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Ship Creek Contract. A new headquarters facility for the Alaska Railroad Corp. being built near downtown Anchorage's Ship Creek is the first new office building in Anchorage since the mid-1980s recession. The railroad's board awarded the construction contract to Railroad Townsite Co., whose principals are Anchorage business owners Mark Wilson and Robert Gottstein.

Scheduled for completion in July 1992, the new facility also heralds the first building for the proposed revitalization of the Ship Creek area. That project aims to redevelop about 120 acres of industrial property for commercial and tourism-related uses.

Architecture of the planned 38,700-square-foot, three-story office structure will reflect a turn-of-the-century Pacific Northwest train depot. The building will house about 125 administrative railroad employees who currently work in three separate buildings, including the railroad's 50-year old Anchorage passenger depot.

The existing depot will continue to operate as a passenger station. Its office space will be available for rent to other businesses as part of the Ship Creek redevelopment.

Matrix Construction of Anchorage is the general contractor, and Bums and Peterson of Anchorage is the architect for the new project. The structure is being built on railroad-owned land that the developer is leasing. The railroad corporation in turn will lease the building from the developer, initially for 20 years.
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Title Annotation:Construction; Alaska Railroad Corp.'s new headquarters in Ship Creek, Anchorage
Publication:Alaska Business Monthly
Date:Aug 1, 1991
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