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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

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
  • Take A Tour

    Millwork in the living area
  • Living space mocked up in Calgary
  • 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 Millwork 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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