Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Community Health Services Building


The owner, a Yup’ik Eskimo non-profit health corporation serving 47 villages, required a building to consolidate several existing facilities; to provide economy of ownership; and to provide a strong sense of cultural identity that imparts a feeling of well-being and respect to the local native clientele. Cold climate needs were met through the use of thermal pilings, insulated paneling and other energy efficient features that will also allow easy expansion. The cultural identity was established with innovative use of materials and colors. Traditional hues of beach grasses, indigenous clays, rich driftwoods, wild berries, and charcoal are immediately apparent and familiar.

American Institute of Architects Alaska Chapter, Honorable Mention – Excellence in Architecture