Local Contracting Firm Teams To Rehabilitate Historic Trading Post At Pecos National Historical Park

by Reporter / Mar 23, 2019 / 0 comments
The historic Kozlowski's Trading Post at Pecos National Historical Park. Photo by Friends of Pecos National Historical Park

Local Contracting Firm Teams To Rehabilitate Historic Trading Post At Pecos National Historical Park

Pueblo de San Ildefonso/Española , Santa Fe, Albuquerque NM – A local Native/women owned contracting firm, Avanyu General Contracting of Pueblo de San Ildefonso/Española  and Pat Taylor Inc. from Mesilla, have teamed with Weil Construction from Albuquerque, for the rehabilitation of the historic Kozlowski's Trading Post at Pecos National Historical Park. Weil Construction is the General Contractor while Avanyu General Contracting will be providing historic adobe preservation for the project. Work began in early March.

The project, which began in early March, will transform the building into a visitor contact station, museum, and employee office space.

The Trading Post has a storied past. A Polish immigrant named Martin Kozlowski originally constructed the Trading Post along the Santa Fe Trail in 1858. It served as one of the last stage stops before trail – weary travelers arrived in Santa Fe after months on the dusty trail.

During the Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass, this building served as a Union hospital. In 1925, rodeo-promoter and entrepreneur Tex Austin purchased the building and turned it into ranch headquarters for his famous Forked Lightning Ranch. In the 1940s,

E.E. "Buddy" Fogelson bought the ranch and then brought his Hollywood actress wife, Oscar-winning Greer Garson, to the Forked Lightning Ranch. Together, they worked the land as a hobby ranch and entertained many Hollywood guests.

In 1990, the National Park Service acquired the ranch and Trading Post and used it as office space, until 2006, when the building was deemed unfit for occupancy.

Avanyu General Contracting, with Pat Taylor Inc., will be handling the historic adobe preservation, stabilization and repair as well as other needed restoration aspects of the project for the General Contractor, Weil Construction of Albuquerque, NM. Avanyu General Contracting has teamed with Pat Taylor Inc. on several projects, including the rehabilitation of the pre-Columbian homes located in the main Plaza of Ohkay Owingeh. 

Liana Sanchez, majority owner of Avanyu General Contracting stated, “We are excited to continue developing in the field of Historic Preservation.   As Native women, being able to specialize in the use of traditional materials honors the Indigenous knowledge and genius of my ancestors, allowing us to keep building in a holistic way in harmony with our Mother Earth."

Pat Taylor is a well-known preservationist who specializes in historic adobe rehabilitation. Taylor trained and mentored Avanyu General Contracting crews made up from construction workers from Ohkay Owingeh, and the surrounding area.

“The preservation of our historic Adobes resources is an important economic engine that continues to ripple through our local communities and for the State of New Mexico.  We are excited about our collaboration with Weil Construction along in working with the Pecos National Historical Park on this tremendous resource,” Taylor said.

Weil Construction is a HUBZone (Historically Under-Utilized Business Zone) enterprise that has teamed with Avanyu General Contracting a certified Women-Owned Small Business, with its HUBZone recertification in process.  The award of the contract for the rehabilitation of the historic trading post is a tangible economic opportunity for the two firms. The partnership with Weil Construction allows Avanyu General Contracting to be a part of a larger project than what they would be able to procure on their own with the National Park Service.

“We are very excited to have been selected to rehabilitate the historic Pecos Trading Post for the National Parks Service, and we are equally happy to be working with Avanyu General Contracting and Pat Taylor, Inc. on this unique project.  Avanyu and Pat Taylor are among the best in the southwest at this kind of historic renovation work.  This will be a great opportunity for all of our companies to contribute to the restoration of New Mexico’s history and, at the same time, build successful business relationships for the future,” said Weil Construction, Inc., President Chris Weil.

Avanyu General contracting will employ more than 10 construction workers from the Española Valley, with four specifically from Ohkay Owingeh.  Historic Adobe Preservation is a specialty trade that is guided by the Secretary of Interior’s guidelines.  Avanyu General Contracting’s crews are well versed in this specialized field having received most of their training from Taylor on the Owe’neh Bupingeh Rehabilitation Projects, a federally funded project managed by Ohkay Owingeh’s Housing Authority.

“Skills and careers carried forward from the Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project has been life changing for those individual who are now leading the field bringing back our ancestors traditional methods. It makes me proud to have had them involved at the onset of our project and knowing we helped define their destiny,” said Tomasita Duran, Ohkay Owingeh’s housing Authority Director.

“Avanyu General Contracting continues to revitalize a spirit of entrepreneurship in our community by securing a financial future for themselves, their families and their employees, says Julianna Barbee, Director of Small Business Development Center. Avanyu General Contracting was awarded the 2012 SBDC Star Business of the year and each year they are creating more jobs, growing their business and providing economic development opportunities to our community.”

For more information regarding Pecos National Historical Park Project to rehabilitate the historic Kozlowski's Trading Post; Contact: Becky Latanich at 505-757-7210 or email peco_visitor_information@nps.gov  

For more information about the park in general, contact Pecos NHP at (505) 757-7241 or visit their website at www.nps.gov/peco.    

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