BSNC subsidiary Eagle Eye Electric, LLC (Eagle Eye) recently completed a demolition and cleanup project in Diomede for the State of Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The project included demolition of the Alaska Army National Guard Federal Scout Readiness Center Armory. Constructed in 1960 when the Cold War was in full swing, the armory was the only site in the U.S. to have direct visibility and contact with the Soviet Union. Diomede was one of the many strategic points in Alaska along the Arctic border that separated the Soviet Union from the U.S.
During the winter of 2008-2009, the armory fell victim to its surroundings when heavy loads of snow sloughed off adjacent buildings onto the roof, causing it to partially collapse. The armory was determined to be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places but due to the damage, it was determined that the property no longer retained the structural integrity sufficient to convey its historical significance. Eagle Eye successfully demolished, transported and disposed of armory materials, including debris and hazardous substances.
In addition to demolishing the armory, Eagle Eye removed a barge load of garbage, debris and scrap steel for the City of Diomede. Refuse from the island had not been removed since 2009 when a fall storm washed away the barge landing and access to the dump. Some of the items removed by Eagle Eye had been there for more than 20 years.
Diomede, on the island of Little Diomede (Iŋaliq), sits in the middle of the Bering Strait and is less than three miles from the international dateline and the Russian island of Big Diomede. The project was managed by BSNC shareholder and Eagle Eye Business Development Manager Cliff Johnson. Eagle Eye hired 14 BSNC shareholders, representing 100 percent shareholder hire for the project work in Diomede. BSNC thanks the residents of Diomede for their hospitality and assistance with completing the project.