JL Tower

JL Tower

COMMERCIAL OFFICE

JL Tower

ROLE: Architect 
CLIENT: J L Properties
SUSTAINABILITY: LEED-CS Certified 

This 14-story office tower features a sweeping glass façade that terminates high above the top floor shielding the penthouse and becoming a sleek internally lit beacon on the midtown Anchorage skyline. This Class A+ office building provides 360-degree views of Anchorage and its surrounding landscape. 

 The entire building embraces sustainable design technologies that are energy efficient and environmentally responsible, creating a high-performance work environment.

Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital

Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital

HEALTHCARE

Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital

ROLE: Architect 
CLIENT: Arctic Slope Native Corporation
CONSULTANT: HDR (Healthcare Architect)

The new Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital was designed to facilitate preventative medical care and foster an ongoing medical relationship with the inhabitants of the North Slope communities. With local input, RIM created a design that serves as a destination for the community; provides quality care and healing; supports the needs of the body, mind and spirit; embraces cultural sensitivities; supports family-centered care in a safe environment; and supports efficient staff, patient, and material flow.   

The facility creates a sense of place by embracing its location and culture, supporting family-centered care, and allowing flexibility for current and future patient needs and staff workflow. The two-story structure was constructed on piles to address the Arctic environment in this northernmost hospital in the United States. All cold-climate design principles were applied to the design and construction. Due to its remote location, careful planning and phasing of the construction was required.  

The architecture draws inspiration from the building’s surroundings, paying close attention to the unique characteristics of the city of Barrow, far-northern daylighting, and the use of color.

Dena`ina Civic and Convention Center

Dena`ina Civic and Convention Center

CIVIC & CULTURAL

Dena`ina Civic and Convention Center

ROLE: Architect 
CLIENT: Alaska Center for Convention and Trade, LLC
PHOTOGRAPHY: Kevin Smith
AWARDS: 2010 Design-Build Merit Award, Design-Build Institute of America

Working closely with the J L Properties/Venture Development Group development team and in collaboration with LMN Architects, RIM Architects designed this civic and convention center for Downtown Anchorage. The name of this facility, “Dena`ina Civic and Convention Center”, was selected in recognition of the Athabascan people who first settled the Upper Cook Inlet basin area approximately 1,500 years ago. 

This 200,000 SF facility includes a 50,000 SF exhibit hall, a 25,000 SF ballroom, and 12,000 SF of meeting rooms. Key components of the civic center include extensive circulation, registration, and support areas. Its design is vibrant and contemporary–offering convenient, flexible, and attractive space to visitors and the Anchorage community.

CIRI Fireweed Business Center

CIRI Fireweed Business Center

COMMERCIAL / OFFICE

CIRI Fireweed Business Center

 

ROLE:  Architect
CLIENT:  Cook Inlet Regional Inc.
SUSTAINABILITY USGBC LEED Gold
AWARDS: Merit Award for Commercial Office Building  
PRESS Fireweed Business Center Windows 

This 110,000 SF, 8-story new office building is designed to achieve a high mark for sustainability while emphasizing a quality work environment within. Special features include daylighting that is enhanced through ten-foot high ceilings, and an open office concept that allows stunning views. Shared amenities include video conferencing labs, conference rooms, large break areas, and exercise rooms. The lobby features an espresso shop with an atmosphere similar to a living room, including a fireplace.

The building’s design provides enhanced technology for corporate offices and also reflects the values and traditions of the indigenous peoples of the region. For example, the light fixtures mimic traditional drums and salmon drying racks—prevalent in traditional society, and still in use today. Patterning and colors for the flooring showcase regional natural forms. First-Alaskan artwork, both traditional and contemporary, is featured throughout. The new headquarters building balances the familiar and the newstrengthening the image and identity of one of Alaska’s most successful enterprises. 

Eielson Visitor Center

Eielson Visitor Center

CIVIC & CULTURAL

Eielson Visitor Center

ROLE: Architect, Planner 
CLIENT: National Park Service
SUSTAINABILITY: LEED Platinum 
AWARDS:

Citation Award; American Institute of Architects (AIA) Alaska; Members’ Choice Awards [Most Alaskan; Liked the Best; Most Original Design], American Institute of Architects (AIA) Alaska 

Located 67 miles inside the pristine beauty of Denali National Park and Preserve, the visitor center was designed to blend harmoniously with the surrounding wilderness. Durable materials were required to withstand the extremes of winter and to perform in accordance with LEED Platinum Certification. The partial submersion of the building preserves the astonishing view of Mt. McKinley while offering panoramic views at the roof deck’s observation lookout.