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ABM’s Fall 2016 Construction Roundup


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King Cove School (above and below) is getting a new rainscreen wall system building envelope replacement.

Photos courtesy of Aleutians East Borough

 

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.

 

Cape Lisburne

Orion Marine Group started work on Seawall Reconstruction at Cape Lisburne this year, a $41 million project for the US Army Corps of Engineers/US Air Force. This purpose of this project is to armor the shoreline adjacent to a mile-long runway. The shoreline has been eroded more each year with violent storms, and with the short four to five month construction season up along the Chukchi Sea it will take four to five years to complete, which is slated for 2020.

 

Shishmaref

STG Incorporated is installing approximately 216,000 gallons of new fuel storage capacity along with new retail sales facilities for the community in the Alaska Energy Authority Shishmaref Bulk Fuel Upgrade project with construction starting this month and completion scheduled for September 2017.

 

Fairbanks

The UAF Power Plant, a multi-year project for the University of Alaska, is set to be completed by June 30, 2018. HaskellDavis JV is the general contractor for the two 140,000 pound/hour circulating fluidized bed boilers and 17MW steam turbine that will heat the UAF campus. Architect is Design Alaska.

G & S Mechanical USA, Inc. was awarded a $3.998 million contract for the FAI Checked Baggage System Recapitalization project. This federally funded project will include reconstruction of the Fairbanks International Airport baggage handling systems and ancillary infrastructure within the Checked Baggage Inspection System and Checked Baggage Resolution Areas as needed to support TSA’s Explosive Detection System equipment recapitalization program. March 30, 2017, was set for the project substantial completion date.

Great Northwest was awarded an $8.963 million contract for three projects: FMATS Pedestrian Improvements – Stage 1, Peger Road Resurfacing, and Northern Region Signal Interconnect – Mitchell to Johansen. The first project consists of constructing pedestrian facilities along Davis Road, Peger Road, Wilbur Street, and Lathrop Street. The second project consists of resurfacing Peger Road from the Alaska Railroad yard to 500 feet past Van Horn Road, and approximately 1,840 feet of Phillips Field Road, and the Peger Road/Johansen Expressway on and off ramps. The third project consists of upgrading the existing copper wire based traffic signal interconnect from the Mitchell Expressway to the Johansen Expressway. This project will complete a fiber optic network ring topology and improve capacity, reliability, and insurance from accidental line breaks. Completion date is September 30.

Exclusive Paving was awarded a $2.311 million contract for the City of Fairbanks Pedestrian Facilities Upgrade & Aurora and Auburn Drive Resurfacing project. The project consists of the reconstruction of pedestrian facilities on Aurora Drive, Cowles Street, Lacey Street and 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Avenues from Cowles Street to Noble Street, 10th Avenue from Noble Street to Steese Highway. This project will resurface 0.84 miles (4,440 feet) of roadway on Aurora Drive from Hanson Road to College Road. The existing asphalt will be removed, manhole and utility lids will be adjusted to match the new surface, and the new pavement will be striped. All work will take place on the existing road surface. Additionally, 0.83 miles (4,370 feet) or roadway and 0.67 miles (3,530) of bike path along Auburn Drive have been selected to be resurfaced. All work will take place along the existing surfaces. Project completion date is October 31.

Exclusive Paving was awarded a $2.864 million contract for the Goldhill Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility. The project consists of widening the shoulders on Goldhill Road to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians. Improvements will also include resurfacing the roadway, approach work, signing, and striping. The project completion date is October 1.

 

Eielson Air Force Base

Design work started in June for the $25.8 million F-35A Flight Simulator Facility to be located at Eielson Air Force Base. McCool Carlson Green is contracted for architecture and interior design for the US Air Force on the 32,342-square-foot facility. Construction is scheduled to begin this month. Subcontractors include: R&M Consultants (Civil Engineer), PDC Inc. Engineers (Mechanical/Electrical Engineer), Schneider Structural Engineers (Structural Engineer), Corvus Design (Landscape Architecture), Estimations (Cost Estimator), HDR (F-35A Consultant), and Jensen Hughes (Fire Protection). Slated completion date is October 2018.

 

Richardson Highway

Great Northwest, Inc. was awarded a $2.739 million contract for the Valdez River Eoncroachment Repairs project. This project proposes to raise the road profile of the Richardson Highway MP 6.5 by 4.5 feet and install a new fish passage culvert near the existing culvert. The project also proposes to reinforce the highway embankment with additional riprap at Richardson Highway MP 12.5. Completion is scheduled for October 31.

In August, QAP was awarded an $8.986 million contract for the Richardson Highway MP 24-35 Resurfacing project. The project consists of removing and replacing asphalt, signs, guardrail, and culverts between approximately MP 24-35 of the Richardson Highway. There will also be safety improvements and additional turnouts/approaches installed. The project completion date is October 31, 2017.

 

Western Alaska

GCI marked a milestone in its highspeed broadband expansion project in August with the completion of tower construction in the Alaska communities of Koyuk, Elim, St. Michael, and Selawik, where crews laid foundations, erected the towers, and set up the communications shelters to house and protect the highspeed bandwidth equipment. STG Incorporated is providing design/build services to help GCI achieve their goals. Construction to lay the foundation for the tower and shelters began in Noorvik in August. Crews were set to being laying foundations and erecting the towers in Golovin, Buckland, Stebbins, and White Mountain once permitting was complete.

 

A shelter used to house communication equipment in Selawik suspended in air.

Photo courtesy of GCI

Crews in Selawik setting the tower in place.

Photo courtesy of GCI

 

Pilot Station

STG Incorporated is installing approximately five hundred thousand gallons of new fuel storage capacity for power generation and retail sales and relocating the existing diesel-fired power plant. This Alaska Village Electric Cooperative Pilot Station Bulk Fuel Upgrade project was underway in August.

 

Kwethluk

Work continued on the new $32.8 million Kwethluk K-12 School. The project began last fall and is scheduled for completion in fall 2017. Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. provided full architectural and engineering design services on the two-story, 48,500-square-foot replacement school set on driven piles. Bethel Services, Inc. is the general contractor on the Lower Kuskokwim School District project.

 

Drone photo of the Kwethluk K-12 School, provided by Bethel Services Inc.

Photo by BSI / Courtesy of Stantec

 

Kodiak

QAP was awarded the contract for the Chiniak Highway: MP 10-15 Pavement Preservation, and HSIP: Kodiak Bridge Rail Upgrades in Kodiak in late May for its bid of $10.388 million. This federally funded contract consists of two projects: one will resurface Chiniak Highway from milepost 10 to 15 and the other will replace bridge rails on multiple bridges. Contract work includes paving, drainage improvements, signs, striping, guardrail, and end treatments. The two projects are to be completed by November 1. Stantec Consulting Services Inc. provided design.

 

Aleknagik

The Aleknagik Wood River Bridge Project will construct a road from the Dillingham – Aleknagik Road to Peter Krause Sr. Drive in the Village of Aleknagik. Aleknagik occupies both the north and south shores of Lake Aleknagik, but most of the population of the village resides on the north shore. Many lives have been lost crossing the lake in both winter and summer. This project will provide a safe link between the village and educational, commercial, and travel resources in Dillingham.

The proposed roadway will be paved and have two 10 foot lanes with 5 foot shoulders. The bridge will be a two-lane bridge, 440 feet long; using three spans over two piers spaced 170 feet apart, and providing a minimum of 40 feet of clearance above the river. About 2.5 miles of approach roadway will be constructed on both the north and south shores. To expedite the construction start date the project has been divided into two phases as shown on the map.

The project is being completed in two phases. Phase I construction was completed by Mowat Construction, Inc., who began the work in April 2014. Phase II design and right-of-way acquisition were underway, and JJC Enterprises, Inc. was awarded the $6.391 million Aleknagik Wood River Bridge Construction Phase II project by DOT&PF this summer.

 

King Cove

The Aleutians East Borough commissioned Edmonds, Washington-based architecture firm design2 LAST, inc. for the $2.3 million building envelope replacement at the 43,000-square-foot King Cove School. After years of water leaks through the walls, windows, and parapet, UNIT COMPANY is completing the work for a new rainscreen wall system that will eliminate leaks and tighten the envelope for increased energy efficiency. The new system uses a non-toxic, red-list free, liquid applied WRB membrane that will prevent liquid water from entering the walls, but will allow water vapor to escape. Other sustainable materials used include inert, mineral wool insulation; fiberglass furring strips to prevent thermal transfer; fiberglass windows; and aluminum metal siding panels. To remain true to the original design, the metal panels are installed in a horizontal orientation and are a similar color. In addition to the exterior work, the project included work to repair water damaged finishes on the interior of the school. Interior work is expected to be complete prior to the start of the fall school schedule. Exterior work is expected to be complete by the end of September, 2016.

 

Cold Bay

Northern Management Services, Inc. was awarded a contract for $2.259 million for the Cold Bay ARFF Addition. This federally funded project will construct a new addition to the existing Airport Rescue and Firefighting Building (ARFF) at the Cold Bay Airport in Cold Bay, Alaska. This addition will provide space for the airport ARFF vehicle and one additional snow removal vehicle.

 

Dutch Harbor

Orion Marine Group started the Unisea G1 Dock Replacement in Dutch Harbor in February. The $13 million Unisea Seafoods project is expected to be completed this month. This project included demolishing an old dilapidated pile supported dock with a sheet pile bulkhead, with associated dolphins and catwalks, and concrete paved deck. This will give increased useable dock space and uplands.

 

Shemya

STG Incorporated started the Eareckson Air Station Fuel Pier Facility Repair project in June for the US Army Corps of Engineers. The refurbishment of the existing dock face with new protective coatings and anodes and the installation of new mooring bollards, bull rail, and lighting standards is scheduled for completion this month.

 

Central Region

Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. was awarded a $4.757 million contract for the CR Flashing Yellow Arrow ITS project. This federally funded project will upgrade signal supports, hardware, wiring, electronics, communications equipment, traffic management center, timing plans, and provide related items to accommodate flashing yellow arrows and multiple locations. Project completion is set for November 1.

Granite Construction Company was awarded a $6.788 million contract for the HSIP: CR High Friction Surface Treatment project. This federally funded project will install hard aggregate surface treatment to increase friction at multiple locations within the Central Region. Project work also includes signing, striping, milling, and paving. Completion is expected by September 15.

 

Talkeetna

Ahtna Construction and Primary Products Corporation was awarded a $6.79 million contract for the Talkeetna Airport Improvements and Pavement Rehabilitation project by DOT&PF in late May. This federally funded project will resurface all existing pavement, construct a new Transient Apron, a General Aviation Apron, connection taxiways, taxilanes, a pathway, and access roads. Clearing for airspace obstructions is also included. The project is expected to be completed by August 30, 2017.

 

Willow

Stantec Consulting Services Inc. provided design on the pavement preservation project for 11 miles of Willow Fishhook Road, from Milepost 37.7 to the Parks Highway. Work began last November on the $8.594 million DOT&PF project and should be complete by October. QAP is the general contractor.

 

Palmer/Wasilla

QAP was awarded the contract for the Schrock Road Pavement Preservation, Mat-Su Area Roads Pavement Preservation (Group A), and Mat-Su Area Roads Pavement Preservation projects in May for its bid of $8.998 million. This federally funded contract includes three Pavement Preservation projects which will resurface thirteen roads in the area of Palmer and Wasilla. In addition to repaving, work will also include improvements to the Little Susitna Bridge (#1030), roadway structural section, drainage, guardrail, signage, and striping.

Scarsella Bros., Inc. has the $4.639 contract for Lucas Road Improvements in Wasilla. The DOT&PF project is to upgrade Lucas Road to rural collector standards, extend the service life of the roadway, and improve safety.

 

Near Porcupine State Recreation Site

Granite Construction Company was awarded a $2.643 million contract for the Glenn Highway MP 63 and 64 Erosion Protection project. This federally funded project will install erosion protection to preserve the Glenn Highway. Project work will include clearing and grubbing, riprap, base course, relocating existing signs, and topsoil and seeding. Project completion date is December 15.

 

Eklutna

Granite Construction Company was awarded a $10.696 million contract for the Glenn Highway: Hiland Road to Eklutna Pavement Preservation/Glenn Highway: Median Crossovers projects in late July by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. This federally funded contract consists of two projects: one will mill and resurface the mainline driving lanes of the Glenn Highway from the Hiland Road interchange to the Eklutna Road overcrossing. The project will also apply a sand seal to interchange ramps and rigid delineators will be installed from the Airport Heights intersection to Glenn/Parks interchange. The other project will grade, pave, and sign 4 median crossovers along the Glenn Highway. Completion date is July 31, 2017.

 

Girdwood

Granite Construction Company was awarded the contract for the Alyeska Hwy Resurfacing: Seward Hwy to Arlberg Ave and Alyeska Hwy: Pathway Rehabilitation (GF) project with its bid of $5.198 million. This federally funded contract consists of two projects. One includes the resurfacing, narrowing the roadway from Forest Station Access Road to the intersection with Glacier Creek Drive, upgrades to meet current ADA standards, guardrail, structural bridge work, and striping. The other project will reconstruct and widen the paved pathway to restore usability and meet current ADA standards. Both projects also include drainage, utility relocation, and signage. Projects are to be completed by June 15, 2017.

 

Sterling

Pruhs Construction Company, LLC was awarded a $15.712 million contract for the Sterling Highway MP 114-135 Pavement Preservation project. This federally funded contract will resurface approximately 20 miles of the Sterling Highway from South Cohoe Loop Road to the Ninilchik River Bridge (No. 0669). The project will overlay existing pavement, include guardrail, guardrail end treatment, dig-outs, drainage, clearing, rumble-strips, signs, and striping. Completion is set for June 30, 2017.

 

Soldotna

Pruhs Construction Company, LLC was awarded a $3,688 million contract for the Sterling Highway: Soldotna Urban Pavement Preservation project. This federally funded project will resurface the Sterling Highway in Soldotna, Alaska from approximately one third of a mile south of the intersection with Kalifornsky Beach Road to Devin Drive. Project work includes paving, guardrail, drainage, signalization, ADA curb ramp improvements, signage and striping. Completion is slated for October 1.

 

Kenai

QAP was awarded a $7.898 million contract for the Kenai Spur Highway: MP 8-12.4 Pavement Preservation, Kenai Spur Highway: MP 9.8 & MP 10.2 Culvert Replacement, and Bicycle-Pedestrian Facilities Rehabilitation and Improvements projects. This federally funded contract includes three projects which will: plane and resurface the Kenai Spur Highway from MP 8 (Cole Drive) to MP 12.4 (McKinley Street); replace culverts at MP 9.8, MP 11.14, and MP 11.44 with fish passage culverts; line the existing twin culverts at MP 10.2; line or replace existing storm drain infrastructure as needed; upgrade existing bicycle and pedestrian pathways along several sections of the Kenai Spur Highway and Kalifornsky Beach Road; upgrade pedestrian ramps to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards; and perform signing and striping. Project completion date is set for July 31, 2017.

 

Anchorage

Neeser Construction was awarded a $40.745 million contract for the Glenn Hwy and Muldoon Road Interchange Improvements project. This federally funded project will reconstruct the existing Glenn-Muldoon partial cloverleaf interchange into a diverging diamond configuration including reconstruction of the Glenn Hwy on/off ramps and reconstruction of Muldoon Road from Boundary Ave. to Golden Bear Drive. Associated improvements include new pedestrian pathways, illuminations, noise walls, water line relocating, landscaping and drainage modifications. Completion is set for October 31, 2018.

QAP was awarded an $8.348 million contract for the AMATS: Abbott Road Rehab-Phase I project. This federally funded project will provide two-way left turn lane, add a second eastbound through lane at Lake Otis Parkway, flatten crest vertical curves, and rehabilitate the existing pathway from Lake Otis Parkway to Jupiter Drive. Project work will consist of grading, drainage, paving, signing, striping, and signalization. Completion scheduled for October 31.

Bristol Construction Services, LLC was awarded a $9.982 million contract for the Seward Highway: 92nd Ave Connector project. This federally funded project will construct the first phase of the 92nd Avenue and Academy Drive separation project. This phase of the project includes a southbound auxiliary lane from Dimond Blvd. to 92nd Avenue, a southbound auxiliary lane from 92nd to O’Malley Road, reconstruction of 92nd Avenue from the Old Seward Highway to the Seward Highway, and a new traffic signal at the Old Seward Highway and 92nd Avenue intersection. Completion is expected by October 31.

QAP was awarded a $4.196 million contract for HSIP: Johns Road and Klatt Road Intersection Improvements, Klatt Road Sight Distance Improvements, and HSIP: Bragaw Street at 16th Avenue Channelization Improvements. This federally funded contract consists of three projects. HSIP: Klatt Rd and Johns Rd Intersection Improvements project will construct a single-lane roundabout with work including lighting, drainage, and pedestrian facilities. Klatt Rd Sight Distance Improvements project will modify centerline profile and make improvements to drainage and pedestrian facilities. HSIP: Bragaw Street at 16th Avenue Channelization Improvements project will widen Bragaw Street by adding a two-way left turn lane between 16th Avenue and Debarr Road, work will include drainage improvements, pedestrian facilities, highway lighting, and retaining wall installation. Completion is scheduled for October 31.

Mass Excavation, Inc. began work in May and expects to finish in October on the $6.9 million Merrill Field – Taxiway Q project for the Municipality of Anchorage.

Granite Construction Company was awarded the ANC Taxiway R Improvements & ANC Taxiway T Improvements in late May for their bid of $20,220,272.79. The federally funded contract includes two projects which will rehabilitate Taxiways R and T at Anchorage International Airport to provide adequate structural pavement sections, taxiway shoulders, and taxiway safety areas. Electrical improvements will include rehabilitation of in-pavement and elevated taxiway lighting systems and replacement of taxiway signs.

McCool Carlson Green is the architect on the Alaska Airlines – New Anchorage Hangar, a 105,000-square-foot, $41 million project that was to start last month with completion slated for first quarter 2018. General contractor is Kiewit, and subcontractors include: CRW Engineering Group (civil engineer, survey), AMC Engineers (mechanical/electrical engineer, commissioning), Schneider Structural Engineers (structural engineer), Shannon & Wilson (geotechnical engineer), Coffman Engineers (fire protection), Corvus Design (landscape architecture), and Estimations (cost estimator). (See related story this issue.)

RurAL CAP’s Susitna View project at Third and Cordova in Anchorage is a multi-million dollar redevelopment of an existing 14,696-square-foot, four-story office building to provide twenty units of permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals experiencing mental and physical disabilities. It will also have seven offices, community outdoor space, common space, meeting space, and community kitchen space. Lumen Design, LLC is the architect; SR Bales is the general contractor. The south building façade is covered with solar panels to meet the AHFC minimum 5 percent energy offset requirement. Lumen designed the building for a six star energy rating. Work on the building began this spring and completion is anticipated by the end of September.

General contractor Davis Constructors & Engineers, Inc. continues work on the Anchorage Museum Expansion. Work on the two-story, 31,067-square-foot project designed for the Anchorage Museum Association by McCool Carlson Green began in February and has a June 1, 2017 completion date. Also at the Museum, Davis is set to begin construction on the Anchorage Museum – Alaska Gallery Exhibit project this month. The 15,000-square-foot remodel is expected to be done in March 2017, and was also designed by McCool Carlson Green architects for the Anchorage Museum Association.

Work is underway on the Providence Emergency Department Expansion project in Anchorage. The 6 Phases of Remodeling project is being designed by Architects Alaska and the general contractor is Davis Constructors. When complete, this project will expand the number of emergency department treatment rooms from thirty-seven to fifty, including two trauma rooms and pediatric emergency space. Construction will be completed in several phases. The new treatment rooms are anticipated to be fully operational in early 2018.

Mass Excavation began work as the general contractor on Resolution Pointe Phase V for Hickel Investment Company in Bayshore. Lounsbury & Associates, Inc. are the engineers on the project that started in July and is expected to be completed in October.

Work began in March on the ANTHC Education & Training Center for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage, a $10 million, 53,000-square-foot, three-story project. Firms working on the project include: Rodney P. Kinney Associates (contract manager, civil engineer, survey), MCG Architects (architecture, interior design), along with subcontractors: AMC Engineers (mechanical/electrical engineer, fire protection), PND Engineers (structural engineer), Corvus Design (landscape architecture), and Estimations (cost estimator). Construction is to start in November with a 2017 completion date.

General contractor Davis Constructors & Engineers, Inc. continues work on the Turnagain Elementary School Renewal, a $13 million, two-story, 56,775-square-foot remodel for the Anchorage School District designed by Nvision Architecture. Work started in May and the project is expected to be completed in August next year.

Construction began in June on the $13.6 million Gladys Wood Elementary School, a 56,590-square-foot project for the Anchorage School District. McCool Carlson Green is engaged for architecture, interior design, and as educational planner. General contractor is Cornerstone General Contractors on the $13.6 million project. Subcontractors include: CRW Engineering Group (civil engineer, survey), RSA Engineering (mechanical/electrical engineer), PND Engineers (structural engineer), Shannon & Wilson (geotechnical engineer), Corvus Design (landscape architecture), and Estimations (cost estimator). Completion is scheduled for August 2017.

 

This article first appeared in the September 2016 print edition of Alaska Business Monthly.

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