Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Patient Housing and skybridge

"A home away from home" bridges rural Alaskans with urban medical care.





Client: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Architects: KPB Architects

Structural Engineer: Reid Middleton

Mechanical Engineer: Jernstrom Engineering

Electrical Engineer: EIC Engineers

Civil Engineer: EBSC Engineering

Food Service Consultant: William Caruso & Associate


When Alaska Natives living in rural communities travel to Anchorage for healthcare services, their accommodations are typically located throughout the Anchorage area. The new housing facility currently under construction will provide 202 guest rooms for patients on the Alaska Native Medical Campus. The design of the facility is based on the concept "home away from home": the patients will have access to a dining facility with views to the internal and secured courtyard. The courtyard will consist of plants native to Alaska, art reflecting native culture, as well as an outdoor play area. Common kitchens are located on levels 2, 4 and 6. and allows guests to prepare meals and dine with family members in areas that feel more like a traditional home environment.

The 6th level is provided for families staying at the housing facility. A large family gathering area designed with a residential feel will provide comfort as well as opportunities for patients to socialize with one another. The living room will also incorporate an interactive play area with a large screen to host a custom-designed video game that will be based on an Alaskan theme. The children will be able to interact with the Alaskan characters through movement in front of the screen, as research has confirmed that play is an important aspect of the healing process.

The project also includes a skybridge that connects the adjacent parking structure and patient housing to the main Alaska Native Medical Center Hospital.

The exterior’s vertical window patterning was inspired by birch tree silhouettes prevalent in some Alaskan Regions. The interior material palette is warm, modern and welcoming. The finishes that were selected are based on textures and colors found in Native Alaskan art and natural resources found throughout Alaska.