Begich-Boggs Visitor Center, Portage, Alaska
Named for House Majority Leader Hale Boggs (D-Louisiana) and Rep. Nick Begich (D-Alaska), both aboard a Cessna that disappeared in flight to Juneau, from Anchorage, October 16, 1972.
Joint project with A to Z Construction Services;
Repair and reclamation of corrosion cause by the wind-blast from Portage Glacier.
The site, a tilt-up concrete structure, originally erected in 1986, suffered devastating structural erosion from wind-blast from Portage Glacier. The damage was so extreme that rebar was exposed.
A federal contractor initially contacted my teammate, Danny Crow, of A to Z Construction Services, Inc., to paint the exterior as a solution to the continuing erosion. The entire area is part of the U.S. Glacier Ranger district and is overseen by the U.S.G.S.
After seeing the damage to the building, caused by the winds and organic matter glaciers are known to spew, A to Z, Inc. could not justify the use of simple paints. The contractor was presented with our joint, counter-engineering of Polyurea as the long-term solution.
U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) appropriated funds for the project in early 2010. Danny and I, A to Z Construction Services, Inc. and Linings Unlimited, began work in mid 2010.
We first had to repair an exposed roofing panel, reform the corrugated concrete texture to repair the substrate, then finish the surfaces with 120ml of Polyurea, Aliphatic Modified for color stability.
The Forestry Service men and women were amazed with the instant visual results and within 10 minutes of our applications, were walking the site - they immediately signed off on the project.
Now, the 10 minute approval gives one a real sense of accomplishment and this project was a feat beyond our preparations, we'll openly admit that. The performance on this project was 12 weeks in duration - all due to weather conditions.
A to Z Construction Services, Inc. lost a pricey piece of lift equipment - it was on the rocks and in the next moment, same rocks - it was still there but under 7ft of water. An amazing project to be a part of - I know Danny continues to be - amazed. And Stunned.