Bulletin Board March 4, 2001
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. will build a $7.1 million community center south of the company’s Midtown Anchorage headquarters. The center will serve as a meeting and training facility for nonprofit organizations and feature interpretive and interactive displays about technologies used in oil and gas development. The 12,000-square-foot facility will consist of three "pods" connected by a glass corridor. Groundbreaking is planned for the spring, and exterior construction is scheduled for completion in the fall. The center is scheduled to open in mid-2002.
Wells Fargo has opened a foreign exchange office at its Anchorage 5th Avenue mall store. The location will offer a variety of exchange services for local businesses and foreign travelers including buying and selling 30 different foreign currencies and processing foreign currency drafts and wire transfers. Foreign Exchange Services is located in Wells Fargo/National Bank of Alaska mall branch. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Xerox Corp. has named OfficeTech Inc. an authorized sales agency for Xerox engineering systems. OfficeTech, with headquarters in Anchorage, now represents Xerox’s complete line of black and white and color engineering plotters and printers. OfficeTech recently purchased several Xerox dealerships in Spokane, Wash. and Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, nearly tripling the company’s size.
SiSTech Inc., computer consultants with offices in Anchorage and Wasilla, is expanding its networking and hardware/software support services. The firm currently provides data management, web development and computer support services to small- and mid-sized Alaska businesses. Marc A. Davis, a certified network and support technician with more than 10 years experience, has joined SiSTech in its company expansion.
Alyeska Prince Hotel in Girdwood did not renew its property franchise agreement with Westin and Starwood Hotels March 1. The decision not to renew at the end of the five-year contract was made in conjunction with a similar recent move by the four Hawaii Prince Hotels and Resorts. The Alyeska Prince Hotel hopes to build on its branding and partnership with the 83 Prince hotels and resorts worldwide. No management or staffing changes will take place as a result of the franchise agreement ending.M
More than 120 ice sculptors from around the world will participate in the 2001 World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks March 7 to 18. Acclaimed artists will create more than 100 sculptures ranging in height from 6 feet to 30 feet and weighing between 7,800 and 40,000 pounds. In regards to the clarity of Fairbanks’ ice, a visiting sculptor dubbed it "The Arctic Diamond." The sculptures will be displayed in Ice Park off Phillips Field Road. Public viewing is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 7 until the ice melts usually at the end of March. For more information, call 907-451-8250.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center is the site of the second annual All-Alaska Native Juried Art Show through March 31. Funded in part by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the show will be open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment. Many forms of traditional and contemporary Alaska Native art, ranging from basketry, carving and doll making to painting and sculpture will be on display. For additional details, contact Cindy Pennington at 907-330-8015.
AT&T has selected researchers from the University of Alaska Anchorage and from six other universities to receive AT&T’s Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship. The winning researchers receive $25,000 and are designated AT&T Faculty Fellows in Industrial Ecology. The project being funded at UAA will employ logistics systems that substitute information flows for on-site visits and model the industrial ecology involved to quantify the materials, energy and labor used, and measure the cultural, social and environmental impacts.
Additional corporate donations announced recently will aid KAKM Channel 7 public television in meeting a federal government mandate to convert from its current analog system to digital technology. The donations included cash gifts of $30,000 from Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., $25,000 from Lynden Transport Inc. and $10,000 from Ribelin, Lowell & Co. KAKM Channel 7 is launching a $3 million capital campaign to raise funds necessary for the conversion. Public stations have until 2003 to convert.
Alaska Press Women is offering scholarships to Alaska residents who are college or university students planning a career in a communications field. For additional information, contact Connie Graffis at 907-273-9414. The application deadline is March 14.