The U.S. Department of Agriculture is preparing to dispose of a $1.2 million greenhouse complex in Fairbanks that was completed just this year.
The complex was part of a USDA research station.
The federal department in a cost cutting measure closed 10 research stations this year, including Alaska’s.
The new Fairbanks facility consists of two greenhouses, lab modules and a 64-by-64-foot support building.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks took a look at the facility. Interim School of Natural Resources Dean Stephen Sparrow tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the off-campus logistics and cost of maintenance don’t make sense for the university.
The Alaska Center for Energy and Power used the facility until October but decided it was too energy inefficient and costly for a long-term commitment.