Building Mat-Su: Amazing Grace Academy Gymnasium

AnchorageDecember 30, 2013 

WHAT:

The 11,200-square-foot gym will include equipment rooms, bathrooms and locker space. In addition to the gymnasium space, it will also have at least two upstairs classrooms, a kitchen facility and dining room space. The gym will be connected to the current school by an enclosed walkway.

WHERE:

2238 S. Inner Springer Loop, Palmer

COST:

Estimated at $1.4 million. Unable to finance the expansion on its own and unwilling to incur more debt with a new loan, the church sought help through people outside their congregation, and even outside Alaska. An individual from Outside donated $250,000, and another donated $50,000. They also made a video and shared it through social media. The result has been many small donations coming in from 17 different states and even Canada. To date they have raised just over $725,000, and a little more than half has come from outside the church.

DESIGN/ARCHITECT:

Arctic Fox in Wasilla; Bonnie Allen is the architect.

GENERAL CONTRACTOR:

Rob Carleson

SUBCONTRACTORS:

Alaska Glass & Door, Alder (Plot Plan), AMAQ, Carleson Supply, Copperwood, EIC (electrical engineer), Malone Construction (includes JD Steel and Valley Block & Concrete invoices), Oien Associates Inc., SAI (plumbing mechanical), Totally Inspired Media (Todd Gessele), Trans Alaska (plumbing underground), Vanoy Electric Service

WHY:

About 10 years ago, the church and its school relocated to their current location in order to be more centrally located in the Valley. At the time, limited funds did not allow for a gym to be built with the school. Enrollment at the school has increased in the last several years. The church has been able to pay off its mortgage, and with the increased enrollment the gym became a much needed addition for their students.

WHEN:

Fundraising started in April 2012. Groundbreaking was this past summer. They are building as the money is donated, so the completion date is not set.

Information compiled by Joy Guest. Have you driven by a construction project lately in Anchorage, Eagle River or the Mat-Su Valley and wondered, "What is that going to be?" It might be a potential candidate for this feature. If you have a project to suggest, call Joy Guest at 257-4315 or email jguest@adn.com.

Building Mat-Su -- Amazing Grace Academy Gymnasium

 

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