The new Alaska capitol project in Juneau
(Record, May 2005)
has been put on ice. Just two months after selecting Santa
Monica-based Morphosis as the winner of the design competition,
Mayor Bruce Botelho announced that the plans had been put
on hold due to a lack of funds. When it became clear that
the legislature would not be appropriating any money for the
project during this session, which ended on May 10 and doesnt
pick up again until January 2006, the Juneau Assembly decided
to reassess their options.
There never was a guarantee of funds, says Maria
Gladziszewski, special projects coordinator for the city.
The city of Juneau has tried many times before. This
is the farthest along weve ever gotten on this project.
Mayor Botelho remains committed to making the project happen.
Yet, without the interest of Alaskas Governor Frank
Murkowski this may prove to be a formidable challenge. The
governors support evaporated, says Gladziszewski,
I dont know what will happen.