Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage
Don Young Port of Alaska in Anchorage

Port of Anchorage identifies three concept design alternatives for Anchorage Port Modernization Program

Published: September 4, 2014

The Port of Anchorage POA successfully completed a week-long collaborative Concept Planning Charrette on August 22, 2014. Three concept design alternatives will move forward for development to a 15 percent design level for the Anchorage Port Modernization Program (APMP).

Three concept designs were selected by approximately 50 charrette participants who considered project goals, evaluation factors, and constraints.

Each concept meets the project goals of replacing Terminals 2 and 3, modernizing infrastructure, improving seismic resilience, and providing continuous operations for Port users during construction.

"We've had concerns with the aging infrastructure, the north expansion, and the resulting siltation issues at our berth," said George Lowery, Director of Operations for Totem Ocean Trailer Express, one of the POA's largest tenants. "During these Charrette meetings, the new focus, priorities, and the theme of the concepts identified so far, gives us a great sense of encouragement that we're now headed in the right direction."

"The Port of Anchorage is vital to Alaska's economy," continued Mayor Dan Sullivan. "The Anchorage Port Modernization Program will assure the continuous flow of goods throughout the state for years to come."
The POA and the Project Management Team, led by consultant CH2MHILL, will develop the three concepts to a 15 percent design level by November 2014, at which time a recommended alternative will be presented to the MOA.


The Port of Anchorage is Alaska's lifeline. The POA provides an estimated 90% of the merchandise goods for 87% of Alaska's population. This includes more than 200 villages and rural towns across Alaska. It is the major point of entry for containerized cargo in Alaska and fuel for Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Ted Stevens International Airport, and Southcentral and Western Alaska. Annually, around 240,000 containers move through the Port.

Lindsey Whitt, Director of External Affairs
Port of Anchorage
Phone: 907-343-6205 Cell: 907-433-9543