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Building Anchorage: Girl Scouts of Alaska's Camp Singing Hills

Courtesy Girl Scouts of Alaska\u201CSinging Hills Team\u201D is of some of our key project players. From left: Michael Fredericks, president of RIM First People; Wayne Flesch of Cornerstone General Contractors; Jane Angvik, Singing Hills capital campaign chair; Bryce Klug of RIM First People; Lynda Zaugg, Girl Scouts of Alaska first vice chair; and Cricket Gartrell of ARCADIS.

WHAT: The primary structure on the Camp Singing Hills property was destroyed in 2009 by an act of arson. In 2010, project teams came together to consult with girls, adult volunteers and board members to determine the camp features and facilities that would best serve Alaska's girls. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Girl Scout alumna and member of the honorary Congressional Girl Scout troop called Troop Capitol Hill, serves as honorary chair of the Camp Singing Hills capital campaign. Jane Angvik is the Camp Singing Hills capital campaign chair. Angvik is also a former elected member of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly and previously served as board chair of Girl Scouts of Alaska.

WHERE: Camp Singing Hills is a 40-acre Girl Scout property located in Chugiak on Edmonds Lake.

COST: $4 million capital campaign to design, build and operate Camp Singing Hills

DESIGN/ARCHITECT: RIM First People; and USKH as site planner

GENERAL CONTRACTOR:

Cornerstone General Contractors; and ARCADIS as project manager

SUBCONTRACTORS: 3D Concrete, Accurate Framing Systems, Alaska Foundation Coating, Amaq Corp., Campbell Painting, Chinook Fire Protection, Creative Tile 'N Things, Cunningham Roofing and Carpentry, Glass, Sash and Door Supply, Garness Engineering Group, JD Steel Co., Klondike Concrete, Mantech Mechanical, Northstar Electric Co., Nowka Cabinet Co., Statewide Blasting and Perforating Service, Treeline Construction

WHY: "The rebuild of Camp Singing Hills will provide Alaska's girls with an extraordinary camp and an exceptional experience. Camp Singing Hills will be a magical place where girls participate in day camp, year-round camping, outdoor recreation, environmental education and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs," said Girl Scouts of Alaska CEO Sue Perles. "Our rebuild plans include a trail system for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoe adventures; a play field; a lake-front canoe area and environmental education dock; yurts for year-round camping; and a lodge fully wired for STEM programs and events," she said.

WHEN: Construction at Singing Hills began in spring 2013. The project is due to be completed by the end of 2014. "Once completed, Camp Singing Hills will serve 2,000 unique girls, attract 4,500 in-person girl visits each year and reach many more girls employing interactive technology, said Perles.

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.