- LocationUtqiagvik, Alaska
- Sq Ft19200
- ClientArctic Slopes Native Association for Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital
Drawing vital staff to Alaska by solving a crippling housing shortage
Imagine being 330 miles above the Arctic Circle. Every year there are 65 days without sun. Winter temperatures are frigid to say the least. Attracting care providers to the critical-access hospital in Utquiagvik, Alaska has its challenges. And since healthcare providers with a burning sense of adventure need a place to live, solving the housing shortage was a priority for the hospital.
Because it’s so remote, the cost to build conventionally on the Arctic tundra is steep. But with DIRTT, all the components they needed could fit on the one barge that leaves Seattle each spring. No excess waste or material. Just the DIRTT they need, on time to catch the boat.
The hospital sent their own team to DIRTT headquarters for training. There, they learned to install and renovate with DIRTT. When the barge arrived with their DIRTT on board, their team built out the 1200-square-foot duplexes. All 16 of them. Going forward, they can easily renovate for new residents. Spaces stay fresh and can adapt to whoever moves in next.
We can create places that feel more like home for our staff. It's a long winter for some of them, so having a place where they can entertain and be part of the community helps them want to stay.Marie Caroll, CEO of the Arctic Slopes Native Association
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