The Construction-Operations Division manages and executes construction programs for the Army, Air Force and other federal agencies to construct, operate and maintain projects for navigation and flood control; support Army missions; and develop and maintain the capability to mobilize in response to national security emergencies, flooding or other domestic emergencies.
The Construction-Operations Division employs people of various occupational series. These specialties include civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, engineering technicians, negotiators, construction control representatives, park rangers, budget analysts and clerical staff. A majority of the staff is in area and resident offices across Alaska. Our highly skilled professionals, effective programs, and efficient organizations are the reasons for our reputation and keys to our future success.
The construction side of the division, including the Northern Alaska Area Office and the Southern Alaska Area Office, is a full-service construction management organization. The primary function of these offices is to provide the best possible construction contract management for the district’s projects and for our customers from other federal government agencies and for the state of Alaska.
Northern Alaska Area Office
The Northern Alaska Area Office manages the military programs primarily throughout the central and northern portions of the state. These areas consist of Fort Wainwright, Eielson Air Force Base, Clear Air Station, as well as many other remote villages and sites accessible only by air or sea. The area office oversees resident offices, which are managed by resident engineers. Resident engineers exercise their authority as administrative contracting officer and contracting officer's representative in overseeing civilian construction contractors building the projects.
Southern Alaska Area Office
The Southern Alaska Area Office manages the military and civil works programs primarily throughout the southern half of Alaska. The locations consist of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, coastal cities and villages, federal work on the Aleutian Islands, as well as many other remote villages and sites accessible only by air or sea. The area office oversees resident offices, which are managed by resident engineers. Resident engineer exercise their authority as administrative contracting officer and contracting officer's representative in overseeing civilian construction contractors building the projects.
The Operations Branch provides comprehensive operations and maintenance program and project management to all completed civil works projects. Our value to the district and Alaska is in providing guidance and leadership to ensure that all existing civil works projects are properly maintained.
Hydrographic surveys for navigational projects are the sole responsibility of the Operations Branch, providing safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally-sustainable waterborne transportation systems for movement of commerce, national security needs and recreation. All other functions conducted are part of a larger multi-divisional civil works effort.
The completed Civil Works project link is where you will find a comprehensive listing of navigation, flood control, erosion control and hydropower projects in Alaska.
Chena River Lakes Flood Control Project Office
The Chena River Lakes Flood Control Project is located near North Pole, almost 15 miles southeast of Fairbanks. The 20,000-acre project consists of an eight-mile long zoned rock-filled dam and 23 mile levee system along the Tanana River. The dam is designed to divert the largest floods into the Tanana River where floodwaters pass harmlessly around Fairbanks. Smaller floods are intercepted and stored behind the dam for short periods until they can be safely down drawn back into the river channel. The project was not designed to have a permanent pool, so the large floodway area is managed to provide high quality habitat for a variety of migratory and indigenous Alaskan wildlife and a land base for public recreational use. The project is a popular recreational area with more than 150,000 visitors per year. For more complete information on the project, click here.