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We are thrilled to announce the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Wood Center Renovation/Expansion received the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and AIA 2015 Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture-Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse.

The Wood Center was the first phase of the University’s campus master plan and the first major renovation/addition to the facility since construction in 1972. Funding was provided through a Public Private Partnership (P3), the first P3 for UAF and to our knowledge, the first P3 Student Center in the country!

The northern lights served as design inspiration, stemming from UAF’s challenge to capture the essence of Alaska within the facility. The lights’ influence of color and light on sensory perceptions invigorates the center and creates a colorful, vibrant facility that is now the place to see and be seen on campus!

The expansion includes a new dining room, servery, coffee house, lounge space, monumental stairway and various study/collaboration areas. Innovative insulated panels and other energy-saving strategies were incorporated to help reduce energy use by 66%, achieving the goals of the 2030 Challenge.

University of Alaska Fairbanks – Jenny Campbell, Senior PM

P3 Owner:
National Development Council – John Finke, Financing Partner
Lorig Real Estate Development and Management – Joe Borden, Project Executive

General Contractor: GHEMM Company, Inc.

Design Alaska – Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
KPFF – Structural Engineer
DOWL HKM – Civil Engineer
Stafford Design Group – Food Service

Perkins+Will Design Team:
Anthony Gianopoulos, Managing Principal/Project Manager
Doug Streeter, Design Principal
David Damon, Planning Principal
Carsten Stinn, Devin Kleiner and Francesly Sierra, Project Architects/Designers
Krisan Osterby, Site Planning/Landscape