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Walter Soboleff Center construction prepared for tidal influence


On Thursday, Juneau’s high tides created flooding in the Walter Soboleff Center construction area. Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) Chief Operating Officer and Project Director Lee Kadinger was traveling and unable to respond to an inquiry on Thursday evening regarding the event.  SHI and their general contractor, Dawson Construction, had anticipated that tidal influences might occur in the case of severe high tides. Dawson included funding for dewatering in their contract, as is common with construction in the area.  Prior work completed on the site was not impacted by the event.  After the tide goes out, they are able to dry the site within several hours. 

SHI and their local team of engineers and architects have designed the building’s structure to deal with potential tidal influence.  The foundation has multiple layers of waterproofing, excessive drainage, and pumps to ensure a water-tight facility. SHI officials do not foresee any significant delays at this time.

Sealaska Heritage Institute was founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

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