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Building Alaska

Statewide Construction Project Roundup Photos by Derek Gilbertson/Brice Inc.

Thousands working on projects worth billions By Russ Slaten

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ummer in Alaska is a time to build, and this year is no different. Construction contractors are building roads, bridges, and many buildings and will continue through the fall and, for some builders, even through the winter. A sampling of projects finds work underway throughout the state.

Northern Alaska Stage 1 of the Kotzebue Airport and Safety Area Improvements continues this year. The project began in October 2013 and ADOT&PF officials expect it to be complete by August. General contractor Brice Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Calista Corporation, says thirtyfive workers will be employed at peak construction for this $30 million project. Brice is also contracted through ADOT&PF to reconstruct a thirteen mile stretch of the Dalton Highway, from milepost 401 to 414 near Deadhorse on the North Slope. The $26 million project expects to see fifty workers at peak construction. Slated to be complete in August 2016, Brice says it will raise the grade, replace all culverts, and resurface the road. The Deadhorse Airport will see improvements one step at a time as Brice installs a foundation pad, piles, and a passive refrigerated foundation system in preparation for building equipment bays, a sand storage bay, and upgrades to the existing Airport Rescue and Firefighter Facility and Snow Removal Equipment Storage Building. The $2 million contract will see fifteen workers 90

Brice Incorporated continues work on the Kotzebue Airport and Safety Area Improvements project it began in October 2013. The company brought in aggregates for the work last June and expects to complete the project by this August.

at peak construction and is expected to last a month, beginning this month with completion in July, according to Brice.

Interior The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Engineering Facility project began in April 2013 by general contractor Davis Constructors. The $118.1 million project is a six floor, 119,000-square-foot building with renovations to 23,000 square feet of the adjacent Duckering Building. Davis completed exterior construction in April and quickly proceeded with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work, but UAF has not yet announced a completion date. ECI Hyer was the architect; AMC Engineers was the mechanical and electrical contractor; PDC, Inc. handled structural and civil engineering; and NBBJ was the project planner. UAF expects eighty contractor employees at peak construction. The US Army Corps of Engineers contracted Tunista Construction to build a 13,163-square-foot Company Operations Facility for the Aviation Task Force Phase 3B at Fort Wainwright. The facility will

house an administrative module, a readiness module, and an enclosed hardstand facility. The building will be fit for office and warehouse space, Tunista says. The $9.5 million contract includes construction of water, steam, condensate, sewer, and power for the entire facility. The project began in April 2014 and will be complete in October. Tunista expects 122 workers at peak construction including subcontractors. The US Army Corps of Engineers contract to design and construct the Mechanical-Electrical Building on Fort Greely, Missile Field 1, was awarded to Watterson Construction for $44.3 million. Watterson began the foundations in April and expects to complete the project by spring 2016. Watterson says it expects eighty workers at peak employment. General contractor Westmark Construction began building the Koyukuk Health Clinic in Koyukuk, nearly three hundred miles west of Fairbanks in May 2014. The Denali Commission funded 80 percent of the $2.8 million City of Koyukuk project. The 1,580-square-foot facility

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