SEWARD (AP) Work has been completed on a major reconstruction project at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.
The project began last September and shut down the center's main animal habitats for several months.
General Manager Darryl Schaefermeyer said the project corrected construction deficiencies at the center, which opened in 1998.
The center's Steller sea lions, harbor seals and seabirds returned to their habitat during a two-week span beginning April 12.
In the fall of 2000, the center received a $10 million settlement to repair construction deficiencies.
The phased plan addresses structural, tank, concrete, and coating repairs. Conducting work in phases minimized disruptions to the center's resident animals and its research, rehabilitation and education programs.
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