INSIDE ALASKA BUSINESS Compiled by Russ Slaten
campuses of the University of Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University,
and Providence Alaska Medical Center.
The two-story, 6,300-square-foot branch
at 3650 Piper Street begins to fill the gap
in amenities on the U-Med campus by
offering three drive-up lanes including a
drive-up ATM, a night drop, and a kiosk
in the lobby. To further demonstrate its
commitment to the future of Alaska, the
bank’s Senior Vice President Cheri Gillian presented $89,000 to university programs. The donations included $45,000
to Alaska Pacific University and $44,000
to the University of Alaska Anchorage.
In Juneau, First National Bank Alaska
will open a new downtown branch later
this year. The 7,785-square-foot Juneau
Regional Branch is under construction
at the corner of 10th and Glacier Avenue
in the capitol city. The branch will feature the only drive-up lane and drive-up ATM in the capital city’s downtown
area. On-site parking will make it easier
for drivers to visit the bank. In coordination with the opening of the two-story Juneau Regional Branch, the operations of the existing Channel Branch on
840 West 10th Street and Juneau Branch
on 238 Front Street will be consolidated
in the new building on 10th Street. The
Channel Branch building will be torn
down at that time to make room for the
new branch parking lot.
RIM Architects opened a new office in Palmer, in addition to their existing
office in Anchorage, established in 1986.
The new office enables the firm to be-
come part of the growing Mat-Su com-
munity, engage with local leaders, con-
tribute to the local economy, and provide
local design services with boots-on-the-
ground staff. This new location also pro-
vides RIM’s professional staff with the
ability to enjoy the quality of life that the
Mat-Su provides, including affordable
real estate and thriving neighborhood
schools, without the long commute into
Anchorage. RIM has provided design
services for numerous Mat-Su Valley
projects, including the Alaska State Fair/
Alaska Railroad Intermodal Station,
other projects at the Alaska State Fair
grounds, and several projects in Wasilla.
Alaska Airlines’ fleet of fuel-efficient Boeing airplanes is growing again.
Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is purchasing six more Boeing 737-900 Extended Range aircraft, valued at $594
million, Boeing’s current list price. The
new planes, four scheduled for delivery
in 2016 and two in 2017, bring Alaska’s
total of domestically manufactured jets
on order to seventy-nine.
Expedited delivery of four new Boeing 737-900ERs increases the number
of planes Alaska Airlines will receive
next year to nineteen. Alaska operates one of the youngest fleets in North
America. The airline is transitioning
to Boeing’s most modern and efficient
737 “next generation” models. Over the
next few years, Alaska’s remaining 737-
400s will be replaced with 737-900ERs,
which transport 25 percent more passengers on the same amount of fuel.
Starting later this year, all of Alaska’s
new 737-900ERs will feature Boeing’s innovative Space Bins. The larger overhead
bins have a similar look and feel to Alaska’s current pivot bins, yet will hold 48
percent more bags than the current bins.
ASRC has now distributed more than $1 billion to other Alaska Native corporations. For the first time since incorporation, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) has distributed in excess of
$1 billion to the other Alaska Native regional corporations as part of its 7(i) obligation. A recent payout from ASRC was
approximately $125 million for the 7(i)
distribution, which are made annually.
A provision inside the Alaska Native
Claims Settlement Act of 1971 requires
the original twelve land-based Alaska
Native regional corporations to share 70
percent of their revenue from resource
development on their ANCSA conveyed
lands. ASRC’s 7(i) applicable revenue
comes mostly from resource development in the Colville River Delta, mainly
Alpine and other satellite oilfields.
Princess Cruise Lines
Princess Cruise Lines is partnering with the Alaska Seafood Marketing
Institute (ASMI) to serve a variety of new
Alaska cuisine onboard, including king
crab, king salmon, and fresh halibut.
Not only will there be a dedicated Alaska
cuisine themed night in the main dining
rooms, but there will also be a special
Alaska cuisine menu in the Crown Grill
and Bayou Cafe on select evenings. Princess chefs will also be specially trained by
Alaska Seafood chefs, ensuring the preparation and taste is authentically Alaska.
The winning dish of the 2014 Great Alaska Seafood Cook-Off, pan seared Alaska
salmon with root vegetable hash and
mushroom tea by Chef Travis Haugen of
Southside Bistro, will be featured in the
main dining rooms onboard.
Pacific Pile & Marine has a robust fleet of
marine equipment including our recent
addition of a 600-Ton 4600 Ringer.
From critical lifts to platform support, PPM is
sufficiently resourced to deliver a wide range
of construction services.
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