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The cost of a new engineering building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus continues to rise as officials struggle to find ways to pay for its construction.  The Board of Regents agreed last week to add five million dollars to the project. 

The Board of Regents agreed to increase the spending limit for a new engineering building at UAF from $75 to more than $80 million. UAF Vice Chancellor Pat Pitney told the Board the added money will keep the project going through next April. 

Aaron Berner

The University of Alaska Fairbanks celebrated a milestone in the construction of its new engineering building on Thursday. UAF hosted a topping out ceremony, which is a builders tradition for the placement of the last piece of structural steel.

Project superintendent Steve Kreinheder says that the tradition of topping out dates back to 700 A.D. “Back in Norway, the Vikings when they would build their huge community buildings they would put a Christmas tree up on the ridge pole and celebrate the completion that way," Kreinheder said. 

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Work on an $80 million structure at Fort Greely’s missile-defense base is expected to begin by midsummer. But it’ll be mostly design work; military officials say major construction on the project probably won’t get going until next summer.

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

State transportation officials will unveil their plans tonight on a project that’s designed to improve safety and the flow of traffic on a stretch of the Richardson Highway through North Pole.