Atkinson Building

875 Alumni Drive Bldg. 802

Ben J. Atkinson Building

Photo by Allison Blanchard, UAF University Relations

The Ben J. Atkinson Building includes a central heating and coal-fired power plant that supplies 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 the university's new $245 million combined heat and power plant, located adjacent to and just east of the Atkinson Building. The new plant was in final testing as of February 2020.