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Federal Building receives facelift


Shelly Pope

The Federal Building on Nordic Drive is receiving a complete exterior remodel including windows, doors and roof. Scaffolding will remain until the job is complete.

The Federal Building is undergoing a complete exterior renovation. Scaffolding can be seen around all outside surfaces of the building.

“We are replacing all windows,” Southwest Construction Project Manager Doug Keith said. “All the siding will be pressure washed and clear coated as well.”

The doors will be repainted and a completely new roof will be installed.

“We are hoping for a few days of sunshine in order to finish the roof,” Keith said. “I could be finished as soon as the weekend with the right weather conditions.”

The old windows will be removed and replaced with new over the weekend.

Southwest Construction is a company out of South San Francisco, Calif. with offices in Juneau. “We try to make sure we purchase as many of our materials locally as we can,” Keith said. “But all are made in the United States.”

The windows were ordered out of Anchorage and the installer is from Juneau. “We do all we can to make sure money is turned over locally,” said Keith.

Southwest Construction works mainly on government contract and go wherever the government or military send them.

They recently built a wood pellet boiler in Ketchikan that will heat a six story building, and built the largest solar array on a federal building in Washington.

“We enjoy getting involved in the local communities,” Keith said. “My guys are a long way from home and leave their families, but it is great that we are still in business with the economy the way it is.”


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