The Facilities and Land Management Committee met in Anchorage Tuesday to deliberate two motions, both of which were passed. They will be affirmed or denied when all of the Board of Regents meet in Fairbanks this Thursday and Friday.
The first motion would provide funding for Kenai Peninsula College’s first residential building. The original motion projected that the College Student Housing Complex would cost 16 million, but the committee amended it to 17.8 million, according to the Board of Regents Office.
The motion had several recommendations attached. It would be one of the few residential housing complex in a non-urban area, would serve the greatest non-white community of any UAA community campus, and would build the community that could increase student retention.
“The UAA administration believes that students both inside and outside commuting distance may not be attending KPC due to the lack of student housing,” the report read.
The complex would house 90-100 full time students, and is expected to save students money. Students who choose to live on campus and commute sparingly would save $7,000 over a two year period.
It will also accommodate future needs. In 2008, the McDowell group, a research and consulting firm based in Anchorage, found that there was a high demand for student housing at KPC.
“Based on the findings of the McDowell Study and the assumption by UA Statewide that the number of urban high school graduates will decline and rural high school graduates will increase over the next five years, building student housing at KPC should be considered a strategy for the university to increase the number of rural Alaskans attending UA,” the report read.
The second motion would approve the development of a 5,600 seating arena near Providence Hospital and behind the new Health Science Building. As passed in the committee, the project will not exceed 109 million.
The new complex would allow UAA to host its graduations, provide new facilities for athletic teams and improve student life, recruitment, and retention.
“This signature building will act as a beacon to local community members and signature building will act as a beacon to local community members and provide Anchorage and the Southcentral Alaska region with the mid-sized fixed-seat venue that is missing in the municipality,” the report read.
The Sullivan Arena accommodates an average of 7,500 people, depending on the venue.
The complex was originally conceived in 2009 as a smaller arena with 3,500 seats. But to accommodate growth for the next 50 years.
For Anchorage residents that wish to see the Thursday and Friday conferences in Fairbanks, UAA will broadcast the proceeds in ADM 201. The full agenda may be seen here.