National Monument Alaska
June 24, 2008
UIC has approximately 19 construction workers on the project and approximately 14 are from the region.
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Work on the heritage center is proceeding smoothly. The walls and roof are framed and one can now see the size, shape, and design of the building. All of the floor, most of the roof, and some of the walls are sheathed with oriented strand board, or OSB, an engineered wood product. UIC plans to close the building in before winter.
UIC restarted construction of the heritage center on January 5, after stopping in mid- December for the winter holidays.
Outside, the building is completely framed and enclosed. The roof is complete except for the flashing. The large window walls and all the exterior windows are installed.
Metal siding and flashing are up on both ends. Panel siding covers about 60% of the north face of the building.
Ramps and stairs are in place. The exterior lighting is in progress.
The inside of the building is completely framed. 90% is sheet-rocked.
The mechanical and HVAC rough-ins are almost complete. The electrical conduit rough-in is 80% complete and the wire pulling is 20% done. The electrical and mechanical rough-ins will start soon.
Next steps include taping and finishing, installation of interior windows, and installation of doorframes, specialty doors, and entry doors.
The NPS project inspector, Sandy Huss, describes all the work as “high quality.”
Also in September, Formations, Inc. will begin installing the center’s exhibits. Installation should take four to six weeks.
Formations has already purchased some of the items that will be featured in the exhibits from residents of the region. Purchases include a woman’s parka, red fox fur hat, replicated artifacts, umiak frame, and fish net.
The NPS plans to move it operations to the building in mid-November. Park staff members look forward to welcoming visitors and residents to the center in December or early January.