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					        GEORGES ISLAND INITIATIVES
             “An Improved and Greener Island”
     VISITOR CENTER, SHADE SHELTER/CONCESSION,
GENERATOR BUILDING, AND NEW MAINTENANCE FACILITY


                                      PUBLIC MEETING

                                      MARCH 19, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
                                      MARRIOTT LONG WHARF HOTEL
                                      BOSTON




DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION – BOSTON HARBOR ISLAND ALLIANCE
 BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS
NATIONAL RECREATION AREA

             Composed of 34 islands, encompassing
           1,200 acres of land, archeological resources,
           historic sites, open space, wildlife habitats,
           and 35 miles of relatively undeveloped
           shoreline

             Offers Massachusetts residents and
           tourists opportunities for land and water
           based education and recreation, as well as
           opportunities for solitude and personal
           renewal, within 10 miles of downtown
           Boston
 BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS
NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
            Established in 1996 by Act of Congress (Title
             16, Chapter 1, Sec. 460 kk)
            Management coordinated by the Boston
             Harbor Islands Partnership (BHIP),
             composed of 12 members representing
             federal, state, city and nonprofit agencies
            The Boston Harbor Islands State Park,
             comprising 16 1/2 islands, is managed by
             DCR
BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS
GEORGES ISLAND OVERVIEW

                A 39-acre island serving as a
              transportation and orientation hub for
              the Boston Harbor Islands

                Contains a large pier, picnic grounds,
              open fields, paved walkways, a parade
              ground and gravel beach

                Home to Fort Warren, a Civil War
              era National Historic Landmark
                             GEORGES ISLAND - HISTORY
  Circa 1945




View of Cable Tank and Mine Storage Building
 Circa 1866




                                                     Mine Storage Building at time of decommissioning of
                                                     island by U.S. Government 1947 as coastal defense



Known for Humane Treatment of Confederate Soldiers
GEORGES ISLAND - TODAY

          Acts as entrance to Boston Harbor
           Islands State Park, managed by DCR

          Receives nearly 100,000 visitors annually

          Open May through mid-October

          Served by ferries from Boston, Quincy,
           Hingham, and Hull and an inter-island
           water taxi departing to other islands

          Offers fields for recreational use, picnic
          areas, a concession stand, restrooms,
          historic fort for guided tours
                             GEORGES ISLAND - TODAY




Halloween on the Harbor
                                                         Plays in the Park




                                 New Junior Ranger




Ranger led school programs                           Island Information
GEORGES ISLAND - TODAY
GEORGES ISLAND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT – WHY NOW?




  The Island is providing a quality experience for visitors right now, but the goal
   of this project is to move from a quality experience to a first-class experience
  Georges Island is a jewel of the park system waiting at Boston’s back door
  The importance and need for the development of this island has been
   identified for over 20 years, including in a 1991 Master Plan
          GEORGES ISLAND IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

                                                    Visitor Center/Concession

                                                    Landscaping and Site Improvements

                                                    Maintenance and Storage Facility

                                                    Renewable Energy Generation System




Enabled through partnership of DCR, Boston Harbor Island Alliance, and National Park Service
McGinley Kalsow & Associates, along with Beacon Architectural Associates, selected by DCR
and Island Alliance, to provide design, permitting, and construction services
                                                                             Generator Building
                                                                             •Rehabilitation of the Generator Building,
                                                                             including a new roof and structural and
                                                                             envelope repairs, to house batteries and
                                     PROJECT ELEMENTS                        generator back-up. Essential Historic
                                                                             Building.

Partial Reconstruction of the former
Cable Tank Building
•Exclusively for shaded seating and full
service food concession
•Includes interpretive elements




                                                                         Maintenance Facility
                                                                         •Construction of a new modular maintenance and
                                                                         storage facility at the Ravelin area, featuring a
                                                                         30kW photovoltaic array on roof to power new
                                                                         Visitor Center
                                                                        Landscape and Park Improvements
                                                                        • Including pathway systems, visitor
                                                                        amenities, utilities, rain water harvesting
                                                                        system, fire hydrant system, signage, and
                                           Renovation of the Administration Building (Mine Storage
                                                                        interpretive tracks and historical elements
                                           Building)
                                           First floor: a new Visitor Center, interactive exhibit area, gift
                                           shop, first aid, restrooms
                                           Second floor: space for conferences and meetings, caretaker
                                           residence, seasonal ranger housing, and offices
                                           Energy conservation measures throughout building
VISITOR CENTER & CONCESSION FIRST FLOOR PLAN
SAMPLE VISITOR CENTERS
SAMPLE CONCESSION AND EATING AREAS




 The new concession will be capable of catering larger events
    VISITOR CENTER SECOND FLOOR PLAN
CONFERENCE/MEETING SPACE AND CARETAKER HOUSING
    LANDSCAPING AND PARK IMPROVEMENTS




Improved seating for visitors
Native, coastal plantings
Wayfinding signage and educational interpretive elements – historical, nautical, and environmental
Improved pathway systems and reintegration of historic tracks at Visitor Center/Concession
Major utility upgrades to all facilities including period lighting
  NEW MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE FACILITY




Relocation of maintenance functions out of Administration Building: improve safety
 by separating public and operations functions

Construction of new modular maintenance and equipment storage facility
      RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION SYSTEM




Renewable energy efforts will save $52,520 annually and replace the existing diesel
 generators that run 24/7
New maintenance building features 30kW photovoltaic roof array saving 2/3 of current
 energy use
Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) provided grant to analyze and design a
 renewable energy system (turbines, photovoltaics, and geothermal were also explored)
ADI prepared analysis and design arriving at the preferred alternate of 30 kW panels
Battery storage provided in renovated generator building
                     PROJECT BENEFITS
• Creates a first-class Visitor Center with extensive exhibits and shade
  shelter/concession services, anchoring Georges Island as a hub of
  Boston Harbor Islands State Park and enhancing it as a tourism
  destination
• Visitor Center improvements include space for hosting special
  events and meetings, as well as a gift shop, enhancing potential for
  generating revenue
• New, on-island modular maintenance facility, along with the
  rehabilitation of the generator building, will extend the life of
  equipment, improve maintenance capacity for Georges Island and all
  of the Boston Harbor Islands, and reduce maintenance-related boat
  trips and fuel use for travel between the islands and mainland
• The installation of the PV array and the energy conservation measures
  at the Visitor Center will have projected annual savings of 2/3 DCR’s
  current annual operating cost!
                  ESTIMATED PROJECT COSTS*
• Design and Permitting                                     $ 880,702
• Building Construction                                     $6,261,785
    Visitor Center
    Concession/Shade Shelter
    Generator Building Renovations
    New Modular Maintenance
• Site Work, Utilities, and Landscaping                     $1,077,400

ESTIMATED TOTAL PROJECT COST                                $8,219,887

* These probable costs include a 30% increase for building, 50% for site improvements
    and 300% for bituminous paving over similar work completed on the “mainland”



  Project funding provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  (EOEEA/DCR); Boston Harbor Island Alliance, Massachusetts Technology
  Collaborative (MTC), and the Federal Government through the Land and Water
  Conservation Fund.
                         GEORGES ISLAND SCHEDULE

                                       Posted RFR for
                                       Construction of
                                                                                                          Project
    Design for Visitor                 Maint. Building and
                                                                                                          Complete
    Center, Shade                      RFR for Exhibit
                                                                                                          - New
    Pavilion,                          Design
                                                                                                          Visitor
    Generator Bldg
                                                                                 Complete                 Center,
    & Maint Bldg                                             Begin
                                                                                 Exhibit                  Shade
    underway                                                 Construction
                                                                                 Design                   Shelter &
                                                             of Visitor
                                                             Center &                                     Maint.
                                                             Generator                                    Bldg
                                                             Bldg.




Aug-08 Sep-08 Nov -08 Dec-08 Feb-09            Apr-09    Jul-09    Oct-09 Dec-09 Feb-10 May-10        Jun-10

                                                    Begin
                                                    Construction
    Project                                         of New                                  Begin
    Began                                           Maint. Bldg                             Exhibit
                            Modularr                                   Complete
                            Design Finalizes                           Construction of
                            design Maint.                              Maint. Bldg &
                            Building                                   Generator Bldg
GEORGES ISLAND - LOOKING FORWARD




Complete pier replacement proposed in Master Plan of 1991
Estimated cost of $14 Million; funding options being explored
The next step, as outlined in the Master Plan, is to rehabilitate
and open up additional areas inside the Fort to the public
GEORGES ISLAND - WHAT TO EXPECT IN SUMMER 2009




Georges Island will be fully operational
during construction
Continued daily public ferry service
Concession and restrooms will be provided
Programs, group picnics, and special events
will continue
           ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


For More Information:
Web: www.mass.gov/dcr; www.islandalliance.org
Email: robin.pfetsch@state.ma.us
Phone: 617-626-4937
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