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  • Location
    Utqiagvik, Alaska
  • Year
  • Sq Ft
  • Client
    Arctic 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
  • Take A Tour

    Millwork in the living area
  • Living space mocked up in Calgary
  • Writable surfaces
  • Integrated television screen
  • Mock-up in Calgary
  • One residence mocked up in Calgary
  • Kitchen mocked up in Calgary
  • Kitchen mocked up in Calgary
  • Kitchen millwork and Corning® Willow® Glass backsplash
  • Kitchen millwork mocked up in Calgary
  • Kitchen millwork
  • Kitchen mid-construction
  • Kitchen pantry
  • Resident enjoying her kitchen in Utqiagvik
  • Corning® Willow® Glass creates to look of real stone with durability
  • Looking up
  • Hallway
  • Restroom mocked up in Calgary
  • Flexible power for future changes
  • Bedroom
  • Bedroom mocked up in Calgary
  • Bedroom millwork
  • Hallway
  • Entry and living space
  • DIRTT walls integrate with pipes in the mechanical room

Design freedom and certainty

DIRTT Casework gives you complete design freedom without paying for the cost of custom. All on fast and certain DIRTT lead times.


Efficient electrical

DIRTT’s plug-and-play power makes for rapid on-site installation. All while it reduces waste and improves adaptability for any future changes.


Latest tech in the walls

Cleanly integrate any type of technology and keep it secure. Maximize function and looks while you save space.


Ultra thin and incredibly durable

Corning® Willow® Glass incorporates vibrant graphics into your space. Crystal clear glass makes them look great. It's impact resistant, plus you can write on or clean the surfaces.


More under foot

The DIRTT Access Floor speeds up installation and manages cables. Long term, it keeps your infrastructure easily accessible for IT.

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