BP opens $7.1 million energy center
Steve Sutherlin, PNA managing editor
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. held an open house Sept. 10 to herald the opening of the BP Energy Center, a new $7.1 million facility Alaska’s nonprofits and education groups can use free of charge.
BP is funding construction and operation of the center as a part of the “Charter Commitment to Alaska,” an agreement forged with the Knowles administration during BP’s acquisition of ARCO.
The 13,500 square foot building has six conference rooms to accommodate groups from six to 125, and interactive displays about the energy industry in public spaces.
“The BP Energy Center is a distinctive facility that will allow BP and its employees to connect with Alaskans in new and different ways,” said Steve Marshall, president of BP Alaska. “We hope communities will be enriched through the programs and meetings held at the center.”
In 2002 the center will host a certificate program in nonprofit management, back-to-school teacher training for an elementary school serving lower-income families, PTA meetings, a BP Teachers of Excellence workshop and meetings of the Nature Conservancy.