This new LEED Silver Certified clinic provides the Copper River Native Association with a modern centralized health facility to serve the various communities in the Copper River Region.
The 35,000-sf facility contains:
- Six open and two closed-dental rooms
- A dental laboratory
- Six medical exam rooms
- An isolation exam room with a shower/ante room
- A procedure room
- A pharmacy
- Tele-medicine capabilities
- Behavioral health area with staff offices
The primary building is a single-story steel-braced framed structure with a concrete foundation and slab-on-grade. Heavy timber canopy trusses with a cantilever column support system were designed for the exterior of the main entrance and for the covered drop off area.
Taking into account the clinic’s remote location and extreme winter temperatures, the lighting, ventilation, water well, and heating systems were designed with sustainability and maintainability goals in mind. Additionally, the design helps save a significant amount of energy through a system that recovers heat from the building’s exhaust, to preheat the incoming outside air. An internal below-grade water storage tank and electric fire pump were provided for fire protection. Fluorescent and LED lighting luminaires were used for interior lighting. LED lighting was used exclusively for the exterior.
Digital controls were used throughout the building including vacancy sensors which are used to turn off lights when spaces are not occupied. A clerestory’s lighting system provides “daylight” to the central spine during winter’s long dark days. Low voltage systems include a nurse call/duress system; high speed telecommunications fiber service and Category 6 telecommunications throughout the facility; fire alarm; digital informational site signage; and access controls. The facility is supplied with a standby generator system to provide electricity and allow for its continued operation during power supply outages.