ Contract, AKS provided evaluations/studies of the existing fire sprinkler and public address systems for the USFS at their Forestry Sciences Laboratory Facility (FSL) and documented the findings in Engineering Reports. Ultimately, these reports will be used to determine the scope of work for the future design task orders related to the fire and public address systems.

The 94,000 SF FSL is the largest natural resource sciences laboratory and second largest laboratory in the USFS. The facility supports seven different research programs: Forest Landscapes and Ecosystems, Landscape Climate Interactions, Aquatic Ecology and Management, Landscape and Ecosystem Management, Vegetation Monitoring Science and Applications, Resilience and Ecosystem Disturbance, and Western Wildland Environment Threat Assessment.

The facility was constructed in multiple phases starting in 1962, with the newest wing constructed in 2012. With the exception of the 2012 wing the older phases of the building have repeatedly failed annual sprinkler system inspections and flow tests. A site visit investigation was performed to gather data, assess existing conditions, and ultimately determine the scope and recommendations to address the fire sprinkler system deficiencies.

In addition, an evaluation/study and Engineering Report was completed to assess the existing speaker system in the older portions of the building. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility and recommendations for providing a building wide public address system for the older portions of the building that currently do not have one.



US Forest Service Maybeso-Hollis Wastewater System Design

Hollis, Alaska

As part of our USFS IDIQ Contract, AKS provided project management for the Maybeso-Hollis wastewater system design to replace the existing wastewater treatment system with an on-site system. The existing system was installed to support the US Forest Service Maybeso Research Center and neighboring Hollis School. The USFS facility includes a bunkhouse, two one bedroom cabins, and a lab. In addition, a community library, two one bedroom cabins, and a five bedroom duplex are also on the Hollis School property.

The project began with an engineering report investigating three potential options for an on-site system, leach fields, soil mounts, and peak mound. Leach fields and soil mounts were determined unfeasible do to impermeable soils. The chosen peat mount system was developed into a complete construction package.



US Forest Service Forest Headquarters Acoustic Treatment

Vancouver, Washington 

The purpose of this project was to provide an acoustical evaluation of the recently renovated Forest Headquarters Building 987. Areas evaluated included Level 1 and Level 2 open office areas, one Level 1 conference room, and four Level 2 dens. The evaluation process included document review, discussions with facility personnel, and a site visit to review existing conditions and determine the acoustic issues. The findings were documented in a report along with recommendations to mitigate the issues.