875 Alumni Drive Bldg. 802
The Ben J. Atkinson Building includes a central heating and coal-fired power plant that supplies all the electricity, water and heat to the university. Ben J. Atkinson graduated from the University of Alaska in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He was the first director of the university's Office of Physical Plant and Campus Planning and played a key role in planning new facilities during a period of rapid growth.
In July 2015, construction began on a new $245 million combined heat and power plant for the university. The new plant is scheduled to be completed by mid-2018.