Work begins on library expansion

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Work has started on a $23 million project to expand the University of Alaska Anchorage Consortium Library.

The addition will add 109,000 square feet to the library, which now measures 85,750 square feet, said Russ Shoeman, UAA director of facilities, planning, design and construction.

The project is scheduled to be completed in January 2004, he said.

Funding was appropriated by the Legislature, he said.

Once finished, the library addition will transform the campus, said Steve Rollins, dean of the Consortium Library.

"It really represents the future of the campus," he said. "I think it’s going to allow the library and the university to mature as a major metropolitan university."

The library, which serves UAA and Alaska Pacific University, will expand its offerings. Individual study space will triple, and group study rooms will increase from one to six at the larger library, Rollins said.

Examples of other changes include adding a student listening facility as part of the music program and a temperature-controlled vault to improve preservation of historic Alaska films and videotapes, he said.

Elements of the project include a three-story parking garage and enclosed walkway to the College of Arts and Sciences, he said. Workers are now completing the parking garage.

Cornerstone General Contractors of Anchorage started building the addition in early May, said project manager Michael Quirk.

Site work has been completed and foundations are now being built, he said. Erecting the structural steel framework and precast concrete panels is scheduled to start in July, Quirk said.

Work in 2002 will include the building’s shell and core, with dry wall, acoustical paneling, architectural woodwork and carpeting slated for next year, he said. The three-story addition plus mechanical penthouse should be completed in July 2003, Quirk said. Then renovations begin on the existing library, he added.

06/09/2002 - 8:00pm