Alyeska Roundhouse

ROLE: Architect
CLIENT: Seibu Alaska, Inc.

The Alyeska Roundhouse was originally built in 1960 at the upper terminus of Chair 1 at Mount Alyeska. RIM’s connection to the Roundhouse project spans over a decade. During the late 1990’s, RIM was involved in early concept planning to restore the structure, serving as the main interface with the National Park Service regarding its historical preservation. RIM continued the partnership by providing information for a business plan to fund the rehabilitation of the facility. In 2003, the building was placed on the National Historic Register.


Overall, the project was completed in four phases: design, foundation and support construction, roof system and interior renovation, and finally interpretive display. During the interior renovation and interpretive display phases, comments gathered from a large stakeholder group were integrated into the design of the facility. The stakeholders’ input played a key role in the direction and execution of the design.