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UAA “tops out” Engineering & Industry Building

Lance Walton, on top, and Josh Christensen shake hands after installing the ceremonial last beam at the Topping Out Ceremony for the new Engineering & Industry Building on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage in Anchorage, Alaska Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. The building is expected to open in Fall of 2015 and will provide the facilities to allow UAA to expand its engineering program and begin offering graduate degrees in more fields of engineering.
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University of Alaska Anchorage engineering student and President of the UAA chapter of the Society of Women Engineers Andrea Hulman signs the ceremonial last beam at the Topping Out Ceremony for the new Engineering & Industry Building on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage in Anchorage, Alaska Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. The building is expected to open in Fall of 2015 and will provide the facilities to allow UAA to expand its engineering program and begin offering graduate degrees in more fields of engineering.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHAT

UAA “tops out” Engineering & Industry Building 

WHO

University of Alaska Anchorage

Design Team: Livingston Slone Inc. 

General Contractor: Neeser Construction 

WHEN

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

10:45 a.m.

WHERE

UAA Engineering & Industry Building Jobsite

The jobsite is located near the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program Building, Student Union & Campus Bookstore, and Wells Fargo Sports Complex. It is visible from Providence Drive. 

WHY

"Topping out" is the term used by ironworkers to indicate that the final piece of steel has been hoisted into place on a building, bridge or other large structure. The building is not complete but has reached its maximum height. Guests were invited to sign the final steel beam that was put into place during the ceremony. 

Once complete, the $78.25 million, 80,000 GSF Engineering & Industry Building will provide state-of-the-art laboratories, two classrooms enhanced for eLearning, five seminar and breakout rooms with interactive remote communication capability, a high-bay project design/assembly area, a small collaborative space with a coffee shop/vending area, and over 40 offices for faculty and staff. 

The four-story Engineering & Industry Building is located south of the UAA Campus Bookstore and will connect to the UAA Health Sciences Building via a pedestrian sky bridge across Providence Drive. The building is scheduled to open its doors in fall 2015. 

The Engineering & Industry Building is part of an engineering initiative to enhance facilities at UAA and UAF to train the next generation of Alaska engineers. At UAA, the initiative includes a planned renovation of the existing three-story School of Engineering Building (40,000 GSF) and a proposed multistory structured parking facility to accommodate the increased parking demand.

 

Construction updates
Building details
Live construction webcam
Ceremonial Groundbreaking

UAA press release