Atkinson Building

802 Alumni Drive


Ben J. Atkinson Building
Photo by Allison Blanchard, UAF Marketing and Communications

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.

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