Life House Clinic for Chickaloon Village Traditional Council

  • Location Sutton, AK
  • Client BDS Architects
  • Owner Chickaloon Village Traditional Council
  • The Gathering Place

    Bringing the community together, one building at a time.

  • Keeping the Cold Out

    Using photovoltaic solar panel arrays and a wood chip furnace.

Beliefs, Traditions, and Customs. The Chickaloon Village Traditional Council Tribal government currently operates seven departments to serve the needs of their Tribal citizens and another estimated 2,373 Alaska Native and Native American Peoples living in their service area, which includes the communities of Glacier View, Chickaloon, Sutton, Palmer and Butte, along the Matanuska River. Reid Middleton provided the structural engineering for this multi-use community and rural wellness facility that was ecologically designed, and LEED Green Building Rating System certified. The Chickaloon Village Traditional Council provided significant input to the final design of this 8,100 SF, two-story wood framed building that houses complimentary medical offices, procedure and exam rooms, a gymnasium which is primarily used for an open meeting space, locker rooms and administrative offices for the non-profit Chickaloon Village Traditional Council Health and Social Services Department. The roof of the gymnasium is used as an outdoor roof deck. The building features a well-insulated building envelope and solar panels to reduce heating and electrical costs.

The ground floor consists of the medical service aspects of this building and the top floor is used for the administration and social and health services offices. Patients and visitors used to drive hours to Anchorage to get the proper medical and health care that these smaller communities needed. This building is the first phase of an entire complex that has been master-planned.

The Ahtnahwt’aene’ Nay’dini’aa den (Ahtna Chickaloon People Gathering Place) houses the C’eyiits’ Hwnax Life House Community Health Center.