Kotzebue K -12 School Renewal
Nvision provided planning, design, and construction administration services for more than 161,000 SF of renovations and additions throughout the Kotzebue K-12 School. Since Kotzebue is the regional hub and gathering village for many of the smaller surrounding villages, the school required expanded program space to keep up with community needs as it grew in population and regional significance. The final design was built around the idea of a regional educational and community center. It connected three buildings through a new multi-purpose area known as the “Gathering Egg,” a space that focuses on restoring the local culture’s emphasis on communal activities that celebrate Native Alaskan heritage. Existing classrooms were renovated, teaching pods were constructed, and a new kitchen, cafeteria, theater, science laboratory, and industrial education shop were added. This project was one of the first in the region to utilize the collaborative Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) project delivery method. By assembling a complete design and construction team early in the process, Nvision was able to better manage complex renovations next to other occupied facilities, extend the lifecycle of existing systems, streamline logistics in this remote region, and contribute to a construction schedule that responded effectively to Kotzebue’s extreme weather events.
Owner: Northwest Arctic Borough School District
Location: Kotzebue, Alaska
Project Area: 161,500 SF
Time Frame: 2004 - 2006
Recognition: A4LE (formerly CEFPI) Lighthouse Award for Best Renovated School and Program in North America