Pa. firm gets service contract for U.S. facility

January 02, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A $9 million contract has been awarded to ARAMARK of Radnor, Pa., to provide guest services to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service training center being built here, according to U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.

When federal officials were planning the training center, part of the proposal was to contract out guest services such as lodging, food service, grounds maintenance and student transportation, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman Steve Chase.

ARAMARK will provide all those services as well as operate the center's waste water treatment system, Chase said.

The federal agency began soliciting for bids for the services earlier this year, and firms participating in the selection process had to complete a rigorous interview program, Chase said.


Other contracts are expected to be awarded for day care and janitorial services at the center, Chase said.

The $138 million U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Education and Training Center is being built because the federal agency did not have a central location to train its researchers. The center is being built on a 538-acre farm at the end of Shepherd Grade Road and will include an administration building, auditorium, classrooms, labs, a day care center, commons, library and physical training center.

Other agencies are also expected to use the facility, including the Forest Service, the National Park Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, officials said.

The center, scheduled to open in the spring, will create about 70 jobs, officials said.

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