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Don Kluting, the Building Manager of Harrigan Centennial Hall, was joined by Project Manager Kelli Cropper to discuss the upcoming remodel of the 48-year-old building. Harrigan Centennial Hall will close Saturday, August 1, 2015 until January 2017.

In that time, the parking lot will be closed, and access to the boat ramp at the back of the parking lot will be reduced. Kluting anticipates there will be accessibility issues.

According to Cropper, the bid was awarded June 9, 2015 to two contractors: McG Constructors and DCI (McGraw’s Construction and Dawson Construction Co).The two major subcontractors are Sitka Electric and Schmolck Mechanical.

The remodel is funded by state grants and the commercial passenger excise tax. Cropper said project cost remains $16.3 million, including a $1 million construction contingency.

The architect is McCool Carlson Green. The assembly voted to put out the bid in April and approved the architect’s full design, which includes a new space for the Sitka Historical Museum, larger meeting rooms, and a more ambitious overhaul of the building’s exterior.

To see a slideshow presentation by the design architect before the Assembly, click here.

Changes for Sitkans: The offices of Harrigan Centennial Hall will be re-located to the Shee Atiká building at 601 Alice Loop Road (formerly Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool). The city will lease office spaces at the building  for staff and commission meetings, except the Police and Fire Commission which will meet at the Fire Department. Non-profit group meetings can be booked when space is available. Assembly meetings will be at the University of Alaska in the lecture hall, room 229. Cruise ship tendering will be at the O’Connell lightering facility. For more information, call 907-747-3225.