J&S Construction to renovate historic cabins

One of the historic cabins at Standing Stone State Park. Photo: Tennessee State Parks

LIVINGSTON – The State of Tennessee Department of General Services has awarded J&S Construction a 300-day contract to repair and renovate historic cabins at Standing Stone State Park in Overton County. 

Standing Stone became a state park in 1939. The area was a project of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Work Projects Administration (WPA), the Resettlement Administration and the U.S. Forest Service. These agencies worked together to relocate farmers from an area plagued with soil erosion and sub-marginal lands to better land, stop soil erosion, reforest and develop recreational opportunities. There were 17 WPA cabins built during this time.

J&S Construction will be responsible for the repairs and/or replacement of the deteriorated building materials to 10 of the historic cabins, which will include framing, subfloor and finish flooring, cabinetry, electrical, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, etc. Each of the cabins’ kitchens and bathrooms will require the removal of existing flooring, transitions and subflooring, to allow for the inspection of joists for damage/deterioration.

New electrical service and panels will be installed to these units, and they will receive new paint, finishes and refinished wood flooring. Additional work to be completed as needed will include exterior site drainage improvements and any necessary masonry updates. 

J&S Construction will work alongside Sparkman and Associates, the designer of record based out of Knoxville, to follow the Secretary of the Interior’s (SOI) Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Work is scheduled to begin in August.

About J&S Construction:

Founded in 1957, J&S Construction is one of Middle Tennessee’s premier privately held construction firms, providing energy-efficient general contracting, design-build and construction management services for a wide variety of markets, including commercial, healthcare, religious, institutional and industrial facilities.

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