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August 24, 2016

Kiewit to start $40M Alaska hangar this fall

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Alaska Airlines held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Monday for its $40 million aircraft maintenance hangar and engineering facility at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Kiewit Building Group expects to start work on the 105,000-square-foot project this fall and finish it in summer 2018. The project is expected to employ 150 at the height of construction.

Alaska Airlines on Monday also unveiled designs of the building by Anchorage-based architect firm McCool Carlson Green.

“The design proudly displays our new brand while also providing a larger, more functional space for our 80 maintenance and engineering employees in Anchorage,” said Kurt Kinder, Alaska Airlines vice president of maintenance and engineering, in a news release.

The new hangar will be able to hold two 737-Max 9 aircraft, which will be the largest and widest in the Alaska Airlines fleet. The old hangar, about a half-mile away, is only 37,500 square feet and can't handle those aircraft.

Over the next five years, Seattle-based Alaska Airlines will spend another $60 million to update 11 terminals across Alaska and add three 737-700 cargo planes to its fleet.

This is not Kiewit's first job at the airport. The contractor expanded the South Domestic Terminal with the nine-gate C Concourse and Arrivals Hall that opened in 2004. McCool Carlson Green also was the architect for that project.

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