Veterans Affairs Clinic and Regional Office

Livingston Slone was the prime architect for this $66 million, 180,000 SF Outpatient Clinic and Regional Offices building in Anchorage. SmithGroup assisted with medical planning and interior design. In addition to general primary care the new clinic includes a day surgery suite and specialty facilities such as audiology, imaging, dental, and physical therapy. Other spaces include a canteen, central lobby and conference/education center.

A connecting “link” to the existing DOD/VA joint venture hospital on Elmendorf AFB allows sharing of staff and services. The two story, light-filled lobby exhibits artwork and rich stone and wood textures under a tree-form roof structure. From the lobby visitors travel three main corridors to reach various services; each corridor is single-loaded, light-filled exterior window-wall visible from the parking lot, thus simplifying visitor orientation and wayfinding.

The architecture features simple exterior forms and a covered entry with heated walkways. The durable exterior material pallette is curtainwall, zinc-clad panels and resin-impregnated wood panels.  A primary design objective was to make the facility comfortable for the Veterans and those who serve them. This is achieved by providing clear wayfinding, wide corridors, ample daylight, calming views of nature, comfortable waiting areas, easily accessible services and needed privacy.

American Institute of Architects Alaska Chapter, Merit Award – Excellence in Architecture, 2011