Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The University of Alaska Southeast provided an update on Action Line on the construction of their new Fisheries School facility at the former site of the Auke Marine Station.
Nathan Leigh is the school's Facilities Director. He said phase one, which included demolishing the old NOAA building, has been completed. In addition, the site has been prepared for construction of the new building.
Phase two is currently under design he said. Leigh expects the design team to have its worked completed in March. They'll advertise for bids by the middle of April with construction scheduled to start this summer. He said construction will last about a year to a year and a half. The plan calls for having students in the building by the Fall Semester of 2020.
The estimated cost of construction is $13 Million. That buys a facility a little less than 12,000 square feet in size. The space will include one classroom, two labs, offices and a study area.
Leigh said the building will be heated via water source heat pump which cut energy consumption in half. Architects are now looking at two different materials for the exterior of the building that will last for 50 years. One is made of corten steel while the other is charred cedar wood, he said.
UAS is sharing the former federal government site with the CBJ Docks and Harbors Department.