Design-Build Kuukpik Building

  • Location Anchorage, AK
  • Client KPB Architects
  • Owner Kuukpik Corporation
  • Whale of a Building

    Visitors can enjoy a full whale skeleton in the lobby.

  • Designed for Flexibility

    An open floorplan provides several options for using the space.

Building for the Kuukpikmiut (People of the Big River) Communities. The people of the Kuukpik Corporation come from the Inupiat village of Nuiqsut. These Villagers still live off the land and sea, practicing the traditional subsistence lifestyle. The Kuukpikmiut hunt caribou, moose, birds, fish, seals, and bowhead whale. Reid Middleton provided the structural engineering design for a 60,000 SF, six-story, steel moment frame building for the Kuukpik Corporation to create more space for jobs and lifestyle. The building includes a first level parking area within the building footprint, a large fifth floor exterior deck, and an appealing cladding system with integrated LED lights. Using moment frames instead of braced frames allowed for more flexibility of tenant space planning. We also provided a steel frame and foundation to support the breaching whale skeleton sculpture. This was erected in the outdoor plaza of the Kuukpik building.