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April 17, 2015

Renovation/Restoration (Alaska)
Fort Wainwright buildings 3415 and 3417

The contractor had to find housing and transportation for 16 workers, and faced the wettest summer on record.
The contractor had to find housing and transportation for 16 workers, and faced the wettest summer on record.

Location: Fairbanks

Contractor: Bradshaw & Associates

Architect: CCI Solutions

Team: Alaska Industrial Hardware, Alaska Traffic, Insulfoam, Parex USA, Safway Services, Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel Co.

The plastering division of Bradshaw & Associates took on a demanding project in 2014: two World War II-era concrete and CMU buildings located in Fairbanks, 350 miles north of Anchorage.

With an already busy summer scheduled, this project proved to be a logistical challenge. Notification of project, walk-through, bid and start of project all occurred within two weeks, with a finish deadline of 90 days.

At 35,000 square feet, this was a sizable job consisting of two layers of foam: a layer of 2-inch mechanical and a layer of 3-inch adhered. Self-performed work included flashings, extended plumbing, blocking for ladders and signage, and below-grade excavation and insulation.

Working in Alaska posed some unique hurdles. Close management of shipping schedules was critical to ensure on-time delivery of materials from the Lower 48. An existing small labor pool required additional manpower from all over the United States. Housing and transportation were provided for all 16 workers. Another obstacle was Alaska’s wettest summer on record.

Management’s precise planning and the hard work of a professional crew paid off. The project was completed on time, within budget. The result was a satisfied client and a sustainable, energy-efficient building fit for the 21st century.

Judge’s comment: “Along with the goal of improving the energy efficiency of the building, a beautiful exterior was created. The attention to detail in the workmanship along with an enhanced design resulted in a project that all involved can be proud of. This project is an excellent example of what can be achieved with EIFS.”


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