Location: Port of Anchorage, Alaska Contract: $1.6 Million Owner: Alaska Basic Industries/Anchorage Sand & Gravel Synopsis: In 2015 Roger Hickel Contracting (RHC) was awarded a new concrete storage facility for Alaska Basic Industries. The work started in summer of 2015 and concluded in the fall of 2016. The project consisted of site work, circular perimeter footings, a tunnel 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide, a compressor building, stair tower and a neoprene hemisphere that was used to shape the dome. The end product was a 162 foot diameter, 86 foot high concrete storage dome that can store 40,000 tons of Portland cement.
Roger Hickel Contracting worked with Fergusson and Associates and ABI to help coordinate Phoenix Mechanical Group and DOMTEC to build the dome itself. Workers from Idaho Falls were flown up to erect the giant neoprene hemisphere on site. The membrane was laid flat with an airlock and in 24 hours the dome was inflated. The crew then sprayed insulating foam on the inside of the neoprene wall, reinforced it with a million pounds of rebar and applied between 16 and 24 inches of shotcrete, or sprayed in concrete, on the walls. The base of the dome is much thicker than near the top of the dome for added structural integrity. The shotcrete adds stability, particularly in the case of an earthquake. During an earthquake it could cause the contents inside the dome to shift back and forth, so that stability is of the utmost importance. The neoprene fabric layer is resistant to sun damage and designed to withstand over 25 years of use.
The large bridge and entrance building that sits on top of the dome were fully constructed on the ground after the dome was erected. Roger Hickel Contracting shored it up, leveled it, put the siding and roof on, and then flew the unit up in one piece using a large capacity crane. This method saved the owner money while keeping with the project schedule.
Contract: $4,500,000 Owner: IUOE Local 302 Synopsis: Local 302 purchased the southeast corner of 40th Avenue and Denali Street with the goal of constructing the maximum size building that codes would allow while providing at least 60 surface parking spaces for large meetings. Local 302's desire to occupy the building by December 1, 2008 was aggressive, allowing only 6 months for construction. Design was finalized in early April, all permits in hand by early May and construction began right after road restrictions were off. RHC had identified the critical path and long lead items early in the project and those materials were already on order and shop drawings were almost complete. RHC and its designers worked diligently to meet all the program needs including a large training and meeting hall in a 16,000 square foot building. We were also able to provide 65 full size parking spaces. We were able to meet the budget and still include an extensive snow melt system at the main entry and sidewalks.
Contract: $13,600,000 Owner: Food Services of America (FSA) Synopsis: Food Services of America (FSA) is the largest wholesale food distributor in Alaska. In 1996 RHC constructed FSA’s initial 92,000 square foot warehouse and office facility on a 20 acre site at 10420 Olive Lane here in Anchorage. Three years later, we added another 42,000 SF of warehouse and 6,000 SF of office space to that facility. We are currently increasing the warehouse by yet another 56,000 SF. To meet FSA’s needs, RHC hired an architect, civil and structural engineers, and subcontractors responsible for designing and constructing the mechanical, sprinkler, and electrical systems. RHC coordinated all design disciplines and performed the general contractor work. The 6,000 SF office area that was added in 1999 was especially challenging. It occurred inside the building by extending the 60’ wide third floor another 100 LF above a chilled product loading dock (kept at 38 degrees F) that was in use 24/7. Many creative solutions were devised to install the steel floor framing members 20’ above the dock level and perform other work without disrupting FSA’s freight handling operations. How well did we perform? FSA sole source negotiated with RHC for the current 56.000 SF addition.
Contract: $13,000,000 Owner: Alaska Pacific University Synopsis: This design-build project was developed on a 4-acre site in the university/medical district of Anchorage, with the construction a 58,496 SF, 3-story medical office building for Alaska Pacific University (APU). A consortium of Doctors who operate multiple medical businesses leases the entire facility. The building has a conventional concrete foundation, braced core structural steel frame, porcelain tile clad steel stud framed wall panels and aluminum strip windows. The first floor contains 6 operating rooms, MRI, Imaging, and Café. The second floor contains physical therapy & administrative offices. The third floor contains exam rooms and medical offices.
Contract: $15,000,000 Owner: Joe & Maria Fang Synopsis: This fast track design/build project met the Owner's goal of creating efficient Class A office space and parking while maximizing the site utilization of this desirable mid-town Anchorage location with a vision for future development. The project includes a 4-story, 80,000 square feet Office Building and a 425 car, 3 1/2 level Parking Garage. The design concept for both structures was developed in April 2001. Construction began in May, with design development and phased permitting staying just ahead of progress on site. With the new structures being built adjacent to an existing high-tech office operating 24/7; safety, temporary parking and noise/vibration reduction received special attention. The garage was completed in 5 1/2 months and the office in 8 months. The Parking Garage is a 3 1/2 level post-tensioned concrete structure with elevator access to each level. RHC formed, placed and finished the concrete, installed all reinforcing steel, post-tensioned cables, metal railings and screens. The Office Building is a 4-story structural steel and composite deck structure with architectural insulated metal panel and glass exterior walls. The air-conditioned building is heated with hydronic baseboard and cooled by 2 roof top package A/C units. The floors are accessed by two roped hydraulic elevators.
Contract: $17,000,000 Owner: Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center Synopsis: This 42,000 SF, three-story building major building components consist of concrete foundations with concrete slab on grade, structural steel structure, bar joists & concrete slab on metal decks, metal stud exterior/interior wall framing, architectural exterior metal wall panels, aluminum framed exterior windows and, EPDM roof. RHC self-performed the sitework package, concrete, exterior metal wall panel siding, doors & hardware, structural supports for Owner supplied equipment, and all division 10 specialties.RHC assisted ANHC and the A/E team during the design phase including constructability evaluations, value engineering for cost effectiveness & sustainability, MOA permitting, cost estimating, scheduling, and assembling the construction team including subcontractors & vendors. After the design and costing phase was completed, RHC was able to meet ANHC’s budget and was awarded the contract for the construction phase.