SHI hires contractor for Walter Soboleff Center

Sealaska Heritage Institute has hired contractor Dawson Construction, Inc., to build the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau.


Dawson Construction, Inc., founded 45 years ago, has completed more than 30 projects in Juneau and worked on multiple cultural centers in Southeast Alaska. Dawson also has worked with MRV Architects, which designed the Walter Soboleff Center, and has an office in Juneau.

The project is now on schedule to break ground in late July.

All of the bids were very competitive and in-line with SHI’s previous estimates, which put the total cost of the building at around $20 million. SHI has raised more than 75 percent of the funds and will continue to raise the remaining funds during construction.

“We’re extremely grateful for the demonstrated support we’ve received from the Alaska Native Education Program, ArtPlace, City and Borough of Juneau, Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, Juneau Lion’s Club, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Rasmuson Foundation, Sealaska, State of Alaska, Walter Soboleff Trust and numerous individuals and businesses,” said SHI President Rosita Worl.

The center is named for the late Dr. Walter Soboleff, an influential Tlingit leader and former Chair of SHI’s board of trustees. The Center will feature space for art demonstrations and exhibits, retail sales, a learning center for educational programs, and venues for performances and presentations. It will also house a research facility, climate-controlled collections storage, a library and work areas for scholars and the general public.

For more information on the center, see


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