Project name: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Industry: Health & Education
Project size: US$245 million
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
The university’s day-to-day activities are dependent on the 50-year-old Atkinson Heat and Power Plant. The discovery of cracks in its existing boilers posed the risk of failure and the resulting requirement to upgrade the power plant. The upgrade was twice as large as any capital project ever undertaken by the university. The new plant includes a new 240,000 lb/hr boiler that generates up to 17 megawatts of power and an extraction steam turbine that provides enough steam to heat 3 million square feet of academic buildings, research facilities and housing.