Government shutdown cost OBX $2.4 million in spending

By on March 4, 2014

The fishing center has been deserted since the federal shutdown started Oct. 1. (Rob Morris)

Boats abandoned Oregon Inlet Fishing Center during the shutdown.

A new National Park Service report estimates the 16-day government shutdown last October cost the Outer Banks $2.4 million in visitor spending from the closing of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The study, prepared by the NPS Natural Resource Stewardship and Science office in Fort Collins, Colo., compared the spending reported in communities surrounding national parks last October with the same period from 2010 to 2012.

The report used an average of the previous three years to factor out the impact of Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012 on many eastern U.S. parks.

When the numbers from 2010 to 2013 are averaged, 134,892 visitors came to Cape Hatteras National Seashore and spent $8 million dollars.

But there was a 30 percent drop in visits in October 2013 to 94,729, with spending of $5.6 million.

Although not noted in the report, 2010 was the last year before 2013 that access to Cape Hatteras National Seashore was not limited by hurricane damage during the fall shoulder season.

North Carolina suffered the third highest loss of visitor spending in the country because of the shutdown at more than $25 million, behind only California and Arizona.

The shutdown came during the peak of the fall leaf-viewing season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The park, which straddles much of the North Carolina-Tennessee border and is the most visited park in the country, accounted for $25.6 million in losses.

Overall NPS visitation declined by over 7.88 million visitors in 2013 compared to the three-year average October visitation, resulting in a loss of $414 million in NPS related visitor spending in gateway communities across the country, according to the report.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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