Covenant House Alaska
Role :Programming, Architect
Client :Covenant House Alaska (CHA)
Total SF :41,560
Awards:2015 Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture by AIA Alaska at the "100 Years North" event
The Covenant House Alaska (CHA) organization’s goal is to increase their service outreach to a growing number of youth-in-crisis and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As a result of lack of physical space and the need to expand services, CHA contracted RIM Architects to create a program for a replacement facility combining two separate facilities with multiple uses into one collocated facility. RIM provided programming services to establish the goals and vision for CHA’s new facility and won the competition to design the facility.
The newly constructed facility is a 2-story structure designed to evoke a sense of home. Exterior finishes include small scale textured stone and laminated wood panels to provide commercial durability with a warm residential feel. The building program consists of the following components: youth crisis shelter/community service areas (communal gathering, outreach, and activity spaces, emergency shelter administrative support functions, kitchen/dining, and residential housing); executive administrative areas (offices, conference rooms, and associated program support functions).