Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The old Auke Bay Marine Station is no more.
It's been torn down to make way for a brand new University of Alaska Southeast facility.
UAS is sharing the four acre piece of property surplussed by NOAA Fisheries with the CBJ Docks and Harbors Department.
The school received 1 point 6 acres and the building.
Chancellor Rick Caulfield and Facilities Director Nathan Leigh were guests on Action Line and explained why they decided to demolish the structure.
Caulfield said they did an analysis on whether to renovate or opt for new construction and made the decision to tear down the old building. They will now move forward on going out to bid for construction of a new facility that will house the school's Environmental Sciences program.
Leigh said the building was tore down this week. The rubble is now being hauled off with some of the steel to be recycled.
The first phase, which includes demolition and site preparation, will end about the first of December, according to Leigh. At that point, they'll advertise a new contract for construction of the new building. "That's expected to happen this Spring and that construction will take about a year and a half and we expect to have the building completed for school to start in 2020," Leigh said.