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 PORT INITIATES DESIGN PROCESS 

  

8/18/2014
Mayor's Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

Contact: Lindsey Whitt Phone: 907-343-7103 E-mail: whittla@muni.org

PORT OF ANCHORAGE INITIATES PORT MODERNIZATION CONCEPT DESIGN PROCESS

On Monday, August 18, the Port of Anchorage (POA) began a week-long collaborative Concept Planning Charrette to identify and refine concept designs for the Anchorage Port Modernization Project (APMP).

The Concept Planning Charrette is a workshop that involves key stakeholders directly in identifying operational constraints, known risks, and user priorities. At the conclusion of the week-long event, the POA will have identified three preliminary design concepts from the viewpoint of technical experts and Port users.

More than 50 individuals representing Port users and vessel operators, technical and subject matter experts, and POA and Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) leadership are participating in the Charrette. A Program Management Consultant team, led by CH2MHILL, is conducting the effort.

“This is a critical step in preparing the Port for the future” said Mayor Dan Sullivan. “Alaska needs a modern, reliable port to ensure dependable cargo service for Southcentral Alaska and beyond for decades to come.”

The POA will develop the concepts to a preliminary 15 percent design level by November 2014, at which time a recommended concept design will be presented to the MOA.

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The Port of Anchorage is Alaska's lifeline. The POA provides an estimated 90% of the merchandise goods for 87% of Alaska's population. This includes over 200 villages and rural towns across Alaska. It is the major point of entry for containerized cargo in Alaska and fuel for Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Ted Stevens International Airport and Southcentral and Western Alaska. Annually, around 240,000 containers move through the Port.

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