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This blog is intended to provide easy access to information about maintenance and construction activities that are occurring around campus. Blog posts will primarily be focused on notices, outages, and disruptions; however, we will also include notable information about activities of interest to the campus community.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Spine closure between SSB and NSB on July 29

The Spine between the Social Sciences Building and Natural Sciences Building will be closed for access on Tuesday, July 29 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. This closure is for for the filming of a GCI commercial advertising upcoming UAA events.

The upper levels of the Central Garage can be accessed from ground-level via the stairwells on the east and west side of the building. Handicap access to the upper levels will be allowed as necessary.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Northern Lights and UAA Dr. Intersection Closure, July 25-28

Northern Lights Boulevard will be closed between Lake Otis Parkway and Bragaw Street from 8 a.m. Friday, July 25, until Monday, July 28. Please follow construction signs for detour routes.

  • Be alert to lane restrictions on Northern Lights Boulevard at UAA Drive on Sundays, from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Please watch for construction workers on the shoulder and use caution when traveling through the construction area.

The Alaska Department of Transportation is working to reconstruct the intersection of Northern Lights Boulevard and UAA Drive. Work includes widening UAA drive to add an additional turn lane, constructing an additional receive lane, relocating the Goose Park access road and installing new traffic signal system, sidewalk, bus stop illumination, signage and marking. This project is scheduled to be complete by the end of October 2014.

For more information, call DOT at (907) 770-2612 or visit

Monday, July 14, 2014

Outage: Cooling Wells on East Campus

The cooling wells for all east campus facilities have been disabled. This outage is to address a break in the storm drain that is currently flooding repair work on the heating line to Engineering. The discharge from the cooling wells travels through the storm drain toward Engineering.

Crews are working diligently on the repairs and cooling will be restored as soon as possible.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Limited Access to East Campus Central Lot and Central Garage

Due to immediate maintenance needs the East Campus Central Lot (next to NSB and SSB) and Central Garage will have limited access for approximately the next two weeks. Please utilize the Library parking lot during this time. 

More information will be provided as it is available. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Smoky Conditions May Impact Building Operations Memorial Day Weekend

Due to fires thorough out the State, the weather service has forecast the Anchorage bowl to be smoky this weekend. Facilities has staff on standby to respond to a heavy smoke event which may cause us to shut down air handling equipment. We intend to keep building air handling equipment running until the smoke triggers fire detection systems. If this occurs we will be shutting down air handling systems on buildings.  If your are working this weekend please be aware fire alarms may sound. 

When you return on Tuesday it is highly probable that the building will be smoky, stuffy, and warm. This will dissipate as the building occupancy increases and systems begin operating at normal capacity. 

If you are on campus this weekend and experience a campus building emergency please call UPD and they will contact the Facilities on call staff.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ESH Water Outage 5/22 to 5/23

Eugene Short Hall will experience a water outage starting the morning of Thursday, May 22nd and is expected to last into Friday afternoon. This outage is necessary for our plumbers to fix a leak in the main water supply line. Restroom facilities in adjacent buildings will be available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tom Sternberg:

Friday, May 16, 2014

Piper Street Closure

As you may have noticed, Piper Street has been closed at the Providence Drive intersection. This was an unexpected closure for us. The firm developing the southwest corner informed us that they expect the road to be open in time for the Summer semester start Monday morning. The closure is to tie the development into the utilities.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Water Outages for Aviation Technology Complex

The Aviation Technology Complex will be experiencing two water outages:

  • The first will occur during the early morning of Thursday, May 15th. This will be a test shutdown and is expected to be brief. 
  • The second will occur on Sunday, May 18th and is expected to be longer in duration. This shutdown is in conjunction with a Municipal road project in the area. 
Maintenance personnel will be monitoring the shutdowns. We do not expect these shutdowns to impact University operations at the Aviation Technology Complex. 

If you have any questions please contact Tom Sternberg:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Spirit Way Closed to Through Traffic for Summer

Starting May 5th the section of Spirit Way between the Bookstore and the construction site for the Engineering & Industry Building will be closed for the summer. The GSS and SU loading areas will be accessible from Providence Drive via the eastern section of Spirit.

There will be a small expansion of the site in mid-July to complete work on the sewage line (delineate by the dashed red line).

During construction of the Health Campus Pedestrian Bridge additional parking spaces will be temporarily removed from service this Fall. Additional information for this will be announced closer to the start of Fall semester.

Fire System Inspections

It is time again for the annual fire system inspections. Two companies will be involved: Taylor Fire Protection, who will be inspecting the sprinklers (and suppression), and Engineered Fire Systems, who will be inspecting the detection systems.  They will be working independently on separate schedules (except for CPISB).

Both companies will be working from early May through June.

The inspection technicians will be accessing every area of the building briefly for assessment. Testing of the audible devices will be done during unoccupied hours; however, there is a chance the audible devices may be unintentionally sounded. If you have any questions, please contact Tom Sternberg.