Campus sky bridge reopens after repairs

Photo by Mohagani Adamu
Photo by Mohagani Adamu

The sky bridge connecting the Science Building, central garage and Social Sciences Building reopens Monday after being closed since the beginning of the semester.

Chris Turletes, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities and Campus Services, said the spine was also upgraded to be aligned with new city building codes that must be met when renovating a structure.

“We had to do some seismic upgrades on the spine structural steel, so that’s what the closure was about,” he said.

The upgrade essentially replaced and repairs structural steel braces supporting the spine, which was originally built in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

The fire alarm systems and doors at each end of the sky bridges were also replaced.

He said renovations taking place in the SSB were part of the university’s Master Plan for a three-phase upgrade, which was completed in December.

Some of the most recent SSB construction focused on upgrading the bathrooms, installing a new elevator and redoing the stairwells.

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“There was some extra work that followed on after the completion of the renovation of the Science Building that the Municipality (of Anchorage) asked us to take care of in the spine, and that’s what they’ve been working on. That will be completed and the spine reopened on Monday,” John Faunce, facilities, planning and construction director, said.

He said the work was complete in the Science Building in December, but the contractor still had “punch list” items for the contractor to complete.

Punch list items are small tasks needing to be completed during the final inspection of a project, such as paint touch ups and ensuring light switches work.

Faunce said the SSB is the first of the older buildings on campus that’s completely renovated.

For more information about the university’s Master Plan, visit http://uaamasterplan2012.blogspot.com/.