Afognak NATIVE CORPORATION ALUTIIQ CENTER
Client: Afognak Native Corporation
Architects: KPB Architects
Contractor: Aluttiq, LLC
Structural Engineer: Reid Middleton
Mechanical Engineer: Jernstrom Engineering
Electrical Engineering: EIC Engineers
The Alutiiq Center is the Anchorage office for the Afognak Native Corporation and its subsidiary, Alutiiq LLC. The building and site design of the five-story structure draws inspiration from images of Afognak Island and the region of the Alutiiq people. Geographic elements are reinterpreted in a contemporary design that exemplifies this corporation’s place on the cutting edge of technology in the business environment. The project contains a small museum exhibiting displays of historical and cultural materials of the Alutiiq people. Modern artwork of cultural significance is integrated throughout the lobby and upper levels of the office building. The design team collaborated with the owner’s cultural committee to effectively weave culture into the building design. The exterior uses a granite facing and aluminum composite panels for the building’s skin. The design incorporates two exterior deck areas for office workers’ use. A projecting glass wall above the entry contains the images of four ancient petroglyphs found in the Alutiiq region. The projecting glass provides a unique identity for the building.