Brice Inc. Provides Jobs and Infrastructure Repairs in Three YK Villages
Upgrades Underway in Crooked Creek, Toksook Bay and Emmonak
Storyknife, July/August 2020 edition
Calista Corporation subsidiary Brice Inc. successfully bid on three rural infrastructure projects in the YK Region this summer—in Crooked Creek, Toksook Bay and Emmonak.
Combined, the three projects provide 40 jobs to village residents this summer and about $41 million in contract awards so far to Calista businesses.
“We were competitive on all three projects because of the investments Calista has made into Brice Marine and the equipment fleet,” said Marcus Trivette, director of Brice Inc.’s Construction Division.
Jobs have largely been filled for these projects, though in early July, hiring was still ongoing for the Crooked Creek project.
No special experience is required to apply for positions such as laborers, drivers and non-specialized equipment operators. “The biggest thing is being willing to work seven days a week and able to pass a drug test,” Trivette said. “We are open to provide training.”
CROOKED CREEK AIRPORT
$20.4 Million Contract Award, ~15 Local Hire
Brice Inc. is general contractor on the Crooked Creek Airport project to build a safer runway and associated improvements. The two-year project begins this summer with developing material sites and constructing embankments for the runway. After receiving notice to proceed, Brice Inc. will return next summer to construct airport lighting, a snow removal building, and other final tasks.
All rock material for the project is excavated on site, but Brice Marine is barging several loads of equipment and other supplies to the project this summer.
TOKSOOK BAY AIRPORT
$16.4 Million Contract Award, ~16 Local Hire
Brice Inc. is rebuilding aprons, access roads, runways, taxiways and runway lighting, and building a snow removal equipment building for the Toksook Bay Airport.
Brice Marine is barging material for the project from the new quarry near Mertarvik this summer. The project is scheduled for completion this year.
EMMONAK PORT PROJECT
$4.5 Million Contract Award, ~10 Local Hire
In late May, Brice Inc. was awarded a contract to supply material for the Emmonak Port Project, which involves building a new dock and rebuilding port roads for dust control. Brice Marine is also barging rock materials for this project from the Mertarvik quarry.
“We were competitive on all three projects because of the investments Calista has made into Brice Marine and the equipment fleet,” – Marcus Trivette, Construction Division Director, Brice Inc.