46 Alaska Business | December 2017 www.akbizmag.com
- U P Philanthropy in Construction:
Family-owned Watterson Construction routinely contributes to projects in the community. Within the last year, “
Watterson [Construction] and shareholders made
a significant contribution to the replacement
of the gym floor at the [Anchorage Commu-nity] YMCA,” says President Bill Watterson.
The Anchorage Community YMCA is the only
YMCA in the state, and “Despite our name, the
Y is not just young people, not just for men,
and not just for Christians,” the organization
states. The nonprofit is committed to building community through youth development,
healthy living, and social responsibility.
During the University of Alaska Fairbanks
Centennial Celebration, Watterson made a
contribution to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Engineering Facility, a project comprised of building 119,000 gross square feet
of new space and renovating about 23,000
gross square feet of existing space in the
Duckering Building. Construction on this
project began in September 2016 and was
substantially complete in September this
year, with first classes scheduled in the new
facility in January 2018.
Watterson Construction also donated
to the Polar Bear Exhibit at the Alaska Zoo,
which plans to triple the size of the exhibit,
including building maternity dens. R
Yakutat Culvert and Fish Passage
Maintaining open fish passage and avoiding
impact to fish in the creek presented just some
of the challenges that Ahtna Environmental
faced while renovating a fish passage under the Yakutat Highway. Rain caused rapid
surges in the creek during construction, dismantling fish fences and pumps and impacting excavation areas. To maintain road traffic
safety, Ahtna built a bypass road and diverted
the creek with two six-inch pumps—all while
leaving one lane of traffic open. The $600,000,
fast-track project was complete in August,
three weeks ahead of schedule.
Glacier Bay Lodge roof improvements were
made with red cedar shake, in keeping with Alaska
State Historic Preservation Office requirements.
Image courtesy of Ahtna Environmental Inc.
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