Doyon unveils $10 million building

Posted: Thursday, June 08, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Doyon Ltd. has unveiled a $10 million office building that replaces offices it outgrew.

''We wanted to make a statement that we are a business organization,'' Rosemarie Maher, Doyon's president and CEO, said Monday. ''I feel this building makes that statement.''

The building's main foyer has a 20-foot windowed wall, taking full advantage of the view of the Chena River. The Doyon logo, a drum with 11 feathers, is inlaid in wood on the main walkway. Two circular conversation pits with wooden benches flank the main walkway. Part of the flooring is a pebbled conglomerate, installed to simulate a riverbank. Heavy wooden beams surround the front windows.

Doyon's extensive Alaska Native art collection hangs throughout the offices of its 27 employees.

''I just can't believe it,'' said Mary Rose Agnes, a Kaltag elder, as she toured the building during an open house. ''It's so beautiful.''

Past president Morris Thompson, who died in the January crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, oversaw the effort of getting the building up in less than a year.

Doyon Board Chairman Mike Irwin said the board decided it needed a new building based on projected company growth. Doyon recently purchased Denali River Cabins in Denali National Park and Preserve and plans joint ventures with Cook Inlet Region Inc., a Southcentral corporation based in Anchorage. Doyon's other subsidiaries, including Doyon Drilling, are expected to do well.

Under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Doyon Ltd. received $55 million from Congress and 12.5 million acres, making it the largest private landowner in North America. It now has about $250 million in liquid assets, properties and subsidiaries.

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