Broadcast on public television stations nationwide in 2010.
Building Alaska celebrates Alaska’s engineering achievements during the 50th anniversary of statehood. Alaska’s arctic climate, with permafrost, cold and darkness, make it a difficult and expensive place to build. The story of overcoming these obstacles to create engineering masterpieces is the stuff of dramatic and visually spectacular TV.
Building Alaska takes a look at the projects that built Alaska:
Three great railroads—the White Pass, the Copper River, and the Alaska Railroad—that helped extract natural resources and transform Alaska into a place where people could live and a State could be born;
Alaska’s roads, the Richardson and Parks Highways, which were carved from the wilderness and which, once paved and modernized, got Alaska “out of the mud”;
Future projects on the drawing board which many observers agree need to be built, such as a natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay and the Knik Arm Bridge in Anchorage.