Construction Underway for New Maintenance Facility on North Slope
DEADHORSE–NANA Construction recently broke ground on a new North Slope base of operations–an 80-foot by 140-foot building that will house the company’s maintenance and infrastructure work for the oil and gas industry. The build-out sits on five-plus acres of land at the Deadhorse Airport.
The new structure, scheduled to be operational by the first quarter of 2020, includes space for a five-ton-capacity overhead crane and a 7,200-square-foot shop area for material storage and fabrication, as well as a 1,600-square-foot vehicle maintenance bay. Its strategic location increases NANA Construction’s presence on the North Slope, allowing for full-time, 24/7 personnel, who will be better able to respond to the immediate, evolving requirements of a job or project.
“NANA continues to invest in Alaska and the industries that drive its economy,” said Grant Vidrine, vice president of HSSE and operational excellence at NANA. “Our new North Slope facility was designed to meet the growing needs of our oil and gas customers, and we’re pleased to offer clients even more on-location services that save them time and money.”
The new facility comes on the heels of another major NANA Construction development project – an expansion at its Big Lake facility that doubles its onsite industrial fabrication capacity. The expansion increases NANA Construction’s existing industrial fabrication space in Big Lake from 14,000 square feet to 28,000 square feet, making it the largest facility of its kind in the state.
“We’ve seen an increased demand for process module fabrication over the last year,” said NANA Construction General Manager Fred Elvsaas. “Our two expansions are a direct response to the market and build upon our proactive commitment to offering the highest-quality services in Alaska.”
NANA Construction expects to complete both projects by the end of 2019.
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The Marx Bros. Café
Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.