JUNEAU (AP) -- A plan to build an outdoor pavilion on the University of Alaska Southeast campus received a major boost last week when the project got $150,000 in grants from the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation.
The planned Noyes Pavilion will be a covered, open-air, 2,825-square-foot pavilion and stage with seating for 300 people.
Construction is expected to start this spring.
A third of the Rasmuson grant is a challenge grant to match local pledges, but backers don't expect any problem raising the money.
UAS Chancellor John Pugh said the Rasmuson funds will put the fund-raising effort at its $525,000 goal, assuming the local money comes in.
''It's going to be utilized for class sessions, by a number of the arts groups in the community - it's going to be wide-open,'' Pugh said. ''There's a number of groups lining up to use it.''
The Noyes Pavilion is named in honor of John and Lily Noyes. John Noyes was Alaska National Guard adjutant general when he died in a plane crash near Nome in 1956. The Noyes family made a significant donation to the project to begin the fund-raising effort earlier this year.
Rasmuson Foundation President and CEO Diane Kaplan said the pavilion grant met foundation goals of something with long-lasting benefit and with the support of the community.
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