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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Plans For An Energy Technology & Research Builing

UAF has tentative plans to build a 31,000 sq.ft. building dedicated to energy research, everything from wind and hydrogen to coal. These plans are on the fast track.

University leaders are talking of building the $30 million center, which would house the Alaska Center for Energy & Power, during the next two summers. The plan is to sell bonds for half the proposed building and get the rest of the money through a state grant, is included in a short list of construction projects pitched early this winter by UAF's Board of Regents. The Board also is seeking a separate 5 year state grant that would partner the energy center with the state run Alaska Energy Authority on state-proposed research projects.

UAF's proposed construction budget, which has been forwarded to the Alaska Legislature for consideration, incorporates the proposed energy building alongside another, long-discussed proposal for a new Life Sciences: Focused Research & Instruction Facility.

resource: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 1-28-09: written by: Christopher Eshleman

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