CACS headquarters gets facelift

  • Thursday, August 18, 2016 3:43pm
  • News

There’s a new face in town!  Well, maybe not a “new” face — but an old familiar one that has gotten a major facelift this summer thanks to the Homer Foundation and the Cottonwood and Jenson Funds.  After a rainy fall prohibited us from being able to paint, the great beginning to summer provided the perfect opportunity for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS) to transform the outside of our headquarters building into a cleaner, brighter and more inviting façade.  We were also able to do some much needed repairs to the original siding on the building.

Having a headquarters building in town provides greater public access and visibility, a venue for free community functions and programs, houses our program and administrative staff, provides housing for seasonal staff and KPC/KBC Semester by the Bay students in the upstairs apartment and enhances interactions with other local and national organizations.

The building has been used heavily over the past 16 years was in need of upgrades to ensure that it is a safe, fully functional and preserved space.  As part of our long-range sustainability plan, we are targeting our headquarters building as a place where we can provide a greater year-round presence and service to the community. 

We hope to increase our community programs, invite more locals and visitors to come in and learn about our organization and see important displays such as our marine debris art sculptures and the amazing marine mammal skeletons put together by campers and interns under the leadership of volunteer Lee Post, aka “The Bone Man.”  In addition, many local community groups use our building as a meeting space.  Our ocean blue and crisp white trim have brightened our look, helped to preserve our siding and provide long term maintenance care and will provide the perfect backdrop for some creative and amazing signage being done by local artists.

Thank you Cottonwood Fund and the Jenson Fund, managed by the Homer Foundation, for helping us with this important upgrade and improvement to our main facility.

 Elizabeth Trowbridge, executive director

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

More in News

A school closure announcement from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
Schools closed for Tuesday in Homer, Anchor Point

Winter storm continues through Tuesday morning, with high winds.

Coast Guardsmen and state employees load the Together Tree bound for the Alaska Governor’s Mansion on a truck on Nov. 29, 2021 after the Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry transported the tree from Wrangell. (USCG photo / Petty Officer 2nd Class Lexie Preston)
Governor’s mansion tree arrives in Juneau

No weather or floating lines could stay these Coast Guardsmen about their task.

The Kenai Community Library health section is seen on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. The Kenai City Council voted during its Oct. 20 meeting to postpone the legislation approving grant funds after members of the community raised concerns about what books would be purchased with the money, as well as the agency awarding the grant. The council will reconsider the legislation on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai council to consider library grant again

The council earlier voted to postpone the legislation after concerns were raised about what books would be purchased.

Schools are delayed two hours Thursday, Dec. 9.
Two-hour school delay Thursday affects Homer, Anchor Point, Ninilchik schools

Bus routes and classes will begin two hours later than normal Thursday, Dec. 9.

Diamond Ridge Road near Homer, Alaska, had been plowed on Monday morning, Dec. 5, 2021, but visibility was limited. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
School district announces 90-minute early release today.

Winter storms makes driving difficult on southern Kenai Peninsula.

A reader board sign on the Sterling Highway announces COVID-19 testing and vaccines at the South
Anchor Point man dies of COVID-19

Death rate of COVID-19 is now 17 since start of the pandemic.

Rep. Chris Kurka, R-Wasilla, leaves the chambers of the Alaska House of Representatives on Friday, March 19, 2021, after an hour of delays concerning the wording on his mask. On Monday, Kurka announced he was running for governor in 2022. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Wasilla rep announces gubernatorial bid

Kurka said he was motivated to run by a sense of betrayal from Dunleavy.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Seawatch: Bycatch becomes hot issue

Dunleavy forms bycatch task force.

Study: PFD increases spending on kids among low-income families

New study looks at PFD spending by parents

Most Read