Buildings I've worked on:

Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.

This building turned out really nice, I think. I got to work on several different phases of the design concept as well as preparing the drawings for entering the annual design awards hosted by the AIA (the America Institute of Architects). The company I worked for at the time (kpb architects) worked very closely with the native corporation to ensure that their building would reflect their culture & history. If you go there today, you will see museum quality artifacts and paintings throughout the building.

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Afognak Native Corp. Alutiiq Center

This is another building that kpb architects created for a native corporation, this time actually including space on the ground floor for a museum to feature the artifacts and history. They paid special attention to the landscaping on this project to bring the feel of Afognak Island in to the big city. I was not brought in to the project until the very end, so can’t really claim much credit – but I do like the end product.

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OPA (Orthopedic Physicians of Anchorage)

This was a challenging project in that we used a program we weren’t particularly familiar with yet in order to do the design work in 3D (not quite BIM, but close). We also got to work with the DIRTT Wall System for the interiors, which I really like. I can’t say I’m all that fond of the exterior of this building, however. It’s not the most attractive building I’ve ever worked on. It does have a CAT Scan Imaging Center in it that required some fancy detailing, as well as a swimming pool – both of which I had never done before.

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Southcentral Foundation Parking Garage

Working for the Southcentral Foundation meant that we didn’t really have much choice in exterior materials, since they want all the buildings at their compound to be similar in look & feel – but I did get to learn all about concrete, at least. We used a poured-in-place construction type: basically, they formed the entire first floor, columns and beams, and then poured the whole thing as one unit. Once that was cured, they formed the entire second floor, and so on like that. Interestingly enough, the pour for each column was done from the bottom up rather than from the top down! The cabling system used on the interior was very unique – we got a lot of kudos for that detail.

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Anchorage Native Primary Care Center

This building is actually connected to the Parking Garage by a skybridge. The design for both buildings happened simultaneously although construction for the parking garage happened first since they had to take the parking lot away from them to build the primary care center. And of course, the primary care center had a lot more detail going on inside, with the exam rooms and whatnot to deal with – so of course that design work took a lot longer. I am well pleased with the final results on both of these buildings; they are a fine addition to the Native Hospital Complex.

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Academy Charter School

We built an addition to this school, adding on 8 classrooms so they could get rid of the temporary classrooms they had been using for years. Obviously these pictures were taken during construction, so it’s not the most beautiful site you’ve ever seen. But I’m sure that given a few years things will green up nicely. Inside the building is much better as they now have two brand new science labs as well as a new art room with a built-in kiln room!

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AVTEC Dormitory Replacement

Several years ago, I worked for a medium-sized architectural firm for about 3 months before moving on. While there, I had the opportunity to work on this building; drawing up plans, creating elevations & details, all the “fun” work that I love so well. I can’t say for sure that the finished product is exactly what I had drawn since I wasn’t there to see what changes were implemented to get it to the final stages – but I do like the end results. It’s a fine looking building!

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Linny Pacillo Parking Garage

I didn’t get put on this job until towards the end of the design phase, so again can’t really claim any of the credit for it. But I did go through and do the quality-check on the drawings which is always a bugger of a job. You have to go through the plans and make sure that each detail call-out leads you to the proper detail, and if the detail calls out a 6” wall that the plans really do show a 6” wall; stuff like that. Of course, this was all back before Revit, which does all that for you. And personally, I have to admit I don’t much care for the look of this one. I know a lot of people are really impressed with it, but I’m not one of them.

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Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

I spent over 10 years on this project! It was my learning curve, believe it or not: the first architectural project I’d ever worked on “officially” since college. Hopefully the architect wasn’t too upset with me the whole time. I certainly learned a lot from both him and the project, for which I am eternally grateful. I think the biggest impression it left on me was just how much coordination is involved: we had consultants from all over the world on this job. It was pretty amazing that it all went together as well as it did (despite a few rather public and embarrassing “bumps” along the way).

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Animal Care & Control Center Warm Animals Drop Off Addition

GDM was hired to design a Warm Animal Drop Off addition to the Anchorage Animal Care & Control Center. This provides a safe and secure location for the animals, and gives people an anonymous way of “disposing” of an unwanted animal. There are 4 enclosures for smaller animals, like cats, rabbits or such; and 3 enclosures for larger animals like dogs, goats or such. Each cage locks once it’s inhabited and can only be accessed again from the inside.

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Springhill Elementary School Roof Upgrades

This school was having roof issues so hired GDM to figure out a way to keep the snow from dumping off the roof into their maintenance courtyard. Our Architect came up with this canopy solution that took care of the problem nicely and also gave the school a new gate that will feature their school mascot. The gate was a huge controversial issue, but I think the final design will be a wonderful addition to their facility. It is, however, taking some time to complete so I do not have photos yet. But you can see where it’s going to go: it will be 23 feet long and 8 feet high, made of perforated steel. Pretty impressive, I think!

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