KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Construction is expected to start later this year on a nearly $6 million overhaul of University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan’s Regional Maritime and Career Center.
There will also be upgrades to allow needed space for the school’s 360-degree maritime bridge simulator. Two smaller bridge simulators will be added for a total of eight training platforms, Miles Horn said.
“We’ve been making due from the get-go, and there’s just not enough room,” said Larry O’Loane, an assistant professor of power technology. “Let me tell you, this (project) is not being gold-plated. … We’re doing what we can with what we’ve got, and that’s the best that’s going to happen. It’s going to be, quite frankly, a lot better.”
As part of the renovations, the maritime and career center will also get a new compressed-air system to enable essential welding shop needs like sandblasting.
Classes at the center will continue throughout the project, which will start in May.