The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Facelift and major upgrades coming to college

Wellness Center moving to Rexall building for one year or more


The Prince William Sound Community College campus is readying for its long-planned $5 million facelift, that includes expanding the wellness center, the addition of a whole new lobby and plenty of cosmetic upgrades.

The renovation and additions come courtesy of Alaska voters who approved a $380 bond package last year aimed at improving and upgrading university facilities across the state.

The college campus is one of the oldest post-earthquake buildings in Valdez according to Wendy Goldstein, who handles much of the school’s publicity.

The facelift includes adding a mezzanine to the wellness center, code upgrades throughout the buildings, an exterior facelift and the addition of a large lobby which create a new entrance to the school.

“Two stories of glass,” is how Steve Shiell, the school’s business manager described the new lobby plans. “It will be gorgeous.”

The new lobby will be built where the old covered area - folks at PWSCC call it the carport - near the training center entrance is currently located.

The carport will be “completely demolished” according to Shiell, with the new lobby being built out to include the entrance to the adjacent Whitney Museum.

Design courtesy of Prince William Sound Community College

A conceptual sketch of the new lobby slated to be built onto the front of PWSCC. It will be built onto the existing building where the “carport” and entrance to the museum now stand.

“It will make the museum feel more inclusive,” he said.

Preparations for the upgrades to the wellness center have been underway for some time according to manager Amanda Hatton, who was busy helping direct a move of the gym’s equipment to its temporary home in the old Rexall building on Fairbanks St.

The wellness center closed its doors Monday, with hopes of reopening at the new location Saturday.

“The good thing is you can tell we’re not open,” Hatton joked Monday as she jostled from one moving task to another.

Hatton said the work by Eklutna Services, the general contractor, could take up to 14 months or more to complete on the wellness center.


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