Cornerstone General Contractors Awarded Pre-Construction Services Contract for New UAA Seawolf Sports Arena
Cornerstone General Contractors has been awarded a Construction Manager at Risk (CM@Risk) contract for Pre-Construction
Services for the new UAA Seawolf Sports Arena. The 196,000 GSF arena, designed by Anchorage architecture firm McCool
Carlson Green, will house a 5,000+ multi-tiered seating capacity performance gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, graduations,
and university and community events; a practice gym for the gymnastics program; 800 seat gymnastics performance and
multiple court auxiliary gymnasium; support space consisting of a fitness and training room, student recreation fitness room,
administration and coaches offices, laundry facilities, Audio/Visual production, and locker/team rooms for basketball, volleyball,
gymnastics, hockey, skiing, track, and cross country programs.
The project site will include two parking lots consisting of approximately 600 surface parking spaces, a new ancillary roadway
(Health Drive) connecting Elmore Road to Wellness Drive, and a round-a-bout or signalized intersection at Health Drive and
Elmore Road. Mechanical/electrical space will be provided throughout the facility to house the building ventilation, cooling,
heating, electrical, and data and communication infrastructure needs. Utility infrastructure will include installation of sanitary/
storm drainage systems and connection to existing electric, natural gas, and communication fiber on the UAA campus.
Cornerstone has been committed to and involved in UAA for more than 15 years. Successful projects include the UAA Dormitories
& Dining Hall, UAA/APU Consortium Library, the UAA ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, and the new UAA Health
Sciences Building on Providence Drive. Cornerstone has worked hard to help create and nurture the Construction Management
Program. The company has sponsored many student interns from the program, hired graduates, and mentored them toward
leadership positions in the Alaska construction industry. Several UAA alumni will serve on the sports arena project.
Mark Palmatier, PMP, a lifelong Alaska Resident and Vice President of Cornerstone with nearly four decades of Alaska construction
experience, will lead the UAA Seawolf Sports Arena project. Palmatier managed two of UAA’s most recent successful construction
projects, the UAA Health Sciences Building (2011) and UAA ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building (2009).