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March 2018

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Alaska Business 2018 Spring Construction Round-Up

Infrastructure improvements and ever-evolving design innovations keep Alaska’s engineers, architects, contractors, and sub-contractors busy year-round. The state’s climate, unique road systems, and resource development industries call for nearly-constant upkeep meaning there are always renovations, upgrades, and new builds happening statewide. The numerous projects (planned, in progress, or recently completed) in Alaska are presented in this Alaska Business Spring Construction Round-Up. The projects, submitted to Alaska Business by contractors, engineers, architects, and designers include infrastructure upgrades, housing developments, municipal improvements, and much more.

Alaska Builds Second Six-Lane Highway

A project to transform Anchorage’s major north-south highway into a six-lane road is almost two-thirds done. This summer, contractor QAP plans to finish construction on the second of three main phases to widen and improve the Seward Highway between Tudor Road and O’Malley Road. The third stage of the project is now being designed, with plans for construction to start around 2021. For more than a decade planners have been working on the busy four miles between Tudor and O’Malley, transforming the stretch of roadway into the second six-lane highway in the state.

Sustainable Design

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of interviewing many professionals that build and design Alaska’s infrastructure, and in those meetings I’ve learned two interesting facts: engineers always bring notes to an interview and when building a thing—bridge, runway, port, colosseum—whether or not it can be done in strictly practical terms is generally a non-issue.

Keeping Alaska Fueled Up

Trying to keep customers warm and companies running in temperatures that can sometimes reach 50 below is challenging—especially in a business in which margins are small and competition fierce.

Unconventional but Not Impossible

As a market that is well-known for conventional vertical drilling, Alaska has been measured when it comes to adopting Lower 48 techniques to approaching unconventional resources.

Social Media Branding Tactics

Today, most companies know it’s important to have some sort of online and social media presence to remain competitive. But implementing an effective strategy in these areas can be challenging and sometimes downright intimidating for businesses.

From the Editor

“Alaska has a long mining history and can attribute much of its infrastructure to early explorers and miners… Alaska contains strategic minerals important to national security and the economy. The continued development and production of these resources by the mining industry is vitally important.” This sentiment from Resource Development Council for Alaska Executive Director Marleanna Hall is echoed by members of the mining industry throughout the state.
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