Cook Inlet Tribal Council Office Building

Cook Inlet Tribal Council Office Building

Start Date: 07/01/2004
Completion Date: 09/01/2005
Owner: Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Location: Anchorage, AK
Architects: RIM Architects
Project Manager: Jon Bush
Project Superintendent: Dan Sandvik
Project Administrator: Darla Hall

The CITC Non-Profit Service Center building is reflective of the corporate character and uniqueness of the occupants; a place of distinction for employees of CITC and affiliate entities to conduct business and provide services. This facility, housing a compilation of many department and nonprofit entities, provides a convenient, comprehensive place that is beneficial to the overall health of the community of Anchorage as well as the whole Alaska Native Community.

The building’s architecture reflects a context of birch skin and birch forest. The building’s exterior skin is primarily porcelain tile with irregularly spaced glass and corrugated metal panel on the first floor. This composition emulates the random white and black patterning of the skin of the birch. Entry points to the building are inset and transparent, with accentuated randomly spaced white vertical window mullions like that of the trunks of birches in a forest environment. This aesthetic is further reinforced by a landscape design at each entry point to the building utilizing a natural birch forest theme. The overall design build strategy is to assure that the finished project not only satisfies the technical requirements but is appropriately sensitive to those who need and benefit from these services.