Cook Inlet Tribal Council Dena'ina House
"A welcoming and positive center for homeless youth".
Client: Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Covenant House Alaska
Architects: KPB Architects
Structural Engineer: Schneider Structural Engineers
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers: RSA Engineers
Contractor: Cornerstone General Contractors
Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Covenant House Alaska partnered to increase housing in Anchorage for transitional age youth who are at-risk or homeless. This project expands Covenant House Alaska’s Rights of Passage transitional living program. The existing building located in Downtown Anchorage received a major renovation. As residents enter the building, they arrive into a welcoming environment. The open space includes a kitchen where residents can learn cooking skills as well as socialize with friends sitting at the couter. A communication wall painted with chalkboard paint provides a place for staff and residents to leave messages or enjoy doodling. Meals are served family style in the common space. A natural wood slab table serves as the heart of the space for gatherings and to encourage friendships. The room includes soft seating that is movable so the space can be reconfigured by the users. The residents also have access to a computer hub. The administration offices are located on the ground floor close to the activity areas. The resident rooms include a desk for homework and a bed with storage below for personal belongings. The exterior 2nd level deck is complete with a green house and gathering area. The participants learn and develop life skills needed for living independently.