RIM Architects | National Park Service Headquarters
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National Park Service Headquarters

Location:
Anchorage, AK
Role :
Architect
Client :
General Services Administration (GSA)
Total SF :
75,000
About

I’m very pleased with the both the timeliness and the quality of design services your firm has provided. – James G. Schultz, Contracting Officer — General Services Administration February 28, 2003

This new 5-story building houses the National Park Service Headquarters. Due to site constraints, the building footprint is longer in the east to west dimension. In order to provide a visually interesting façade and to reduce the scale of the north and south elevations, the design provides a contemporary use of stone veneer with inset fenestrations as the primary finish. This is combined with a cantilevered radiused butt glazed window wall on the upper floors of the north and south elevations. The design creates an “unfolding” effect as one approaches the building from east or west. The cantilevered window walls also reduce the scale and break up the linearity of the longer façades.

The building has been designed and built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ (LEED) Silver standards, a new energy efficient and environmental rating system established by the United States Green Building Council.  There are many criteria for designing an energy efficient and environmentally-conscious building. In this structure, we have incorporated numerous “reduce-reuse-recycle” strategies including: motion activated lighting systems, high reflective ceiling tiles, and low water consuming toilet fixtures; workstations have been located on perimeter walls to take advantage of the natural sunlight and views. Low VOC paints and carpets have been installed, carbon dioxide monitoring systems have been calibrated and separate ventilations systems in copy rooms have been designed to improve indoor air quality. There are also large quantities of  materials containing recycled content and rapidly renewable resources such as wood composite wainscots, bamboo paneling, cork, recycled rubber flooring, and acoustical ceiling tiles.