COUNCIL WORK SESSION YIELDS RESULTS
Alaska, January 22, 2020 – Members of the Valdez City Council met in a work session on January 16, 2020 to
focus on choosing a building site for the new museum facility. It was a round
table discussion between the Board and Staff of the Valdez Museum and Historical
Archive (VMHA) with roughly 20 audience members in the Council Chambers.
Nathan Duval, City Capital Facilities Director, gave a high
level overview of the New Museum Project, a multi-year process to narrow down the
original 20 plus proposed building sites to three finalists. He said the
Anchorage architectural firm ECI then examined the needs and wants connected
with each of the three sites. This past summer the Museum launched an Outreach
Plan to determine the community’s sentiments toward building a new museum and
where it should be located. After seeking public input via surveys and person
to person contacts no clear winner for a preferred building site emerged. A
fourth, site X, that entails a remodel and expansion of the existing museum
location was subsequently re-introduced.
During Mr. Duval’s presentation City Council members had the
option of posing questions to Museum Board and staff. Audience members were
also invited to comment, showing clear support for site X and revitalization of
the downtown core.
Museum Director Patricia Relay said the first step is to
choose a building site; that will lead to a conceptual design and trigger the
nearly one year into the Memorandum of Understanding between the Museum and
City which outlines a 50% match in funding to build the new museum facility and
we need something to show potential funders.”
conclusion, City Mayor Jeremy O’Neil recommended to Council that site X be
chosen as the preferred building site and placed on the agenda for
consideration at the regular City Council meeting on Feb. 4, 2020. Council
members present were in agreement and the Work Session was adjourned.
together the VMHA and City of Valdez have taken a positive step toward reaching
the long held goal of housing all the Museum’s collections and exhibits in one
For more information contact:
Executive Director Patricia Relay
Tel. 907-835-2764, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org