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Morphosis' Alaska Capitol Project Put on Hold

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 doesn’t 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 we’ve ever gotten on this project.”

Mayor Botelho remains committed to making the project happen. Yet, without the interest of Alaska’s Governor Frank Murkowski this may prove to be a formidable challenge. “The governor’s support evaporated,” says Gladziszewski, “I don’t know what will happen.”

Allison Milionis