CIRI Fireweed Office Building

CIRI Fireweed Office Building

Start Date: 08/22/2013
Completion Date: 06/11/2015
Owner: CIRI Land Development Corporation
Location: Anchorage, AK
Architects: RIM Architects
Project Manager: Nicole Mitchell
Project Superintendent: Dean Cagle
Project Engineer: Pete Clements
Quality Control Manager: Ken Andrews
Site Safety Manager: Kirk Waggoner

The CIRI Fireweed Business Center is an 8-story 114,095 SF office building, located in mid-town in Anchorage. Davis Constructors collaborated with CIRI and RIM Architects to develop a Class A office space and state-of-the-art facility. Some of these features include:

  • high-tech dynamic glass windows that dim automatically to cut glare and reduce summer solar heating
  • vacuum insulated panels within the curtainwall spandrel panes along with light diffuser Solera panels made with microscopic chips of silicon that improve overall energy efficiency of the building and light transmission to the space
  • a new heating and air conditioning technology adds to the buildings open feel and will combine with the buildings exterior to save as much as 30 percent of its lifetime operating costs. A variable refrigerant flow system allows installation of smaller vents and pipes, creating some floors with 15 ft of overhead space. The units also save energy by transferring heat from warmer parts of the building to colder parts, instead of heating the cold areas and cooling the hot areas.
  • computer controlled and motion-controlled LED interior lights
  • the building is designed and constructed with differing external geometry, changing the outside appearance depending on the viewer’s vantage point
  • the first building in Alaska to include a pressurized hoistway shaft for the elevators, which allows the facility to feel open, allowing people to look right through the middle of the building
  • a shared breakroom and south-facing deck on the third level, complete with fire pit and BBQ grill to encourage staff co-mingle
  • CIRI TI includes an open monument stair to interconnect levels 6, 7 and 8 with ipe wood landings, treads and glass railings.

The project was to be designed and constructed to obtain LEED silver certification and is tracking to possibly achieve LEED Gold certification.

Davis and the team of subcontractors maintained more than 35% Alaska Native hire to train and mentor staff. The project also consists of several features to maintain Alaska Native culture within the building, including:

  • Custom light fixtures at the main entry atrium to simulate the look of hanging salmon
  • Exterior heated sidewalks & interior lobby floor tile have a pattern to simulate mud flats in the villages
  • Landscaping plantings include native species