Valley Native Primary Care Center
"The Matanuska-Susitna Valley’s first major building for Native Alaskans is focused around a theme of Welcoming, Gathering, Health and Wellness in a culturally sensitive design setting."
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Client: Southcentral Foundation
Architect of Record: KPB Architects
Partner Architect: NBBJ
Contractor: Neeser Construction, Inc.
Civil Engineer: DOWL HKM
Landscape Architect: KPB Architects
Structural Engineer: Engineering and Development Services
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Coffman Engineering
- LEED Silver
The design for Southcentral Foundation’s Valley Native Primary Care Center is built upon the same philosophy of quality care for Native Alaskans for which the Foundation is known. Expanding upon Southcentral Foundation's "Nuka System of Care". this facility houses a multitude of services: Behavioral Health, Dental Care, Education, Physical Therapy, and Wellness.
Prior to arrival at the clinic, there is a clear sense of inclusivity. Through the details of design, clearly identifiable signage and building forms, a sense of community is reflected and begins the welcoming experience of the Primary Care Center.
The curved-glass exterior greets guests as they arrive to the Center. A continuity of space, balancing both exterior and interior elements, is a celebration of Alaska's mountain views and Native cultures. The gathering space serves as the heart of the Center and encourages the cultural events and spiritual wellness that is so integral to the "Nuka" model.
A central circulation "spine" serves as the primary corridor connecting the gathering areas with wellness and clinical spaces. The spine is designed to embrace future growth by allowing a consistent thoroughfare of circulation that can connect to potential future buildings.