Government

NPS San Juan National Historic Site

San Juan, PR

Project Overview

MFS Construction (MFS) is providing Design/Build services for the National Park Services agency inside the San Juan National Historic Site (SAJU). In 2017 category 4 and 5 hurricane force winds, storm surge and the resulting displacement of inanimate objects from Hurricane Maria led to substantial damage to SAJU. MFS was contracted by National Park Services (NPS) to provide services for the repair of streetlights and multiple structures to a condition consistent with their previous state while hardening them to better withstand similar storm events in the future.

The military fortifications at San Juan established Puerto Rico as the "front door" to the Spanish colonies in the New World, making Puerto Rico a very important part of Spain’s rise in global power in the 16th Century. As a result, Spain spent over 250 years fortifying San Juan and vigorously protected Puerto Rico under its control for nearly 400 years. In 2017, hurricane force winds, storm surge, and the resulting displacement of inanimate objects from Hurricane Maria led to substantial damage to SAJU. The objective of this project is to repair streetlights and multiple structures to a condition consistent with their previous state while hardening them to better withstand similar storm events in the future.

San Juan, PR

Project Details

MFS is providing the Design Development documents, and all time, labor, materials, and management for the historic site’s successful repairs. Among the structures that will be positively impacted by MFS, include the Santa Elena El Polvorin and El Abanico, and the Castillo San Cristobal’s Visitor’s Center and Museum; additionally, the streetlight repairs and stone pavers of the Calle Norzagaray that connects Castillo San Cristobal and Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

MFS will work alongside NPS to provide the design development documents, and all time, labor, materials, and subcontractor management for the historical repairs. The scope includes maintaining strict schedule from design, to construction and project completion. MFS was also tasked with initial and progress project meetings, and reports on a weekly/ monthly basis. As required by NPS, all designs give due consideration to environmental and sustainability concerns through hazard mitigation.

SAJU 244839 Repair Streetlights: Norzagaray Street connects two forts (Castillo San Cristóbal and Castillo San Felipe Del Morro) in Old San Juan that are part of the San Juan National Historic Site. The two forts are approximately 1 mile apart (about a 20-minute walk). MFS is developing construction drawings to repair/replace damaged light fixtures & poles, upgrade the light source to light-emitting diode (LED), maintaining the historic type pole.

SAJU 244842 Repair Roofing and Skylights: A 32 s.f. skylight will be replaced at headquarters building with a glass/polycarbonate panel. An 833 s.f. section of the brick roof of the Guardhouse at El Abanico will be repaired, using the historical installation procedure. Approximately 3,500 square feet of metal roof will be replaced without impacting the historic walls at Santa Elena El Polvorin site; the structure of this roof system is being developed to prevent corrosion and be more resilient.

SAJU 244845 Repair Doors, Windows and Shutters: Approximately 530 s.f. of aluminum storefront and doors will be replaced, adding resiliency and sustainability with impact-rated and insulated glazing.

Stats

  • Owner:
    National Park Services (NPS)
    • Client:
      National Park Services (NPS)

Services Provided

  • Our project management and construction teams are capable of performing design-build projects to reduce the overall project schedule by overlapping the project’s design and construction phases.