JUNEAU, Alaska. August
22, 2011. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held to mark the beginning
of construction for the Pacific Northwest
Research Station’s Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory this
Thursday, August 25 at 2 P.M. at the University of Alaska Southeast
(UAS). Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho, University of Alaska Southeast
Chancellor John Pugh, and other local leaders and partners are expected
to join U.S. Forest Service employees for the occasion.
After a thorough evaluation,” says Paul Brewster, Assistant
Director for the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research
Station, “a recommendation to build on Forest Service land
adjacent to the University of Alaska Southeast campus was selected
as the best long-term alternative. While there has been a long
history of strong relationships between UAS and the Forest Service,
of a new lab adjacent to campus can only increase the potential
for a highly collaborative environment among Forest Service research
scientists and UAS university faculty and students.”
lab will be built on a 7-acre parcel of federal land that adjoins
the UAS Auke Lake campus. The two-story, 11,000-square-foot
building is projected to cost $8.3 million. It was designed by
MRV Architects of Juneau and will be constructed by Dawson Construction
Inc. to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design
silver certification requirements.
Planning for a new Forest Service
research laboratory in Juneau began in the early 1980s. The Juneau
Lab was previously housed
office space for about 15 years. A safety audit of the space
identified several health and safety issues as well as poorly
laboratory space. The new building will house scientists from
the station; State
and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service; and staff from the
Alaska Coastal Rain Forest Center.
The PNW Research Station is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
It has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Oregon,
and Washington and about 425 employees.