BP to Donate BP Energy Center to Alaska Community Foundation
ANCHORAGE—BP is donating the BP Energy Center property and building to The Alaska Community Foundation (ACF), ensuring Alaska nonprofits will have access to the resource for years to come. BP built the Energy Center as a charitable commitment to Alaska and for sixty years has been a dedicated partner with nonprofit and educational organizations in the state.
“Of all the accomplishments we’ve had in Alaska, we believe this to be our most important. We are leaving the Energy Center here for future generations. We hope it serves as a reminder that “community” is what matters most,” said Janet Weiss, president of BP Alaska.
The facility will continue to provide a center for meetings, education, and activities for nonprofits and educational organizations throughout the state. The BP Energy Center Fund, currently at ACF, will be used to help support the costs of operating the facility.
“We are so honored to be chosen to carry on BP’s philanthropic vision for the BP Energy Center,” said ACF Board Chair Carol Gore. “It is a gift to the entire nonprofit community, and an extraordinary opportunity to amplify our mission to inspire the spirit of giving and connect people, organizations, and causes to strengthen Alaska’s communities now and forever.”
Per BP’s request, ACF will maintain the building and its purpose for a period of at least twenty years. There will be no cancellations or disruptions for upcoming scheduled events at the Energy Center. BP will continue to operate the building until the official ownership transfer of its assets to Hilcorp takes place.
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The Art of Architecture
Architects often find themselves facing something of a chicken and egg dilemma. When it comes to design, what takes precedence—form or function?
“It’s a great question, and it’s probably a loaded question,” says David McVeigh, president of RIM Architects. “You can ask ten different architects and get ten different answers.”
Many of the factors that influence those answers land outside the architect’s control. The client’s vision for the building, its location and intended use, the project budget, and whether the design must conform to specific guidelines are all details the architect must consider when determining how much emphasis to place on aesthetics and how much on function.