Building Anchorage: UAA Engineering and Industry Building

Erik Hill

WHAT: The Engineering and Industry Building at UAA

The EIB is the first part of a three-part project including construction of the new EIB, existing Engineering Building remodel and construction of a 485-space parking structure. The EIB will consist of four stories and approximately 81,500 square feet. The facility will contain laboratory space, classrooms and faculty space.

The building will include many high-tech and unique devices for monitoring seismic activity, energy consumption, weather statistics and sidewalk snowmelt. These will all be linked to a building automation system feeding information to common space displays located throughout the facility. Additionally, the facility will include viewing windows to utility (mechanical and electrical) and teaching spaces, making the building a more interactive environment for student learning. These systems will be part of the "Engineering on Display" initiative, designed to use the building as a teaching tool for students. Other resources such as food service and study areas will round off the facility experience and minimize the need for students to leave the building.

WHERE: UAA main campus, 2900 Spirit Way

COST: Total Project Cost: $123.2 million. Received to Date (EIB Construction, Planning, and Design): $77.46 million. Additional Funding Required in FY15 to Complete the EIB, Construct the Parking Structure, and Remodeling the Existing Engineering Building: $45.74 million

DESIGN/ARCHITECT: Livingston Slone Inc. and Ayers Saint Gross, architects; Livingston Slone, civil engineer; AMC Engineers, electrical and mechanical engineers; Reid Middleton Inc., structural engineer; Research Facilities Design, lab engineer; Corvus Design, landscape architect.

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Neeser Construction Inc.

SUBCONTRACTORS: Mega Watt Electric LLC, electrical systems; Last Frontier Mechanical LLC, mechanical wet side systems; General Mechanical Inc., mechanical dry side systems; Alaska Quality Fire Protection LLC, sprinkler system; Siemens Industry, Inc., mechanical control; Alaska Air Balancing, testing and balancing; Alaska Glazing Inc., curtain wall and glazing; Alaska Insulation Specialties, mechanical insulation; Alaska Professional Concrete Services, finish concrete; Alaska Industries, Inc., flooring and Ceiling; A-1 Insulation, building insulation; Arthun Painting, drywall and painting; ATS Alaska, fire alarm and data; Door Systems of Alaska, overhead doors; Finishing Edge, site concrete; Grazzini Brothers & Co., tile work; Industrial Hoists LLC, bridge crane and hoists; Integrity, data; ISEC, lab casework; McKenna Brothers, paving; Northwood Landscaping, landscaping; Otis Elevator, elevators; Rain Proof Roofing LLC, roofing

WHY: Enrollment in the School of Engineering (SoE) at UAA has more than quadrupled, to nearly 1,200 student, since 2000. Increasing this space ensures that UAA will be able to meet the growing demand for the program and maintain accreditation for its undergraduate engineering programs.

WHEN: Project substantial completion is scheduled for June 30, 2015.

Information compiled by Joy Guest in collaboration with UAA Facilities and Campus Services staff. Have you driven by a construction project lately and wondered "What is that going to be?" It might be a potential candidate for our Building Anchorage feature. If you have a project to suggest, call Joy Guest at 257-4315 or e-mail