Construction began on the 26,800 square foot Visitor’s Service Center in the summer of 1992, high above Coldwater Lake at the base of Mt. St. Helens. The remote location, coupled with adverse weather conditions, made construction of the concrete and steel building an enormous undertaking. Slayden Construction mobilized and operated our own concrete batch plant, placed all 5,000 cubic yards of concrete and erected all of the structure steel while performing all excavation activities of this contract and a concurrent utilities contract. The building serves as an interpretive center to the public, as well as an operations center for all Forest Service tourist activities on the mountain. The project involved extensive interpretive work, including trail construction and coordinating exhibits.
Total Project Value: $12,629,083
Slayden Construction Role: General Contractor
Owner: United States Forest Service