``This project represents a significant investment in the futureof our maintenance and engineering division,'' said Bill Ayer,Alaska's president and chief operating officer. ``In addition toimproving the work environment, it will allow us to bring allmaintenance and engineering functions in the Seattle area under oneroof.''

In addition to the construction of new workspace, approximately70,000 sf of existing hangar and office space will be remodeled.Phase one of the project, which is scheduled for completion thisfall, will add 18,500 square feet above the existing parts storageand avionics component shops that connect the old hangar (built in1966) to the newer hangar (built in 1985).

The centerpiece of the second phase will be construction of athree-story wing on the hangar's southeast side totaling 83,500square feet. The first and second floors of the addition will houseparts storage, support shops, locker rooms, an expanded lunchroomand maintenance support offices. The third floor will houseengineering, training, maintenance support offices and seniormanagement.

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