“Much of the project success can be attributed to one word . . .
communication,” said Bob Banghart, deputy director of the Division of
Libraries, Archives, and Museums for the State of Alaska. “Combine that with a
highly motivated team and a level of cooperative and creative problem solving,
and the overall project has exceeded everyone’s expectations. Having PCL at the
table with the owner and design team had a significant impact on bringing
desire and delivery into balance.”
The 118,000-square-foot facility combines the three functions of
the Alaska State Department of Education – Library, Archives, and Museums
Division into one building. They were previously spread out over five separate
areas or spaces. At its heart, the Library, Archives and Museum is about
protecting the existing collections and will provide Alaskan communities with a
facility to store, accommodate, and display artifacts of Native Alaskan
cultures and antiquities while providing a modern atmosphere in which to access
“It’s been an exciting time to watch the project come into its
final completion,” said Tom Doig, PCL vice president and district manager.
“We’re proud of the project and our entire team that has contributed to
preserving Alaska’s past, present and future.”
The project is constructed as a 100-year building, built to Alaska
State energy-efficiency and sustainable building requirements. The Father P.
Kashevaroff Library, Archives and Museum celebrated its grand opening on June
6, just one year before the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase.
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