Construction projects throughout the state kept many busy this summer and work continues on some through the fall and winter. Some projects will take several years due to weather, logistics, or the sheer size of the endeavors.
There are few buildings in Anchorage or Alaska that can boast nearly one hundred years of history. One of those, built in 1918, is located at 717 West Third Avenue in downtown Anchorage and currently occupied by 49th State Brewing Company, a home-grown Alaska business owned by Jason Motyka and David McCarthy.
It was approaching dusk in April when something out-of-the-ordinary, yet strangely familiar, caught Casimero Aceveda’s eye. “It was like something being reborn,” says Aceveda. The lights in the old cannery were on for the first time in almost forty years.
The Top 49ers are ranked by revenue, which is one indicator of success, but in the Alaska business community, it’s rarely the only one. What else makes the list? Joe Jolley, president of Cornerstone General Contractors, says, “That’s easy: repeat business, staff retention, and safety excellence.”
Before the emergence of digital controls and smart building technologies, most buildings controlled the HVAC system—heating, ventilation, and air conditioning within the building—through a pneumatic or air-based control system. Most existing buildings still use pneumatic controls, limiting the opportunities to monitor the other systems of the building and often burning more energy in the process.
It’s cold and windy outside, a typical March day in Bethel, Alaska. The snowpack is thin on the windswept tundra. But it’s warm and cozy inside two new homes on Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway, heated only by construction lights.
Small models of bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, cement mixers, dump trucks, and other construction equipment line the windowsills of John MacKinnon’s office at Associated General Contractors (AGC) in Anchorage.
In Alaska, the lines between the natural and man-made world are beginning to blur, and old materials and ideas are resurfacing in leading-edge projects across the state.
Compliance is a hard word to write about. If you don’t believe me, try to define it.