Providence CARES

A mindful design that reflects the growing awareness of immediate and long term issues related to abuse



•Comprehensive Architectural Services
•Comprehensive Landscape Architecture Services
•Facility Programming
•Code Compliance
•Land-Use Application Processing
•3D Computer Rendering/Modeling/Visualization
•Planning/Mgmt of Entitlement Process
•Site Planning and Design
•Project Management
•Construction Administration
•Comprehensive ID Services
•Programming & Space Planning
•Interior Finish Specs & Coordination
•Furniture Layout, Specifications & Procurement

Providence Alaska C.A.R.E.S. is a 28,000 sf children’s advocacy center that co-locates law enforcement, medical and mental health professionals from 6 local and state agencies under one roof to evaluate and investigate cases of child abuse. The realization of the building reflects a growing awareness in the Anchorage community of the immediate and long term problems related to abuse. Locating relevant agencies in one place supports a model of care that is known to produce better outcomes for victims and their families.  

KPB provided programming and full service design for the project which spanned over 2 years. Agencies included Alaska CARES, supported by Providence medical staff, The Alaska State Office of Children’s Services, Alaska State Department of Public Safety, Anchorage Police Department and Southcentral Foundation. All groups were interviewed several times to determine accurate space allocations that would accommodate necessary flow as well as future growth. Through the programming effort, it became apparent that all agencies needed autonomy given the priority placed on client privacy.   

The need for privacy as well as convenience established the locations for the public entrances on the North and South sides of the building, while security for staff required a separate entrance, located at the East side of the site. The main public entrance at the north side of the building is screened by an architectural feature designed to accommodate artwork to provide privacy while also identifying the main building entry point. Given the sensitive nature of the building function, the A street façade is designed to promote a sense of anonymity and transparency. A curtainwall, framed by ACM metal panels, creates a clean understated professional feature along that street corridor. Wall and ceiling panels with a wood grain finish, experienced only as clients enter the building, provide warmth and visual interest. 

This project is just beginning construction and is scheduled for completion in January 2019.