Lena Point building tops UA construction projects

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JUNEAU -- A new $18 million fisheries and ocean sciences building at Lena Point just north of here tops the list of new construction projects requested by the University of Alaska.

The 41,500 square-foot Lena Point facility was proposed by the UA Board of Regents in its meeting midmonth.

The facility would serve the University of Alaska Fairbanks Fisheries and Ocean Sciences department, which has offices scattered among numerous buildings at the University of Alaska Southeast campus.

It is part of a $272 million capital projects budget that calls for spending $221 million in state general funds.

Regents placed $31.6 million in essential maintenance projects ahead of the new Juneau facility on a list of priorities. Those projects would require $27.6 million in state general funds support.

"The Lena Point facility is the No. 1 priority in new construction," said UA spokesman Bob Miller.

The proposed building would provide space for 14 faculty members, research assistants and graduate students. It would be located next to a proposed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration science facility.

Other capital projects include a $12 million bio-science building in Fairbanks and a request for $26 million to ease classroom crowding at campuses in Fairbanks and Anchorage.

11/25/2001 - 8:00pm