A little over 14 acres of woods just east of Providence Hospital between the UAA and APU campuses was recently mowed down as prep work begins for the new UAA sports arena in East Anchorage. Surviving Governor Parnell's red pen last year, the project isn't without some controversey as the arena will surprisingly not have the ability to convert to a hockey rink for Seawolf hockey -- arguably the most visible and prominent sport among UAA Athletics. What it will have however is a seating capacity of 5,000 (pretty good considering the Sullivan fits a little over 6,000), a separate gym for the gymnastics program, admin/coaching offices, as well as locker and team rooms for just about every sport found in UAA (except hockey). The building will be 196,000 sq.ft. and cost a grand total of $109 million. Here's a video showing how the new arena is expected to look like.
Pieces of wind turbines arrive in la Puerta de Anchorage last weekend from Tianchang, China and are staged nearby until later in the year when they will be sent to nearby Fire Island for the new wind farm being constructed by the CIRI native corporation. Construction should begin this summer and be partly up and running by the end of the year. The wind farm will eventually be made up of 33 wind turbines and provide 144,000 megawatts of juice each year (or 17,000 households). Since CIRI isn't in the business of public utility, Chugach Electric will buy the power from them in order to provide it to the mainland via under water transmission lines (at least that's how I understand it).