The 3 Bear Hut was constructed in 1935-36 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) within what is the Natalie Coffin Greene Park in Ross, California. Designed in the so-called “Park Rustic” style, the picnic shelter was based on a standardized prototype called the “rock-type” shelter developed by the National Park Service for CCC projects.
Our firm conducted a Conditions Assessment and developed a Repair Plan for the historic 3 Bear Hut structure. The plan included treatment recommendations for the stone chimney and benches, the log elements of posts, plates, braces, ridge, and rafters as well for the roof assembly. A 3 Bear motif design was developed for a new steel grille to secure the existing fireplace from unauthorized use. Because the structure is a public facility within accessibility upgrades had to be integrated into scope of work. GA developed an Engineer’s cost estimate to establish the construction budget in preparation for the bidding process. We created full color renderings for the Town of Ross to use for fundraising. Using the Conditions Assessment and Repair Plan as a guide, the team developed a design for the rehabilitation, prepared construction documents for Permit, then assisted with Bidding, and Construction Administration. The official ribbon cutting was on 10 September 2019.