Volkert has been a design and environmental services partner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources at Gulf State Park since its original design and construction. Over the years, Volkert has continued to provide services to the park that enhance its beauty and utility while minimizing impact on its wetland environment:
Gulf State Park Lodge and Convention Center— Volkert provided master planning for the renovation and expansion of the Gulf State Park Lodge and Convention Center, including the structural evaluation of the existing lodge complex and designs for site grading, utility and stormwater management improvements. After Hurricane Ivan, Volkert performed emergency damage inspections.
Gulf State Park Pavilion and Fishing Pier—Facility age, saltwater intrusion, and disrepair necessitated an evaluation of the structures. Volkert furnished the inspections, plans for the repair of the structural deficiencies, and inspection of the repairs. Subsequent improvements to the pavilions have included plans for grading and utilities. Volkert obtained environmental documentation for the improvements, including Fish and Wildlife, Alabama Department of Environmental Management and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits.
Gulf State Park Cabins/Campgrounds—Volkert designed the upgrades for 468 campsites, utilities, and circulation roads, including survey services, environmental services, plans for streets, and cabin upgrades. The project was awarded a 2007 Build Alabama Award by the Alabama Associated General Contractors.
Beach Renourishment—The project involved construction engineering inspection services associated with pumping sand from about a mile off shore onto the Gulf Shores beaches to create seventy five feet of additional beach from the Gulf State Park to approximately 2.5 miles west of the intersection of Highways 59 and 182, a total distance of about 3.2 miles. The project also involved planting sea oats and providing sand fencing along sixteen thousand feet of shoreline.