Pittsburgh — The National Park Service (NPS), Department of the Interior awarded Michael Baker International a five-year, $30 million contract to provide environmental and safety management services to all seven regions of the Park Service, which includes the NPS headquarters and 500 national parks. This contract for the NPS’s Park Facility Management Division has already initiated 70 projects with nearly 40 task orders open and active.

Michael Baker has been preserving and enhancing the visitor experience and conserving our national history, culture and habitats within our national parks since 2002. With this contract, Michael Baker will support program and park staff and regional environmental coordinators in the implementation of Environmental Management and Safety Programs. Services range from auditing and recommending design changes to systems, operations and procedures, to the implementation of plans that detail the expansion of sustainable practices. It also includes a General Services Administration (GSA) contract teaming arrangement with AMEC-Foster Wheeler.

“Given the number of sites with environmental problems, Michael Baker developed solutions based on a case-by-case evaluation of site conditions,” said Joe Rozum, Michael Baker Program/Client Manager and Technical/Environmental Compliance Manager. “Michael Baker also developed relationships with individual park representatives who then requested additional work and further recommended Michael Baker to other parks for new federal contracts. We are honored to be endorsed and entrusted with preserving and protecting our country’s national parks as We Make a Difference for these national treasures and the nation’s citizens.”

Michael Baker will deploy new technologies to provide a broader spectrum of data that will be vital to support the management of contaminated sites. Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM), which is a structured composite sampling and processing protocol for reducing data variability, will provide an unbiased estimate of contaminant concentrations in sampled soil. The team also will implement advanced methods for the application of in-situ remediation chemicals to treat soil that presents a threat to sensitive habitats by enriching specific soil populations and applying them back to the treatment area.

Completion of this contract is expected in 2020.