Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center
Established in 1974, Alaska’s first and largest community health center provides over 40,000 patient care visits per year, employs 130 staff, and serves all patient demographics from the un-insured, government-insured, to privately-insured. ANHC’s new, three-story Midtown Anchorage headquarters consolidates under one roof the nonprofit organization’s previously separate clinical and administrative spaces and enables expansion and growth of medical, dental, pharmacy, laboratory and radiology programs.
While early project feasibility planning began in 2002, the final architectural design process did not begin until 2009. Working closely with ANHC’s administration, clinical operations staff, and medical providers, the design team adopted the integrated-care concept of delivery upon which to plan and design the new facility. A total of forty-five exam, procedure and consultation rooms are divided among three service pods, each pod centered around a glass-enclosed team center, offering visual control and acoustic privacy the for five full-time provider teams staffing each pod. A fourth pod houses the new, state-of-the-art, 10-operatory dental clinic.
In addition to new, fully digital x-ray and 3D tomographic mammography—the first of its kind in Alaska—the facility houses a full service medical laboratory and pharmacy. Third floor administrative offices also contain meeting, conference, and classroom space for the health education programs offered by ANHC.
Using the CmGC / design-assist delivery model, Roger Hickel Contracting joined the project team during design to work with Livingston Slone to identify planning and logistical issues, recommend potential cost savings, and to facilitate a smooth transition from design to construction.