ANSEP – Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program Facility

ANSEP – Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program Facility

Start Date: 09/01/2005
Completion Date: 08/01/2006
Owner: University of Alaska
Location: Anchorage, AK
Architects: RIM Architects
Project Manager: Ken Andrews
Project Superintendent: Marty Meisler
Project Administrator: Darla Hall
Quality Control Manager: Ken Andrews
Site Safety Manager: Kirk Waggoner

The Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program Facility is a 14,000 sq ft, two-story learning center. The north half of the building is a two story atrium area which serves as a multipurpose use area for project displays, large class assembly, and study area. It is equipped with a kitchen and serves as a community gathering area. The southern half of the first floor houses the collaborative learning laboratory. The second floor is made up of offices and recitation rooms. The recitation rooms are finished with floor to ceiling dry erase marker boards. The windows on the east side of the building look out into the trees of the Chester Creek green belt.

The structure is moment frame and braced frame construction on a concrete foundation, which is relatively shallow with very wide spread footers due to the high water table in the area and the long slender shape of the building. The exterior of the building is primarily glass curtain wall and metal panels in long thin sections. The roof line is a graceful curve and in conjunction with the planked appearance of the walls evokes the image of a traditional canoe.