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Afognak opens new Kodiak building

Posted: January 6, 2014 - 1:02am

KODIAK — The finishing touches are being put on the new headquarters for the Afognak Native Corp. in Kodiak.

Only minor details remain before the building is 100 percent complete, including hanging artwork and setting up a conference table, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported.

Since 1995, the native corporation’s Kodiak office was in the Alutiiq Center, a building that also houses the Alutiiq Museum. The corporation has headquarters in Anchorage.

The new 10,000-square-foot building is on Near Island. It’s intended mainly for shareholder services.

Afognak spokesman Gerad Godfrey said the new building has 15 designated office spaces, including some cubicles, a full kitchen for catered events, a shareholder room, and a conference room for the nine-member board of directors, which meets monthly.

It also house departments for land patrol, land and timber, finances and information technology

The shareholder room, the largest in the building, has about 3,400 square feet. It features floor-to-ceiling windows which overlook St. Herman Harbor, mountains and downtown Kodiak.

“It’s great,” said Karl McLaughlin, the corporation’s senior vice president of information technology. “It’s a beautiful place to be. The views are stunning.”

This area will be used for annual shareholder meetings, functions and other events. It can hold up to 200 people.

It also has audio and video capabilities, including two 159-inch drop-down screens, dual projectors and eight microphones.

“It’s pretty advanced as far as technology goes,” McLaughlin said. “It’ll be a real benefit to shareholders.”

Godfrey said there is a possibility the shareholder room could be rented out for community events.

It hasn’t been determined if there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Godfrey said if one is held, it will be determined by the board of directors. And it likely wouldn’t be held until this summer, after landscaping has been completed.

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