Member News: Happenings on the Alaska construction scene


UAA Construction Management team takes first place

AGC Spring Member News

University of Alaska Anchorage construction management students took first place honors in the heavy civil category at the Associated Schools of Construction competition in February in Sparks, Nevada.

“Despite the small size of our program and minimal direct-school funding, we have bested many of the largest and most successful construction management programs in the country,” said heavy civil team captain Chase Swalling. “We credit our success, in large part, to the local support of AGC and the construction Industry.”

UAA’s commercial team placed fourth in the competition — the most prestigious event for construction management students in the country. Each February, ASC hosts the grueling three-day competition in which student teams of six must respond to a request for proposal in categories such as heavy civil, commercial, mixed use and design build. Proposals are real multimillion-dollar projects that have recently been built.

UAA beat 12 other teams in the heavy civil category. UAA assistant professor of construction management and faculty coach Don Tipton emphasized that the competition is fierce and often very close. “Last year, Colorado State squeezed us out for first place in heavy civil by just an eighth of a point,” he said.

The student competitors thank the individuals, companies and organizations whose generous financial and airline mile contributions made participation in this year’s competition possible: AGC of Alaska, AACE International – Alaska, Alaska Industrial Hardware Inc., B & R Fish by Products Inc., Colaska Inc., Construction Education Foundation, Davis Constructors & Engineers Inc., Enstar Natural Gas, Granite Construction Co., Hamilton Construction Co., KNIK Construction, Laborers Local 341, ProBuild Co. LLC, The Superior Group Inc., Swalling Construction, Tammy Taylor, UNIT COMPANY and Watterson Construction.

Delta Leasing acquires North Slope assets of MagTec Alaska

Delta Leasing LLC, an Anchorage-based oil and gas support services company, has purchased substantial North Slope assets of MagTec Alaska. MagTec is a Kenai-based equipment and vehicle leasing firm that has been a major supplier to North Slope operators.

As part of the MagTec asset acquisition, Delta Leasing takes ownership of 350 equipment assets of MagTec, an 8,000-square-foot Prudhoe Bay shop facility and the current MagTec customer leases on the equipment.

“This acquisition enables Delta Leasing to expand our product lines of construction and oilfield support equipment to better serve companies operating on the North Slope” said Rudi von Imhof, president of Delta Leasing.

A 100 percent Alaska-owned business, Delta Leasing has operations in Anchorage and Prudhoe Bay.

Landye Bennett Blumstein adds associate attorney

The law firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP announces that Andrew B. Erickson has joined the firm’s Anchorage office as an associate attorney.

Erickson will focus his practice on Alaska Native law, litigation and bankruptcy. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montana, a Master of Science in environmental policy from the University of Oxford and a Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School. He is a 2007 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Erickson has been an active participant in Alaska and environmental affairs. He recently served as the state’s representative for Defenders of Wildlife and was an independent consultant for organizations such as the Center for Biological Diversity, Cook Inletkeeper and Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community. Erickson is a former Law Clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court and worked as Miles Conservation Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Max Baucus.

Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP provides legal services to clients throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska Native corporations, public and private corporations, real estate developers, homeowner associations, municipalities, nonprofit groups and individuals.