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The Faces of "Building Alaska"

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Chuck Gerwig, Builder
The Matanuska Glacier Project

Jim Wagner, Builder
The Gustavus Project

Lee Raymond, Builder
The Quiet Lake Project

Jim Wagner and Family
The Gustavus Project

Chuck Gerwig and Family
The Matanuska Glacier Project

Lee Raymond and Team
The Quiet Lake Project

Team Gustavus
Jim Wagner

Team Gustavus
Tanya Wagner

Team Gustavus
Aaron Patrick

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Aaron Patrick

Team Matanuska
Chuck Gerwig

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Ryan Beachy

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Team Quiet Lake
Lee Raymond

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Lee Raymond and Earl Bragg

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An Alaska Native at Quiet Lake

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Matt Moore

Team Quiet Lake

About the show

What does it take to build a house totally off the grid in some of the most unforgiving terrain on the planet? We follow a cast of characters who set out to construct three incredible cabins in the obscure Alaskan wilderness. With no roads and no building supply centers, they’ll have to get creative in a new season of Building Alaska.

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Season 3, Episode 7

The Missing Helicopter

Lee's crew scrambles to correct a mistake after a mighty framing miscalculation at Bulchitna Lake. Tony makes a dangerous call to fix a problem that could destroy his own log cabin and potentially injure his team, and excitement builds for Derek's crew as transport of the ski hut begins, until the helicopter goes missing and sends the crew into an outright panic while they wait for answers.

Friday
Mar 13

10pm | 9c

Season 3, Episode 2

A Helicopter Drop, the Art of Scribing, and a Thousand-Dollar Mistake

The challenges of building homes in remote Alaska continues as Lee orchestrates a massive eighteen-load helicopter drop to deliver the equipment and supplies he'll need to build a two-story cabin on Bulchitna Lake. Elsewhere, Derek handcrafts logs with a scriber and begins the tedious process of cataloging each piece of wood that will eventually be helicoptered over to his build site. Plus, Tony forgets a crucial item back in town that sets him back over a thousand dollars.

Wednesday
Mar 25

3am | 2c

Season 2, Episode 7

Downward Slide

As the days get shorter and colder, and snow is visible on the highest peaks, the builders frantically race to get their homes sealed in. Chuck Gerwig suffered a huge blow earlier in the summer with the loss of his righthand man, and now his ten hour days are up to twelve and its starting to show. Barely keeping in front of his subcontractors, one small mistake could mean not finishing. In Chicken, Jim Wagner's organizational luck has just run out. His flooring is four bundles short. So, with everything shutting down for the winter in a week, he's got to decide whether or not to make the half day journey to the lumberyard, which is no guarantee, or finish the roof before snow flies. Finally, at remote Quiet Lake, Lee Raymond's son "high speed, no grease" Aaron, is scrambling to get the roofing on before the snow. But the constant rain mixed with Aaron's speed has created a very slick situation and Aaron just can't hold on.

Sunday
May 3

8pm | 7c

Season 2, Episode 3

Chicken or Bust

The three builders each face their own forms of adversity. Lee Raymond is struggling to get back on track after losing a month to bad weather and an impassable semi-frozen Quiet Lake. At the Matanuska Glacier, Chuck Gerwig has had perfect weather, but most of his labor is due to leave once fishing season starts in less than a month. And Jim Wagner has finished, numbered, and taken down his cabin in Gustavus, but now begins the arduous 500 mile transport to Chicken that will include two ferry rides, 2 border crossings and hopefully enough supplies to finish the re-build before winter sets in.

Sunday
Jun 21

7pm | 6c

Season 2, Episode 5

A Long Hard Slog

After battling the tragedy of the loss of his righthand man, Ryan Beachy, Chuck Gerwig is back in the saddle and ready to finish the job that he and Ryan started months earlier. 312 miles northeast in Chicken, Alaska, Jim Wagner and crew are at a near standstill due to a nonstop rain that has turned their man-made road into an impassible swamp. And with a concrete truck due any minute, will they be able to get it fixed before they risk losing any hope of getting the foundation poured? Finally, Lee Raymond has been fighting the same weather since he started and he's still behind. Now he's losing his number one crew to college, so his final push will have to be with a brand new crew that can afford no errors.

Tuesday
Aug 4

1pm | 12c

Season 2, Episode 8

The End Game

Winter has arrived and the race is over. It's time for each of our builders to come to terms with their end games as they pack up and head home for the season. To say this year has been a challenge would be an understatement. From lakes, to glaciers, to areas savaged by fire, nothing was immune from Alaska's hostile nature. Whether that came in the form of brutal weather, extreme fatigue, or even death, it had to be endured and overcome. And although the men, their homes and the sites were vastly different, they all can lay claim to the same victory in surviving Alaska's wrath. Now is the time to shutter in, rest, and take stock in what matters for in just a few short months the season will change again and usher in a new chapter of Building Alaska.

Tuesday
Aug 4

4pm | 3c

Season 3, Episode 10

Heads Up

The drama at Derek's cliffside build near Valdez escalates after rain saturates the region and an accident on the roof almost takes out a crew member. Tony leaves his build in Bobby's hands to tend to another job and returns to find an injury has occurred. Lee discovers the culprit behind a messy footprint while the crew faces sketchy conditions to install the custom windows on their 2500 square foot Bulchitna Lake build.

Saturday
Sep 26

5pm | 4c

Season 3, Episode 3

Destructive Forces

Tony Malone's crew outside of Haines, Alaska, get a visit from a hungry bear. Builder Lee Raymond faces challenges when working closely with family. Derek Galbraith reveals the tragic story behind the heli-skiing industry in Valdez, Alaska.

Tuesday
Oct 6

11am | 10c

Season 2, Episode 8

The End Game

Winter has arrived and the race is over. It's time for each of our builders to come to terms with their end games as they pack up and head home for the season. To say this year has been a challenge would be an understatement. From lakes, to glaciers, to areas savaged by fire, nothing was immune from Alaska's hostile nature. Whether that came in the form of brutal weather, extreme fatigue, or even death, it had to be endured and overcome. And although the men, their homes and the sites were vastly different, they all can lay claim to the same victory in surviving Alaska's wrath. Now is the time to shutter in, rest, and take stock in what matters for in just a few short months the season will change again and usher in a new chapter of Building Alaska.

Tuesday
Oct 13

11pm | 10c

Season 3, Episode 9

Game Day

Just as Derek and his band of buddies are about to give up on their dream of a cliffside ski hut, Alaska hands them a miracle that turns a down day into game day. Lee loses one of his hardest working crew members out at Bulchitna Lake just as they have to lift an 800 pound truss into place, and Tony's hideaway cabin is in good enough shape to take a break and fish for halibut on the Lynn Canal.

Tuesday
Nov 3

4pm | 3c

Season 3, Episode 12

The Final Push

Lee is down to just a crew of three as he races to finish the interior of the cabin before the lake freezes over and prevents their floatplane from landing. Tony's crew discovers a serious miscalculation that will force them to miss their deadline unless a miracle occurs, and Derek and his crew push through the endless rainfall, dangerous conditions and dwindling materials to complete the project.

Thursday
Nov 12

9pm | 8c

Season 4, Episode 8

It's Getting Awkward

Rich's build is down to two workers which will make it tough to reach their milestones, nothing but wall-to-wall trouble may cause Tom's build to come tumbling down and Creig's build is fraught with costly miscalculations and tensions with Jim.

Thursday
Dec 3

9pm | 8c

Season 2, Episode 8

The End Game

Winter has arrived and the race is over. It's time for each of our builders to come to terms with their end games as they pack up and head home for the season. To say this year has been a challenge would be an understatement. From lakes, to glaciers, to areas savaged by fire, nothing was immune from Alaska's hostile nature. Whether that came in the form of brutal weather, extreme fatigue, or even death, it had to be endured and overcome. And although the men, their homes and the sites were vastly different, they all can lay claim to the same victory in surviving Alaska's wrath. Now is the time to shutter in, rest, and take stock in what matters for in just a few short months the season will change again and usher in a new chapter of Building Alaska.

Saturday
Jan 16

12pm | 11c

Season 3, Episode 9

Game Day

Just as Derek and his band of buddies are about to give up on their dream of a cliffside ski hut, Alaska hands them a miracle that turns a down day into game day. Lee loses one of his hardest working crew members out at Bulchitna Lake just as they have to lift an 800 pound truss into place, and Tony's hideaway cabin is in good enough shape to take a break and fish for halibut on the Lynn Canal.

Tuesday
Feb 16

11am | 10c

Season 3, Episode 10

Heads Up

The drama at Derek's cliffside build near Valdez escalates after rain saturates the region and an accident on the roof almost takes out a crew member. Tony leaves his build in Bobby's hands to tend to another job and returns to find an injury has occurred. Lee discovers the culprit behind a messy footprint while the crew faces sketchy conditions to install the custom windows on their 2500 square foot Bulchitna Lake build.

Tuesday
Feb 16

12pm | 11c

Season 3, Episode 11

The Finest Moment

Lee and his crew install a new woodstove to dry out the drywall mud and tape, and while he's waiting, Lee takes time to enjoy everything Alaska has to offer. Derek and his band of ski buddies race to protect the cabin from bears and construct homegrown countertops from materials on the site. And Tony finally makes it to the roofing stage of his Porcupine Creek build while his build partner Bob takes a new gig felling trees for a local homeowner.

Tuesday
Feb 16

1pm | 12c

Season 3, Episode 12

The Final Push

Lee is down to just a crew of three as he races to finish the interior of the cabin before the lake freezes over and prevents their floatplane from landing. Tony's crew discovers a serious miscalculation that will force them to miss their deadline unless a miracle occurs, and Derek and his crew push through the endless rainfall, dangerous conditions and dwindling materials to complete the project.

Tuesday
Feb 16

2pm | 1c

Season 5, Episode 1

Family Legacy

The three build teams kick off their builds in unique, remote Alaskan settings. Adam Tschappat and his family begin building a Family Legacy cabin in the Wrangell Mountains. Mike Williams and his family begin building a guest cabin in Eagle Song, near Mt. Susitna. And Steve Box and his builder friends, Dave Bartlett and Hans Moser, begin an Island Getaway on Shelter Island, near Juneau.

Tuesday
Feb 16

3pm | 2c

Season 5, Episode 2

Frozen Highway

Three teams continue their builds in unique, remote Alaskan settings. Adam Tschappat and his family stake out the area for their Family Legacy cabin in the Wrangell Mountains. Mike Williams and his daughter, Meghan, finally make it off Alaska's frozen highway, only to have their build stuck in neutral in Eagle Song. Dave and Hans are able to complete their 20 supply runs and dig holes for the foundation for the Island Getaway build on Shelter Island.

Tuesday
Feb 16

4pm | 3c

Season 5, Episode 3

Bump Outs and Burls

Alaskan builder Adam Tschappat's team is cut in half due to volunteer firefighter duties delaying his Family Legacy cabin build in the Wrangell Mountains. Mike Williams is facing a 100 degree change in temperature that is forcing him to focus on the farm and not the build in Eagle Song. Dave and Hans face rough seas, while some bad math pushes them further behind schedule on the Island Getaway build on Shelter Island.

Tuesday
Feb 16

5pm | 4c

Season 5, Episode 4

Hello Hoonah

Builder Adam Tschappat and his brothers deal with record-breaking spring temperatures at their build site in the Wrangell Mountains. Mike Williams is keeping one eye on his crops and the other on his build forcing him to look the other way when it comes to code on his Guest Cabin in Eagle Song. Dave and Hans nearly get stranded due to receding tides at the Island Getaway build on Shelter Island.

Tuesday
Feb 16

6pm | 5c

Season 5, Episode 5

Location, Location, Location

Builder Mike Williams is in a mad scramble to save his peonies from dying, sending his crew into high gear in Eagle Song. Dave and Hans's 50 thousand pounds of material make it to shore unharmed at their Island Getaway build on Shelter Island. Builder Adam Tschappat does some precision work from 2 logs to 12 logs high for his Family Legacy cabin in the Wrangell Mountains.

Tuesday
Feb 16

7pm | 6c

Season 5, Episode 6

Whackin' and Stackin'

Builder Mike Williams' plans to catch up backfire while preparing the cabin structure for earthquakes in Eagle Song. Dave and Hans start laying the floor while having fun at their client's expense on Shelter Island. Builder Adam Tschappat battles 100 years of brush for his Family Legacy cabin and Adam takes a hit in the Wrangell Mountains.

Tuesday
Feb 16

8pm | 7c

Season 5, Episode 7

Plywood Don't Lie

Builder Mike Williams and his team gain some ground, but can they keep it while laying plywood over the cabin's foundation in Eagle Song? Dave and Hans try and get reacquainted with their build and it reminds them how little time and how much work they have left on Shelter Island. Builder Adam Tschappat comes face to face with his biggest fear for his cabin's success in the Wrangell Mountains.

Tuesday
Feb 16

9pm | 8c

Season 5, Episode 7

Plywood Don't Lie

Builder Mike Williams and his team gain some ground, but can they keep it while laying plywood over the cabin's foundation in Eagle Song? Dave and Hans try and get reacquainted with their build and it reminds them how little time and how much work they have left on Shelter Island. Builder Adam Tschappat comes face to face with his biggest fear for his cabin's success in the Wrangell Mountains.

Wednesday
Feb 17

12am | 11c

Season 5, Episode 6

Whackin' and Stackin'

Builder Mike Williams' plans to catch up backfire while preparing the cabin structure for earthquakes in Eagle Song. Dave and Hans start laying the floor while having fun at their client's expense on Shelter Island. Builder Adam Tschappat battles 100 years of brush for his Family Legacy cabin and Adam takes a hit in the Wrangell Mountains.

Wednesday
Feb 17

3am | 2c