October in Alaska is one of the busiest months of the year for the vertical construction industry.
The last barge to Bethel up the Kuskokwim River brought pilings and thermocouples for one of the biggest construction projects in Alaska last fall, and the first barge this spring will bring the steel that was ordered in December.
Most contractors pay attention to the details of impending work and evaluate specifics in advance, but few crawl around a job site on a blustery New Year’s Day to figure out a problem months before the startup date. An exception is C. John Eng, who says projects often occupied his mind long before the work commenced.
Cook Inlet Housing Authority (CIHA) develops housing to follow their vision of “Independence through Housing.” CIHA recently completed the development of two properties in East Anchorage and has one project under development in Spenard.
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.”