Covenant House Alaska Replacement

Covenant House Alaska Replacement

Start Date: 07/22/2011
Completion Date: 06/30/2013
Owner: Covenant House
Location: Anchorage, AK
Architects: RIM ARchitects
Project Manager: Andy King
Project Superintendent: Marty Meisler
Project Engineer: James Murrell
Project Administrator: Darla Hall
Quality Control Manager: Ken Andrews
Site Safety Manager: Kirk Waggoner

Covenant House Alaska is a non-profit youth respite center that offers homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth, ages 13-20, a safe place to stay and get help. This new facility is 42,000 sq. ft. and has counseling areas, music rooms, computer labs, a multipurpose room, 60 rooms for guests, and an area for spiritual needs.

In 1988, Covenant House became the first shelter for homeless teens in Anchorage, and it is still the only such shelter in the city. Some residents stay only for a single night, though most teens accept medical care, receive assistance with school, and work towards reuniting with their family. Covenant House gets kids off the streets.  For the past 25 years, Covenant House Alaska in Anchorage has given more than 20,000 homeless and runaway teens a better option in life. Covenant House staff have always provided plenty of TLC, even though their old building was outdated, overrun, and dark. The facility needed light.  Rather than looking to the sky, Covenant House administration turned to Davis Constructors & Engineers, Inc.

Davis was able to build a remarkable and resourceful 43,000-square-foot facility that provided twice the space, twice the housing capacity, and added tons more natural light.

The old location provided mere bedrooms.  The new building, located at the corner of Eighth Avenue and A Street, now has room for programs.  A computer training room, worship area, classrooms for workforce development and education, art and music space, and an indoor recreation spot are just some of the new features that Covenant House is able to offer.   With more room, Covenant House has the ability to help more Alaska teens.

Covenant House Alaska has grown from an emergency shelter for youth in crisis to an organization that provides an array of services that assist and help Alaska’s youth to self-sufficiency. Davis has been a longtime supporter of the Covenant House organization and mission, and we were pleased to be part of the team.  Executive Director of CHA, Alison Kear, might have said it best: “When you are able to create with youth and partners what the community needs, you get an amazing intentionally designed space.”

Many wonderful corporations and individuals worked hard and donated big to make this dream a reality.  All told, there were thirteen Associated General Contractors of Alaska members that shared in the construction of the Covenant House (some donating material and/or labor), including AAA Fence Inc., Alaska Demolition, Alcan Electric, Bradshaw & Associates, Bucher Glass, Circle Plumbing & Heating, Commercial Contractors, EP Roofing, HK Sheetmetal, Otis Elevator, GMW Fire Protection, Pioneer Door, and RPC.