Project Milestones & Timeline

2000 First federal planning grant received.
2001- May Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) unites project partners (TCC, APLIC, FCVB & City of Fairbanks) for planning & operating a joint visitor and cultural facility.
2001- 2002 Early planning and site selection studies. Environmental Assessment begins.
2002 – Nov Morris Thompson: The Legacy work-session with friends, family and colleagues to determine how the facility can be an appropriate legacy and honor to his name.
2003 Bettisworth North (architect) and Andre & Associates (exhibit design firm) selected through competitive bid process. Architectural and exhibit planning process begins.
2003 – Dec Leadership Team organizes with Sam Kito, Jr. at helm.
2004 – Feb Legacy for Progress Campaign begins. Doyon, Limited makes lead gift of $500,000.
2004 – Feb Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center (MTCVC) incorporates as a non-profit corporation.
2004 – Aug Environmental Assessment completed.
2004 – Aug City of Fairbanks begins purchase of land on project site.
2005 – Apr MTCVC receives 501(c)(3) status from IRS.
2005 – Sep MTCVC establishes bylaws and elects first Board of Directors.
2005 – Dec TCC cultural programming workshop is held to develop cultural program business plan.
2006 – May GHEMM Company selected for construction manager @ risk contractor through a competitive bid process.
2006 – Oct Land acquisition process completed. City of Fairbanks owns 100% of project site.
2007 – Mar City of Fairbanks leases land to MTCVC for up to 80 years.
2007 – Mar FCVB, TCC and NPS sign 10-year lease agreements to occupy MTCVC.
2007 – Mar Construction contract signed with GHEMM Company
2007 – May Groundbreaking Ceremony: First Traditional Chief Reverend David Salmon blesses ground. Construction begins.
2008 – Aug More than 700 attend dedication and blessing ceremony for completed building.
2008 – Aug Beck Interiors LINK selected as exhibit contractor in competitive bid process.
2008 – Sep FCVB, TCC & APLIC move in and facility opens to the public.
2009 – Jan Phase I Exhibit construction begins.
2009 – Oct Phase I Exhibits open to the public.