- LocationUtqiagvik, Alaska
- Sq Ft19200
- ClientArctic Slopes Native Association for Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital
Drawing vital staff to Alaska by solving a crippling housing shortage
330 miles (515km) above the Arctic Circle. 65 days without sun. Frigid winter temperatures. Attracting care provides to the critical-access hospital in Utquiagvik, Alaska has its challenges. But even healthcare providers with a burning sense of adventure need a place to live. Solving the housing shortage became a top priority for the hospital.
The cost to build conventionally on the Arctic tundra is steep. But with DIRTT, all components of the space could fit on the one barge that leaves Seattle each spring. No excess waste or material - only the DIRTT they need, on time to catch the boat.
The hospital sent their own team to DIRTT headquarters for training. The team learned to install and renovate with the DIRTT system. When the barge arrived, their team was able to build out all 16 of the 1200-square-foot duplexes. Going forward, they can easily renovate the DIRTT spaces for new residents. Spaces can be fresh and adapted to families or roommates alike.
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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