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The University of Alaska Fairbanks will open the doors of its new engineering building Saturday to give the public a peek inside the gleaming glass and steel structure. Visitors can check out the engineering-on-display lab on the first floor, where construction work has been completed. But the rest of the six-story structure is still a work in progress. And workers are hustling to complete the project by the end of the year.

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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. 

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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. 

Fairbanks, AK - A group of University of Alaska, Fairbanks Professors will develop an engineering school in Mongolia over the next few years.  UAF signed a contract this spring with the American University of Mongolia in that country’s capital, where the new school will be based.