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This facility is shared by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve.

Our task involved preserving the unique identities and missions of the agencies within a common facility, requiring careful design attention, specifically with regard to way-finding at the site/building circulation logic. The building is configured in a linear fashion, situated on the natural bluff. Normally occupied spaces are arranged along the southern, eastern and western facades to maximize access to the view of Kachemak Bay. The intent is for all working personnel to feel a connection with coastal Alaska, which is central to the mission of both agencies, and of interest to visitors as well. The north zone of the building is dedicated to non-view related functions: black-box visitor facilities, building services and storage spaces. The upper and lower floors remain closely connected visually by means of open areas or overlooks. The main building circulation is reinforced through the linkages of the open areas directly to natural light above through clerestory windows.

The main entrance and lobby areas display AMNWR staff and functions directly. The desire of KBRR is to be more remote from the direct access of visitors. The KBRR functions are thus grouped in a suite at the west end of the facility.

General Contractor: Jay-Brant General Contractors, Homer

Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center

Homer, Alaska

Visitor Facilities, Educational Program Spaces, Headquarters Offices

Photography: ©

Client: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Size (sf): 35,000 SF

Cost: $10.5 Million

Completed: 2003

Published In: Alaska Business Monthly; February 2003

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